Frigid winter temperatures might make it seem more appealing to drink in your apartment than to brave the outdoors over the next couple of months. We get it. But what if you could wrangle all your friends and drink for hours on end wearing Santa suits, rocking onesies, or showing off ugly sweaters at some of New York City’s best bars?
Holiday-themed bar crawls are just some of our favorite multi-hour drinking events coming to town this season. Start making plans to stay warm and toasty at these 10 boozy bashes.
December 1, East Village
Looking ugly is so hot at this annual get-together of people rocking the most hideous holiday sweaters they can find. Participating bars include East Village favorites like Bar None, The Spotted Owl Tavern, and Coyote Ugly, and drinks are very reasonably priced with $3 draft beers, $4 domestic bottles, and half-priced well drinks. Get ready to be tipsy while looking your worst along with hundreds of other fashion-challenged people.
December 1, Staten Island
If you ever wondered what would make a trip to Staten Island well worth your time, this bar crawl is your answer. New York Adventure Club is taking drinking fans and curious minds to this outer borough for an early evening exploration of the local pub scene on Staten Island’s north shore. Stops include an old-school biker bar, an artsy hipster dive bar, and a tasting at Flagship Brewery, along with a slice of pizza from one of the best spots on the island.
December 1, Lower East Side
Drink and be merry at this crawl where the only requirement is sporting holiday-themed attire. Whether you want to wear a Santa suit, an elf costume, an ugly sweater, or a onesie, just show up with an outfit that spreads cheer and prepare for drinking with friends old and new. If you can still walk after nine hours of drinking, there’s also an after-party to keep the good times going.
December 8, Various Locations
Suit up in your best Santa gear and set out for the merriest bar crawl in the world, with dozens of bars throughout the city participating. Choose from multiple starting locations and toast the season with drink specials that include $3 and $4 drafts, $4 and $5 mixed well cocktails, and $5 PBR and shot deals.
December 15, Lower East Side
Drink and learn on this historical pub crawl that explores the Roaring Twenties by visiting a handful of bars that once served as speakeasies. The Prohibition era comes alive for a few hours as you listen to infamous gangster tales that took place at the very establishments you visit.
December 21, Various Locations
Kick off Christmas weekend with a VIP limo ride and visits to four of the city’s trendiest venues. You’ll be hooked up with drink deals at each club and enjoy express entry with no cover charge for the entire night.
December 22, Williamsburg
Experience Brooklyn’s most happening ‘hood on a Saturday night during the biggest holiday weekend of the year. This guided party tour takes guests to Williamsburg’s best bars and clubs, with specials all along the way. Consider this night out an early Christmas gift to yourself and commit to living your best life!
December 26, Harlem and Various Locations in Brooklyn
Celebrate the start of Kwanzaa by supporting more than 25 participating local, black- and brown-owned businesses in Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Park Slope, and Harlem. With a focus on unity, fellowship, and fun, this crawl aims to bring people in the community together to support one another and have fun!
Hell’s Kitchen, December 28
If you’re a fan of ghosts and all things haunted, you’ll be happy to know you don’t have to wait until next Halloween to be creeped out. This spooky tour takes brave souls on an adventure through some of Midtown’s most spirited spots, while enjoying premium cocktails along the way. Learn about ghosts that live in some of Broadway’s oldest theaters, hotels, and courtyards on this winter crawl that’s sure to chill your bones even more.
January 19, Lower East Side
Wear your favorite onesie or use this booze crawl as your excuse to buy one and embark on a cozy day drinking adventure. All participants are given an LED bracelet that lets you know when it’s time to hit the next bar, so just sit back in your comfiest get-up and enjoy throwing back drinks with friends.