Howl at The Moon in NYC: A Night to Remember

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On any given weeknight after work you can find me unwinding at home, eating dinner from my favorite Mexican food truck and cuddling up in front of a good movie (or two) with my pups. Pajamas on, Netflix streaming. It’s my very own sanctuary from the craziness that can come from living in New York City. But every once in a while, when the timing is just right, I’ve been known to dress up, put on a little makeup and go out on the town with my favorite girls. Last Thursday happened to be one of those nights.

When Carol first told me about the opening night of Howl At The Moon I was not sure what to expect. Midtown Manhattan isn’t necessarily known for it’s nightlife but I was curious enough to accept the offer. From my initial Google search I learned that the venue is “Part bar. Part concert. All fun.” Count me in.

Lucky for me I had a friend in tow. Not sure if it was my company or the complimentary drinks that persuaded her but something tells me it was the latter. We met in front of the venue on West 52nd Street to find a nice line of people waiting to get in. Neither of us really knowing what to expect, we were excited. As soon as we walked through the doors our coats were checked and the drinks began to pour. Now I’m no lush, but the bartenders were kind and the music was just right.

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Now what sets Howl At The Moon apart from any other club experience is the band. Boy oh boy were they good. Anyone who can easily transition from playing the Lion King theme song to Nicki Minaj’s “Superbass” is gold in my book. And with Stevie Wonder and 90s classics sprinkled in between, this band knew it all and they knew it well. And the best part… they were taking requests all night long.

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We dance and sang our hearts out into the night while the massive disco ball cast it’s light overhead. Even the band’s cover of Whitney Houston’s iconic “I Will Always Love You” couldn’t settle this crowd. It was easy to lose track of time and get lost in the wonder of it all. This is what every bar should be… inviting, not pretentious, and one heck of a good time.

Needless to say, the band held our attention all night long and the only thing that made me take off my dancing shoes was knowing that I had to get up for work in the morning. The truth is I’m already planning my next visit just so I can enjoy the band all over again. I think one more night away from my Netflix account will be okay. Yeah that sounds just about right.

Planning a visit? Things to know:

– 21+ (bring your ID)
– Full bar and food service
– No cover charge on Wednesdays. Thursdays $5 after 9 pm, Fridays and Saturdays $10
– No reservations required
– Big group? You can reserve tickets and tables in advance
– Band plays 4x a week. Wed at 8pm, Thurs & Fri at 6pm, Saturday at 8pm
– Tables are first come first serve but they do allow a portion of their tables to be purchased in advance
– No valet parking but the closest garage is on West 52nd between 8th and 9th streets
– New York too far from home? Enjoy 15 locations nationwide as well as on 3 Norwegian Cruise Line ships

 

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Stephanie Klose

Stephanie is a freelance writer who can be found snuggling up in bed with her two favorite dachshunds, Penny and Charlie, or gallivanting around New York City in search of the best chocolate ice cream cone. Whether it is stateside or across the pond, there isn’t a place she wouldn’t go for a little adventure. You can connect with her on on Twitter @StephGoneTravel and Instagram @SMKlose.

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