You’ve had a wonderful time at the show, but you’re not ready to go home yet? There’s nothing better than a good strong cocktail or three because New York has something for everyone! These are our suggestions for the top 5 places to have aftershow drinks in Manhattan, and finish the evening after a Broadway show properly. In this fast-paced city, when we usually eat and drink our coffee on foot, a drink and a good conversation after a good evening seem an unattainable luxury, but this is not the case. Here are our 5 locations that you can take advantage of.
Close to most of the Broadway theaters and perfect for aftershow drinks, the Russian Vodka Room offers the charm of Russian delicacies for both eating and drinking. With its round bar and piano sound, you will feel much more in Moscow than in Manhattan.
265 W. 52nd St., russianvodkaroom.com
Located on W 44th Street between Broadway and 8th Ave, it may be tourist hell, but Sardi’s bar upstairs is a perennial favorite among Broadway patrons. Sardi’s main room is a theatre itself, with high ceilings, wooden pillars, and caricature drawings of Broadway stars. The Sardi family has been running the business since 1927. Sardi’s Bar located upstairs is a perfect spot for pre-theatre food and drinks without the commotion of the restaurant downstairs. The bar serves appetizers and small plates as well as cocktails and craft beers.
If you’ve ever wondered what it felt like to hang out in a covert speakeasy, Bar Centrale is the place for you. The entrance is unmarked, so to anyone who doesn’t know what to look for, this bar appears to be a regular old brownstone. While you can linger with, say, a lovely Manhattan and cauliflower wings at Bar Centrale, chances are there’s another reason one has the good sense to reserve a table at this favorite from the Joe Allen empire: proximity to celebs. Don’t pass by this unassuming bar if you need somewhere to stop for a drink before or after a show, especially if you’re also feeling peckish. In addition to the wine and beer menu, Bar Centrale has a wide variety of food to offer, such as the shrimp cocktail, the Maine lobster quesadilla, and the flatbread pizza.
324 W. 46th St., 212-581-3130, barcentralenyc.com
Named for the famous gang leader who worked on the Hudson docks, Tanner Smith’s is an ode to early 20th-century watering holes. Start rhapsodizing over those majestic theater sets with a Footloose (handcrafted apple vodka, fresh cucumber syrup, elderflower liqueur, celery bitters, fresh lime juice, celery, black pepper) or the Brown-eyed Girl, bourbon, apricot liqueur, passion fruit puree, fresh thyme.
204 W. 55th St., tannersmiths.com
Imbued with nods to the Jazz Age heyday when the Hotel Edison was introduced to New York City, The Rum House is an iconic bar and lounge designed for the lively Theater District, thus perfect for aftershow drinks. Featuring one of the most expensive rums and spirit selections in Midtown Manhattan and heralded by critics as one of the best bars in Times Square, The Rum House is a classic destination for libations and live music in New York City – not to mention it’s ranked as one of NYC’s Top Cocktail Bars by Eater NY.