Where to get drinks after a Broadway show
There is no better way to end an evening on Broadway than with a post-show drink — or two. What could be better than sipping cocktails, munching on some snacks, and debating the ending of the play you just saw with your friends?
However, you first need to pick just the right place to raise a glass to Broadway. But with so many options in the Theater District, how are you supposed to choose? That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our picks for the best bars you should visit after a Broadway show.
With so many bars in and around Times Square, finding the right one can feel tedious. We’ve been there, and we’ve tried lots of them. We decided to narrow it down our top five, all with something different to offer.
From a gorgeous Victorian-themed eatery to a rooftop bar that’s 54 stories up, there’s a drinking spot for everyone. All of these bars have fantastic food menus, too. So, even though the curtain came down on stage, the curtain doesn’t have to fall on your night. Here are the five best places to grab drinks after a Broadway show.
228 West 47th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue (inside the Edison Hotel NYC)
Friedman’s first opened in Chelsea Market in 2009, but now this family business can be found in several locations around New York. This post-drink spot was named after famous economist Milton Friedman, who is best known for popularizing the phrase, “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.” (If only.) The drink menu includes craft and classic cocktails, a selection of beers and ciders, red and white wines, other wines on tap, and sparkling options. Plus, the food menu is entirely gluten-free, so if you’re feeling a little hungry, go for it! We recommend the pot stickers.
Nearby Theatres: Brooks Atkinson Theatre, Barrymore Theatre, Friedman Theatre, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, Marquis Theatre, Richard Rodgers Theatre
204 W 55th Street between 7th and 8th Avenue
Are you looking for a Prohibition-themed-speakeasy cocktail bar that serves craft cocktails, beer, wine, and food? Well, good news, you found it. Tanner Smith’s is styled like an early 20th-century New York drinking house. Artfully crafted cocktails, rotating craft beer options, and an exquisite wine list can all be found here, but you’ll have to go downstairs for the best part. Located below the main level of Tanner Smith’s is an experimental bar that is constantly changing its menu. This lower-level lounge celebrates a history dating back to the 1900’s thanks to the eccentric décor from days past lining the walls.
Nearby Theatres: Studio 54, Broadway Theatre, Neil Simon Theatre
249 W 49th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue
Lillie Langtry was a British actress and socialite of the late 19th century, and this Victorian-themed establishment was created in her honor. Stepping into Lillie’s is like entering another world, thanks in part to the ornate wooden carvings and antiques that surround you.
The decorations were procured from a ballroom in an 1800’s Northern Ireland estate, so you know they’re the real deal. But that’s not even the best part. The drink menu at Lillie’s includes a range of more than 50 domestic and imported beers, as well as a vast selection of whiskeys, scotches, and wines.
Nearby Theatres: Eugene O’Neill Theatre, Ambassador Theatre, Walter Kerr Theatre, Longacre Theatre, Circle in the Square, Winter Garden Theatre
6 Times Square, 17th Floor, between 6th and Broadway
This rooftop bar is aptly named because St. Cloud is heavenly. With its three corner “Sky Pods” overlooking Times Square, comfortable indoor and outdoor seating, the exclusive Waterford Crystal Lounge, and lush walls of greenery, St. Cloud is the pinnacle of luxury.
The bar offers an impressive cocktail menu and craft bottled beers — and there’s even a seasonal small plates menu if you’re hungry. And if you’re looking to dance, DJs will set the mood on Thursday’s and Friday’s from 6 pm–11 pm. You’ll want to have your camera ready, too, because St. Cloud is the ideal place to snap the perfect Instagram picture.
Nearby Theatres: New Amsterdam Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Stephen Sondheim Theatre
135 W 45th Street between 6th and 7th Avenue (inside Hyatt Centric)
Set atop a 54-story tower, Bar 54 invites you to enjoy breathtaking views that stretch across Manhattan — all while sipping on some savory drinks. New York City’s highest open-air hotel rooftop bar features a stunning river-to-river view of the Chrysler Building and lower Manhattan. You can enjoy delicious craft cocktails, fine wines, and gourmet small plates in intimate indoor seating or on the expansive outdoor terrace. We recommend making reservations for a night out at Studio 54, especially on the weekends. A reservation doesn’t guarantee outdoor seating, but you should still ask about it.
Nearby Theatres: Lyceum Theatre, Hudson Theatre, Belasco Theatre
Photo credit: Lillian's Victorian Establishment