Nightlife in Westchester County: Best Bars, Clubs, and Places to Go for a Girls' Night Out
Where the girls are: whether you’re looking for quiet conversation or festive fireworks, we’ve got a place just for the ladies.
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Girls’ night out has meant different things to me depending on my mood and, quite frankly, my age. When I was in my 20s, it meant rowdy nights at bars where the beer was cheap and Happy Hour came with complimentary food (aka “dinner”). Meeting men was also tops on my list. In my 30s, it meant nights ignoring men and concentrating on what my girlfriends were saying. It also meant a welcome respite away from the kids with strong Margaritas and meals I didn’t have to cook. Mid-life meant more of the same, albeit with the desire for a generous pour and a quieter atmosphere for catching up with old friends. Here’s a sampling of places meant for chitchat, gossip, cocktails, and friendship.
When you want some peace and quiet—away from the kids, the hubby, and the kitchen—grab a seat at Bar’Lees (157 Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck, 914-630-7512; barlees.us), where you can sit down amidst an ever-changing array of artwork and let someone else serve you.
This five-month-old spot is quiet, cozy, and classy. It’s like being at a friend’s home—and the hosts don’t mind if you stay all night. In fact, lounging with glasses (or a bottle) of wine is encouraged. The drinks are the main draw—wine and whiskey have been hand-selected for your enjoyment—but there is seasonal food (mainly small plates), ideal for nibbling during conversations.
Fewer spots are better suited for a budget-friendly, beer-fueled rendezvous than the Tasting Room at Captain Lawrence Brewing Company (444 Saw Mill River Rd, Elmsford 914-741-2337; captainlawrencebrewing.com), a no-frills space with a 30-foot-long oak bar, wooden barrels, high-top tables, and a glass door to view what’s going on inside the brewery. If you like beer—fresh, local, and oh so delicious—and enjoy being around young guys, this is your place. (The ratio was practically four to one on a recent night.) Just don’t come too hungry: The food is strictly munchies like nuts, chips, hot dogs from Village Dog from Thursday to Saturday, and pizza on Friday nights from the DoughNation mobile pizza truck, making the beer and the boys the main attractions.
A forerunner in Westchester’s Latin-chic scene, Don Coqui (115 Cedar St, New Rochelle 914-648-4848; 107 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains; doncoqui.tv) has just added a second Westchester location, giving you—and your muchachas—more choices for toasting with sangria (three kinds!) and indulging in oversized portions of Puerto Rican specialties. This is a place for pure fun with a festive beat all its own. Depending on what night you go, you’ll find folks lined up in the lounge or at one of the three different bars (two on the first floor and a third on the second level, ideal for intimate dinner parties) or enjoying the restaurant’s signature Latin Jazz, Salsa, and Traditional Trio nights. It seems there’s always a party going on—and a reason to join in.