Birthday Party Bars

Problem: You want to throw a birthday party, but you don't want to drop $300 on a bottle of Grey Goose to flex a party of five into Marquee. Solution: Skip the drama, and behold our list of New York spots where you can celebrate by getting wrecked, not wrecking your credit.

Updated: February 20, 2009

Birthday Specials

Bushwick Country Club

618 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Nonmembers who bring 15 friends get free drinks (11 friends for members); bring 30 friends and the club will throw in free hot dogs.

Alphabet Lounge

104 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009

Free champagne bottle and free shots for the birthday boy or girl with parties of 10 or more.

Boss Tweeds

115 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002

Party packages begin at $25 per person for three hours of an open bar on Budweiser and well cocktails. And even if you opt to skip the package deal, a can of Bud and a shot of Jack or Jim is always just $5.

Dive Bar

732 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

Get a free chicken wing for every year you've been alive.

Porky's Nyc

55 W 21st St, New York, NY 10010

Even if it's only your birthday month, with a party of 20 or more people the birthday kid pays no cover, and gets free drinks (10pm-11pm) plus a free fishbowl. (Reservations required.)

Bowlmor Lanes

110 University Pl, New York, NY 10003

For $70 a person, birthday girls and boys age 21 and over can celebrate with two hours of unlimited bowling. That price also covers shoe rentals, hors d?oeuvres, and a beer and soda open bar.

Cheap Shots

140 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009

Line 'em up: Your drinks are on the house if it's your birthday--even if you're spending the night alone.

Keep It Casual

Blue Owl Cocktail Room

196 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

An East Village bar gilds itself for the nocturnal cocktail crowd.


174 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

Cheap drinks and local art lure the neighbors to this slender Lower East Side bar.

Mason Dixon

133 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

Get taken for a ride--on a mechanical bull, that is--at this down-home bar and grill on Essex Street.

Bottles Optional, Fun Mandatory


127 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

This spacious Union Square bar caters to under- and post-graduates looking to party on any given night of the week.

Belmont Lounge

117 E 15th St Frnt A, New York, NY 10003

A standard for post-show, post-work, and post-sober mingling.

Ludlow Bar

165 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

A Lower East Side sensibility prevails at this sexy but low-key spot.

Happy Ending

302 Broome St, New York, NY 10002

A brothel-turned-bar brightens the Chinatown lounge scene.

Plan B

339 E 10th St, New York, NY 10009

A neighborhood crowd gets cozy at this mainstream East Village boozin' spot.