You’re going to see Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theater and you need to know where to get a drink afterward? No problem! We’ve got just the right post-theater bar for those going to see this charming musical on Broadway in New York City.
The Show: A street urchin finds a magic lamp in the Cave of Wonders that bottles up a sassy, wish-granting genie who sets him on the path to winning the heart of the lovely Princess Jasmine. Broadway’s Aladdin promises something for every theatrical taste: drama, comedy, suspense, elaborate costumes and plenty of catchy musical numbers. The score spans the familiar, such as classics from the 1992 Disney film like “A Whole New World,” along with brand-new numbers from Alan Menken and collaborators Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin. The early word among the reviewers: The genius genie performance by James Monroe Iglehart steals the show.
For some reason, the East Village is home to more hookah bars than any other pocket of NYC. So to continue Middle Eastern exoticism set by the magical (and fictional) kingdom of Aladdin’s Agrabah, head downtown to one of the most reliable: Babel Lounge, which celebrates its 10th birthday this year. The place offers drinks, smokes in the form of flavored tobacco in water pipes, and live entertainment with belly-dancers and DJs.
What to Drink (and Smoke): The tobacco on offer mimics cocktails, with flavors such as pina colada with a mint twist or peach Ciroc. In terms of cocktails, popular martinis include the Cool Cucumber ($14), with cucumber vodka, muddled lime and rose-infused syrup. Bottle service is also available. Dress trendy; think classy/clubby.
For where to eat before Aladdin, see our pre-theater restaurant suggestion.
Babel Lounge and Hookah Bar
131 Ave. C