Happy Ending

Bar / Club / Lounge
Happy Ending A former massage parlor that ended up on the wrong side of the law, the aptly named Happy Ending is now a rollicking little bar that has kept the irreverent attitude of its ill-fated predecessor. New York United States 40.718902 -73.992249
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Happy Ending - Bar | Club | Lounge in New York.
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Party Earth Review A former massage parlor that ended up on the wrong side of the law, the aptly named Happy Ending is now a rollicking little bar that has kept the irreverent attitude of its ill-fated predecessor. Despite the deceptive... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    B, D: Grand Street-Chrystie Street

  • Phone:

    212-334-9676

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Tu 10pm–4am, W–Sa 7pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Happy Ending Review

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A former massage parlor that ended up on the wrong side of the law, the aptly named Happy Ending is now a rollicking little bar that has kept the irreverent attitude of its ill-fated predecessor.

A former massage parlor that ended up on the wrong side of the law, the aptly named Happy Ending is now a rollicking little bar that has kept the irreverent attitude of its ill-fated predecessor.

Despite the deceptive pink awning that reads “Health Club,” patrons know they’re in for a good time when they step into the long hallway and see nothing but twisted Zen branches stemming from illuminated glass walls and a conspicuous punchbowl filled with condoms waiting by the exit sign.

Once past the corridor, the titillated clientele of hipsters, young professionals, and everyone in between filters into a bar decked out in neon lights, streamers, and a divey décor of tufted red banquettes, black leather seating, and glittery orange tables.

A clear acrylic bar jutting into the already small dance space means rubbing up against other patrons is inevitable, which only makes it more difficult not to succumb to the venue’s drunkenly infectious vibe.

Downstairs, an open-plan lounge with a neon orange bar provides more space for hard-partying singles to drink, mingle, and flirt before writhing into the cramped dancing den complete with disco balls and a smoke machine.

There, a DJ spins beat-centric music from a corner station, making it easy for the sweaty masses to dance up and shout out their requests before checking themselves out in the bar’s famous ten-foot “Naked Lady with the Swan Mirror,” a leftover from its massage parlor days.

Those in need of a breather or a place to make out can down their custom cocktails in one of the original tiled sauna rooms, still intact with sliding glass doors and seductively bathed in red light.

Besides the general mayhem and uninhibited vibe created by the bar and the guests themselves, Happy Ending also hosts some great theme parties that whip the crowd into an even crazier frenzy and leave no doubt that this is one of the best places in town to let loose, dance like nobody’s watching, and end the night in a very happy mood.

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Tip from Emma:

If you’re putting together a private party, you can rent the small back room with plush red couches. It’s a really fun place for a bachelorette party!

  • Crowd

    Mostly young professionals, hipsters, and artists, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Weekly theme nights include Disco Down, Reggae Night, and Pleasure Salon. A DJ spins mainstream dance music on Friday and Saturday nights. Comedians on the first Friday of every month. Occasional book readings. Check the website for a schedule of parties and events.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Happy Hour 10–11pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Open bar vodka specials 11pm–midnight on Tuesdays. Check the website for current drink specials.

  • Prices

    Beer $6, cocktails $12, mixed drinks $7–$8.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Jeans, funky dresses, anything goes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Tuesdays at 10pm for the Disco Down party and Friday and Saturday nights.

  • Close By

    For an equally, if not more, frenetic dancing and drinking scene, Mehanata Bulgarian Bar (113 Ludlow Street), is only a few blocks over.

Happy Ending User Reviews

Average rating:
Will not love you long time
Risa C. Dec 9, 2012
While I will give the venue credit for creativity of hiding within an inconspicuous Chinese storefront and converting what was once a massage parlor into a club, potential doesn't account for the actuality of the space. Upstairs there's a semi-chic looking bar with big booths, filled with drunk college students making out or hitting on each other. In the basement, more college students, even drunker than the ones upstairs grind one each other or hang out by the back bar continuing the collegiate mating ritual of buying shots and then heading into the converted shower stalls to sit down and make out all over each other. I think you get the idea of what you're getting into if you decide to venture here. If you're a drunk horny college student that likes public groping...this is your place.
Stick to the Bar
Alicia B. Nov 3, 2012
The reappropriated-space idea is a fun one, and definitely one of the reasons I found myself at this bar. On the ground level, the drinks are strong and there's a pretty extensive cocktail list if you're feeling creative. I discovered pretty quickly, however, that the crowd was very young. Word to the wise: Stay upstairs. The basement is a frat party. And that was never made more clear to me than when I waited in a line fifteen people deep to use the one standalone bathroom downstairs. The crowd down there was barely legal, glossy-eyed, and come-as-you-are. As it turns out, the gimmick is better than the actual experience.
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