Date Night: Bar Car Night at the New York Botanical Garden

Having been married now for all of two months and change, I’ve found that I’d much rather sit inside and binge watch a show on Netflix than make a bunch of plans with my husband where we end up spending money and trying to figure out how we’re going to get home at the end of the night. However, as noted in wedding websites and blogs across the inter web, it’s important to actually go out and do something you’ll both enjoy.

We’ve spent the past few weeks embroiled in a web of property buying responsibilities, and it ended up not working out, so we’ve been drained. So, when I saw a Groupon for NYBG’s Bar Car Nights at the Holiday Train Show, I knew we had to go.

Aside from being ridiculously close to our place, the Husband used to collect trains when he was a kid and I’m pretty certain they’re still at his parents’ house. One of the highlights for me was that it would be adults only and I didn’t have to worry about tripping over someone’s kid and obviously the bar. 🙂

Confession: This was my first time ever going to the Holiday Train Show.

I know, it’s an institution, but somehow I was always busy with holiday preparations and parties and by the time I knew it, it was over. Now I can say I’ve been and it was absolutely amazing. The snow definitely added a romantic setting while we waited our turn to enter the conservatory.

It’s amazing how intricate all of the models are and how the designers use plants in so many innovative ways. One of the coolest features for me was seeing how transformed the conservatory was  – trains whizzed around large leaves and hovered right above small ponds, it was beautiful.

Move quickly though, the Holiday Train Show runs until January 16 and the last Bar Car Night is January 14.

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Bar Car Nights Return to the New York Botanical Garden This Friday!

There’s just something about the cold weather that makes me want to cozy up with a good drink. Okay…so maybe that’s all four seasons, but how often can you do that surrounded by beautiful plants and a train show circling miniature versions of NYC landmarks made out of plants? This year, there will be spiked hot chocolate (!), roasted chestnuts, and an “intimate jazz set” which all sounds like an awesome way to kickstart your holiday season.  Obviously, all Bar Car Nights are 21 and up (keep the youngins at home!)

Read below for more information:

This year’s Bar Car Nights series kicks off with The New York Botanical Garden’s inaugural

LGBT @ NYBG event. On Friday, November 21, the Bar Car Night will celebrate the LGBT

community and its allies alongside the spectacular glow of the Garden’s enchanting holiday

exhibition.

Listen to live music at The Pine Tree Café each night with cabaret and jazz sets at 7:15, 8:15, &

9 p.m. The rotating musicians include:

Myriam Phiro & the Cavaliers of Swing (November 21 & 22; December 5 & 6;

January 9 & 10)

Myriam Phiro’s musical style ranges from a seductive and elegant jazz singer to an

energetic swing dancer. Brought together by a mutual love of French cuisine and French

music, she began a musical partnership with trombonist Robbie Klein. Robbie has a

decade of education in American Jazz yet found himself captivated by French music at

first “bonjour!”

 

Les Chauds Lapins (December 19 & 20; January 2 & 3)

Les Chauds Lapins (“the hot rabbits”), lead by New York’s Kurt Hoffman and Meg

Reichardt, rearranges long-forgotten French classics, mixing the rootsiness of early

American jazz with the lushness of a Bernard Herrmann film soundtrack.

The winter wonderland comes to life with Ice Sculpture Carving Demonstrations in the

Garden’s Leon Levy Visitor Center. Watch an expert New York-based ice carver from Okamoto 

Studio transform blocks of ice into holiday works of arts. The sculptures’ magnificence

progresses throughout the night while portraits are taken under the twinkling lights of the holiday

tree display.

Light up the Night Performances provide a magical atmosphere and set the tone for a

memorable evening of glowing light. Cirque de Light performers, with their variety of props,

including staffs, hula hoops, and poi, charm audiences along Perennial Garden Way with their wit

and playfulness.

BAR CAR NIGHTS PRICING: 

Non-Member $35/Member $25 (Adults 21 and over); Special Event ticket required.  

Advance tickets recommended; includes one complimentary beer, wine, or cocktail of your 

choice. 

Although your ticket provides access to the entire event between 7–10 p.m., when purchasing tickets you will need to select an entrance time for the Holiday Train Show in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.  

HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW HOURS: 

During the Holiday Train Show, November 15, 2014–January 19, 2015, The New York 

Botanical Garden is open Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Extended hours, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., 

Saturdays, November 15– January 17; Friday, November 28 (day after Thanksgiving); and 

December 20–January 1. The Garden is closed all day on November 27 (Thanksgiving) and 

December 25 (Christmas); it closes at 3 p.m. on December 12 and 24 (Christmas Eve).