Five Ways to Spend an Evening in the Upper West Side
Many people like to visit the Upper West Side during the day, thanks to its lovely museums, including the American Museum of Natural History and Bard Graduate Center Gallery, as well as its fantastic brunch spots and beautiful parks. But there’s a lot going on here after dark, as well, from comedy shows to open mics. Read on for five things to do in the UWS by evening.
See a Show
You already know that the UWS has an incredible arts scene, including the Vivian Beaumont (locally known as “the Viv”) — the only Broadway theater not in the Theater District. Check out what’s on here or any of Lincoln Center’s other theaters, such as the David Koch Theater or the Met Opera House. See New York City Ballet’s stars pirouette and jeté across the stage, enjoy the Selected Shorts series at Symphony Space, or find out what’s happening at the storied Beacon Theater.
Watch Stand-Up Comedy
Since the Upper West Side is one of the city’s comedy capitals, swing by one of the local clubs. The newly opened West Side Comedy Club prides itself on showcasing comedy newcomers, or you can catch SNL stars and other more established comedians (Hannibal Burress, Chris Rock) at Stand Up NY.
Sip Vintage Craft Cocktails
Heard of the Manhattan Cricket Club? Of course you haven’t — it’s such a “secret” speakeasy that few people know of it outside of the UWS. Those within the ‘hood, on the other hand, can’t get enough of it — so discover the beautifully appointed, Aussie-inspired gentleman’s-club-style venue for yourself. Nibble light bites and sip craft cocktails from a menu known as the “Prime Minister’s Selection.”
Participate in an Open Mic
If you love to sing, sign up for the open mic at Prohibition, on Amsterdam Avenue, which websites like nyc.com have called the best in the city. If you don’t have original music, you can even request to sing a cover by another musician — kind of like having one of those exhilarating “live-band karaoke” experiences. Of course, even if you don’t feel like participating, it’s a lot of fun to simply watch — at an open mic night, you never know what you’re going to get!
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Dine at a Late-night Eatery
Many of the neighborhood’s restaurants stay open late. After your theatrical production or comedy show, head to a diner such as French Roast and Tom’s, open 24 hours, or grab a table at classy bistro-brasserie The Smith or Southern restaurant Jacob’s Pickles. Of course, you can always spring for a slice of pizza, as well, at Ray’s on 82nd or Freddie and Pepper’s.
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