Having an epic night out by Ari KellenNew York is notorious for its nightlife; since it was known as “New Amsterdam”, the city has had a disproportionate number of drinking establishments.  The “epic night out in the city” is something that has been captivating New Yorkers and visitors to the city since Manhattan Island was first settled.  You can go out any time you’d like, but a large chunk of the city’s party crowd doesn’t even hit the clubs until after 1 am.  All of that can wear you down physically, emotionally and financially, especially if you overdo it.  But if you know what you’re doing, then you’ll be okay.  Here are some tips, based off an article I found online:

Save your money: Having cash on your hand should be a no-brainer.  Don’t be a freeloader; you won’t have an epic night out, and if your budget is too tight to down at least a few rounds then you should probably spend the night on your aunt’s Netflix account instead.  

Dress properly: Be smart about your footwear; hobbling around in uncomfortable shoes isn’t going to be fun, especially since nights out in New York tend to involve plenty of walking.  

Keep your plans flexible: It’s a good idea to have a set meet-up point, but keep the night’s schedule flexible.  The spontaneity is one of the best parts of partying in New York.  You could end up hopping around the East Village, maybe stay at one dive in the Upper East Side, the options are endless.

Take your time: New Yorkers have a reputation for being high-strung, but loosen up if you’re doing a night out on the town.  Sit back, relax, have fun and save your stress for the Monday morning commute.  

Talk to strangers: This isn’t always a good idea, but nights out on the town can be a great way to meet people.  You can meet interesting people everywhere, from bars to sidewalks.  Use your gut instinct, and you can be pleasantly surprised by who you meet.

Know your limits: New York is about excess, but being sloppy drunk at the end of a night isn’t something to necessarily be proud of, and isn’t the best way to ride a subway home at 4 in the morning.  If you know you’re going to be out late, pace yourself and drink plenty of water.  

Don’t have any expectations: The point of experiencing a great night out in New York is to be completely relaxed without feeling pressured to have a good time, which will be tough if you keep thinking “this has to be a fun night”.  There isn’t any shortage of adventure and excitement in New York, so let it come to you, and you’ll be sure to have a fun time.