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The 5 Best Late-Night Activities Near the Theater District

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|by Mikey Miller |

Here’s where to go after your Broadway show

We’ve all been there. You just got out of a Broadway or Off-Broadway show. It’s 9:30, 10:00 or even 10:30 p.m. The night is not young, yet you still don’t want to go home, and you definitely aren’t done enjoying your evening on the town. We’ve created a list of some of the best late-night activities in the theater district so the fun can continue long after the curtain falls. 

Can you say “karaoke”? (Photo: iStock)

Can you say “karaoke”? (Photo: iStock)

Grab a bite to eat and something to drink
Sometimes, seeing a show can really work up an appetite. Luckily, many restaurants and bars in the Theater District stay open late to accommodate people who are looking for a late night food and drink adventure. And, no matter what, you can find a place to fit your desired atmosphere. Looking for somewhere a little more upscale? Sardi’s or Carmine’s might be the way to go. Want a more casual bar vibe? Iron Bar, Haswell Green’s or Smith’s might fit the bill. Of course, there are also numerous diners in the area that you can pop into for a late night treat. You might even find yourself dining and drinking right next to the actors you just saw perform.

Go clubbing
There’s no rule stating that, after a night as a very well-behaved audience member at a Broadway show, you can’t make your night wild and crazy and do some partying! If you have the urge to drink and dance, there are plenty of clubs in Midtown where you can spend the remainder of your night out. Check out some places like the LAVO Nightclub, the Copacabana, Stage 48 and The Mean Fiddler.

Take the spotlight yourself and go to karaoke
Inspired by the incredible performances you just saw? Then go with some friends to a karaoke bar and pretend you were the one who just spent two and a half hours belting on that Broadway stage! You might want to call ahead and make reservations, since the rooms in karaoke bars fill up fast, but in Midtown, these places are consistently open until 4 or even 6 a.m. Next time you’re feeling this late-night musical urge, try out an establishments like Karaoke Duet, Maru Karaoke Lounge, Muses or the Spot Karaoke Lounge.

Traverse the tops of tall buildings
New York City has an incredible skyline, and it’s probably safe to say that most people recognize it pretty easily. However, instead of looking at Manhattan from far away, have you ever thought about getting a bird’s-eye view of it? Two of New York’s most famous skyscrapers, the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center, allow visitors the opportunity to ascend to their observatories and experience the city that never sleeps from a whole new angle. The Empire State Building, located on 5th Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets, permits people to ascend to its 86th and 102nd floors until 2 a.m. Rockefeller Center (known for being home to NBC), also on 5th Avenue and between 49th and 50th Streets, grants visitors access to the Top of the Rock until midnight every night.

See another show
While there’s definitely no way you’d be able to see another Broadway show after departing from an evening performance, there are cabaret, drag and concert performances happening all the time in Midtown, many of which can be found at locales like Don’t Tell Mama, the Laurie Beechman Theatre and Lips. And if you’re looking to continue your night by enjoying some more Broadway tunes or performers, Feinstein’s/54 Below (located right next to Studio 54, which is currently home to Kiss Me, Kate!) is one of New York’s premier cabaret venues. Feinstein’s/54 Below regularly has shows at 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., and Broadway performers are more often than not the headliners.

For more of the best of Broadway and beyond, check out our list of the Top Shows in New York in April 2019.

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