10 Ideas For An Artsy Night Out In New York

Clarence K. Chatterton | © Isabella Medici/Flickr
Clarence K. Chatterton | © Isabella Medici/Flickr
Photo of Ashley Jones
4 January 2017

From visiting world-renowned museums and seeing an off-Broadway show to a date-night craft courses and grabbing a drink in an art-inspired venue, here are ten ideas for an artsy night in NYC that would make Edward Hopper proud.

Visit A Museum

Visiting a museum is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in artistic culture. New York City’s museums offer a wide range of collections, exhibits, and special events to cater to your impulses on any given night. Head to Fifth Avenue’s Museum-Mile to explore rooms full of antiquities and artworks by the most renowned artists, take a tour to educate yourself on art history, or keep an eye out for some really unique and fun museum nights!

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City | © Monica Arellano-Ongpin/Flickr

Stroll Through A Gallery

So many artists create and thrive in New York City. Innovative exhibits are showcased throughout the five boroughs, from pop art to the abstract. Why not attend a private view to learn more about the art scene within the city, from Chelsea’s plethora of blue chip galleries that hold museum-scale shows to Brooklyn’s host of galleries showing established and emerging talents, you’re spoilt for choice.

Hello Kitty, Hello Art! @ Openhouse Gallery in NYC | © Christian Lau/Flickr

See A Show On- Or Off-Broadway

Perhaps your desires lie within the world of performing arts as opposed to studio or visual arts. Admittedly, nothing beats the experience of theater: the songs, the dance numbers, the asides, the messages. Often, this is the most intimate way of experiencing art, as you are quite literally drawn into another world for two hours.

Crossroads of the World | © Diego Torres Silvestre/Flickr

See A Film At An Independent Theater

The beauty of independent film is the out-of-the-box vision that exists on the screen. Often, these films are thematically artistic, with a focus on the dreams and thoughts of characters and goal-driven storylines. These films are typically experimental in nature, so it’s often an incredible artistic experience to watch the leap of faith a director has decided to share with an audience.

Take An Art Class

Perhaps you don’t simply wish to view paintings or films, but want to learn the history or even create something yourself. While you may not rush to a university to enroll in a studio arts or art history major, there are a variety of art crash courses you can take at affordable prices, often taught by notable local artists. These classes range from topics related to the history of street art and color theory to step-by-step processes to building your very own art collection. CourseHorse are a great resource for finding the right class from the enormous variety on offer.

Clarence K. Chatterton | © Isabella Medici/Flickr

Craft Courses

Sometimes your creative urges can benefit your humble abode. From shadow boxes to wall décor, there are endless crafts waiting to be made, to preserve memories and enhance your home. Often you can find classes targeted toward couples, making for the perfect creative date night. Brooklyn Creative Studio offer 78 different types of classes from groups to private events and Make Workshop set up in 2002 by Claifornia native Diana Rupp, specialise in everything needle orientated from crocheting to embroidery. If you already know the crafts you wish to make, some great stores to grab your materials include Michael’s and Soho Art Materials.

Drunk Painting

Odds are if you haven’t already partaken in this amazing event, you’ve at least heard of it. Tipsy or drunk painting is trending extremely hard right now, with galleries hosting these events in cities across the country. From wine tasting and painting to BYOB painting, there are tons of Drunk Painting festivities to join in on. The two-hour, BYOB painting workshop at Painting Lounge is definitely worth checking out.

Eat Dinner At Trattoria Dell’Arte

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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If you’re in desperate need of artistic ambiance, but the only thing you truly wish to satisfy is your rumbling stomach, then grabbing dinner at Trattoria Dell’Arte is the choice for you. This Italian restaurant is designed to stimulate the sense that you are in an artist’s studio, complete with sculptures, drawings, and a gallery of famous Italian noses. Operating hours are Monday-Friday from 11:45am to midnight and Sunday from 11am to 10:30pm.

Drinks At The Art Bar

Bar, American, Pub Grub
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Art Bar is just short walk away from Greenwich Village
Art Bar is just short walk away from Greenwich Village | © Yasmin Alishav
The Art Bar is a really cool, laid-back lounge located on the Lower West Side toward Greenwich Village. The bar offers affordable beers and cocktails, great bar food, and lively music. Though seemingly a typical, straight-forward bar in the front, the dimly lit back room is filled with couches galore for maximum enjoyment while you sip your drinks, and the walls are adorned with murals of some of the most iconic artists, musicians, and actors. The back room fills up fast, so be sure to grab a couch early!

Drinks At The Way Station

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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Caipi | © Marc Wellekötter/Flickr
The Way Station is a retro bar in Brooklyn with fantastic happy hour specials that last from open until 8pm. In addition to affordable drinks that cater to busy, hardworking individuals, the Way Station is also a strong supporter of the Prospect Heights Music and Arts Fest, offering the business as a hosting venue for numerous artists in New York. If you’re looking to support the art community, head over the Way Station and make a donation to support the festival!

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