Monica DiNatale 365 Guide New York City NYC Author

The Cutting Room

Great Group Activities

I know my dance card gets full during the holidays. It seems I have visitors every weekend looking for something cool to do. If you’ve been to Times Square a thousand times and can’t bear the site of The Empire State Building, my picks this week are sure to please.

Howl At The Moon (240 West 52nd Street) Howl at the Moon is the total entertainment experience with musicians that are Broadway level amazing. Prepare yourself for part bar, part concert and all fun. Throw out a song title and they are sure to know the tune. Instead of plunking down tons of cash for a Broadway show, try having a cocktail and a nosh with free live entertainment. Grab your friends and order an 86 ounce bucket of booze, starting at $35. With more than a dozen offerings like sizzle dizzle and sex on the moon, you’re sure to have a good night. They have an extensive cocktail list and two dozen craft beer selections. The American menu is full of party favorites like sliders, wings and nachos perfect for sharing. Open Wednesday through Saturday, they offer daily changing happy hours that often include free food buffets.

Shrine World Music NYC 365 GuideShrine World Music Venue (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard) If jazz, funk and blues will make your guests swoon, look no further. Shrine only books independent artists, groups and live bands. The shows are free and chock full of talented artists who could become tomorrow’s headliners. The staff is super friendly and the drinks are strong and tasty. With five to six bands a night your group activity can last into the early hours of the next day. Visit daily from 4-8 p.m. for discounted drinks from $3 to $6 that include frozen margaritas and piña coladas. The menu includes salads and sandwiches with appetizers starting at $5.

The Cutting Room (44 East 32nd Street) Boredom is not an option at this swanky music mecca. The Cutting Room packs the calendar full of ticketed musical events. You may catch a Tom Petty Tribute Band, a funky blues master or throwback artists like Tiffany and John Oates. New to the calendar is The Midnight Experience, a wild and scandalous rock n’ roll show featuring New York City’s hottest aerialists, circus and burlesque performers. You will feel the heat as this sensual cast performs risque acts right before your eyes. The show takes place every Saturday at midnight with tickets starting at $20.  Share flat bread pizzas (starting at $12) or a Mediterranean tray ($15) with hummus, tzatziki and pita bread. Monday through Friday save at the bar with $5 beer, $6 wine and $7 well drinks.

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