This year, 2015, is the year most of my closest friends will be turning 21 years old. This is the year we’ve all been waiting for. Now, we’re not all saints, and we haven’t always followed the letter of the law — so we have some experience out in the field. Now is the time as mature 21-year-olds (!) to really hone in on the going out skills. No more hangovers (within reason). No more blistered feet. No more pre-going out stress. Here is a small guide to a fun night out that won’t have you questioning why you decided to leave the comfort of the couch the next day.
Where To Go
For the drinks and something else experience: The Comedy Cellar (in my top 3 favorite places in all of NYC) and Signature Theater (drinks and theater in a very cool atmosphere), Don’t Tell Mama (see talent before it explodes in the real world).
For the ‘get wild’ bar experience: I hope most of you didn’t just skip right to this one! But, my recommendations are Exchange Bar (last time I was there, some sort of Vampire party was happening), Welcome to the Johnson’s, One Fifty One (cute boys) and SPiN (owned by Susan Sarandon and ping pong).
The Speakeasy: Apotheke (bartenders in lab coats mix your cocktails), Attaboy (no menu, just skilled bartenders), Bathtub Gin (Have to go and see the burlesque show – looks like a coffee shop…but keep walking), Death & Co., Employees Only (get your palm read while you drink), PDT (accessed through a vintage telephone booth in a hotdog stand).
Da Club: Riff Raff (face painting is cool) and Provocateur (my godfather DJ’s here, so I’m biased). If you want actual club recommendations, I’m probably not your girl. But I have had fun at both of these places.
What To Drink
First, read this in-depth article on drinking and how it affects your body (she isn’t swearing it off, just explaining and giving reccs!) But, here’s what you do: DRINK WATER BEFORE AND AFTER drinking. A nice big couple of glasses I would say. Alternate between alcoholic beverages, and non-alcoholic. Red wine is the best for you, though not the lowest in calories. I’d say if you’re going to one of the more laid out places above, drink red wine. If you’re looking for a wild night out, have vodka with a sugar free mixer like club soda. Also, shots may look small, but they can contain 60-100 calories. Try to stick to 4 or 5 drinks MAX when you are looking to get cray. You’ll still be buzzed. And also, listen to the people that love and care about you when they say you’ve had a bit too much, and try not to get mad (I know, easier said than done).
What To Wear
A comfortable heel (do not wear a heel for the first time when going out, come on girls — these, these or these) OR an over the knee boot with a heel, a short skirt that doesn’t ride up too much OR black jeans, a low-cut top that won’t cause any nip-slips (body suits help, and if it’s super flowy and low cut, get the pasties), and a cross-body bag.
Who To Go With
People you like. That is all. And you know who you like.
When To Go
God, isn’t this the age-old question. This may be my least favorite part about going out. Why must I wait until midnight?? I would love if my night out could be 9-12, but, alas, often we must go out later to get the full effect. So, I’d recommend doing a late dinner, getting a coffee, then going out. DO NOT GO HOME OR YOU WILL NEVER LEAVE AGAIN.
Why You Should Enjoy Yourself
If you need reminding, like I do, then here it is. You are young. You are allowed. You are smart and a thinking human being who has made fantastic decisions in the past and will continue to do so. You deserve to relax. In whatever capacity that means for you. Maybe it doesn’t mean drinking, and often that is the case for me (lets be real, drinking is the death for your skin, weight, and do I even need to mention your liver?) so find what makes you happy but ALSO is something you don’t necessarily do all the time. Challenge yourself, get out and be around other young and wonderful people, and don’t look back!