So you’re trying to get a big group together for a fun night out, but you want to do something more sophisticated than your typical pregame-and-black-out-at-the-bar routine. Maybe it’s your roommate’s birthday, maybe some friends are in town for the weekend, or maybe you’re just jaded. No matter the reason, we have compiled a list of the best group night out activities that you’ll actually want to remember the next morning.
– Comedy Cellar (West Village)
While Comedy Cellar may seem like an obvious choice, believe us – the hype is real. Make a reservation in advance or get in line at least a half hour before the doors open to snag a seat at this legendary venue. With a cover and 2 drink minimum the night comes out to around $50 per person, which is well worth the night of laughs and Trump-jokes that you can tell your colleagues on Monday. Plus, they give you 25% off drinks at a bar around the corner so you can continue your night even after the show ends.
–Brooklyn Bowl (Williamsburg)
Where: 61 Wythe Avenue
Most people wouldn’t put “bowling” and “party” in the same sentence, unless referring to a group of 10 year olds (or 65 year olds). But at Brooklyn Bowl, you can drink local brews, listen to live music sets, eat phenomenal food from Blue Ribbon and bowl all in the same place. With 8 people to a lane, everyone in your crew can find something to enjoy, even that guy who throws a gutter ball every time.
–Barcade (East Village)
Where: 6 St Marks Place
Why settle for game night in your cramped apartment when you could post up at an actual arcade that serves food and alcohol? Barcadeis a 90s kid’s dream come true. Stop in for a retro game night that includes tokens, PAC-MAN, and Tetris-shaped tater tots. The beer selection is also quite extensive, making for a classic, all-American glory-days type of night. Barcade also has locations in Chelsea, Williamsburg, Jersey CIty and more, so there’s really no excuse not to check it out.
–Taste Buds Kitchen (Chelsea)
Where: 116 E 27th St
This one might require a bit more prep and planning, but if your group is looking to mix things up (quite literally), Taste Buds Kitchen is the place to go. Classes are about 2 hours long and range from sushi and dumplings to pasta making to steak dinners and more, so there is definitely a class that suits every taste. There are 4 people to a table, so get there a few minutes early to ensure your group can cook together. Bring a bottle of wine or two and put your culinary skills to the test – just stay away from the sharp knives after glass number 3.
–Jazz Standard (Flat Iron)
Where: 109 W 27th St
If you’re really feeling classy and sophisticated, get a group together and head to Jazz Standard for a night of soothing blues and barbecue. The venue is spacious, the jazz is world-class, and Blue Smoke BBQ serves some of the best ribs in the city. Plus, who doesn’t like getting dressed up and looking fancy every now and then? Arrive a few minutes before the doors open to grab a good seat, then sit back, relax, and get transported back to NYC circa 1925.