Keeping a New York City birthday party comfortable doesn't have to mean finding a dingy hole in the wall. Take Van Diemen's, for example: This Murray Hill spot is a cultured space with a loft feel thats simultaneously fun and inviting with a neighborhood bar feel. After all, friendliness is a good lead-in to drunkenness.
That exposed brick, NYC loft feel never gets old, and Van Diemen's combines this with an attractive clientele, great DJs, and a social atmosphere where the drinks flow easily. With added touches of elegant leather, a beautiful wood bar, and a loft space for private parties (or planning your oh-so-casual run-in with someone dancing in the crowd below), Van Diemen's keeps your birthday party off-the-cuff and tipsy without stumbling anywhere near dive-bar territory.
Its bar favorites with a touch of class at Van Diemen's. Slider choices include crab cake with spicy mayo aioli or burgers with quail eggs, pineapple and barbecue sauce, and larger meals include everything from an ahi tuna wrap to a chicken brie melt (complete with prosciutto), and even hot dogs or pizza if you're looking for low-key birthday party options. Of course, Van Diemen's knows you're probably more concerned with booze, and the cocktail list doesn't disappoint: Grab a Van Gogh Blue Martini to start things off right (Van Gogh Blue Premium Triple Wheat Vodka, served with three blue cheese-stuffed olives), add some liquid courage before the dance floor with a Peach Ball (Absolut Apeach Vodka, peach and apple nectar, shaken and served with an apple slice), and finish it off with The Road Warrior (Makers Mark, lemon juice, grenadine and absinthe bitters)and by finish, of course, we mean things will probably get fuzzy after this one.
Maybe velvet ropes and trying to look unimpressed aren't what you're looking for in a birthday party, but refined doesn't have to mean stuffy. Van Diemen's is a great middle ground for a New York City birthday party that keeps the drinks flowing in an approachable yet sophisticated space with the crowd to match.