Halloween might be on a Monday this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still go out! There are plenty of great Halloween-related activities. In addition to classic haunted houses, plenty of New York bars are great at getting you into the spooky mood. Here are some, based off an article I read on Timeout:
The Manderley Bar: This cocktail parlor located inside the McKittrick Hotel is littered with all sorts of themes related to its theatrical heritage: drama masks playing cards and velvet curtains, just to name a few. In addition, it serves as a venue for live entertainment that ranges from jazz to comedy.
Sanatorium: Albert Trummer, best known for founding Chinatown’s speakeasy Apotheke, recently opened Sanatorium in Alphabet City after a two-year stint in Miami. Detail is king here, with test-tubes, x-ray light boxes of radiographs and stoppered glass bottles.
The Headless Horsemen: Plenty of bars around the city have tried to channel the “olde pub” feel, but few have done it quite as well as The Headless Horseman. There are plenty of great classic cocktails, as well as tasty dishes to munch on.
Le Boudoir: History buffs rejoice; Le Boudoir is a bar modeled after the private chambers at Versailles of the infamous Marie Antoinette, even featuring a doorknob lifted from her bedroom. It’s a speakeasy, with an entrance disguised by a bookshelf modeled after one from Marie Antoinette’s library. The cocktails here have French Revolution-themed names, such as the famous “guillotine”.
Beetle House: As you enter the unassuming Beetle House, a doorman in full Beetlejuice garb lunges out at you to welcome you into this Tim Burton-themed bar. It’s decked with all sorts of memorabilia, from surgical instruments reminiscent of Sweeney Todd to caricatures of Winona Ryder.
Otto’s Shrunken Head: Hailed as New York’s only “Rockabilly Tiki Bar”, this is a great place to let loose on the wild side. The decorations here are designed to look like a gaudy ‘50s beach bar, with a drink menu that emphasizes tropical (and often frozen) drinks. As New York’s last rockabilly bar, the back room serves as a venue for all sorts of live music that makes this place jump on the weekends.
Fraunces Tavern: If history is your thing and the Boudoir wasn’t enough for you, then head on over to Fraunces Tavern, one of the oldest bars in New York (George Washington drank there). It’s also hailed as one of the most haunted buildings in the city. Come here for a spook and a pint!