When we first moved to NY, we wanted to go to the hottest bars, party at the most happening clubs and truly experience what NY nightlife was all about. If you google top NY bars/clubs (or even listen to some hip hop) , names like 1 Oak, Greenhouse get thrown around a lot. But a couple of visits to these places makes you realize really quick that thats not where real NY is. Clubs such as 1 oak or Greenhouse is where the hype is. They are the places where only tourists that don’t know where to find real NY end up. You are not going to get into these places unless you look like someone that walked straight out of the Victoria’s secret catalogue or know someone or are willing to buy bottle service. Then how do the rest of us get in? Well….promoters! Promoters can get you into any club that they work with. Provided you dress a certain way and meet their criteria. For example, a promoter that has helped Bijal and I get into clubs usually brings a south American crowd to the club. Meaning…club owners call him up when they need more south american people at their club. Bijal and I are Indian, but i guess we look close enough.
Having been to these clubs, in addition to the numerous other clubs in NY that aren’t as hyped, you realize that true NY is not at 1 oak or Greenhouse. True NY is everywhere but there. Places with friendly bouncers that aren’t really full of themselves, or places where you don’t need to be someone to get in. Real New York is at places such as The Yard or Off the Wagon where you don’t need to know a promoter to get in. So do yourself a favor when you come to party it up in NY…go check out the real NY. Not the NY that is just hype! Leave that for the tourists!
Cute waitresses, good drinks, located in the happening neighborhood of SoHo and last but not the least, its outdoors!!! Ladies and Gentleman, say hello to “The Yard”.
Now some of you that actually read my “About me” section know that I just moved to NY (Shame on the rest of you for not reading it!!!!). Prior to moving here, I lived in Seattle for 5 years. And as most of you might have heard, living in Seattle = NO SUNSHINE FOR MOST OF THE YEAR. So most people from Seattle really learn to appreciate the summer because its pretty much the only time of the year when you actually see sunshine. As such, I try to go to as many summer friendly places as I can so that I can soak up the sun and enjoy the good weather. The Yard definitely serves this cause. It doesn’t have blaring music; so you can actually enjoy a conversation, and at the same time, is outdoors, so you can enjoy the weather as well.
Drinks are a bit on the expensive side (mixed drinks cost about $14) and the food comes in small portions…but hey, thats a small price to pay for a good summer joint and some eye candy walking around. I am looking into finding a lot more of these summer friendly places, so if you have any suggestions, leave a comment and let me know.
P.S…. I wish I had taken a camera. Totally forgot to. Photo below is one I found online.