If you are like most travelers visiting New York City, you probably want to get out and experience some of the city’s excellent nightlife options.
There is just one problem.
Unless you know where to go, drinks in New York City can be really expensive! If you pay full price for drinks, one night out on the town can easily eat through a big chunk of your travel budget. However, there are many free or cheap nightlife options in New York. You just have to know where to find them. Or, to put it another way: you can drink for free in New York City!
Let’s take a look at free and cheap drinking options for travelers in New York City.
Free Open Bars at NYC Nightclubs
In an effort to entice people to come out earlier than they normally would, some NYC nightclubs offer free hour-long open bars. Open bars usually run from 10pm to 11pm, or 11pm to 12pm depending on the particular open bar you are going to.
Naturally, visiting a free open bar can be a great way to experience NYC nightlife without having to squander precious travel funds that you could utilize for other activities.
Remember, if you’re planning to check out a free open bar, you will need to wear nightclub-appropriate attire. In case you are unsure of what that means, this article has some pointers.
So if you’re a fan of nightclubs and free drinks-head to this website to find an open bar during your trip.
Happy Hour Options – Cheap Drinks and Food Specials
If you would rather go to a bar than a nightclub, you might be interested in taking advantage of one of the many happy hour specials at NYC bars.
Visiting a bar during happy hour is a great way to get a deal on drinks and food, which can often be had at a dramatic discounted.
While happy hour drinks are not exactly free-they are usually a pretty good deal when compared to regular NYC drink prices (normal prices: $6 to $7 for a beer, $9 to $13 for a cocktail).
To find happy hour specials – check out this website which keeps an up to date listing of different happy hour deals in New York.
Free Wine and Art at Chelsea Art Galleries
If you’re a wine aficionado looking to absorb some culture (and some free wine), then you’re in luck. The art galleries of the Chelsea neighborhood have free art shows open to the public almost every night of the week. There are often so many art shows on a given night you can freely hop between them, grabbing a free glass of wine to sip on at each one.
If you’re planning to check out the Chelsea gallery scene-you will need to look the part. This means wearing your trendiest outfit (probably in all black) and trying to appear like you’re part of the trendy downtown art scene.
For info on free art gallery events (with free wine) – check out this site.
Get Your Own Free Table & Bottle at a Nightclub
In New York City you can actually get a free table at a nightclub, complete with complementary bottle service (you just pay for the tip).
There is one catch, however. You’re going to need a group of at least 15 people with a relatively even ratio of girls to guys. If you are staying at a hostel, perhaps it is time to invite your hostel mates?
While you won’t exactly be able to walk into the city’s trendiest nightclub and expect a free table this way, it can be a great option if you are not super picky about where you go and you’re on a budget.
Once you have your group assembled, you will need to contact a promoter who can set your group up with a table.
If this sounds like your scene, check out this site, or this site to get in touch with someone who can make the arrangements for you.