New York’s Drinktivities Take The Booze Out of the Bar

Drinking games aren't just for college kids anymore


Forget beer pong. Drinking while playing real ping pong takes class. SPiN New York, one of a chain of luxury ping pong bars, is bringing pong back into the social lexicon. Just like a gym, you can become a member to ensure you get a table to play with friends up to five days in advance. Owned by Susan Sarandon, the ping-pong nightclub is taking drinktivity to a whole other level.

$25 per half hour per table after 6 p.m.
48 East 23rd Street

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Paint Nite

Best paired with a glass of pinot grigio, Paint Nite brings out the Picasso in everyone. Offering BYOB painting classes, patrons choose what day to attend based on the specific artwork being painted that night. From cityscapes to floral patterns, the paintings are a perfect souvenir after a boozy night out.

Around $65 (supplies included)
Various locations

(Courtesy of Paint Nite)
Taste Buds Kitchen

You don’t have to be YouTube’s Hannah Hart of “My Drunk Kitchen” to cook tipsy. Taste Buds Kitchen, which also offers alcohol free children’s camps and classes, has a lineup of BYOB classes that make us drool. Cook tapas, handmade pasta, or steak--just a few of the classes offered--in the Taste Buds kitchen. No prior cooking experience required.

109 West 27th Street

(Courtesy of Taste Buds Kitchen)
Happy Hour Guitar

In what is described as “karaoke for guitars,” guitar players, beginner and established alike, join together once a week at the NYC Guitar School. The BYOB event begins with some warm ups but the crux of the three hour event is playing over 100 songs like "Hotel California" and "Rolling in the Deep," only with the guitar track removed. You’ll most likely want to BYOG but guitars and amps are provided.

251 W 30th Street

Liquid Lab

Want to learn how to make an Old Fashioned or Tomato Basil Martini while drinking a few too? Liquid Lab offers public mixology classes where small groups of 15 learn classic cocktails and Liquid Lab original drinks and even participate in competitions, where guests’ alcoholic creations are judged by the advising mixologists.

Various locations

(Courtesy of Liquid Lab)

With mere weeks left of summer, the chance to catch some rays and drink Summer Fridays away is slowly fading.

But a few New York establishments are set to make sure the summer never ends, by giving you an excuse to continue to drink in a socially acceptable form all year round. From painting with a wine glass in hand to jamming on your guitar with a group of beer-drunk strangers, there’s no shortage of drinktivities in the city.

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