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NYC’s dynamic theme bars

When the night calls for something different, take a pick from these unique themed bars across New York.

Dance to the tunes of upbeat music, craft some delicious potions, or indulge yourself in a thrilling Halloween party, as New York offers a variety of themed bars to have an unforgettable experience. From magic, horror, Halloween, history, and wreckage themes, the city has it all. And, keep an eye out for a rage room where you are allowed to smash everything in your reach.

Oscar Wilde


Birthday celebration at Oscar Wilde, Source: Facebook

Paying homage to the legendary Irish playwright, Oscar Wilde is also the longest bar in New York City. The private dining rooms are styled in Victorian era furnishings with a seating capacity of 32. Oscar Wilde’s full bar has a collection of Scotch, Irish, Japanese, Bourbon, and Rye whiskey reserves. Try one of their specialty cocktails like the Flower of Love made with Exotico tequila, El Silencio mezcal, elderflower, maraschino, a dash of thai chili and fresh lemon.

Location - 45 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001.

Timings -  4 pm to 1 am (Monday to Wednesday)
                 4 pm to 2 am (Thursday to Friday)
                 11.30 am to 2 am  (Saturday)
                 11.30 am to 1 am (Sunday)

Space Billiards


Pool game with drinks, Source: Instagram

Take advantage of a lavish pool table service at the Space Billiards, with the bar claiming to be New York’s finest pool hall. Choose from a range of signature cocktails such as the Ocean Breeze made with tequila, triple sec, sour mix, lime juice, and blue curaçao. Classic cocktail options like the Martini, Negroni, Daiquiri, Mojito, Long Island Iced Tea, and more can also be found on the drinks menu. The bar  offers everyday shooters starting from $5 and 5 shot combo specials (Jack Daniels, Grey Goose and Jameson).

Location - 34 W 32nd St fl 12, New York, NY 10001.

Timings - Closed (Monday)
                5 pm to 3 am (Tuesday to Wednesday)
                5 pm to 4 am (Thursday)
                5 pm to 5 am  (Friday to Saturday)
                5 pm to 3 am (Sunday)

The Cauldron


Wizards involved in potion making, Source: Website

Yes, we have all imagined becoming masters of witchcraft and magic at least once in our lifetime. The Cauldron has potion (cocktail) making classes, starting with allotmentment of a magic wand for those looking to make their mark in the wizarding world. If you are looking to cast a spell, try the Serum of Loose Lips potion made with vodka, Aperol, squeezed lemon, peach, vanilla syrup, and milk served in a Nick & Nora glass with a fresh orange peel. The items in the menu are presented in a unique manner such as The Three Witches sharing potion made with Caribbean rums, passion fruit, lime, and demerara. Other exciting options include The Dragon Tower that serves 7-10 people with an option to choose from cocktails or beer.

Location - 47 Stone St, New York, NY 10004.

Timings - Closed (Monday)
                4 pm to 10 pm (Tuesday to Thursday)
                1 pm to 12 am (Friday)
                12 pm to 12 am (Saturday)
                12 pm to 9 pm (Sunday)

Jekyll & Hyde Club


St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Jekyll & Hyde’s, Source: Facebook

This spooky club entertains their guests with famous horror characters such as Eygytian mummies, Frankenstein, werewolves, vampires, gargoyles, and more. Jekyll & Hyde’s haunted theme dining is one of the most nerve-wracking experiences around. If the ambiance doesn't intoxicate you, the Death by Poison cocktail made with vodka, light rum, gin, tequila triple sec, Pepsi, sour mix, fresh lemon, and mint definitely will. You can also go for the martinis, non-alcoholic drinks or skinny cocktails such as the Strawberry Grapefruit Swizzle made with gin, muddled strawberries, grapefruit juice, agave syrup, and fresh mint.

Location - 91 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014.

Timings - Closed (Monday to Thursday)
                5 pm to 11 pm (Friday)
                3 pm to 11 pm (Saturday)
                2 pm to 9 pm (Sunday)

Break Bar


A date night in the rage room, Source: Facebook

The Break Bar allows you to smash drink glasses and bottles without reporting you for bad behavior. To make things more interesting, they have targets like bells and public figures to smash things at. Call for classic cocktails like margaritas, sangria, and the mule or bottled beers like Budweiser, Coors, Miller while you catch your breath. And, if you have a big appetite for destruction, you can book a rage room to go wild with the swings or join the Wrecking Club to get your hands on old printers, monitors, flat screens and more..

Happy hours - Mon - Thu (4 pm - 7 pm)

Location - 458 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018.

Timings - 2.30 pm to 12 am (Monday)
                2 pm to 4 pm, 7.30 pm to 12 am (Tuesday)
                2.30 pm to 12 am (Wednesday)
                11.45 am to 1 am (Thursday to Saturday)
                11.45 am to 12 am (Sunday)

House of Wax


Cocktail placed in front of a wax face model, Source: Facebook

Dividing their cocktails into three categories (anatomical, pathological and geographical), the House of Wax bar offers drinks to sip on while glaring at macabre. We recommend the Napoleon Death Mask made with Cognac, Cardamaro, Cynar, rhubarb bitters, bacon, and salt from the anatomicals. Moving to the pathologicals, the Daisy cocktail made with orange liqueur, lemon, and seltzer has tangy flavors. You may also choose from 38 rotating beers while admiring the rare selection of waxwork sculptures exhibited in their museum.

Location - 445 Albee Square W #4410, Brooklyn.

Timings - 4 pm to 12 am (Sunday to Thursday)
                4 pm to 2 am (Friday to Saturday)

Beetle House


Halloween theme at the Beetle House, Source: Facebook

A year round Halloween themed bar, the Beetle House celebrates cinematic works of Tim Burton and has something in store for people who rejoice in gothic, punk, freak, or artist culture. The elaborate cocktail menu consists of a few tequila options like Alice’s Cup O’ Tea made with peach vodka, gin, tequila, rum, and peach schnapps. This place is a wonderland for patrons who can't get enough of the  annual Halloween day.

Location - 308 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003.

Timings - Closed (Monday to Wednesday)
                4 pm to 12 am (Thursday)
                4 pm to 2 am (Friday to Saturday)
                4 pm to 12 am (Sunday)

Header image - The Cauldron, Source: Website.

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