Click through for the 29 coolest NYC hot spots—and what to wear to each of 'em.
When you're looking to dazzle visiting guests (or, ahem, Instagram followers), here's your opportunity to show them bright lights, big city without heading for the chaos of Times Square. Show these venues you can hold your own with a bold patterned pant, a tee from your favorite band, and a killer pair of heels.
With vintage arcade games, a stellar playlist, and an extensive beer and cocktail menu, it's no surprise the crowd at Barcade is as easy-going and interesting as the space itself.
Barcade, 388 Union Avenue (between Powers and Ainslee streets); Brooklyn; 718-302-6464.
Feeling the sand beneath your winter boots is a strangely awesome feeling, but so is everything else in this Williamsburg surf shrine. The food is amazing, the drinks come in tiki glasses, and vintage surf videos play via the bar's projector.
Surf Bar, 139 North 6th Street (at Bedford Avenue); Brooklyn; 718-302-4441.
Drinking and dining at the movies has been perfected (and decidedly elevated) at Nitehawk Cinema. We're especially looking forward to the midnight horror showings throughout November.
Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Avenue (between Wythe and Berry streets); Brooklyn; 718-384-3980 .
If the bright lights and sometimes-cheesy decorations aren't enough to reel you into this Chinatown dive, the cheap drinks will. Their menu is as diverse as the crowd, with everything (literally) from a cheeseburger to pork dumplings.
Tropical 128,128 Elizabeth Street (between Broome and Grand streets) 212-925-8219.
The Christmas light decorations and perfect Indian food make this BYOB staple the ultimate wacky go-to for visiting guests (not to mention an Instagram photo sesh waiting to happen).
Royal Bangladesh, 93 1st Avenue (at 6th Street); 212-674-6209.
RGB Nail Polish in Cobalt, $16, available at Otte; King Tuff Tank Top, $20, available at Hello Merch; Topshop Dandy Wallpaper Trousers, $80, available at Topshop; Zara High Heeled Court Shoe, $89.90, available at Zara; Mango Boucle Tuxedo Blazer, $129.99, available at Mango;
Photo: Courtesy of Tropical 128
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