Where to Go and What to Do in New York City After a Show
While Broadway shows may have their final bows around 10:30PM, Manhattan is the city that never sleeps. If you’re looking to keep the party going past the performance, we’ve got you covered.
Can’t get enough theater?
If you’re still itching for a show after your show, check out popular cabaret venues around the city. Concert hotspots such as Feinstein’s/54 Below (254 W. 54th Street) and the Green Room 42 (570 10th Avenue) offer a bevy of late-night performances perfect for the Broadway theatergoer. Attend an 11:30PM performance at 54 Below — you could even grab a cocktail between shows — and you may even discover the next big Broadway star!
Craving the spotlight?
Piano bars like Marie’s Crisis (downtown in New York City’s West Village at 59 Grove Street) and Don’t Tell Mama (in the heart of Times Square at 343 W. 46th Street) are the perfect place for your star turn! Take the 1 train to Christopher Street for Marie’s Crisis or walk on over to Restaurant Row for Don’t Tell Mama. Grab a shot of liquid courage and ask the pianist to play your favorite show tune. Oh, the memories you’ll make…
Dance the night away!
Hell’s Kitchen is stocked with LGBTQ-friendly spots where the party never ends! Hardware Bar (697 10th Avenue) even offers “Broadway Mondays,” which is chock full of your favorite hits from the stage and screen in addition to a live Broadway concert every single week. You may even catch your favorite actors from the Great White Way winding down after hours.
Play some games.
Right along 42nd Street are options like the popular arcade Dave & Buster’s (234 West 42nd Street) and the bustling bowling alley Frames (550 9th Avenue). Both are open until 2AM on the weekends. If you want to be the next Pinball Wizard, fill up your game card for an evening of air hockey or Dance Dance Revolution at Dave & Buster’s — or waltz over to 9th Avenue and lace up your bowling shoes at Frames.
Grab a drink.
The perfect time to imbibe is after a show. Restaurants like Bond 45 (221 West 46th Street) and 5 Napkin Burger (630 9th Avenue), which specifically cater to the Broadway community, have late-night happy hours. Drink specials begin at 9PM at the Bond Bar Below and at 10PM at the 5 Napkin Bar. Glass House Tavern (at 252 West 47th Street) is, of course, another go-to spot for theatre aficionados after the curtain comes down!