Getting Drunk With Santa

It’s that time of year again—no, not Christmas, but Santacon. This is when hundreds upon hundreds of people dressed like elves, Mrs. Claus, reindeer, and the big man himself take over Manhattan in a drunken display of holiday cheer.

Care to join in the mayhem? Well, grab a red hat, stripy socks, and a hip flask, and pick up some canned food to donate, then head to Pier 84 at 10am on Saturday. From there, you go to zone one, aka Santa’s Clubland, which includes Pacha, Stage 48, Hudson Terrace, and Southern Hospitality, among others (for a complete map go here).

Zone two, also dubbed “Santa Delights Tourists in Midtown,” where, aside from frolicking in Grand Central Station, you can take advantage of Santacon specials at Rattle n Hum, Brother Jimmy’s, Rick’s Cabaret, and more. Zone three takes you downtown to drink around Union Square, Tompkins Square Park, and St. Marks Church. If your flask runs dry, hit up Double Down Saloon, Doc Holiday’s, and Village Pourhouse, all which serve as canned food drop locations as well.

By 7pm, only the strongest will survive, and that means Santas across the city start heading to Brooklyn. There, merriment continues at Spike Hill, Radegast Hall & Biergarten, and at The Warsaw, where the after party continues until at least 1am. Finally, for you Scrooges out there that want to celebrate without a bevy of red suited frat boys, 508 Gastrobrewery is serving up a special Humbug Nog, a cocktail made with eggnog, vodka, Bailey’s and the pub’s own Mint Stout.

Where to Eat, Drink, and Be Patriotic This Fourth of July

Time to don your red, white, and blue and settle into this country’s most exciting holiday. The weather is perfect, and when else does your boss condone drinking cold beer, eating a lot of barbecue, and chilling out in the middle of the week? Since all your friends have the day off, too, it’s like Saturday on a Wednesday_ plus fireworks.

For the party animal, check out the waterfront at Pier 92, where not only is there a killer view of the pyrotechnics, but you get to munch on southern goodies by Virgil’s Real Barbecue while DJs like Hook N Sling and Ken Loi provide fodder for dancing. Hosted by ARRIVAL NYC, the 12-hour rooftop-beach party starts at noon and features performances by Lil Jon, a tanning deck, and, aside from the tasty barbecue, they will have grub from food trucks too, including Cupcake Crew, Milk Truck, Souvlaki GR, and Valducci’s Pizza. Tickets are available here.

Another great view of the fireworks can be taken in at Hotel Chantelle, where this rooftop bar has a full on barbecue party going on starting at 1pm and running late. In Times Square at the Sky Room, $100 gets you a spot in the highest rooftop lounge in the city, plus five an open bar and picnic-themed nibbles like pigs-in-a-blanket, burgers, chicken fingers, and potato chips.

At Beaumarchais, they will be celebrating the Fourth of July with a cookout and brunch party that goes into the evening. For your eating pleasure, chef David E. Diaz will be grilling up specials like honey-glazed shrimp skewers, and, for your listening enjoyment, DJ Marco Peruzzi will be spinning all night. If you want a more sit down celebration, 508 GastroBrewery debuts their tantalizing sloppy Joe menu just in time for the fourth. Plus, the Hudson River is right around the corner, making firework viewing easy, that is, if you can get up after the meaty feast.

Across the East River in Brooklyn, the artsy group Secret Project Robot hosts their IndepenDance, a party and potluck from 3 to 9pm, which includes reggae and dub music spun by DJ Sweet V, Grace of Spades, and Queen Majesty. In case you are too lazy to make food, nearby you can pick up tacos at Taqueria El Fogon or go super lowbrow and order a bucket of fried chicken from Kennedy Fried Chicken and Pizza.

Of course, it Macy’s annual firework display doesn’t move you, forget trying to get above ground and head to Coney Island. During the day, you can root for your favorite professional eater at Nathan’s Famous July Fouth International Hot Dog-Eating Contest. Grab a sausage and fries yourself from their outlet and, as the sky turns dark, head to the Wonder Wheel and see all the glittering lights of the amusement park, plus a few stray fireworks to boot. Happy Birthday, America.