The day you were born only comes around once a year, so if you don’t do anything special for yourself all year long, you owe it to yourself to do something fun on the anniversary of your debut into the world. Since birthday fun isn’t one-size-fits-all, we’re giving you a few ideas for different categories of fun. You can pick one event or go big and combine a few events for a birthday week done right.
1. Dinner and a Show
If you’re looking for an intimate, low-key celebration with a significant other or a few close friends, you can’t go wrong with dinner and a show. There’s no better reason to make the upgrade from a typical movie night to a live show than your birthday. We say, go for it! The perfect show awaits you in the Theater District, so pick a show — any show. Splurge on one you’ve heard rave reviews about or one you’ve been dying to see. There are tickets at pretty much every price point, whether it’s an iconic play or an off-Broadway smash. Some nearby restaurants offer a pre-theater menu, so you can enjoy dinner at a birthday-dinner-worthy restaurant you might not otherwise visit. It’s your birthday, so treat yo’self.
2. Boozy Brunch
What’s better than day drinking on your birthday? Answer: nothing. A birthday brunch is a great way to start the party early — we’re talking 10 or 11 a.m. — in a setting where day drinking is expected and encouraged, via inventive bloody marys and unlimited mimosas. You can start your special day off right, and keep the party going for as long as you want, because day drinking is all about maximizing your day, right? So, what are you waiting for? Check out OpenTable for the best brunch spots in Midtown and see which one strikes your fancy.
3. Bowling Done Right
Who says all bowling alleys are old, dull and devoid of character? Host a casual birthday bash at a swanky Midtown bowling alley, such as BOWLMOR in Times Square or nearby Frames Bowling Lounge. These themed, lounge-esque establishments are much cooler that your average bowling alley, with better music, better food, and of course, drinks. Bowling is a classical, fun group game, but for your birthday, you can mix friendly competition with upscale ambience, for the ultimate party.
4. The Night Out
If you prefer to hit the club on your birthday and party like a rock star, then Copacabana Times Square is your spot for all your birthday revelry. Celebrating on a Friday? Every Friday is Ladies’ Night, so of course it’s the best night to celebrate with your crew. When you add your name to the online guest list, you can score a free birthday cake package, which includes a birthday cake a bottle of champagne to toast to another awesome year.
5. Jazz Concert
If you’re a music lover who appreciates a soulful concert, attend a jazz concert at one of the city’s legendary jazz clubs. Birdland Jazz Club in Times Square is known for its lively entertainment and has hosted classical and modern jazz legends for decades. The nearby Iridium is another landmark club that showcases rock, jazz, and blues artists from around the world. Celebrate your birthday while tapping your feet and enjoying the smooth sounds. Getting intoxicated on the stimulating sounds of jazz will move you in a special way on your special day.
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