Riff Raff's

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Riff Raff's Riff Raff's in New York's Gramercy is a tiny Tiki-style bar with pretty people & big punchbowls. Get tropical in NYC with Party Earth. New York United States 40.741906 -73.985322
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Party Earth Review A Tiki-themed chapel to sugar-addled debauchery, Riff Raff’s is the smaller and kitschier sister to the adjoining Hurricane Club restaurant, though with a similar dedication to rum and girls with big coconuts... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    4, 6: 23rd Street / Park Avenue South, 28th Street / Park Avenue South; N, R: 23rd Street / Broadway

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  • Hours:

    Tu–Sa 11:30pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

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Riff Raff's in New York's Gramercy is a tiny Tiki-style bar with pretty people & big punchbowls. Get tropical in NYC with Party Earth.

A Tiki-themed chapel to sugar-addled debauchery, Riff Raff’s is the smaller and kitschier sister to the adjoining Hurricane Club restaurant, though with a similar dedication to rum and girls with big coconuts.

Although there’s barely room for seventy guests inside, the tiny club packs in quite a bit to see, including tropical plants, high exposed beams, walls covered in Malaysian tapestries, blazing light fixtures, and lots of ladies in six-inch Rossis dancing on the wood tables.

Guys who work hard and play harder are often the ones bankrolling these tables, and patrons who visit on a regular basis can be seen having their faces painted up in hasty, tribal-esque scrawls between gulps from giant shareable punch bowls.

The door is tough just given the venue’s size, but pumping house DJs keep the party loud and strong late into the night for those with the goods to get in, which typically means either having bottle service reservations or being the kind of gal who looks great in a tank top.

Exclusive as a top resort, yet miles from pretentious, Riff Raff’s brings summertime shenanigans to the city all year long.

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Tip from Adriana:

It’s not a party till someone in your group asks to wear one of the coconut shell bras they keep behind the bar.

  • Crowd

    Fashionistas, bachelorettes, young suits, trendy party girls, birthday groups getting spendy, sometimes a few hipsters, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJs play an eclectic blend of Top 40, 80s rock, and other dance-friendly mixes.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    N/A.

  • Prices

    Beer $8+, cocktails $18+, shots $12+, bottle/tiki service (includes fishbowls) $250–$2000.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Urban trendy: suits, blazers, cool button-downs, designer jeans, tight camis, tanks, wedges, skinny jeans, mini dresses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Tuesday and Thursday nights for the rowdiest regulars, or Saturday nights for first-time visitors wisely wielding table reservations.

  • Close By

    The Hurricane Club, owned by the same folks and located in the same building, is a large and trendy restaurant serving Asian-Fusion cuisine to go with its extensive selection of rum cocktails.

Riff Raff's User Reviews

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A sophisticated tropical party in the midst of the big city
Carina W. Mar 4, 2013
If New York City and Hawaii had a baby, it would be Riff Raff’s, a chic but uproarious tiki-themed bar beneath The Hurricane Club in Midtown Manhattan. Though the venue is on the smaller side, the mix of young professionals and fashionably dressed twenty-somethings don’t hesitate to let things run wild. Get ready to adorn tribal face-paint applied by the hip and impeccably-styled waitresses, who will also bring out your drinks with a side of sizzling sparklers if you go for bottle service, which many do. Malaysian tapestries cover floor to ceiling while fake foliage surrounds the bar, and the general decor of the club far exceeds that of a typical themed party. The cutesy tropical drinks give guests something to hold onto while dancing shamelessly on tables, and whether it’s a liquor-filled coconut or a shareable punch bowl, the cocktails will be sure to let out your inner savage. Although the drinks may be pricey, the club is filled with enough hard-working Wall Street types that it might not be hard to find someone to score a drink from—if you’re dressed the part, that is. The DJs keep the energy level high with their mix of Top 40, electronic music, and retro throwbacks, and just like a spring break party, clubbers continue to dance deep into the night. Perfect for escaping the cold, Riff Raff’s provides NYC with its very own tropical, well-dressed, and hard-partying island.
Post Hurricane Club Drinks
Risa C. Dec 11, 2012
If you're going with a moderately expensive tiki themed birthday party Hurricane Club for dinner + Riff Raff for bottle service = where you want to be. While I don't love the place, Riff Raff does have its strong points like it's good mixed format DJ's and unpretentious crowd looking to let loose while they imagine they're at a disco on an island stop from a cruise ship. The crowd tends to be somewhat on the drunker and jovial side seeing as the last time I was there I ended up swing dancing with some random dudes, and my friend was doing the tango from end to end of the club. On the other hand, if you easily get seasick, due to its unfinished wood floors (as I was explained by a waitress) the club tends to absorb some undesirable club residue and emit the odors back into the room - but hopefully they fixed that since the last time I was there, or maybe my nose is just too sensitive. Either way, if you're looking for a fun night out where you can dance and let loose this is a good option.
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Ross W. Dec 10, 2012
This place is a great spot. Not your typical NYC club. Everyone gets into the face paint. Great mix of music and a perfect spot to go with a big group of friends.
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