As Tommy, one of Howl at the Moon’s piano players, explains on the club’s website, “Every night…we try and throw a party, regardless of whether it’s a Tuesday night or a Saturday night.” The bar’s trademark dueling pianos serve as the epicenter of these nightly celebrations; patrons submit their favorite songs on slips of paper for the pianists and backing musicians to recreate. If the website’s playlist is any indication, the bands can handle popular songs from all genres and eras, from Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” to Kanye West’s “All of the Lights.” The performances are spirited: colorful lights splash upon a stage where servers, guests, and chairs that have somehow developed mobility all dance along to the music.
Fueling the celebration is the bar’s indulgent selection of drinks. Servers stand over patrons to plunge jello injectors into their mouths, and revelers grab colorful straws to help drain 86-ounce booze buckets filled with sangria or other fruity libations. Pomegranate liqueur and honey-infused whiskey sweeten specialty cocktails, and local beers add depth to coolers stocked with Stella Artois and Dos Equis.
The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.
Filled with 50 tons of carved ice and most recently inspired by Ernest Shackleton's failed Antarctic expedition, Icebar's 27-degree, bacchanalian winterscape earned itself a feature in Frommer's and a spot on the Travel Channel's list of The World's Coolest Bars. After bundling up with gloves and jackets or in rentable faux fur coats, guests can spend up to 45 minutes touring the room's collection of frozen sculptures, floes, and sled-dog huts, raising toasts to their favorites with glasses made entirely out of ice. Frozen stools covered with seal fur line the bar, where mixologists pour frosty cocktails and root around for two identical snowflakes.
The adjacent Fire Lounge allows visitors to warm up afterward by snagging a drink from the full-service bar or bobbing their heads to the mixes of DJ Sher-khan. The pulsing sound system helps to get blood flowing again while lasers and strobe lights scan the room for any escaped snowglobes.
With 3 Kings Hookah Lounge’s more than 75 flavors of shisha ready to fill visitors’ pipes, the task of selecting just 1 can be daunting. Luckily, a staff well-versed in matching taste to tobacco helps customers to sift through aromatic mélanges that range from traditional flavors such as mint and strawberry to bowls of real apple, orange, and pineapple pilfered from a nearby still life. Between puffs, teas, baked goods, and appetizers such as samosas and naan pizzas keep mouths occupied. Minds stay engaged with belly dancing on Fridays, games on Sundays, and themed nights throughout the week that pay homage to Bollywood and Latin flair.
The menu at Cricketers Pub & Eatery has all the markings of a classic English pub?bangers and mash, shepherd's pie, fish and chips featuring Cricketer?s beer-battered haddock and hand-cut fries. And the scene inside the pub is immersive with cricket bats, Guinness paraphernalia, and club ties mounted on the walls while televisions showcase live European sporting events. Revelers can refuel with beers on tap and in bottles alongside a selection of hand-drawn ales. Chefs also cook full English breakfasts with eggs, English bacon, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, baked beans, and toast.
Plumes of hookah smoke scent the air of Zorba's Greek Taverna, where hints of jasmine and rose mingle with the smells of garlic, tahini, and spices wafting from the kitchen. Slices of pita bread scoop up housemade tzatziki, and plates of moussaka layer eggplant, potatoes, and ground beef beneath b?chamel and tomato sauces. Pepperoncini nestles beside gyro wraps, while waiting to delight tongues with a slight kick. Greek coffee, beer, wine, and ouzo complement the dishes, and desserts such as baklava and three-layer chocolate cake end meals on a sweet note.