If the thought of celebrating your birthday at yet another trendy nightclub with a one-word name sends shivers down your spine—and trust us, we don’t blame you—then it’s time for a change. And no, we’re not talking about a member’s only club or one of those bars with a secret entrance. To truly throw a killer birthday bash in NYC—the kind that your friends will talk about for years to come—the key isn’t to pick the most exclusive locale. Instead, it’s to pick a place that’s centrally located, easy to get into, and someplace that you wouldn’t typically go to any old night of the week. Bonus points if it’s outside your comfort zone.
ZOMBIE LAZER TAG
This isn’t the same old laser tag you played as a kid. At Indoor Extreme Sports, you’ll run through an elaborate theatrically-lit maze (think terrifyingly dark as opposed to cheesy backlights) shooting at zombies. In between games, grab your pals and head to the Asylum lounge, which is equipped with three granite islands, flat screens, a state-of-the-art sound system, and seating for up to 36.
Channel your inner child (with adult beverages) at Manhattan’s trendiest bowling alley, Lucky Strike. Located in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen, the modern space is outfitted with plush seating, 26 state-of-the-art lanes, 11 tournament-quality billiard tables, and a LuXe Lounge for kicking back in between games. Don’t feel like waiting in line at the bar? Bottle service is also available.
Don’t feel squeezing like into an uber tight dress only to wait in line with the masses? Skip Meat Packing and head to Williamsburg’s famous Radegast Hall & Biergarten. Boasting a brimming beer selection and plenty of authentic German eats, like the popular Veal Schnitzel and Porcini-Butternut Squash Kas Spaetzle, you’re guaranteed to have a good time—in jeans.
Nothing beats listening to live music, well, except listening to live music with your best friends. For a more intimate celebration that’s low-stress and budget friendly, skip the headache of Madison Square Garden and head to Brooklyn Bowl for a night filled with good tunes, stiff drinks, and beautiful people.