You don’t have to break out the black tie and head over to Radio City Music Hall, invitation in hand, to catch the highest honors in theater this year on June 8. There is also ample opportunity to watch the excitement of the 2014 Tony Awards unfold at several NYC bars and restaurants. Don’t forget to print out your ballots before joining in the fun to celebrate Broadway’s biggest night at our picks, below.
Nine flat-screen TVs, plus a giant projector, at this Theater District pub guarantees great sightlines to all of the award action. Food and drink specials, an awards ballot contest, and an extensive craft beer list add to the festivities. 785 Ninth Ave., 212-767-0077, brickyardnyc.com
Not only do Broadway legends and Tony winners, such as Patti LuPone and Norbert Leo Butz, often perform cabaret at this supper club, it’s also an extremely popular spot on Tony night. On June 8, the large screen takes the stage so that fans can cheer on their favorite performers. Doors open at 5pm; festivities begin at 8pm and reservations are a must. There’s no cover charge, but there is a food and beverage minimum of $30. Fun fact: The creative team behind the spot have earned several Tonys themselves. 254 W. 54th St., 646-476-3551, 54below.com
Known as being a popular post-theater hangout, the action starts pre-show on Tony night with a cocktail hour for the red carpet watchers. Several large screens will be scattered throughout the dining room so that diners can view from any table, while digging into a four-course prix-fixe dinner for $75. Reservations are a must, as the event sells out. Between awards, be sure to check out the spot’s famous “flop wall,” celebrating some of the Great White Way’s less popular moments; or join in raffles to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. 326 W. 46th St., 212-581-6464, joeallenrestaurant.com
Lillie’s Times Square
Here’s where to watch the Tonys for a cause: the Leadership Council of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS hosts this annual Tony Awards viewing party. A $100 ticket buys unlimited Broadway-themed vodka cocktails and wine, and guests at the spot, which celebrates the great actress Lillie Langtry, can also participate in a winners pool for dinners for two and VIP house seats to a hot Broadway show. The $250 VIP tickets include reserved seating, dinner and cocktail service. 249 W. 49th St., 212-957-4530, timessquare.lilliesnyc.com
Where Pride began, and a favorite watering hole for many a Broadway performer, this West Village landmark’s annual Tony viewing party is especially beloved by locals. Doors open at 6pm; drink specials include $3 on all beer, $4 well drinks until 8pm, and reduced prices on specialty drinks from 8pm onward. During commercial breaks, Broadway performers dazzle the crowd. This year’s lineup includes Sweeney Todd‘s original Joanna, Sarah Rice; Mamma Mia‘s Albert Guerzon; The Scottsboro Boys’ Clinton Roane, and Mac Award Winner, Marissa Mulder. Thousands of dollars of prizes will be raffled off to benefit Angels of Animals, Inc. 53 Christopher St., 212-488-2705, thestonewallinnnyc.com