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8 Midtown bars to visit before or after your show

Something about a Broadway show just puts everyone in the mood to indulge in a pre-show drink. Here’s a toast to a few of our favorite Midtown gems to stop and have a cocktail before or after your show.


From colorful margaritas, to spiked hot chocolate and bottled brews, there’s a bar in Midtown with drinks for everyone. Here are our top 8 choices to treat yourself before or after the performance. 



1. Toloache

Location: 251 W. 50th St. 

This contemporary Mexican bistro is named after a flowering plant famed in Mexico for its use in love potions. You’ll find an assortment of margaritas and mezcalitas awaiting you. Our margarita of choice is the La Paloma, made with Gran Centenario, grapefruit orange juice, grapefruit soda and lime. Located right next to both the Gershwin and Circle in the Square, this modern restaurant is conveniently located to many theatres. 


2. Beer Culture

Location: 328 W. 45th St. 

Don’t be intimidated by Beer Culture’s 12 rotating drafts and more than 500 bottled brews. This laid-back atmosphere is a cozy spot for beer lovers of all kinds. If you can’t decide what to pick, their bartenders delight in guiding visitors to the perfect pint. Stop by this bottle shop/bar hybrid before or after your show. 


3. Glass House Tavern 

Location: 252 W. 47th St. 

Prior to curtain, this tavern is a welcome place for audience members to indulge in before their show. Find the drink your heart desires from a hearty list of wines by the glass and craft cocktails that cover everything from martinis to mules. For an after-show treat, we suggest their Hazelnut Hot Chocolate, made with fresh hot chocolate, hazelnut spiced rum and fresh whipped hazelnut cream. 


4. The Lambs Club

Location: 132 W. 44th St. 

Owned by Food Network’s Geoffrey Zakarian, this glittering ode to old-school glamour takes itname from America’s first professional theatrical society. Guests will find both innovative and classic cocktails, created with fresh ingredients and house-made infusions. You won’t miss the bar’s meticulous attention to details, from custom glassware to hand-cut ice. 


5. The Shakespeare

Location: 24 E. 39th St. 

When you walk into The Shakespeare, you’re transported to a pub you’d find in the English countryside. This old English bar offers $5 beers and $6 wines during their happy hour that ends at 7. They also offer cask ale and craft cocktails that you can enjoy at their bar-top or table-top seating with dim lighting. 



6. Bar Centrale

Location: 324 W. 46th St. 

Reservations are encouraged to help score a seat at this converted apartment in a Victorian brownstone. Locals want to help keep this spot hidden, as you won’t find a sign out front. This bar is designed for those who know what they want before they sit down. After you select a cocktail, it arrives in a small pitcher surrounded by salty ice. This keeps it from sticking together and your cocktail cold.


7. Bond45

Location: 221 W. 46th St. 

“Hamilton’s” scenic designer, David Korins, and “The Lion King’s” lighting designer, Donald Holder, collaborated on the design of this Italian restaurant’s 2017 re-opening. The new location features Bond Bar Below on the second floor. This bar boasts two large fireplace alcoves with built-in seating and a sunken patio in the center. Find a wide array of drinks from wines, special house cocktails, beers and more. 


8. Dutch Fred’s

Location: 307 W. 47th St. 

Step into Dutch Fred’s to find an impressive draft wall with Kentucky Bourbon Barrel ale, 21st Amendment blood orange IPA and Prohibition Speakeasy amber ale. Their 1920s-style cocktails pack a punch. From shareable plates, classic favorites, innovative cocktails and craft beers, you’ll find it hard to leave the hub for Broadway bites and booze. 


Going to dinner and a Broadway show in Midtown doesn’t have to break the bank. First, find last minute Broadway tickets for you and a date or friend. Then, pick from this list of bars close to the theatre to grab drinks and food at before or after the show. You may find your new favorite go-to spot in Midtown.


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Written by: Alex Johnson for Traveltalk
Published: 1 November 2018

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