Let’s face it: most New York City grooms aren’t after a standard bachelor party. They would much rather take advantage of local perks, such as live sports games at world-famous venues or rooftop bars pairing drinks with epic city views. Make your guys’ night out one to remember (no The Hangover repeat here) with these great bachelor party ideas in New York City.
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The Press Lounge, New York | Courtesy of The Press Lounge
The New York Times and Gothamist are just a couple of The Press Lounge’s fans. Raise your cocktail in a toast to the groom, who’s sure to enjoy the glass-walled interior space, modern fireplaces, and dark leather seating at this cool 16th-story bar. Tip: If you’re looking to keep the good vibes (and the drinks) flowing, this neighborhood is great for a rooftop bar crawl.
Is your buddy obsessed with basketball? A loyal Rangers fan? Has the Mets-Yankees rivalry threatened to end your friendship? If you answered yes to any of these questions, a live sporting event might be the perfect bachelor party pick. Luckily, world-famous arenas Madison Square Garden, Yankee Stadium, and Citi Field, plus all the beer and hot dogs your pal can stomach, are just a brief trip away.
The Carnegie Club, New York | Courtesy of the Carnegie Club
If your pal is a cigar and single malt kind of guy, he’ll love The Carnegie Club. Hand-carved 18th-century bookcases, a stone fireplace, and plush seating set the scene at this old-school clubhouse, where Old Fashioneds and the “legendary Louis XIII from Remy Martin” pair perfectly with fine cigars from Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic.
Particularly great for out-of-town partiers, a cruise around New York harbor provides epic views of the city skyline and if you do it right, a great buzz. Book a boat with an on-site bar (open, naturally) or find a company that’s cool with you bringing refreshments on board for an Insta-worthy party the groom is sure to remember—or destined to forget.
If a sports bar doesn’t strike you as an appropriate bachelor party destination, you’ve been going to the wrong bar. The 40/40 Club (yes, the lounge and sports bar co-owned by Jay-Z) was made for bachelor blowouts, even offering a Bachelor Party Package featuring 10 shots of liquor, ten cigars, three food platters, and more for just $500.
It’s a classic for a reason! Local hot spots Peter Luger Steak House and Keens Steakhouse illustrate why the steak dinner has been a bachelor party staple for decades. The two restaurants have earned thousands of reviews for their hand-selected USDA Prime cuts, dry-aged on premises. Order the Luger Burger and “steak for one” at Peter Luger and the signature mutton chop at Keens to understand why basic is sometimes best.
Challenge the groom-to-be to a friendly competition (winner buys post-game drinks?) at Chelsea Piers, a gamer’s destination featuring 1.2 million square feet of sports facilities. Whether his game is golf, bowling, hockey, or laser tag (really), every player wins at this grownup playground located on New York’s Hudson River.
Take the beer-loving groom to Bitter & Esters, a home-brewing shop where he’ll learn to make his own IPA, pilsner, or stout. Classes like “Homebrewing Essentials” and “Hops: Lecture & Tasting” are sure to excite the self-described beer buffs in your circle, who’ll love sampling store-brewed beers while they learn.