Thursday, January 31, 2008

Today in NYC - Jan. 31

Seek Redemption MS Society Benefit at Saloon
Cabrini H.S. Benefit Happy Hour at The Gael Pub
Super Ego Comedy + Live Music at Parkside Lounge
David Shapiro's Hamptons Happy Hour at Dip

Full details on the MurphGuide Events Calendar

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

New Kitchen Now Open at Dempsey's Pub

Congratulations to Tom and all our friends at Dempsey's Pub...
Dempsey's Pub is proud to announce the opening of their new kitchen. A great East Village hang just got better, as you can now enjoy food with their lineup of pub activities.

Pool, darts, beer-pong, sports, music, beer specials

At 8pm come cheer on our monday night dart team, deez nuts. Happy hour from 4pm to 8pm

Enjoy traditional live irish music at 8pm. All musicians are welcome.
Also watch the skill and accuracy of our tuesday night dart team, DDT.

Known all around the east villiage is the famous Dempsey's triva night starting at 8pm.

Thursday is Ladies Night featuring great givaway's and specials for Dempsey's lovely ladies.

Its Friday night and you can always count on good crowds and parties.
Enjoy the drink specials, shoot some pool and throw some darts.
You're out with you date and just gone done with dinner and a movie.
Now its time to have some cocktails and discuss your nights events.

Dempsey's Pub
61 Second Ave. (between 3rd & 4th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 388-0662

MurphGuide Weekly Update - Jan. 30

Our weekly newsletter is on-line at:

This Week
1. Buy Your Friend a Drink presents: Rocky Mountain Social Hour: Wed. Jan. 30 & Wed. Feb. 6
2. Guest Bartending Benefit at The Gael Pub: Thu. Jan. 31
3. Broken Resolution MS Society Benefit at Saloon: Thu. Jan. 31
4. Lindy Promo Second Avenue Mardi Gras Stroll: Sat. Feb. 2
5. Super Bowl Sunday: Sun. Feb. 3
6. Week at a glance
[ more... ]

Other News:
1. Meet Market Adventures - February events
2. Spotlight Bar: Dempsey's Pub
[ more... ]

Next Week
1. Mardi Gras: Tue. Feb. 5
2. Anti-Valentine's Party at Dewey's Flatiron: Sat. Feb. 9
3. The Big Easy 7-Year Anniversary Mardi Gras Party: Sat. Feb. 9
4. Love Bites! Power Ballad Night at Canal Room: Wed. Feb. 13
5. Valentine's Day: Thu. Feb. 14.
6. Quick Links
[ more... ]

Today in NYC - Jan. 30

Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Rock for Safe Horizon at Parkside Lounge
Chimay Beer & Cheese Tasting at South 4th
Rocky Mountain Social Hour at Bar Coastal
Rocky Mountain Social Hour at Blaggard's Pub
Rocky Mountain Social Hour at BUtterfield 8
Rocky Mountain Social Hour at Dewey's Flatiron
Rocky Mountain Social Hour at Latitude
Rocky Mountain Social Hour at The Mean Fiddler
Hurry Date at White Rabbit
Jewish Hurry Date at Maya Lounge
8-Minute Dating at Katra

Full details on the MurphGuide Events Calendar

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Valentines Day Events

In our continuous efforts to "connect the fun to the fun people", we present our annual Valentine's Day page, featuring singles events, romantic spots, anti-valentines parties, Valentine Gift Guide and more.

Highlights include DLJ's annual Anti-Valentine's party, Cathyland's Love Bites Power Ballad night, Meet Market Adventures singles party, Cupid is Stupid at The Town Tavern, Leashes & Lovers Dog-friendly event, and more...

