So Where’s the After-Party?
Eight late-night options for post-reception high jinks.
Retro Rec Center:
Greenwich Village Country Club
Bridesmaids can challenge groomsmen to a game of billiards ($4), bocce ($7.95), or nine-hole miniature golf ($9.95) at this just-opened Caddyshack-like rec center. The club stays open until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and you can buy a private-party package (from $400) that includes bottle service and one round of putt-putt per person. 110 University Pl., nr. 13th St.; 212-255-8188.
Indie Dance Bar:
“Romantically Uninvolved” at the Manhattan Inn
This restaurant hosts a dance party every Saturday from 11:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. A trio of D.J.’s spin pop, eighties jams, and electro bangers that will have you wishing you’d packed some flats. Word to fame-spotters: Members of Neon Indian and Das Racist have been known to join the revelry. 632 Manhattan Ave., at Nassau Ave., Greenpoint; 718-383-0885.
Le Bain at the Standard Hotel
Ending the night at this hotel’s rooftop club—complete with heated pool and disco ball—is one way to impress your guests. (You just may need to pull some strings; the door is mighty fickle.) Expect a rotating crew of deck-wreckers (D.J. Kaos, Dave1) spinning sexy, skinny-dip-inspiring beats at the Sunday-night Nouveau York and Été D’Amour parties (9 p.m. to 3 a.m.). 848 Washington St., at W. 13th St.; nouveauyork.com; etedamour.com.
The Duplex Piano Bar
Open till 4 a.m. seven nights a week, this West Village institution often features the same scene: aspiring performers and Broadway regulars gathered around a grand piano, singing themselves hoarse. Introduce the newlyweds to any bartender on duty and he’ll likely dedicate a tune to them. 61 Christopher St., at Seventh Ave.; 212-255-5438.
The Dressing Room
This bar-cum-boutique fits up to 75 people and stays open till 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Guys can belly up for a Miller High Life and a shot of whiskey ($5) while the ladies paw through racks of secondhand clothes downstairs. Buyouts start at $200, plus the cost of booze. There’s even a DVD player and projector on hand for impromptu Bridesmaids screenings. 75A Orchard St., nr. Grand St.; 212-966-7330.
This 24-hour Koreatown spa is co-ed from 5 p.m. on (bring a bathing suit), and groups of ten or more get a 10 percent discount, plus free Champagne and fruit. Newlyweds can try a Couples Getaway combo ($395) with twin hydrotherapy massages and a soak in a private Jacuzzi, while their guests enjoy express rubdowns ($75). 25 W. 32nd St., nr. Fifth Ave., fifth fl.; 646-733-1330.
B.Y.O.B. Sing Along:
The interior at this K-town joint resembles the laser background of your elementary-school photos, amped up by scads of glittery lights. Beers are $4 a pop, but the beauty of 32 is that it’s B.Y.O.B., so smuggle in what you can from your reception, and rent out a room ($50 per hour for seven people). It’s open until 4 a.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. on weekends. 32 W. 32nd St., nr. Sixth Ave., sixth fl.; 212-290-0085.
Your celebrants will toast your love all over again when you plunk them down in front of one of this French colonial–esque speakeasy’s absinthe-drip fountains, which serve a rotating selection of seasonal punches. A small-bites menu includes an Alsatian pork tart ($10) and salt-cod fritters ($8).
From the Summer 2012 New York Wedding Guide