5 Unexpected Places to Party in NYC

We love a fabulous party — especially an unexpected one! New York City has so many cool hidden bars and lively speakeasies, it makes partying all the more exciting. See below for our 5 favorite unexpected places to party in NYC.


There is more than meets the eye to this Instagram-worthy ice cream shop on the Upper East Side. For a sweet surprise, head towards the wall of ice cream containers — it doubles as a secret doorway to a funky speakeasy!

Entrance to the UES speakeasy. Image courtesy of UESnyc.com.

The Garret West

In the mood for a burger and fries? This West Village spot can be found directly above a Five Guys. This cozy bar on the second floor of the fast food joint features unique drinks and dim lighting for a romantic vibe.

Inside the Garret West. Image courtesy of TheGarretWest.com


Just off a hidden street in Chinatown, this apothecary themed hideaway is anything but ordinary. Live music, innovative cocktails by "pharmacists" and eye catching decor are the elements that make this spot perfect for an unexpected night out.

Entrance to Apotheke. Image courtesy of Apothekenyc.com.

Bathtub Gin

Named after a classic prohibition-era drink, this speakeasy in Chelsea teleports you to the 1920s. Intimate jazz performances, burlesque shows and craft cocktails take this bar to the next level. Plus, there are actual gold bathtubs!

Inside Bathtub Gin. Image courtesy of bathtubginnyc.com.

Please Don't Tell

East Village's Please Don't Tell is just as mysterious as it sounds. To visit this hidden gem, enter through a vintage phone booth located in the back of a hot dog shop. The process of getting to this cryptic spot is just as fun as being inside!

Inside Please Don't Tell. Image courtesy of pdt.com.

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