New York is the city that never sleeps — which makes it ideal for raucous, fun-packed bachelor parties. Whether you want to sample award-winning cuisine or dance the night away, Manhattan has lots to offer.
There are dozens of lively and luxurious potential venues in New York City for your pre-marital celebration — but here are seven of the most exciting.
1. Press Lounge
Located in Hell’s Kitchen, Press Lounge offers a sophisticated ambience for people who like the finer things in life. You and your fellow party-goers can down a few stiff drinks on the rooftop terrace while taking in some spectacular views of the city and the Hudson River. While the decor might be formal, the style of service here certainly isn’t. Mingle with drinks, or claim a group of seats on the terrace for some al fresco dining.
Press Lounge offers a range of packages for private events. You can choose to stay in the main area or hire one of the venue’s premium entertaining areas. The PRINT restaurant, for example, can host private parties for up to 85 people. As the organizer of your bachelor party, you will get the opportunity to consult with the head chef and create your very own custom menu. Other potential spaces for hire at Press Lounge include The Sun Room, The North Side terrace and The Greenhouse.
>> 653 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036
2. Brooklyn Winery
If you’re planning a more refined, sedate bachelor party, an evening of wine tasting at Brooklyn Winery might be the perfect venue. There are several private party rooms to choose from, giving you and your guests added privacy — and the undivided attention of your own dedicated servers. This luxurious restaurant and bar has three different celebration packages to choose from, each with its own unique offerings.
This is a great choice if you want to mingle with guests in a laid-back setting. Lasting three hours, this particular package features an open bar, an antipasti buffet, hors d’oeuvres and a dedicated wine bar manager. Guests are free to help themselves to food and drinks while they move from area to area.
Stationed Dinner Party
Also lasting three hours, this is a more formal gathering that includes a range of cocktail snacks, a formal dinner, informal dessert offerings and a dedicated wine bar manager.
Family-Style Seated Dinner
While this might be a little too formal for a bachelor party, it delivers an unforgettable experience that includes canapes, a three-course dinner, a dessert spread, premium decor and a team of experienced service staff. You also get your own event manager to ensure everything goes smoothly.
>> 213 N 8th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
While great food is often on the agenda of a bachelor party, it’s not always near the top. If you’re looking for a lively night of dancing, shot-drinking and late-night debauchery, give Lavo a try. Located on E 58th Street, this big and brash nightclub doubles as a premium Italian restaurant. Start the evening with some exceptional Italian cuisine before moving to the nightclub — where the party continues until the early hours of the morning.
Among the most popular house specialties are Calabrese Shrimp, Rack Veal Chop and Chicken Parmigiano. The main courses range from around $30 to $70, which is reasonable for food this good in the heart of the city. If you’re really pushing the boat out, take a look at the range of steaks on offer.
While you can hire Lavo for a private function, the minimum spend is very high. But there’s no need to be so formal, as you’re free to move into the nightclub area of the venue as soon as you’ve finished your food. Check the Lavo website before you organize your event, however, as there are some great DJs performing there every weekend. If you want to treat your guests to something a little extra-special, reserve a couple of banquettes in the raised VIP area — which offers unrestricted views of the LED screens and the DJ booth.
>> 39 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022
Stepping inside Buddakan on 9th Avenue is like stepping inside a 17th-century French palace. Ornate ceilings, decorative windows and exquisite chandeliers give this restaurant a brand of elegance you won’t often find in New York City. Large parties that book in advance are given a huge banqueting table right in the middle of the dining area — complete with candles, table features and dedicated servers.
So-called non-private areas seat between 16 and 36 guests, while the entire venue can be hired for up to 350 seated guests. If you want complete privacy, ask for The Library, although Buddakan offers a semi-private dining experience in The Chinese Lounge. And don’t worry about making noise as Buddakan is one of the liveliest fine dining locations in the city.
The food here is beautifully presented, but the style of service is relatively relaxed and accessible. Cocktails are available for under $20, and include the Tranquility” (vodka, tea and lemon juice) and the Oasis (gin, luxardo maraschino liqueur, orange, ginger beer and orange bitters). The food is described as Asian fusion and features spicy fish dishes, sizzling meat dishes and more than a few classic Chinese specialties. Check out the Lemon Lobster, which is served with red chili, white soy lemon butter and dill.
>> 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
5. The Box
Located on Chrystie Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, The Box is one of the more unusual bachelor party venues in the city. Nicknamed “the forbidden club,” this unique nightspot is a celebration of all things burlesque. The decor and ambiance conjure images of the roaring ’20s — when swing music and tommy guns were all the rage. Book ahead to reserve a collection of tables for you and your guests, but bear in mind that this is a lively venue that isn’t conducive to serious conversation.
There are live burlesque shows at regular intervals at the box — many of which feature nudity and lewd behavior. But everything is choreographed with exceptional skill, and the audience are encouraged to sing, clap and stamp their feet. Just make sure all your guests are OK with nudity, as there’s lot of it on stage here.
Try to eat before you arrive at The Box, as the food on offer is limited to mini burgers, quesadillas and light snacks. The doors don’t actually open until 11:00 p.m., and the first show doesn’t usually get underway until 1:00 a.m. — so expect a late one. Just be aware that a night at The Box isn’t cheap. There’s a charge for the show, and drinks are quite expensive. For the best bachelor party experience, reserve a table and dress to impress.
>> 189 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002
Located on 9th Avenue, Catch is an entire bachelor party under one roof. Exceptional cuisine and a sophisticated clubbing experience ensure you won’t have to go anywhere else to celebrate those last few days of bachelorhood. Begin your evening with some succulent fish dishes before moving to the roof for music and dancing.
The food here is best described as Asian fusion seafood, which is all prepared in an open kitchen. Among the house specialties are the Scallop Gnocchi, Cantonese Lobster and Alaskan King Crab. Entrees are priced very reasonably at between $20 and $100, and cocktails can be ordered for around $18. Make sure you check out the Pineapple Trainwreck, which is made with vodka, fresh pineapple juice, tarragon, lime and Peychaud’s.
There are several private and semi-private spaces for bachelor parties at Catch, located over three floors. If you’re planning something huge, ask about annexing the indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge.
>> 21 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014
7. Le Bain
Le Bain is a great place for a bachelor party if you want to relive the fun of youth for one last time before tying the knot. Located on Washington Street, this unique restaurant can be found on the 18th floor of The Standard Hotel. As well as offering jaw-dropping views of the New York City skyline, Le Bain features a stylish rooftop and an inviting plunge pool.
Stepping inside Le Bain takes you back to the heyday of disco music. Glitterballs bathe everyone in twinkling light, and music from the last four decades makes the dance floor a bit of a mosh pit in the early hours of the morning. World-famous DJs such as Dave P, Eli Escobar and Alex from Tokyo regularly perform sets here, so keep checking the schedule to see when your favorite DJ is on stage. If your bachelor party is during the summer, you’ll be able to cool off in the pool and sample the delights of the crêperie on the grass-covered rooftop terrace.
>> The Standard, High Line, 848 Washington St, New York, NY 10014
For a bachelor party that will live long in your memory, New York City has everything you could possibly wish for. Whether you’re planning something sophisticated or a wild night of partying, the Big Apple has a lot to offer.