Monday, January 28, 2008

Super Bowl Parties in NYC

Super Bowl XLII
Sunday, February 3

In our continuous efforts to connect the fun to the fun people, we have compiled more than 30 Super Bowl Parties on our special page:
MurphGuide's Annual Guide to Super Bowl Parties in NYC

Links: Super Bowl Page Directory of NYC Sports Bars

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Today in NYC - Jan. 26 & 27

Saturday, January 26
Ray Greiche Trio at The Back Fence
Slightly Known People at Rififi
Ski Free Saturday at Calico Jacks & McFadden's
Live Music at Parkside Lounge
Booga Sugar at Ulysses'
80s Karaoke Night at TG Whitney's
Live Music at The Mean Fiddler
The Gobshites at Stout
The Niagaras at Vintage
Fergus Begley at Tir na nOg

Sunday, January 27
Live Music at Parkside Lounge
Next Stop NY Summer Shares at Blackstones

Full details on the MurphGuide Events Calendar

Friday, January 25, 2008

Guest Bartending Fundraiser for Cabrini H.S. Students

Our friend Matt is running a fundraiser for students of NYC's Cabrini High School.
A group of them are going to New Orleans on their spring break to help rebuild homes of Cabrini High School students in New Orleans. Read all about last year's trip:

Thursday, January 31
Benefit Happy Hour Party
to support Cabrini High School students' trip to help re-build New Orleans
"Have a shot, it will help a lot"
$40 donation includes domestic drafts and well drinks
Raffles & other prizes
all to help rebuild New Orleans.
guest bartenders Kristina Doyle, Samantha Velez and Mike Morgenroth will donate their tips

The Gael Pub
1465 Third Ave. (between 82nd & 83rd St.)
New York, NY
(212) 517-4141

All money and tips raised will go directly to Mother Cabrini High School's Mission Volunteer Program

View the evite
The Gael Pub
Cabrini H.S.

Today in NYC

Spare Time at Blackstones
Live Music + Grupo Latin Vibe at Parkside Lounge
GNYCTV presents Live Music at The Mean Fiddler

Full details on the MurphGuide Events Calendar

Thursday, January 24, 2008

CD Release: Celtic Cross - "Shores of America"

Our friends in Celtic Cross are celebrating the release of their CD "Shores of America"
with a special performance at The Underscore. They have been working on this project for a while now, and are very proud of the finished product.

You can hear them perform their new CD of original music on Thursday, January 24 at 9:30pm at The Underscore, the live music space below Bar East on Manhattan's upper east side.

The Underscore NYC
The Underscore
1733 First Ave. ( between 89th & 90th St. )
New York, NY
212 876-0203

Celtic Cross is a talented band that has been performing in the tri-state area for over 20 years.
The line-up includes the New Jersey born siblings Kathleen Fee on vocals, John Vesey on squeezebox and Ken Vesey on violin; Rockaway's Walter Ensor on vocals & guitar, Frankie McCormack on banjo & mandolin, Pat Dineen on bass and Dave Barkow on drums.

Listen to "Shores of America"
Buy "Shores of America"

Mardi Gras Party Guide for NYC

In our continuous efforts to "connect the fun to the fun people", our Mardi Gras page is now up.
We have 10 parties listed so far, with more to come in the next few days, as we continue our research.


Today in NYC

Celtic Cross CD Release Party at The Underscore
Broken Resolution MS Benefit at Copper Door Tavern
Blue Point Brewery Beer Tasting at Dive Bar
Super Ego Comedy + Live Music at Parkside Lounge
Diamond Dogs Ski Club Happy Hour at Ginger Man
Team in Training Fundraiser at Mad River Bar

More info. on the MurphGuide Events Calendar

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Zog Sports Spring Registration Begins

Our friends at ZogSports run a bunch of fun co-ed athletic leagues for a wide variety of sports. Founded by Robert Herzog, they always donate a portion of the season's proceeds to the charity of the winning teams' choice. In five years, ZogSports has over 35,000 people participating in their activities and has donated over $355,000 to charity.

They just announced registration for their spring leagues:

"ZogSports, the social, co-ed, charity-focused sports league is opening registration for all its Spring activities on Mon., January 28.

Interested participants will be able to sign up for activities like Dodgeball (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens), Touch Football (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens), Softball, 3-on-3 Basketball, Volleyball, Kickball, Outdoor Soccer, and Indoor Soccer.

