The 5 best bars for watching the Tony Awards

Looking for a show while you watch a show about other shows? Then this list is for you.

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It’s fun to watch the Tony Awards, and it’s even more fun to watch them while drinking. For those staying home, we’ve created the ultimate (by which we mean life-threatening) Tony Awards drinking game, but for people who want to see the show while out on the town, these are the five most fun joints at which to catch the action.

If/Then

42West

YouTube's Randy Rainbow hosts a live viewing party at the new 42West, in the space formerly occupied by XL Nightclub. R.S.V.P. for a complimentary welcome drink and the chance to win tickets to Broadway’s If/Then. If you’re looking for witty commentary on the Tony Awards (and let’s be honest, you are), Randy Rainbow is your guy.

54 Below

54 Below

“Broadway’s Supper Club,” 54 Below, is the place to watch the Tonys if you wish to be surrounded by hard-core theater lovers. (To put it another way: This is where to go if you don’t want people talking over the acceptance speeches.) There’s also the added thrill of knowing that many of the nominees regularly perform there.

Joe Allen

Joe Allen

For decades, Joe Allen has been synonymous with Broadway. You may even see a Tony winner or two stop by, either to sip a cocktail during the red-carpet broadcast, or for the excellent four-course prix fixe dinner ($75). Reservations are strongly encouraged.

GAY BARS: HELL'S KITCHENThe Ritz (pictured; 369 W 46th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves, 212-333-4177)Coming up: Rewind, Wed 8pm; freeIndustry Bar (355 W 52nd St between Eighth and Ninth Aves; 646-476-2747, industry-bar.com)Coming up: The Glamazons, Tue 2

The Ritz

Hell’s Kitchen gay bar the Ritz will also tune in to the Tonys, with live entertainment hosted by popular comedian Marti Gould Cummings. This wild evening is centered around the Tony broadcast, but not necessarily reverent toward it.

The Stonewall Inn

The Stonewall Inn

This historic gay-rights landmark offers not only the broadcast of the Tony Awards, but also Broadway and cabaret stars performing live during the commercial breaks, including Sweeney Todd‘s original Johanna, Sarah Rice, and MAC Award winner Marissa Mulder.


Finally, don’t forget to check Time Out New York’s Twitter feed on Sunday night for our live tweeting of the whole show.


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