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Life Hacks: Winter Night Life

Manhattan Winter, 2014
Manhattan Winter, 2014
Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

If there’s one thing that makes Manhattan desirable, it’s endless options. No matter the season or the holiday, there’s no way you can be bored in this city. That being said, winter is not the kindest to the social lives of its residents, especially considering the harsh Polar Vortex weather we’re all currently experiencing. To ensure you survive this weather and to ensure you still have friends by the end of it, below are foolproof life hacks to making it through Manhattan winter nightlife.

First thing’s first. If you’re reading this, you’re most likely over the age of 17. Assuming there’s truth in that statement, here’s rule #1: bring your coat. It’s standard fare to see a gaggle of young girls running around your city in heels, tank tops, and short skirts sans coat in freezing temperatures (cue: eye roll). Don’t be that person. Nothing is worth that behavior. You know you’re cold, so please just wear your jacket.

Next up: location. One place you definitely do not want to hold your coat or pay over $5 for a sketchy coat check is a club. If you spend your summers club hopping to and from Manhattan’s latest hotspots, take winter as your time to relax. Head instead to a chill lounge with great music. You’ll still be able to get your dance on to an unforgettable playlist, but you won’t have to deal with long lines outside, power-hungry bouncers, or cramped, sweaty spaces inside. Plus, let’s be real: nobody really likes to go to clubs anyway.

Winter is dangerous. A nightmare scenario: freezing cold weather, no coat, and your heel gets stuck in a grate on your way out. You may not be able to control the weather or the ice on the ground, but you can control other factors. Attire aside, remember that you probably aren’t looking forward to a subway ride at the end of a long, cold night. If you’re going to take a cab and want to save on cash, try 2 drinks at the bar instead of 3. Chances are, you’ll be just saucy enough to have a good night and your last drink will be an unnecessary addition. Who doesn’t want to save a little money for your end of night ride home and be safe while traveling?

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