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, January 19, head to the regal book palace after work for all of the above plus a celebration of 1960’s counterculture. NYPL librarians and curator Isaac Gewirtz will guide you through the Library’s new exhibit, “You Say You Want a Revolution,” that includes groovy protest posters, Timothy Leary’s even groovier acid-trip notes, and footage from the Woodstock music festival. After dancing to 1960’s music curated by Felix Hernandez, the host of WBGO’s Rhythm Revue, you can even make your own album cover art.

Why You Should Go: Immerse yourself in one of the most interesting yet volatile decades at one of New York’s most historic spaces. We can’t think of a more outta-sight 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: Counterculture
New York Public Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
476 Fifth Avenue (at West 42nd Street), Midtown
Friday, January 19
7–9 p.m.
Free admission; food and drinks are available for purchase

Check out our itinerary for after after-hours: