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4 Best Bars For Post-Theater Drinks In New York

You've had a wonderful time at the show, but you're not yet ready to go home quite yet. Here are four of the best places to wind down or get wound up toward the end of the night.  Whether you want a wide selection of brews, soulful blues music mastery or a modern club in which to let your hair down after a great Broadway experience, New York has something for everyone.
Nightlife & Music Post Theater, Lucilles Bar & Grille
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Lucilles Bar & Grille
237 W 42nd St.
New York, NY 10036
(212) 997-4144

Downstairs, inside BB Kings Blues Club on 42nd Street you'll find Lucilles Bar & Grille offering a truly great experience. Featuring some of the most talented local artists from around the city, stop if after a show and enjoy even more live music. You will see people with amazing musical gifts wailing away on the guitar as the band puts on a show, always for free. The bar itself is musically themed, with photos of blues legends adorning the walls and saxophone-shaped beer taps at the bar. With such a great atmosphere right downstairs from the legendary blues venue, it's no wonder that the likes of Rusty Paul (son of guitar legend Les Paul) can sometimes be seen in Lucilles.

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Nightlife & Music Post Theater, House of Brews
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House of Brews
363 W 46th St.
New York, NY 10036
(212) 245-0551

If you're looking for a low-key, no frills place in which to relax with a good beer after an entertaining play, this is your spot. Located in Manhattan's Theater District, House of Brews offers a plethora of beer choices, including a stout that is reputably better than Guinness. A pub that takes pride in its beer and its burgers is sometimes a welcome change from the usual fare for those who aren't looking for wine and "upscale" ambiance. The bar is clean and the service friendly. And if you want a late-night snack, be sure to check out their mouth-watering burgers.

Nightlife & Music Post Theater, The Press Lounge
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The Press Lounge
653 11th Ave at 48th St.
New York, NY 10036
(212) 757-2224

At the Press Lounge on top of the Ink48 hotel, theater goers may enjoy drinks on a gorgeous rooftop bar after their show. The panoramic view of Manhattan is a wonderful way to appreciate the city after spending time indoors at a Broadway show. The modern furniture and decor are perfect for lounging in with a cocktail in hand after your play. Perfect during the warm weather, this Theater District hangout is an excellent end to a great evening.

Nightlife & Music Post Theater, Tonic East
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Tonic East
411 3rd Ave at 29th St.
New York, NY 10016
(212) 683-7091

Sometimes, after a show, you are in the mood to simply let loose and get your drink on. But after a night spent at an elegant theater, you'd rather avoid the dingy dive scene and instead opt for someplace where it's still okay to be dressed up. Tonic East caters to this crowd with its mahogany bars, leather sofas and modern lighting. With several floors and open, rooftop drinking and dining year-round, Tonic East is the perfect hotspot. It's just a short cab ride downtown from the Theater District.

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Nick Gauthier is a freelance writer and lives in the Bronx. His work can be found at


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