Photo courtesy of The Cauldron NYC
New York’s favorite holiday is back and better than ever, with Halloween traditions and events making a comeback after two years. In addition to parades, pumpkin patch, costume contests, and scare parties, many of the city’s bars and restaurants turn into spooky lairs adorned with eerie decor and serving booze and ghostly bites. Make the most of Halloween by visiting one of these party bars.
Photo courtesy of Arlo Soho
A Halloween party takes over the Arlo Soho Hotel. On Saturday, October 29, haunted events include a DJ and costume contest on the ART Soho rooftop, a burlesque show in speakeasy bar Foxtail, and an outdoor courtyard to take a break from the spooky indoors. Tickets start at $89 and include a four-hour open bar at the bars on each floor, plus an hour of early-evening aperitifs. To buy tickets here.
Of course, the bar where “every day is Halloween” made the list. Located in the East Village, Beetle House offers a Tim-Burton inspired dining experience paired with unique entertainment from singers, magicians, psychics and sword swallowers. Festive year-round, the restaurant serves signature cocktails like The Beetle’s Juice and Alice’s Cup O’Tea and a menu of dishes that includes an Edward Burger Hands (with a pair of scissors to keep) and Sweeney Beef. Reservations are encouraged, but walk-ins are accepted.
Photo of the Screaming Banshee cocktail courtesy of the Black Lagoon
from Brooklyn Our Wicked Lady has transformed into the immersive Halloween pop-up bar, the Black Lagoon. Described as having a “goth-metal” aesthetic, the temporary bar will serve blood-red and dark-black drinks, with names like Screaming Banshee, Lilith’s Cup and Closed Casket. Expect a playlist full of your favorite metal, classic rock, and punk songs. The Black Lagoon takeover will continue until October 31.
Loreley’s Haunted Beer Garden
The Loreley biergarten on the Lower East Side has Halloweenized its heated beer garden. The haunted beer garden has a pumpkin-flavored menu, serving Southern Tier Pumking beer from a pumpkin keg, pumpkin spice cocktails, and pumpkin spice cold brew cocktails. Other festive fall drinks include hot bourbon and seasonal craft cider. There is no cover to enter the haunted beer garden.
Photo courtesy of Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge at Moxy Times Square
Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge at Moxy Times Square
Known for its pretty pink floral decor and picture-perfect view of the Empire State Building, Magic Hour Rooftop & Lounge at Moxy Times Square is offering fun drink specials this Halloween. From October 17 through the end of the month, the bar is serving a $20 “Kiss of Death” cocktail, featuring Dorothy Parker Rose Petal Gin, raspberry tea, lemon, prosecco and a “Flaming Pink Pumpkin », a pumpkin cake with cream cheese filling and chocolate crumble.
Crown Heights’ super-popular Ethiopian restaurant, Ras Plant Based, has launched a special Halloween cocktail menu. Dubbed “A Nightmare at Ras,” the restaurant will serve four spooky $15 cocktails: Dracula’s Kiss (Evan Williams Bourbon, raspberry, rosemary, and lemon), Wicked Witch of Franklin (Espolón Blanco, Grand Mariner, matcha, lime), The Bates Motel (Spring 44 gin, blackcurrant, lime, mint and gummies) and Poltergeist (plantation rum, oat milk, cocoa powder, cinnamon whipped cream).
cocktail “The blood of your enemies”; Photo courtesy of The Cauldron NYC
Nestled on historic Stone Street in the Financial District, The Cauldron offers immersive, fantasy-inspired potion-making classes. Throughout October, the wizard-themed bar and restaurant offers Halloween-specific events, including a “spooky potions experience,” where patrons don a robe and magic wand and learn how to brew two cocktails, a “Halloween wizard’s afternoon tea experience,” with build-your-own tea parties, and a range of “sand witches” and pumpkin-carving sessions. The venue, which will be covered in cobwebs and full of pumpkins, also features fun seasonal drinks like “The Three Witches,” served in a bubbling cauldron, and “The Doom,” which is served with fire on a black slate. Book an experience here.
Photos courtesy of The Garret Coctelería
La Garret Cocteleria
Bar and restaurant Nolita The Garret Coctelería always brings its seasonal A-game. For the second time, the bar will launch Coctelería de los Muertos, an immersive pop-up space that pays homage to the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos. Adorned with custom-built altars, tombstones and hanging marigolds, the bar offers a festive menu with cocktails like “Weeping in Queens” (rum, pumpkin, orange pepper, five-spice), “Certified Sad Boy” (tequila Reposado, pineapple, tamarind, hibiscus) and “Barry Marigold” (tequila, carrot juice, agave, pumpkin seeds, dram pepper and spicy liqueur). The pop-up will run until November 19. Book a table here.
Photo courtesy of The Watermark at Pier 15
The Watermark at Pier 15
To cap off its epic Oktoberfest celebration, The Watermark at Pier 15 is hosting a four-day Halloween weekend, turning into “scare on the pier.” From October 28 to October 31, enjoy music, Halloween-themed cocktails and spooky decor on the waterfront.
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