vandal; 199 bowery, new york, new york

Vandal's annual Halloween bash is New York's most exclusive costume party. It is invite-only, though most invitees are allowed two guests. Actors, models, musicians, producers, writers- all of New York's hottest celebrities are expected to attend in full costume; those in plain clothes will not be granted entry, regardless of their star status. The venue is located on the bowery; by day, it's a restaurant where meals (and seats) are coveted. Tables and chairs will be cleared out to make space for a dance floor; the party starts at 10PM and plans to rage on until the wee hours of the morning. Closing time is officially 3AM, but partygoers will be expected and encouraged to host their own afterparties. Music will be spun by Questlove.


All guests are entitled to service at any of the venue's three open bars. The event is sponsored by Svedka, and product models take photos with oversized, real bottles full of vodka. The house drink of the night is the Witches' Brew, made with apple vodka and blackberry liqueur, topped with dry ice for a spooky effect.

hors d'oeuvres

All hors d'oeuvres from Vandal's regular menu are supplied for guests, as well as a handful of specially made treats. Vegan? Vegetarian? I hope you brought a snack.

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