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If You’re Feeling Like…Comedy & A Cocktail

By: Lauren Frankfort

In our next installment of If You’re Feeling Like… where we pair two New York City happenings that go together like PB&J (or you and your love), we’re featuring comedy clubs and nearby cocktail bars. People say the best way to love is to laugh. So why not amp up your weeknight romance with a “this could pay for my Sweetgreen salad” cocktail and corresponding ha-ha place? We’ve rounded up our 10 favorite combos below for exactly this. 

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The Best Comedy & Cocktail Combos

No. 1

Comedy Cellar x The Up & Up

Greenwich Village

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the up and up nyc

Comedy Cellar (a.k.a. “The Cellar”) is a New York comedic institution. With famed comedians like Dave Chappelle, Amy Schumer, and Leslie Jones often dropping in to try out new material, the caliber of content at the shows here are top notch. Never mind the tightknit village basement feel and strong drinks. If you want to pregame or follow-up your laugh sesh with a libation, head over to the cozy cocktail bar Up & Up down the block, which is ironically also a flight down.

No. 2

Gotham Comedy Club x Bathtub Gin


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bathtub gin nyc

That sweet spot between Gramercy and Chelsea is where comedy giant Gotham Comedy Club lives, and is often home to comedy greats like Jerry Seinfeld. The spacious theater – lined with framed photos of famous comedians – has a polished feel, with servers bringing out food and drinks long before the show begins. Head a few minutes around the corner to Bathtub Gin for some gin-infused nightcaps (and maybe a classic bathtub shot).

No. 3

UCB East x Bua

East Village

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bua nyc

UCB is known to groom some of comedy’s best talents (Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, to name drop) with their famed improv classes. But they also host many shows, and at UCB East, the newest branch in the UCB family, you’re primed to find some of the city’s best cocktail bars just a a few steps away. We suggest going to Bua following your set to avoid some of the East Village crowds you’d see at places like Death & Co. or Please Don’t Tell.

No. 4

Caroline's On Broadway x The Rum House


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rum house nyc

If you’re looking for something a bit more centrally located, head towards Times Square where Caroline’s on Broadway has earned the prestige of its address. After the show, hop on over to The Rum House, a newly revamped old school piano bar that will offer respite from its very touristy location.

No. 5

The Stand x Ampersand


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ampersand nyc

Part restaurant part comedy club, you get a two-for-one special when seeing a show at The Stand. If you’re craving more, head over to Ampersand for cocktails in a relaxed-yet-intimate vibe. Bonus points: who knows what an ampersand is?

No. 6

New York Comedy Club x Dear Irving


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dear irving nyc

New York Comedy Club has been around since 1989, but recently renovated it’s up-front bar for fun pre and post-show drinks. Pair this Gramercy classic with another Gramercy classic: Dear Irving. Irving Place is one of the most exclusive streets in the city, and this cocktail parlor slings some of Manhattan’s most delectable libations.

No. 7

Dangerfield's x The Jeffrey

Upper East Side

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the jeffrey nyc

Uptown couples will love “the longest running comedy club in the world”, Dangerfield’s, where greats like Jay Leno and Jim Carey have been known to drop a few jokes. After, make your way to The Jeffrey, a hip craft cocktail, beer, and bites spot.

No. 8

The Creek & The Cave x Bierocracy

Long Island City

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bierology nyc

We don’t know what we love more at The Creek and the Cave in Long Island City: the Tex-Mex burritos, vintage pinball machines or the cheap (and good) comedy shows. Either way, come here, then close out the night at nearby Bierocracy for a beer (the cheaper, cooler cousin of cocktails).

No. 9

Littlefield x Blueprint


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blue print cocktail bar

Littlefield is a “deep enough in Brooklyn” comedy club that’ll guarantee a legit New Yorker crowd. They host a variety of events — but we especially love their regularly programmed comedy shows, like Butterboy with Jo Firestone, Aparna Nancherla and Maeve Higgins. Nearby is Blueprint, not to be confused with the popular juice cleanse (bleh). This Blueprint is a fancy cocktail lounge that prepares fresh juices, syrups, bitters, and infusions all in-house. So still healthy-ish for drinking.

No. 10

Q.E.D. x The LetLove Inn


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the let love inn nyc

Q.E.D. — a total hidden comedy gem. They host really unique shows like Stand Ups Improvise Ted Talks where improv meets inspiration. Ryan Stanisz (host and comedian) queues fellow comedians to improvise a presentation on the spot they’ve never seen before, on a topic they’ve never heard of. The LetLove Inn nearby is a glamorous old-timey bar that doubles as a jazz music venue. The best part? No cover. Also, great cocktails (aka, the point of this round-up).