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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A typical scene in the bar area at Emma’s Ale House

Emma’s Ale House (68 Gedney Way, White Plains 914-683-3662; emmasalehouse.com) may not be the first place you’d think of for a girls’ night out, considering its long list of craft beers and various sports games featured on the bar’s five TVs. Then again, we love the high-top tables, ideal for small-plate grazing; the fact that we can order something other than a Corona; and the chance to perhaps learn something in the process from Link, our favorite bartender, who “can make anything.” Another perk for girls on their night out: The bar area is large and separate from the dining room. (Loose translation: no kids here!) An added bonus for the single gals in your group: Very often, this is where the boys are.

After a long afternoon of shopping at Vernon Hills comes a long evening of drinking inventive cocktails at Fig & Olive in Scarsdale

It’s hard to resist a place that’s close to  shopping—another fun female pastime—which is partly why meeting at Fig & Olive (696 White Plains Rd, Scarsdale 914-725-2900; figandolive.com) in the Vernon Hills Shopping Center is so attractive. The other? The sheer gorgeousness of the place, with its open floor plan, double-height ceilings, and, to enjoy during the warm weather months, an outdoor seating area. The other attractive part: The heart-healthy Mediterranean menu, meaning everything (except dessert) is made with olive oil, not butter. And, of course, there are the inventive cocktails that will have you daydreaming of the South of France (e.g., Piscine, sparkling wine served on ice with fresh strawberries, and Summer in Provence, made with muddled blackberries, house-made rosemary syrup, fresh lemon juice, and gin). New since February: DJ Lou Annunziata spins music on Thursday nights from 9 pm to 11 pm with $10 special cocktails.

Everyone from PTA moms to 20-somethings gather at Lucy’s Lounge (446 Bedford Rd, Pleasantville 914-747-4740; lucys-lounge.com), where an inviting dance floor, foot-stomping live music, and a long list of drinks make for a cheerful atmosphere, great for big-number birthday celebrations, bridal party blow-outs, and, yes, girls’ night out.  Open until 3 am during the week and 4 am on weekends, it has many features of the city nightclubs of your youth—but without the madding crowds and puke on the sidewalk. There’s more excitement on the way, including the soon-to-come rooftop terrace and the in-the-works food options.

Teetotaler Options

Not into a night of food, drink,
and revelry?

Chocolations (607 E Boston Post
Rd, Mamaroneck 914-777-3600;
chocolations.com)
offers chocolate-making classes.

Melanie Rose (914-834-2900; gobeadz.com), owner of the Larchmont-based beadz, will come to your home (or any other venue) for a jewelry-making party.

Looking to build your culinary repertoire? Bloomingdale’s (175 Bloomingdale Rd, White Plains 914-684-6300; bloomingdales.com) and Sur La Table (125 Westchester Ave, White Plains 914-220-9810; surlatable.com) offer a variety of cooking classes.

Lola’s Mexican Kitchen (169 E Post Rd, White Plains 914-358-4939; lolaswp.com) is the kind of place ideal for rejoicing. Girls, whatever you’re toasting, there’s a drink with your name on it here—including more than 80 different tequilas—as well as a lively atmosphere where you can let loose and make merry. The bar area is huge, with plenty of reservable high-top tables and lots of stools great for parking your purse and enjoying one of the eatery’s famous 16-ounce Margaritas or a small plate such as the black-bean hummus or the blue-corn calamari. You’ll find it hard to choose between the inventive food options (brisket taco, spicy Caesar salad, and Cajun fries, to name a few) and the cocktails (delicious and colorful Margaritas, Mojitos, and drinks in flavors like pomegranate, mango, and pear). Luckily, the space here is massive, so you can easily move your group into the adjacent dining room, where you can order house specialty Pablo’s Chicken—and another round.

Upscale and intimate with extremely comfortable digs and an attentive staff eager to make your girls’ night out perfect, The Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester (3 Renaissance Sq, White Plains 914-946-5500; ritzcarlton.com), is everything you’d expect of a lounge in the Westchester location of one of the country’s finest hotel chains. Go midweek (on weekends, it tends to be a bit crowded) for a seat by the dancing fire (it’s on from October to June) and sample a Hemingway Daiquiri or a brut rosé Champagne before digging into one of The Lounge’s delicious entrées. For a real splurge, head afterwards to the spa upstairs and make the girls’ night out a girls’ weekend in.

 

 

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