Known for its vibrant arts scene, Nyack also knows how to throw down and party. Whether you’re looking for a place to dance, chomp on cheap wings or show off your smarts, downtown Nyack proves to be a work of art when it comes to nightlife.
In alphabetical order, here’s the skinny on five spots on Main Street to raise a glass to the good life.
With $9 hurricanes, Cajun-flavored burgers and a Chicken Po Boy sandwich, Bourbon Street’s flavors aren’t the only reason it’s the closest you’ll get to New Orleans in downtown Nyack (132 Main St., 845-727-4954, bourbonstreetofnyack.com).
Who should go: Anyone looking for a little Cajun flavor and a place to let loose. The dining room is cleared out on Friday and Saturday nights to make room for a dance floor and make use of the tiny bar in the back.
Happy hour: From 3 to 9 p.m. daily, get two-for-one deals on select beers and well drinks. Every Tuesday is Fat Tuesday, when you can get half-price appetizers, $4 gumbo and $4 hurricanes. Plus, wings are 35 cents apiece on Sundays.
Where to sit: Anywhere you can, as seating can be sparse on Friday and Saturday nights. Bonus points if you score a seat in clear view of one of the bar’s 10 flat-screen TVs.
A hacienda with personality to spare, Casa del Sol offers popular Mexican, Latin-American, Spanish and even Caribbean-inspired cuisine in a spacious setting (104 Main St., 845-353-9846, casaofnyack.com). On Friday and Saturday nights, live music beneath the lobby arches fills the venue with rock, blues and country. If you’re feeling brave, bring your own instrument every Thursday night for Casa Del Sol’s open jam. And be sure to try the Bug Jar ($7), a crowd favorite made with raspberry vodka, sweet tea vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, a splash of sour mix and “bugs” (raspberry floaters).
Who should go: Anyone with a love for Latin culture and a sense of humor.
Happy hour: From 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, grab half-price tapas, $2.50 Coronas and $5 margaritas.
Where to sit: If you want to feel like you’re holding court, ask for the table in the back, which almost serves as a stage. The most requested table is number 14, which features not only a canopy with a tiny skeleton on the top but also a clever wall mural of a man peering at diners through the bars of a jail cell.
This striking structure, which once housed the nightclub Vertigo, is now Harbor Hill (91 Main St., 845-358-3202, harborhillnyack.com). Renovations in the fall of 2011 transformed the three-floor behemoth from stark to sophisticated. The menu includes a long list of appetizers, from buffalo wings to shrimp pesto flatbread, plus salads, sandwiches, burgers and more.
Who should go: Lovers of balconies and high ceilings, plus those looking to boogie the night away -- a DJ spins the hottest dance tracks every Saturday night.
Happy hour: From 3 to 9 p.m. daily, draft beer and bottled domestics are $4, while well drinks, specialty cocktails and select wines are $5 apiece.
Where to sit: If the DJ isn’t occupying the second-floor balcony, it seats 12 to 18 diners, who will marvel at the view and the VIP treatment. If a DJ is filling that space, any booth will do.
With super-friendly bartenders and the most chill vibe on Main Street, Olive’s has an ear for indie music (118 Main St., 845-358-3120). Singer-songwriters take the stage every Sunday, karaoke takes over on Tuesdays, open jams keep things unpredictable on Wednesdays, and rock acts on Fridays and Saturdays often bring the house down.
Who should go: Hipsters, townies, indie musicians and anyone looking for fun without pretense
Happy hour: From 5 to 7 p.m. daily, you can get well drinks and domestic beers on tap for half price.
Where to sit: Tables near the stage provide a front-row seat for live acts, but a particularly lively show might blow out your eardrums; pick a table halfway between the stage and the entrance for the best of both worlds.
Opened in September 2010, Pour House loves a good theme night (102 Main St., 845-727-7687, nyackpourhouse.com). There’s a Country Night on the first Wednesday of every month, all-you-can-eat fries and wings every Monday, and $5 pizzas on Tuesdays. They also love their burgers: In addition to offering a Burger of the Month, if you buy one burger on a Wednesday, you get another free.
Who should go: People who like a familiar place
Happy hour: From 2 to 7 p.m. on weekdays, grab two-for-one specials on select beer, wine and cocktails.
Where to sit: Wherever you can find a stool.