What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

Toast the end of the workweek with happy-hour craft brews, concerts, karaoke jams, shindigs and more ideas for what to do on Friday.

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  • What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

    11. Sing your heart out during Karaoke Killed the Cat

  • Photograph: Noah Devereaux

    What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

    12. Sing your heart out with Arlene’s World Famous Live Rock ’n’ Roll Karaoke

  • What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

    13. Watch an oldie at Film Forum

  • What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

    14. Drink on rooftops

  • What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

    5. Venuehop in Williamsburg

  • What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

    16. Get Trash!-ed

  • What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

    17. Head upstairs to the Girls & Boys throwdown

  • Photograph: Zenith Richards

    What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

    18. Belt out show tunes at Marie’s Crisis Café

  • What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

    19. Get spooked at Sleep No More

  • Photograph: Wendy Connett

    What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

    20. Grab drinks and a gratis screening at Rubin Museum of Art

What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

11. Sing your heart out during Karaoke Killed the Cat

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Sing your heart out during Karaoke Killed the Cat…

Cohost Chris Goldteeth (who corrals the crowd along with Lord Easy) describes this weekly shindig as a “karaoke dance party,” but there’s more to the show than that. Brave souls can select a song from the duo’s more than 18,000 available tracks; Goldteeth and Easy keep the crowd pumped by acting as backup dancers or instigating water-gun fights. “We do our best to rev the crowd up so everyone feels like a star,” explains Goldteeth. Duly noted. Free.

  1. Union Hall, 702 Union St, (between Fifth and Sixth Aves)
  2. Fri at 11:45pm
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…or with Arlene’s World Famous Live Rock ’n’ Roll Karaoke…

The Strokes played some of their first gigs at LES mainstay Arlene’s Grocery, so you can take comfort in the fact that you’re rocking out where a rowdy Jules & Co. did likewise. Just make sure you bring it—cuts by Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC and other tried-and-true rock staples (the more anthemic, the better) require some serious wailing. $10.

  1. Arlene's Grocery, 95 Stanton St, (between Ludlow and Orchard Sts)
  2. Fri at midnight
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Watch an oldie at Film Forum

This cinephile haven has arguably the best roster of classic films in town—it’s almost as if the Criterion Collection opened its own theater. Many of FF’s revival screenings are presented in spiffy new prints and are occasionally introduced by the stars. The lineup of new international indies is top-notch, too. If you view moviegoing as a nonchatty—or even solo—endeavor, this is the place for you. 212-727-8110, filmforum.org

  1. Sixth Ave and Varick St
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Drink on rooftops

Take advantage of New York’s enviable views by getting an aboveground buzz. Among Manhattan’s wealth of hotel toppers, we recommend Upstairs, on the 31st floor of the Kimberly, which has a retractable glass roof. The urbane setting, with ivy-covered walls and nary a cabana in sight, is best experienced at night, when the canopy of lightbulbs strung above the terrace sets off the sight of the Chrysler Building. For more great vistas, check out our guide to rooftop bars in New York.

  1. Upstairs, 145 E 50th St, (between Lexington and Third Aves)
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Best spot to discover the next band of the moment: Glasslands Gallery

Venuehop in Williamsburg

Three of the city’s coolest, best-booked indie-rock spaces—Death by Audio (49 South 2nd St between Kent and Wythe Aves, Williamsburg, Brooklyn), Glasslands (289 Kent Ave between South 1st and 2nd Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-599-1450, glasslands.blogspot.com) and 285 Kent (285 Kent Ave at South 1st St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)—are all within a block of each other. So catching a few buzzy bands in one evening (especially since you don’t have to work in the morning) just got a whole lot easier. In 2012, these venues hosted big rock names like King Tuff, Ty Segall, the Men and Cloud Nothings—and rising groups are on their stages often.

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Get Trash!-ed…

For more than ten years, New Yorkers have toasted the end of the workweek at this steamy, down-and-dirty bash, where DJ Jess mans the decks, pumping out indie-electro and new-wave cuts, while a bevy of freaky Trash! regulars add to the delightfully seedy vibe. How? By almost any sexed-up means necessary—so don’t rule out witnessing topless ladies careening around a stripper pole. Go to iwannabetrash.com to get on the reduced-admission list. $10, on reduced-admission list $5.

  1. The Studio at Webster Hall 125 E 11th St, between Third and Fourth Aves
  2. Fri at 11pm
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…and head upstairs to the Girls & Boys throwdown

One of the biggest regular parties in the city also offers one of the biggest discounts. The Girls & Boys affair, which draws high-profile international acts like Simian Mobile Disco, Justice and Hot Chip, allows you to sign up via the Webster Hall website and receive a Dollar Daze voucher. Print it out and present it at the door before 11pm to gain admission for only five bucks. Prices vary.

  1. Webster Hall, 125 E 11th St, (between Third and Fourth Aves)
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Belt out show tunes at Marie’s Crisis Café

If you like how people in musicals can go without warning from normal conversation to singing their hearts out, this is the West Village bar for you. One minute the cute waiter is serving you a drink, the next he’s launching into “Wig in a Box.” The main attraction of this basement joint is the piano, around which show-tune lovers gather nightly to sing faves from musicals both classic and contemporary, starting at 5:30pm.

  1. 59 Grove St, (between Seventh Ave South and Bleecker St), 10014
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Get spooked at Sleep No More

A multitude of searing sights crowd the spectator’s gaze at this bedazzling and uncanny theater installation, a combination of Macbeth and Hitchcock’s Rebecca. Your sense of space and depth—already compromised by the half-mask that audience members must don—is further blurred as you wend your way through more than 90 discrete spaces, ranging from a cloistral chapel to a vast ballroom floor. Our advice? Wander solo; you’ll see more that way. $75–$162.50.

  1. McKittrick Hotel 530 W 27th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. 7, 11pm
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Grab drinks and a gratis screening at Rubin Museum of Art

Buy a drink ($8–$10) and this Himalayas-focused museum will treat you to cabaret-style viewings of global-cinema picks, helmed by masters ranging from Fellini to Miyazaki.

  1. 150 W 17th St, (at Seventh Ave)
  2. Fri at 9:30pm
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