PLAN DATE: THURS / JAN. 10
First, dinner starts at The Happiest Hour. A young and high-energy space dressed in tiki-inspired decor (don’t worry, it’s tasteful), this cocktail lounge is the quintessential lazy weeknight pick-me-up. With an overall mid-century aesthetic that complements the muted palm tree wallpaper and mini pink luna pendant lights, the only menu option you need to consider here is the burger. Because, seriously, it may be one of the best/greasiest in the entire city (and it’s an ideal choice if you’re ever milking a hangover).
Next, head to The Duplex for some laughs and general hijinks. There’s never a dull moment at this West Village LGBTQ haven, where programming ranges from comedy to burlesque and everything in between. It also doesn’t hurt that the space is a dynamic and gorgeous—grab a seat in the piano bar (open 365 days a year until 4 a.m.), head upstairs for nightly eclectic performances, or hit New York’s oldest cabaret (you can check the calendar here).
Dinner, Drinks, Comedy
The Happiest Hour
121 West 10th Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Aside from the burger, the cocktails are another major staple here (from celebrated bartender Jim Kearns), and the Mango Mango is a solid combo of sweet and spicy.
The Duplex, 61 Christopher Street, Manhattan
idk tip: If you want to keep the night going, head upstairs after the show for some moodier vibes (and a potential musical performance).