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Best Night Ever: Where to Eat and Drink Near Bowery Ballroom

By / October 4, 2018
   The Bowery Ballroom
   The Bowery Ballroom

As one of New York City’s most storied venues, Bowery Ballroom brings some of music’s biggest names to up to 575 fans for up-close-and-personal experiences. And thanks to its prime location in the bustling Lower East Side, the venue is surrounded by some of the best bars and restaurants the city has to offer.

Going to a show at Bowery Ballroom guarantees an unforgettable time, but we put together a guide of the best places to eat and drink before and after to help you make your night extra perfect.

Pre-show eats

Courtesy of Loreley Beer Garden

For iconic slices: Lombardi’s
Walking time: 4 minutes

The pizza at the country’s oldest pizzeria is some of the best you’ll find in the city. Lombardi’s has been dishing out coal-fired pies in NYC since 1905 and they’ve certainly perfected the art of an amazing pizza. The original Margherita is always a heavenly pick to share, along with an appetizer like the antipasto or bruschetta, but if you’re feeling bold, order their signature clam pie. That delicious baby includes three dozen chopped clams spread across a cheese pie (minus the sauce), with parsley and lemon served on the side.

For the budget-conscious: Lovely Day
Walking time: 3 minutes

If you’re looking for a casual place with elevated grub, start your evening at Lovely Day, a diner-like spot that primarily offers Thai dishes. Classic Pad Thai or curry dishes cost no more than $12, and even the pork chop and flank steak are less than $17 — a rare find for this neighborhood. If you’re not super hungry, a long list of small plates still makes it easy to try a handful of things, with most options ranging from $4 to $7. Our favorites are the kimono fried shrimp with sweet chili sauce and the summer roll served with tamarind dip.

For sitting outside year-round: Loreley Beer Garden
Walking time: 3 minutes

Whether you’re going to a show with your bestie or a whole group of friends, you’ll find all the seating you could need at this beer hall on Rivington Street. Enjoy German classics like bratwurst and schnitzel, and wash it all down with a pint of beer or a specialty cocktail. If your show happens to be between Monday and Friday, hit Loreley by 7pm to score pitchers for $25. And no matter what time of year it is, you and your gang can chill outside thanks to heat lamps keeping things toasty in the cooler months.

bowery ballroomSel Rrose

Pre-show drinks

For craft cocktails: Sel Rrose
Walking time: 1 minute

Conveniently located across the street from Bowery Ballroom, this trendy oyster and tapas bar specializes in fantastic cocktails. Unwind with the Lavender Piscine (sparkling wine, Herbes De Provence syrup, and grapefruit bitters) or get amped up with the Santa Rosa (tequila, rosebud syrup, lime juice, orange bitters, and sparkling rosé). No matter what you order, we bet you’ll be pleased.

For an impressive beer menu: One Mile House Bar
Walking time: 30 seconds

You can’t find a closer bar to the venue than here, so you’ll undoubtedly be in the company of fellow showgoers. This place is big on beer, with 30 on tap, nearly 60 bottled varieties, and more than a dozen cans available. Their Bowery Double Burger and Texas Chili Grilled Cheese are pretty good too, if you’re looking for a quick and easy one-stop shop before show time.

For happy hour deals: The Vig Bar
Walking time: 2 minutes

Take advantage of cheap drink deals at this bar: Its daily happy hour runs until 8pm. You’ll find $5 beers, $6 well drinks, $7 glasses of wine, and $9 cocktails, making it a great place to get tipsy without worrying about your ultimate tab. A live DJ on Friday and Saturday evenings gets the party started during happy hour, so consider this your ideal pregame spot if you’re looking to rage.

bowery ballroomMother's Ruin

Post-show eats

For elevated bar food: Mother’s Ruin
Walking time: 3 minutes

This local favorite is a coveted cocktail destination, known for its delightful drink options. But their “Nightly Nibbles” menu, available from 5pm to 4am daily, is something to behold in its own right. Charred eggplant dip, Cholula honey wings, and falafel burgers are all equally satisfying finds to enjoy in comfortable, dimly lit digs while recapping the night’s show.

For comfort food: Mikey’s Burger
Walking time: 8 minutes

After singing and dancing the night away, you can absolutely justify grabbing a greasy burger and thick milkshake from this late-night counter service spot. Meat options include traditional beef, turkey, lamb, and fish, and, yes, of course, there’s a veggie option for the herbivores. There are fun shake flavors like avocado and sesame, but we have to give it up for the classic chocolate or vanilla — and if you can’t decide, there’s always the option of a black and white.

bowery ballroomNitecap

Post-show drinks

For a picture-perfect cocktail: Nitecap
Walking time: 10 minutes

The aptly named Nitecap is a sweet setting to end an evening, assuming you can find it. The speakeasy-style bar is located down a flight of stairs, offering guests a cool, subterranean hideaway. Given that the masterminds behind Nitecap are also the owners of Death & Co., one of NYC’s best cocktail bars, you know you’ll get drinks of the same caliber. The menu changes seasonally, but you’ll always find a mix of expertly crafted cocktails, some of which are served in punch bowls for four to six people to enjoy.

For keeping the party going: Sweet & Vicious
Walking time: 2 minutes

This bar exudes cool between its always-on-point playlists and decently priced beer, wine, and “jargaritas,” which are margaritas served in Mason jars. It tends to get packed after 10pm, but if you and your friends are looking to dance and mingle with strangers, this is your place to play. And, if you manage to snag a spot in the backyard garden, enjoy soaking in the charm and relish the end of a flawless night out.

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Melanie is a Jersey girl who now calls Brooklyn home. She’s written for Fuse TV, MTV News, Interview Magazine and more, and enjoys creating content that informs, inspires and entertains people. She’s passionate about music, running, cheese and dachshunds, and her husband fully accepts her love affair with NYC.

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