New Bars and a Cult-Favorite Beauty Pop-Up Just Landed in NYC This Weekend

Fun things to do in NYC this weekend, including cool new art and the return of a British DJ.

Things to Do in NYC This Weekend
Lars Thorwald at Another Country | Photo credit: Max Flatow, photo courtesy of Another Country
Lars Thorwald at Another Country | Photo credit: Max Flatow, photo courtesy of Another Country

Maybe we’re biased, but is there a city on Earth with better museums than New York City? And while any New Yorker can rattle off the greatest hits of places like MoMA or The Guggenheim, the five boroughs contain way more than just those spots made famous in movies or on TV (we’re looking at you, Met stairs). So if you’re looking to escape the crowds and give yourself some street cred with your most creative pals, take a peek at our list of the most underrated museums worth exploring.

As for what else you can explore this weekend? We have all the details on the city’s hottest beauty pop-up, an even hotter yoga class, and where to celebrate all things beer. Read on for everything fun you can do this weekend in NYC.

And for even more fun, check out Jaeki Cho’s guide to Flushing and what makes Unscripted Ink NYC’s coolest new tattoo parlor.

Things to Do in NYC This Weekend
Another Country | Photo credit: Max Flatow, photo courtesy of Another Country

Drinking events in NYC

February 23–25
Union Square, $16 and up
Union Square finally has the neighborhood watering hole it deserves, thanks to the recent opening of Another Country, a new spot from hospitality veterans Mark Connell and Timothy Jenkins. The drinks menu here is small, but mighty: With only eight cocktails on the list, you can be assured they’re all worth a try, but our current go-to is the Plural of Vinyl is Vinyl, made up of mezcal, rum, calamansi, pineapple, and banana. There is also actual vinyl spinning, which you are encouraged to get up and dance to.

February 23
NoMad, $19 and up
Moe Aljaff and Juliette Larrouy, formerly of the famed Two Schmucks bar in Barcelona, are set to open Schmuck. on the Lower East Side later this year. But, we’ll let you in on a little secret: You can get a preview of the team’s famed quirky cocktails this Friday at Back Bar at Hotel Eventi, where the duo has an eight-week residency. Our favorite has to be the hilariously named That Scene from Ratatouille with Strawberry & Cheese, made with Patron tequila, strawberry, Parmesan, and CO2.

February 24–25
Sunset Park, $95 and up for Opening Bash
Suds fans, rejoice: NYC Beer Week has finally arrived. And, in go-big-or-go-home fashion, the Opening Bash, presented by the New York City Brewers Guild, is gonna be a wild one. Expect over 60 of the country’s best breweries, pouring a whopping 140 different styles of beers, plus drink-friendly snacks like Henry St. Pretzels and Essie’s Oysters, and live DJs spinning tunes all afternoon. Check out the website for details on the rest of the week’s festivities, which include activations in taprooms, breweries, and bars across the boroughs.

Things to Do in NYC This Weekend
The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism at The Met | Photo credit: Anna-Marie Kellen, photo courtesy of The Met

Cultural events in NYC

February 23–24
Lincoln Square, Suggested price of $35
One of America’s premier choreographers and his dance company make their Lincoln Center debut this weekend, in a performance inspired by Black, Indian, and Jewish spiritual music. Deep River, a collaboration with Lisa Fischer (backup vocalist for The Rolling Stones) and MacArthur Award-winner Jason Moran, is a work that celebrates beauty, humanity, and love. The performance is part of Lincoln Center’s Choose What You Pay program, in an effort to make the arts more accessible to all.

February 25
Upper East Side, $30 per ticket
One of the most anticipated museum shows of this winter opens this Sunday at The Met. Through over 150 works, The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism explains how the Black artists in Harlem and Chicago’s South Side (and later nationwide) formed the first African American-led movement of modern art. Art pieces included in the show come from luminaries like James Van Der Zee, Laura Wheeler Waring, and Charles Alston.

Things to Do in NYC This Weekend
Sol de Janeiro Pop-Up | Photo courtesy of Sol de Janeiro

Shopping and style events in NYC

February 23–25
Meatpacking, $5 and up
As your beauty-obsessed friends have probably told you, the lotion of the moment is basically anything by Sol de Janeiro. And, judging from the lines at the brand’s new pop-up on 14th Street, people are very excited about the new product roll out. Swing by this weekend to snag their new body butters and perfume mists, as well as make Brazilian wish bracelets, indulge in a hand massage and guided meditations, and even sign up for a skin analysis. We promise you’ll leave smelling better than when you came in.

February 25
Upper West Side, Free to enter
Wanna get yourself a lil’ treat and give back to the NYC community at the same time? Excellent. We’d like to introduce you to Grand Bazaar’s NY Handmade pop-up, which features over 130 local makers selling everything from handmade pottery to elegant stationery to locally made skincare. The best part? 100% of the profits from the Bazaar are donated to four nearby public schools, which serve over 2000 kids.

Things to Do in NYC This Weekend
Photo courtesy of Cristoph

Nightlife events in NYC

February 24
East Williamsburg, $57.17 and up
Sometimes, you don’t want the lasers and the flashing screens, right? You just wanna hear some really, really good house music. Clear your Saturday night for progressive house DJ Cristoph’s open-to-close performance at 99 Scott, where the extended set will feature no gimmicks and just hours and hours of the Newcastle artist’s creative spinning. It should go without saying, but expect a late night for this one.

Wellness events in NYC

February 23, 6:30 pm
NoLita, $36
If you’ve never taken a class before, the idea of hot yoga can seem more than a little intimidating (and sweaty). That’s one of the reasons we love the welcoming atmosphere at Heatwise, whose classes are designed for all levels. This Friday night, they’re even hosting a community hang after the 60-minute “Some Like to Shvitz” class, which include snacks, refreshments, and the chance to make a new workout buddy.

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Juliet Izon is a New York City and Hudson Valley-based food, travel, and design writer. She studied English Literature at Trinity College before holding staff positions at Bauer Publishing, Niche Media, and Modern Luxury. You can catch her bylines in places like Condé Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, and Architectural Digest. Follow her on IG.