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.