Fun Things to Do After Dark in NYC This Fall

As the city that never sleeps, night time is when we come alive.

Edge | Photo courtesy of Related-Oxford
Edge | Photo courtesy of Related-Oxford

In a town where being nocturnal is a celebrated personality trait, we’re blessed to (how’s that saying go?) live in the “city that never sleeps”—and simply put, the after hours scene here in New York City is unmatched.

After finishing up daytime explorations like discovering the culinary wonders of our city’s gleaming new food halls or going on an afternoon date, there’s still plenty to do when the sun’s gone down. From late-night meals at 24-hour restaurants to special events taking place in the upcoming months, here are fun things to do after dark in NYC this fall.

Kellogg’s Diner
Kellogg’s Diner | Flickr/Tarnie

Have a late-night meal at a 24-hour restaurant

Throughout fall
Various locations
In our current times, the majority of the city’s eateries shut off their lights to close up shop way before the clock strikes midnight. So, to say we’re totally in love with the restaurants still operating on a nocturnal 24-hour schedule is an understatement. For classic diner joints, there’s everything from Kellogg’s Diner in Williamsburg and the 76-year-old Court Street Diner in Long Island City, to the Cuban cuisine purveyors of Coppelia on the Chelsea/West Village border. Other spots for late-night munchies are Gammeeok, a Koreatown standby that’s open 24 hours Wednesday–Sunday, and the Williamsburg and Bushwick locations of La Isla Cuchifrito. We also tip our hats to notable mentions like The Donut Pub in Chelsea and Cooler Runnings Jamaican Restaurant in Wakefield.

The DiscOasis at Wollman Rink
The DiscOasis at Wollman Rink | Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Thursday, September 15, 7:30 pm–10 pm
Central Park
The DiscOasis at Wollman Rink—which channels retro vibes with copious amounts of glitter, art installations, weekend events (like Skaterobics), and tunes curated by Grammy-winning producer Nile Rogers—is coming up on its last few weeks before its winter transition into the famed ice arena. Before the spot’s last run on Sunday, October 2, there’s one more chance to experience another fantastical disco-themed party, this time hosted by world famous fashion designer Zac Posen. At Roller Ball Night, guests are encouraged to pull out all the stops and those wearing the most inventive/outrageous threads will be chosen by Posen and fellow judges to win surprise prizes. Needless to say, we’re dressing to impress.
Cost:Tickets from $21.85

Edge | Photo courtesy of Related-Oxford

Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17
Hudson Yards
The perfect excuse to spend the evening sipping on huge steins of German beer, munching on pretzels, and flexing your finest pair of matching lederhosen is this year’s Oktoberfest activities at the Edge—the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere. Here, on the 100th floor of the impressive 30 Hudson Yards skyscraper, enjoy musical performances by an oompah band, tons of themed goodies, and unparalleled views of the city. Afterwards, head over to Oktoberfest at Pier 15’s Watermark, where holiday events are being hosted seven days a week until October 31 with free RSVPs available via the website.
Cost: Tickets from $38

Elsewhere | Photo by Luis Nieto Dickens

Throughout fall
Various locations
When you’re on the hunt for good beats that rattle the building, flashing lights, and steamy air from heavy-handed fog machines, New York City is most certainly not at a loss for hot clubs to dance the night away. With newer additions like Midtown’s house music mecca, Nebula, and the retro-themed discotheque, Ciao Ciao (which is a favorite of our TikTok bestie Tefi), there’s truly a vibe for everyone. Plus, there’s also the always-reliable rooftop sensation, Elsewhere, and the Georgia O’Keefe-inspired hotspot in the Freehand Hotel called Georgia Room. For a spicier spot, there’s Wonderland, a sultry nightclub/adult entertainment venue, which has been known to attract celebrities like the power duo of Cardi B and Offset.

The Brooklyn Mirage
The Brooklyn Mirage | Photo by @ChrisLavado

Wednesday, September 21, 7 pm–late
East Williamsburg
When it comes to local music venues, The Brooklyn Mirage reigns supreme. And for a special treat, this September, Movement Live by Michelob Ultra (an organization that hosts virtual and in-person workout events with the added bonus of celebratory beverages at the close of each occasion) is teaming up with the spot for an evening of high-energy exercise and dj sets. Led by Rumble Boxing instructors, more than 350 participants can take part in 10 rounds of shadow boxing, which are complemented by beats courtesy of DJ Ruckus. Following the sweat sesh, guests are treated to a headline performance by the world-renowned DJ duo Loud Luxury, which will go on until the early hours of Thursday morning.
Cost: Tickets from $59.99

Morningside Lights
Morningside Lights | Flickr/Arts Initiative

Saturday, September 24, 8 pm
Morningside Heights
For a heartwarming and community-based experience, check out the 11th annual Morningside Lights lantern festival. Here, participants can create their own lanterns then travel along a 45-minute procession around Morningside Park through to the Columbia University campus. This year’s theme, The Reimagined Monument, is all about reconsidering the concept of conventional art, and how we compassionately incorporate more honesty and inclusivity moving forward.
Cost: Free to participate

Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn Bowl | Photo by Scott Harris

Monday, October 10, 7 pm
On World Mental Health Day, treat yourself and a few friends to an evening at the Brooklyn Bowl. Hosted at this bowling alley/music venue that’s long been a neighborhood fav, guests can bowl a few rounds before popping over to the stage area to catch an exclusive set from the well-known indie pop band MisterWives (known for songs like “Reflections” and “Where Do We Go From Here?”) with a guest feature from joan. As an added bonus, the proceeds from purchased tickets will go to funding the mental health and wellness resource for music industry folks called Backline.
Cost: Tickets from $35

The Nines
The Nines | Photo by Liz Clayman

Throughout fall
Various locations
When thirsty for an expertly-crafted nightcap, New Yorkers have it good. Whether it’s the swanky celebrity-backed Pebble Bar at Rockefeller Center or 64 floors up with breathtaking views at Overstory in FiDi, late-night spots abound. We’re also partial to bars offering live entertainment alongside our drinks, like The Nines piano bar in NoHo or the Lamba Lounge in Harlem, that’s set up with everything from video games to a photo booth and Jenga. And perfect for the autumn weather, we have to shout out our fav al fresco destinations like Ridgewood’s Nowadays plus the sweet outdoor seating at Dante in the West Village.

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Izzy Baskette is a Staff Writer for Thrillist New York. Find her on Instagram.