Sign up as a whole team or as an individual/small group and ZogSports will place you on a team. Then celebrate with organized Happy Hours at local bars after each game!

Can’t wait for spring? You can register now for all our great Ski Trips, including: Crested Butte, CO (4 days); Killington, VT (weekend); Windham, NY (day trips); Stratton, VT (day trip).

Visit for all the info or email with any questions."

Today in NYC - Jan. 22

NYC D.A.T.'s Beer, Chocolate & Cheese Tasting
Andy Clayburn & Carey Scope at Galway Hooker Pub
Live Music at Parkside Lounge

Jewish 8-Minute Dating at Katra

More details on the MurphGuide Events Calendar

Tony Devine is Still Missing

It has been over 7 weeks since a local man from Ireland disappeared from the streets of New York while enjoying a night out with a friend. And still, no sign of him.

Tony Devine was last seen at two midtown bars on Friday, November 30, 2007.
Since then, nobody has seen or heard from him. His family & friends launched a desperate campaign to find him, covering many neighborhood establishments with fliers.
They are even offering a $50,000 reward.

The latest new report we've seen was from Jan. 14, still with no clues:

If you have any information, please contact Tony's brother; Martin: 914.469.7303

Super Bowl Party Guide

Congratulations to the Giants & Patriots for making it to the Super Bowl.
Can the Giants continue their upset tour? Or will the Patriots finish the season with their unprecedented 19th win of the year?
We have started our annual Guide to Super Bowl Parties in NYC
Super Bowl Sunday, February 3

We will be adding several more in the coming days, so keep checking back.

MurphGuide Directory of Super Bowl Parties in NYC
MurphGuide Directory of NY Sports Bars

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Trinidad vs. Jones Boxing Pay Per View - Sat. Jan. 19

A reader asked where he can go to watch the Felix Trinidad vs. Roy Jones, Jr. boxing match.
Since it is on Pay Per View, only a few locations will be showing it.

Here are some places we know about that will be airing the bout:

Saturday, January 19
The bout starts at 9pm

Bar 12
206 E. 34th St. (Third Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 545-9912

The Mean Fiddler
266 W. 47th St. (bet. Broadway & Eighth Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 354-2950

Redemption Bar
1003 Second Ave. (53rd St.)
New York, NY
(212) 319-4545

Today in NYC

Brooklyn Brewery Beer Tasting at Dive Bar
Super Ego Comedy + Live Music at Parkside Lounge
Don McCloskey at Pianos
Summer Share Gathering at Arctica
Sexy Lingerie Party at The Town Tavern
Diamond Dogs Ski Club Happy Hour at Ginger Man
David Shapiro's '08 Hamptons House Kickoff at Stir
Scene PR Kickoff Party at Proof
Broken Resolution MS Benefit at Hawaiian Tropic Zone

Live Music at The Underscore
Singles Rack em Up Pool Night at E. Side Billiards
Week at a Glance
Month at a Glance

More details on the MurphGuide Events Calendar

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

I Love the 80s Party - Saturday, Jan. 19

Our friend Lou Smith, a.k.a. DLJ, hosts monthly theme parties in NYC. He offers a discount for MurphGuide readers (you).

One of his most popular is the "I Love the 80s Party".
This Saturday, January 19, 2008, he will host one at Croton Reservoir Tavern.

DLJ will be spinning the best damn 80s music PERIOD
80s Priced Drink Specials including $2 shots & $4 beers
Perfect for celebrating a birthday, bachelorette party, or special occasion!

To freely reserve private tables for your group,
write the word "table" after your name when you RSVP below

Come party like it's 1988 w/o paying like it's 2008!

Saturday, January 19
I Love the 80s Party

$10 w/ mention of MurphGuide or RSVP, $15 without
DeLorean doors open 10pm
Croton Reservoir Tavern
108 W. 40th St. (between Broadway & 6th Ave.)
New York, NY

RSVP at:

Sexy Lingerie Party at The Town Tavern - Jan. 17

Our friends at The Town Tavern are always throwing wild parties.
This Thursday, January 17, they are having their first Sexy Lingerie Party.

