Scrolling though Instagram earlier this month, I came upon this gorgeous picture that one of my friends put up. It was taken at The Union League Club, a private social club in New York City. I realized two things. First, all of the social clubs in the city must look beautiful this time of year, covered in Christmas decorations and lights. Second, I needed to see them. All of them.
So I called my friend Khary who is a member of these clubs and an idea was born. We would go Christmas club hopping (but it would be the classy kind of club hopping).
We started at the New York Athletic Club and walked in to find a pianist playing Christmas carols.
Khary and I were strategic in who we invited. We wanted to keep it small, since neither of us had any interest in herding a large group from club to club. And we needed the people invited to be fun. So I picked Ann.
And Khary picked two of his “degenerates,” as he calls his friends, Erik and Carlos.
The Christmas music turned into Christmas carols, and we listened for awhile before heading upstairs to explore more of NYAC.
We eventually ended up on the rooftop terraces, which have gorgeous views of Central Park (and its winter Wollman Rink!) on one side and the city on the other.
Our next stop was at the Harvard Club of New York City because we heard that it has the biggest Christmas tree out of all of the clubs.
The Harvard Club’s Christmas tree was surrounded by someone’s holiday party. So we had no other choice but to join in!
The music was fabulous, the food was delicious, and the drinks were flowing. It was one of the best holiday parties I’ve ever been to!
After dancing for awhile we ventured upstairs to see the party from above.
And to explore the rest of the club.
Then we were off to the next location: The Players, a social club founded by one of the best actors in American history, Edwin Booth, whose accomplishments were unfortunately overshadowed by the actions of his brother, John Wilkes Booth.
The upstairs of The Players Club is beautiful.
Ann and I decided to help out with decorating the Christmas tree, and took this photograph which we thought was adorable… until we saw how creepy the painting behind me is!
By far the best part about The Players club is that they have a stage!
So Ann and I performed a quick holiday tap routine, Mean Girls style, before we headed to the next club.
We arrived at the club that inspired the evening, The Union League Club.
Don’t you think this would make a great family Christmas card?
The club was beautiful, as expected.
Ann had never been there before so we wanted to show her the library. We stumbled upon another holiday party and decided to crash this one as well. We grabbed name tags off the table and went around introducing ourselves as those people. It was a great plan, until it turned out that we were crashing a small office party where everyone knew each other, and knew the CEO, COO, and senior management… whose name tags we were wearing.
They laughed at us, we told them they were fired, and before long they had invited us to join in the party.
We pulled ourselves away to venture to the final club on our list, and one of my favorite clubs in the city, The Lotos Club.
It too was decorated festively, and we did another photo shoot.
While drinking in the basement (there’s a classy bar down there, it’s not as seedy as it sounds!) we came up with the perfect place to end the night.
The clock struck midnight as we stood at the top of the Empire State Building, reveling in how fun our evening had been.
Clubs visited: 5
Parties crashed: 2
Scenic city views: 2
Onstage dance performances: 1
Rules broken: 14
Drinks consumed: [redacted]
I’d say it was a successful night of club hopping, wouldn’t you?