In New York City, you're never far from your new favourite hotspot. Whether you're after a mango margarita, cream filled cronut, bottomless brunch or one of the world famous pizza pies; you are in the right place to find it. But here at FFD, we’re not into the ordinary.
We like our bars like we like our lives; fun, fabulous and most likely full of neon. Maybe you want a manicure with your martini, or perhaps you would prefer to #FreeTheNipple with your tipple. Whatever your poison, there’s something for everybody in our list of quirky themed bars that you need visit immediately in NYC. It ain’t easy being this cheesey!
If you are looking for something a little (less or more, not sure) NSFW, then the Boobie Trap is the place for you. A feminist paradise, this breastaurant (sorry, couldn’t resist) dedicated to beer, barbecue and, eh boobies is a celebration of all things female. The kitschy B-Movie vibe makes for entertaining times filled with 90’s nostalgia, colouring books, and vintage Playboy cover menus that can’t help but make you feel titalated. Created to empower women from the pink lighting to the tens of titties, this is seriously a bar to tell the twins about. One pun too many? You’ve obviously never been to a themed bar, have you?
Boobie Trap, 308 Bleecker St, Brooklyn
It’s one of those age old sayings that always rings true; if it’s not broke, don’t fix it! Taking full advantage of the fully functioning original 1950’s salon, what was once “Thomas Beauty’ is now NYC’s one of a kind beauty saloon! Under the very same roof where ladies groomed and gossiped for decades, The Beauty Bar is the only place in Manhattan you can have a martini with your manicure for just $10 during happy hour. Whatever your type, be it Redhead, Platinum Blonde to Bright Prink there’s a cocktail you can enjoy right under the helmet hair dryers taking you right back to the bygone days of glamour. Beauty school drop out? Well, if the cocktail fits!
Beauty Bar, 231 E 14th St, New York
Trailer Park Lounge
A trip to (the original, btw) Trailer Park Lounge is definitely one you won't forget in a hurry. Looking like something you would fit right at home on the Las Vegas strip, this kitschy neon dream has everything you would ever want to accompany your $5 beer, pregnant mannequin included. From the bowling alley seating, streamer filled ceiling right the way to the toilet planter that greets you on the way in, there is no wrong place to look at the Trailor Park Lounge. Go for the decor, but stay for the legendary margaritas - made by a Harley Davidson blender no less - in loads of fab flavours. Food wise, it’s a sloppy Joe and tater tots establishment, and let me tell you, you won't be disappointed.
Trailer Park Lounge, 271 W 23rd Street, Chelsea
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, BEETLEJUICE! If the man himself has just appeared before you, then you must be in NYC’s East Village. Not to be overshadowed by any other Tim Burton classics, the Beetle Bar is fully dedicated to the master of twisted fantasy himself. From the Edward Scissorhands-inspired Fleet Street martini, Mars Attacks We Come in Peace cocktail to their legendary Beetlejuice, you are seriously spoiled for cult movie choice here.
Beetle House, 308 E 6th St, New York
Doesn’t matter whether you are a little bit country, or a little bit rock n’ roll, Flaming Saddles will take you from the heart of NYC to the wild wild west in one bartop line dance. If you were a fan of Coyote Ugly (and let’s face it, who wasn’t?!) then you may recognise the knee slappin’, hip shakin’ choreography created by one of the owners. Yup, this is where the film got it’s inspo - and it’s dance teacher! With a strict “no woohoo” policy, this is just about the only Gay bar in town that’ll serve Piehole whiskey shots while "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" runs on the TV. All I can say is best, night, EVER! Yippee Ki Yi Yay!
Flaming Saddels, 793 9th Ave, New York
Originally Published on 01 Nov 16