Sexy Lingerie Party

Thursday, January 17
All their female staff will be dressed (or undressed) for the occasion.
$15 open bar includes drafts, wines & well drinks: 6-8pm
all ladies in costume drink free
Sexiest costume wins $1000 cash (call Steph to register)
The Town Tavern
134 W. 3rd St. (Sixth Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 253-6955

Today In NYC

Hell or High Water at The Cutting Room
The Broken Resolution MS Benefit at McFadden's
Frocks Rocks & Cocktails Launch Party
Live Music at Parkside Lounge
MMA Singles Intro to Poker at The Central Bar
Hurry Date at Alibi
African-American Hurry Date at Katra
Jewish Hurry Date at Kush Lounge

More details on the MurphGuide Events Calendar

Beer Tastings at The Dive Bars

Three bars, three Thursday nights, three breweries:

Our friends at The Dive bars are hosting beer tastings on three consecutive Thursdays this month. For each night, there will be staff from the brewery on hand as well as some beer aficionados to answer any questions you may have about the brewery and its beers. They will also have a complimentary cheese plate available.

Thursday, January 17
Brooklyn Brewery at Dive 75

Dive 75
101 W. 75th St. (bet. Amsterdam & Columbus Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 362-7518
Thursday, January 24
Blue Point Brewery at Dive Bar

Dive Bar
732 Amsterdam Ave. (between 95th & 96th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 749-4358

Thursday, January 31
Captain Lawrence Brewery at Broadway Dive

Broadway Dive
2262 Broadway (between 101st & 102nd St.)
New York, NY
(212) 856-2662

The Broken Resolution MS Benefit

The Broken Resolution is back.

During the month of January, the National MS Society, NYC Chapter has partnered with ZYR Vodka to create a signature cocktail the “Broken Resolution.”

Purchase the Broken Resolution for $5
and all of the proceeds raised will benefit the MS Society.

The Broken Resolution can be purchased
at the following dates & venues:

Wednesday, January 16, 6-10pm
McFadden's Saloon
800 Second Ave. (42nd St.)
New York, NY
(212) 986-1515
Thursday, January 17, 6-10pm
Hawaiian Tropic Zone
729 7th Ave. (49th St.)
New York, NY
Wednesday, January 23, 5:30-8:30pm
The Wheel Tapper
At The Fitzpatrick Hotel
141 E. 44th St. (between 3rd & Lexington Ave.)
New York, NY
Thursday, January 24, 6-10pm
The Copper Door Tavern
272 Third Ave. (between 21st & 22nd St.)
(212) 254-3870
New York, NY


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Enter to Win - Lou Gramm at The Fillmore

Live Nation is offering MurphGuide readers a chance to win free tickets.

On Thursday, January 24
Live Nation presents...
Lou Gramm, former lead singer of Foreigner

Enter to win on MurphGuide at:

Tickets: $36.50
Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm
Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza
17 Irving Pl. (between 15th & 16th St.)
New York, NY

Tickets available at select Ticketmaster outlets
& charge-by-phone 212.307.7171 or 866.448.7849
Also available online at:
Winners will be drawn on Friday, January 18 at 9pm EST.
Deadline to enter for free tickets is therefore Friday morning before the drawing.

Frocks, Rocks & Cocktails

Our friend Wanda Mann of has started a new series of socially conscious fashion and beauty networking events called Frocks Rocks & Cocktails.
The launch party is Wednesday, January 16.
Networking, Reception and Registration: 6pm
Presentation: 6:30 pm, Networking Encore: 7:30 - 8pm
$52 per person includes wine, light hors d'oeuvres and a goody bag.
Attendees will also receive a 20% discount on Phyto purchases made that evening.
The reception will feature the award winning wines of California based Barefoot Wine.
Tickets & more info. at:
Wednesday, January 16
6pm – 8pm at:
Phyto Universe
715 Lexington Ave. (entrance at 58th St. between Lexington & Third Ave.)
New York, NY

Guest speaker Shaye Strager, founder of Studio PR and Trend Tracker for CBS Channel 2 in NYC,will share the latest fashion trends for 2008 and how to make them work for you no matter your age, style or size.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Development and Finishing Institute, a non-profit and tuition-free finishing school that teaches valuable etiquette, social and professional skills to youth. The Development and Finishing Institute was founded by Rose Murdock - a nationally recognized etiquette expert.

NFL Football Playoffs - Conference Finals

Sunday, January 20
Conference Finals


San Diego Chargers at New England Patriots

Sunday, January 20
NFC Conference Finals


NY Giants at Green Bay Packers

Watch all the action at your favorite NY sports bar.
Check out the MurphGuide Directory of NY Sports Bars:

Monday, January 14, 2008

Hell or High Water - 18 Years

Congratulations to our friends in Hell or High Water on celebrating their 18th year in rock & roll.

They will be celebrating with a gig at The Cutting Room on Wednesday, January 16.

It all started back in 1989 in a small pub in Brooklyn, when four guys played a gig to a packed house of friends and family.

They will be filming and recording this event for posterity so they request a fun crowd to yell, scream, clap, sing along and participate in some audience interviews for the lasting record of this event. They will also be introducing and recording three originals..."Muddy Water", "I Don't Care Anymore", "Song for Hughie"

The band request your presence if:
"we've played a benefit for your organization or played at your wedding, or if you met your significant other at one of our gigs or if you broke up with your significant other at one of our gigs..or if you've enjoyed a night out with our band or if you just want to see yourself in our video,or if we've performed at your bar or been banned from your bar.. or if you can hearken back to some of our more eclectic gigs in far flung places like Pittsfield Mass. or the South Street Seaport, or a lighting storm boat cruise or that scary biker bar in Bay Ridge or in your backyard...or if you lived near us during out early "basement practice sessions" (sorry) ....or if you just need a night out after the holidays...."

Congratulations to the guys in Hell or High Water:
Wipf, Stells, Chuck, James, Glenn, Steve & Tony

Wednesday, January 16th
The Cutting Room
19 W. 24th St. (between Broadway and 6th Ave.)
New York, NY

Hell or High Water
The Cutting Room
MurphGuide Events Calendar

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Sundays at Seven

Our friend, comedian Fiona Walsh, and her friend Ann Design produce a monthly variety show called Sundays at Seven. For over six years, Sundays at Seven has hosted some of New York's best comics and musicians on the second Sunday of every month!

Born out of the Irish Arts Center's Sunday Night Cabaret which saw the early development of the play Celtic Tiger Me Arse--subsequently produced by the Irish Arts Center to great reviews--the show has morphed into a high-end entertainment experience.

Ann and Fiona assemble comedy's rising stars, including performers from HBO's The Sopranos, Comedy Central's Premium Blend and Gotham Live, The Letterman Show and Conan O'Brien, the HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen, as well as overseas performers. Past performers have included Jim Gaffigan, Tex Alexandro, Laurie Kilmartin (Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn), Aoife Clancy and Eddie Dillon, and David McSavage (Edinburgh Theatre Festival), as well as opera singers, piano players and traditional Irish musicians and dancers!

The atmosphere is relaxed, with drinks available in the lobby.Plus, there's no drink minimum, so the show is a great value AND incredibly entertaining.

This Sunday, January 13, the show features:
Rock Albers - two time MAC-award winning comedian Rick Younger - BETs Comic View. Showtime at the Apollo/NBC's Last Comic Standing
Jackie Monahan - LOL Tour, Stand Up NY and Gotham Comedy Club
Music by Honor Finnegan

Admission is $8 for IAC members and $10 for (non-members)
7pm (hence the title)
The Irish Arts Center
553 W. 51st St. (between 10th & 11th Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 757-3318

Fiona Walsh
MurphGuide Events Calendar

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