Happy Hour at the Library

You read that right: The iconic main branch of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue opens its doors for drinks and more.

Photo by Chasi Annexy/The New York Public Library

Here’s an event worth bookmarking (sorry, we couldn’t resist): After Hours at the New York Public Library. On select Fridays, the lions outside of the iconic Beaux Arts landmark on Fifth Avenue stay up past their bedtime to welcome visitors to the city’s “most cerebral happy hour,” complete with drinks, food, music—and no one telling you to shhh.

On Friday, September 15, head to the regal book palace after work for all of the above plus a celebration of cartography. What’s more festive than maps? NYPL librarians and archivists will present pictorial charts from NYC’s past that document our city’s ever-changing landscape. Plus, you can be archived yourself! Map your Manhattan memories as part of the Mapping Manhattan project, or record your experiences of a neighborhood—whether it’s where you live, where you grew up, or just your favorite hood to visit—at the interactive oral history booths.

Why You Should Go: Roaming the halls of one of the most iconic libraries in the world? We can’t think of a more incredible spot for a few happy-hour drinks.

After Hours at the NYPL - NYC's Best Happy Hour
The Library After Hours. Photo by Chasi Annexy/New York Public Library

The Library After Hours: Mapping NYC
New York Public Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
476 Fifth Avenue (at West 42nd Street), Midtown
Friday, September 15
7–9 p.m.
Free admission; food and drinks are available for purchase

Check out our itinerary for after after-hours: