Make a day out of 'Hadestown' in New York City

Fans of the multi-Tony Award-winning musical, which sets Greek myths to folk and jazz music, will enjoy these cultural attractions, activities, and eateries.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

Hadestown has made its mark as one of Broadway's most unique shows. The musical is based on millennia-old tales — the Greek myths of lovers Orpheus and Eurydice and gods Hades and Persephone — but infuses them with a modern twist, stirring folk and jazz music, and undeniable hope for the characters — even if you already know how their story ends.

Anaïs Mitchell and Rachel Chavkin's show is perfect for those interested in a variety of arts and culture: theatre, music, literature, and more. Luckily, Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre isn't the only place in New York you can experience those.

We've curated a New York itinerary of attractions, eateries, and activities for Hadestown fans. Check them out below — you'll feel like you're livin' it up on top, to quote a Hadestown song, when you visit.

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Jazz at the Civilian Hotel

Can't get enough of the jazzy score of Hadestown? Experience more live music at the Civilian Hotel. Its Rosevale Cocktail Room has weekly jazz nights from 9 p.m. to midnight Wednesday through Saturday — perfect post-show timing.

While you listen to the band, experience the unique "Hero's Journey" cocktail menu, with various groupings of drinks each inspired by the classical arc of a hero's transformation. You'll get all the adventure Orpheus has without the long, dangerous trek: the Civilian is right across the avenue from the Walter Kerr Theatre.

Address: 305 W. 48th St. between Eighth and Ninth Avenues
Price: $$

Date Night at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sure, you can go to the Met anytime to see the Greek and Roman art wing, filled with beautiful sculptures of ancient leaders and mythological deities. But if you want to make the experience special, go on a Friday or Saturday evening, when the Met is open after hours for its weekly Date Nights.

Admission to the museum during Date Night includes special programming, such as tours and talks about that week's featured exhibits, and live music. Drinks and bites are also available for purchase in two of the museum's cafes. It's dinner and entertainment all in one!

Any of the couples in Hadestown would surely have a great date here — but you can bring family, friends, or just yourself, too.

Address: 1000 5th Ave. from E. 80-84th Streets
Price: $

Nothing Really Matters bar

If Persephone operated an underground speakeasy in NYC, the way she does in Hadestown, it might look something like Nothing Really Matters. The bustling bar is tucked underground within the 50th Street subway station (on the 1 line).

Don't let the dingy surroundings fool you — Nothing Really Matters is chic and upscale, with delicious craft cocktails. Its location, if anything, adds to the exclusive vibe — it's a true hidden gem that many locals don't even know about.

Feeling hungry? You can go next door to the See No Evil pizzeria or order a slice right from the bar.

Address: 210 W. 50th St. on the corner of Broadway
Price: $$

Mythology room at the Library Hotel

The biggest Greek mythology buffs can take their trip to the next level thanks to the Library Hotel. The rooms all sport a curated assortment of books, each themed to a different topic — and one of those is mythology. All the art and books in the room are inspired by various cultures' myths, including Greek. And with one king bed, the Mythology Room is perfect for couples, like Orpheus and Eurydice.

Want to be surrounded by literature without paying luxury hotel prices? Spend a few hours at the New York Public Library instead. Its ornate flagship branch is located in Bryant Park, right next to the Times Square area. Pick out a book of myths, settle into one of the building's reading rooms, and relax for a while.

Address: 299 Madison Ave. at E. 41st Street
Price: $$$$

Food tour of Astoria, Queens

Astoria, Queens, is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the world. You can find every kind of cuisine imaginable here — but it is particularly notable for having a large Greek population. So if you're looking for authentic, tasty Greek food, this is the best place to go.

30th Street, Astoria Boulevard, and Ditmars Boulevard are all lined with Greek restaurants and all accessible via the N and W subway lines. The old-fashioned Taverna Kyclades has been named to multiple food outlets' "best restaurant" lists, and it has an East Village location if you don't want to leave Manhattan.

Address: Various addresses in Astoria, Queens
Price: $-$$$

Eat at a Greek restaurant in Midtown

Don't want to travel all the way to Queens for good eats? You can still find delicious Greek food within steps of Hadestown on Broadway.

Kellari Taverna, Molyvos, and Avra are some nearby restaurants we'd recommend for a sit-down Greek meal. Want a quicker, more casual bite? Stop by Souvlaki GR or Pita Yeero, each a couple blocks away from the Walter Kerr.

Address: Various addresses in Midtown Manhattan
Price: $-$$$

Hadestown on Broadway

You've experienced all things jazzy, mythical, and Greek in New York — now put it all together by seeing Hadestown on Broadway. Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Anaïs Mitchell's show reimagines the ancient myth of lovers Orpheus and Eurydice.

When Eurydice goes to Hadestown — the hellish underworld ruled by the gods Hades and Persephone — Orpheus goes on a risky journey to get her back. In this version, their story is set to soaring jazz and folk music unlike anything else on Broadway.

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Photo credit: Hadestown on Broadway. (Photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade)

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