High guide to New York City: Where to be stoned

Happy 4/20, y’all! Dig our roundup—or high guide, if you will—of Gotham’s stoner-friendly happenings and spots.

Whether you’re way into the green stuff or just have a short attention span (we kid!), you’ll appreciate the 4/20-worthy picks in our high guide. Seriously, who doesn’t like serene parks, hearty meals and stoner flicks?


Lebowski Fest New York

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Is there a more likable onscreen toker than the Dude? (If you don’t think so then, well, you know, that’s just like, uh, your opinion, man.) This two-day celebration of the cult comedy kicks off at Gramercy Theatre (127 E 23rd St between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave; 212-614-6932; Fri 19 at 8pm; $25) with a screening of the Coen brothers’ masterpiece (yes, dude, masterpiece) and musical performances by the likes of Los Duderinos, the self-dubbed—and you’ll hear no argument from us—“ultimate metal Big Lebowski tribute band.” On 4/20 proper, costumed fans convene to roll at Bowlmor Lanes (222 W 44th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves; 212-680-0012; Sat 20 at 8pm; $30, advance $25), compete in trivia bouts, slam White Russians and welcome surprise guests—a tease that’s nothing to scoff at: The film’s stars (John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore and Duder himself, Jeff Bridges) stopped by two years back. lebowskifest.com

  1. Bowlmor Lanes Birthday Parties, Midtown 222 W 44th St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Until Sat Aug 23
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

  • Price band: 1/4

Speaking of drug-addled fish-out-of-water characters, Hunter S. Thompson’s alter ego, Raoul Duke, is right up there with the Dude as a stoner icon in pop culture. Watch Terry Gilliam’s appropriately trippy take on Thompson’s novel alongside a rousing midnight-movie crowd at Williamsburg’s Nitehawk Cinema, where you can sate your munchies by feasting on nachos topped with guacamole, black beans, chorizo, scallions and cilantro ($10). The screening is part of the theater’s monthlong late-night series 420, which culminates with David Lynch’s mind-bending Dune (Apr 26, 27 at 12:05am; $11). 136 Metropolitan Ave between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-384-3980, nitehawkcinema.com).

  1. Nitehawk Cinema 136 Metropolitan Ave, between Berry St and Wythe Ave, 11249
  2. Until Sat Oct 19
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Spring Fever Festival

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Mary Jane and alfresco concerts go hand in hand, bro. Bushwick space Secret Project Robot (which is, thankfully, usually devoid of actual bros) hosts a rocking block party outside its digs that’s headlined by organ-pounding garage-rock vet Quintron and his wife, Miss Pussycat, who’s known to break into a weirdo puppet show mid-set. It’s a trip. Later on, Quintron deejays alongside dusty-soul spinster Jonathan Toubin during Soul Clap & Dance Off (Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave at North 11th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-963-3369, brooklynbowl.com; Sat 20 at 11:59pm, doors 11:30pm; $7), an energetic affair that buzzes with come-one-come-all camaraderie. 389 Melrose St between Flushing and Knickerbocker Aves, Bushwick, Brooklyn (secretprojectrobot.org).

  1. Secret Project Robot 389 Melrose St, between Flushing and Knickerbocker Aves
  2. Until Sat Apr 20
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Pork Slope

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Stoner code mandates that the best grub, whilst blazed, is typically of the delivered variety. But if you’re longing for some more serious ripped-friendly dishes, consider this Park Slope BBQ destination, which serves addictive pulled-pork ($13) and brisket ($14) sandwiches, and a soul-warming crispy mac and cheese ($8). One tip: If crowds get you paranoid, arrive early—this joint gets packed at night. 718-768-7675, porkslopebrooklyn.com

  1. 247 Fifth Ave, (between Carroll St and Garfield Pl), 11215
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Brooklyn Heights Promenade

  • Free

This esplanade is outfitted with tons of benches, so you can relax and soak up stunning views of lower Manhattan and Lady Liberty—which might spark some questions both philosophical (what is my place in this huge city?) and ridiculous (why do my shoes look so weird from this angle?).

  1. Columbia Heights, (between Middagh and Montague Sts)
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Disclaimer: These venues and events do not condone the use of illegal drugs. They’re bad for you. Never take them.