Best Place to Have a Shit-Show Birthday New York 2010 - Radegast Hall & Biergarten
Sometimes you want to go out with a bang. Like, from year to year, when your "year" changes. That's when just any bar won't do. You need something on a mega-scale, a place that will fit hundreds (or 30) of your friends, with room for many, many more new ones. A place where you drink not out of glasses, but out of giant steins. A place where, if so inclined, you might do a jig, or push-ups on a picnic table, without a word to the contrary. Williamsburg's Radegast Hall & Biergarten is such a place, a giant, two-room beer hall—one side functions as the "fancier" dining area and bar, while the other side features a self-serve (they cook, you eat) grill at the back and picnic tables to hunker down at in between sausage and burger runs. The whole place is first-come, first-served, so if you're planning a large gathering, you'll want to get there early to stake out space for your party, especially on a Saturday. The waitresses, dressed in German beer-girl garb, are tough but visit regularly; the bartenders are prompt; there are bands for those who like live music; and the food is far better fare than it was at your last shit-show birthday, you know, at Chuck E. Cheese's (to say nothing of the clientele). And they have pitchers! Plus, where else can you usher in your old age with a polka? Note that the bathrooms are limited; if you really need to go, sneak across the street to the appropriately named "The Levee."