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From trendy lofts to rooftop bars, we've rounded up the top spots in New York City.
While virtual birthday parties are fun, you probably want to celebrate when you get out of quarantine, too (after all, you deserve a party for getting through another year, especially this one). The first step to planning any great event is finding the right location, and we’re here to help you do just that. From trendy loft spaces to rooftop bars, we’ve rounded up our favorite birthday party venues in NYC to host your post COVID-19 bash. Whether you’re planning a milestone birthday party or simply eager to get out and celebrate post-pandemic, there’s something for just about every size and theme, so you’re bound to find a spot you love on this list.
If you’re on the hunt for a whimsical birthday party venue with some real Alice in Wonderland vibes, look no further than The Love Shack in Bushwick. You won’t need any decor here, because the place is literally brimming with cool art pieces and knick-knacks. It boasts a black and white checkered floor, a wall covered in mismatched vintage mirrors, a shimmering crystal chandelier, and plush velvet sofas (just to name a few of its rad features). It’s 800 square feet and has enough space to fit 40 guests comfortably.
Spin 23 is a totally unique NYC party venue in the Gramercy Flatiron district that’s sure to make your event unforgettable. It’s first and foremost a ping pong bar, so you and your guests can have some friendly competition while sipping on cocktails. Unlike a lot of game-focused bars, this one’s pretty stylish, with industrial-style decor and quirky accents (like a bathtub filled with ping pong balls). As for space, it covers 12,000 square feet and can accommodate up to 150 guests.
Want a venue with a view? The Bar Hugo Rooftop will probably be right up your alley. It’s a sophisticated Soho retreat with contemporary decor, floor to ceiling windows and a killer view of the Hudson River. It has both indoor and outdoor spaces you can put to use during your private event, making it perfect for birthday parties in the warmer months. It covers 2,300 square feet of space and can accommodate anywhere from 20 to 300 guests, making it great for events both big and small.
Grand Banks is another NYC party venue with amazing views but from a totally different angle. It’s actually a boat, reminiscent of old-timey oyster barges, that’ll give your even a dash of nautical flavor (very on-brand, if you’re into sailing). The decor is exactly what you’d expect: plenty of wood, deck chairs galore, and a dining table right on the bow. Oh, and the backdrop is (obviously) to die for. It can accommodate groups of 10 up to parties of 175, so whether you want to share drinks with a few friends or have a full-blown party, this boat venue can make your dreams come true.
Recreation is a sports-themed bar in the Financial District where you and your guests can spend the night sipping drinks and battling it out on vintage arcade machines. It has colorful, modern decor and looks sort of like an amped-up rec room (hence the name). It’s 1,200 square feet and can fit up to 75 guests, making it a solid option for a midsize event. P.S. it also has a smaller private room, if you’re looking for a more intimate birthday party venue in NYC.
Want to celebrate your birthday with an epic hoedown? Head to Hill Country Barbecue Market to make it happen. It’s like a little slice of Texas in the middle of NYC, flaunting Lonestar decor (think guitars and Texas flags), and enough space to square dance the night away. There’s even a stage if you’re hiring live entertainment or to do a bit of karaoke. It’s large enough to fit 225 of your nearest and dearest, making it great for larger private parties.
If you’re on the lookout for a blank canvas loft event space that you can easily transform to fit a theme or color scheme, check out Industria. The warehouse-style party venue is located in the heart of Williamsburg and is an industrial-chic lover’s dream. Inside you’ll find exposed beams, massive windows, glossy concrete floors, and little else (so you can really make it over for your birthday). It’s 3,400 square feet and can fit up to 300 guests—perfect for live music and a dance party. P.S. thanks to its size, it’s also great for weddings.
Radegast Hall & Biergarten is a Williamsburg beer garden that’s great for anyone who’s obsessed with ales, lagers, and the like (and even those who aren’t!). This brewery venue has stone walls, high wood ceilings, and traditional, long beer tables where all your guests can congregate. As for size, its 1,000 square foot Bier Haus event space is large enough to fit up to 125 guests.
Arlo Soho Rooftop (aka A.R.T. Soho) is a gorgeous outdoor patio space in, you guessed it, Soho. The modern indoor-outdoor cocktail bar is the perfect spot for a chill summer event with its illuminated bar, chic patio furniture, and excellent food and drink menu. The sights from this terrace are honestly so stunning that you’ll barely need to invest in any extra decor. It’s 3,000 square feet and can fit up to 250 guests.
If you’re on the hunt for a lavish venue with built-in accommodations, check out the Whyte Hotel on the Williamsburg waterfront. Its rooftop venue, Lemon’s, is a beautiful indoor-outdoor space that’s charming, colorful, and absolutely idyllic when the weather is nice. It’s 2,500 square feet and has room for up to 200 guests. If the space doesn’t do it for you, but you love the hotel, it’s also home to five other venues (including private dining): the Main Hall, the Garden Terrace, the Screening Room, the Cooper Room, and the Lofts.
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Published on 5/07/2020