Free birthday stuff: Offers, deals and other birthday freebies
Treat yourself—and your wallet—with free birthday stuff. With these birthday freebies, you can have your cake and eat it too.
Tue Jun 5 2012
Yoga classes, beauty services, drinks on the house—with all this free birthday stuff, there's no need to spend a dime on your special day. We've compiled more than $100 worth of birthday freebies and services to wish you well. You're old now—you deserve it.
Take a yoga class
What better way to relieve the stress of aging than with a free yoga class? Birthday yogis can bring a friend and choose from an eclectic selection: a class for veterans includes therapeutic poses to restore the body, heal injuries and trauma; a class for the unemployed focuses on stress relief through stretches, breathing and relaxation exercises; and a prenatal class caters to women in their second and third trimesters. For those who don’t fit those categories, the center also offers traditional yoga from beginner through advanced levels. Offer valid on birthday only, ID required. • Integral Yoga Institute of New York, 227 W 13th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-929-0585, iyiny.org). Value: $17.
Drink for free
All New York barkeeps know that inebriation and birthdays go hand in hand, but only some of them will accommodate with free drinks for the occasion. At neighborhood dive Second Chance Saloon (659 Grand St between Leonard St and Manhattan Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-387-4411), bartender Bret Jergensen serves up all the draft beers and well drinks the guest of honor desires—“as long as you’re cool and tip the bartender,” he says. Miller Light and well drinks are also gratis for birthday patrons at the frat-heavy East End Bar and Grill (1664 First Ave between 86th and 87th Sts; 212-348-3783, eastendbar.com), though Georgetown fans might want to steer clear of this second home for Syracuse University alums. Offer valid on birthday only, ID required. • Value: All you can drink.
Shape your brows
Guys and gals alike can primp prior to the big day or night out at Benefit Boutiques, where experts wax or tweeze unruly brows into the best arch for your face shape. The shabby-chic decor—with pink armoires and white chandeliers—and complimentary postservice application of cover-up, eyeliner and bronzer beat a wax in the back room of a nail salon any day. ID required. • Benefit Boutique Soho, 454 West Broadway between Houston and Prince Sts (212-769-1111) • Benefit Boutique Upper East Side, 1301 Third Ave between 74th and 75th Sts (212-288-4728, benefitcosmetics.com). Value: $23.
Go on a walking tour
Want to grow wiser with age? Take an Inside Out Tours guided stroll across Brooklyn Bridge and through Dumbo, while learning about the area’s history and development. The two-hour, one-and-a-half-mile tour includes a visit to 111 Front Street Galleries, home to more than ten private art galleries showing contemporary painting, sculpture and photography. Recharge with a crème brûlée ($3.80) or mille-feuille ($4.15) from Almondine Bakery (85 Water St between Dock and Main Sts, Dumbo, Brooklyn; 718-797-5026, almondinebakery.com) or a chocolate chip cookie ($3) at Jacques Torres Chocolate (66 Water St at Main St, Dumbo, Brooklyn; 718-875-1269, mrchocolate.com). Offer available through August 31; ID and reservations required, use “InsideOutToursBirthday” promo code when booking. • “Brooklyn Bridge and Dumbo Tour,” meet at the Tweed courthouse, 52 Chambers St between Broadway and Centre Sts (800-838-3006, insideouttours.com). Wed, Sat, Sun 11am. Value: $35.
Visit a museum
Enjoy a joint birthday party with the Intrepid—the navel museum turns 30 this year and is offering visitors free birthday admission to celebrate. (While the museum is hitting the big 3-0, the 900-foot-long aircraft carrier that houses it is actually 69 years old, and has sustained tours of duty in Vietnam, World War II and the Cold War.) Check out current exhibitions such as “Women in Aviation: World War II,” which explores the accomplishments of lady top guns from the 1920s to the 1940s, and “Ship-Shape: Nautical Scale Models,” revealing the detailed process of building model ships. Offer available in person at the box office through 2012; ID required. • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, Twelfth Ave at 46th St (877-957-7447, intrepidmuseum.org). Value: $22.