Friday, October 31, 2008

Today in NYC - Friday, October 31

Special Section: Halloween Parties
Halloween Pub Crawl
Brewtopia Great World Beer Festival
Halloween Parade
Super Diamond at Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza
All-Star Comedy at Times Square Arts Center
Stand Up Comedy at Comic Strip Live
Bob & Norm at Blackstone's
Coors Light NYC Marathon Promo at Phoenix Park
Fergus Begley at The Playwright

Thursday, October 30, 2008

70 Halloween Party Options

In our continuous efforts to connect the fun to the fun people, we present our annual
MurphGuide Directory of Halloween Parties in NYC.

There are over seventy options to choose from.
Here is an overview:

Halloween Pub Crawl
4 Registration points

Near the Parade Route:
Half Pint
Town Tavern
99 Below
Wicked Willy's

Guest House

Bars by neighborhood...
East Village:
Meet Market Adventures
Blind Pig

Midtown: East side:
Turtle Bay
Calico Jack's
Butterfield 8
Banc Cafe
T.G. Whitney's
Metro 53
Black Finn

Midtown: West side:
Whistlin' Dixie's
Fat Annie's
Westside Loft

Mad Dog & Beans

Upper East:
Mad River
Bar Coastal
East End
Big Easy

Upper West:
The Parlour

Lower East:
Parkside Lounge

Puck Fair

South 4th
The Brazen Head

Woodhaven House

Over 25 parties listed by our friends at:

Full details at:

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

R.I.P. Estelle Reiner

Estelle Reiner, New Yorker, cabaret singer, actress, wife of Carl Reiner and mother to Rob Reiner, has passed away at the age of 94.

Below is the scene where she delivered her famous punchline, reacting to Meg Ryan's faked orgasm in "When Harry Met Sally", filmed in Katz' Deli on the lower east side.

NY Times Obituary
Estelle_Reiner (wikipedia)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Lindy Promotions Upper West Side Bar Tour: Sat. Oct. 25

Saturday, October 25
Upper West Side Fall Bar Tour
$10 w/2 cans of food, $15 without
Enjoy $2 Miller Lite pints
$3 Miller Chill bottles
$3.50 Sparks cans
free souvenir cup
and food specials
until 9pm at Participating Bars

register 1-6pm

Jake's Dilemma
430 Amsterdam Ave.
(between 80th & 81st St.)
New York, NY
(212) 580-0556

Participating bars:
Jake's Dilemma, The Gin Mill, The Parlour, Senor Swanky's,
George Keeley's, Bourbon Street, Dead Poet, Firehouse
More info. at:

Save Second Base at Calico Jack's: Saturday, October 25

Save Second Base supports The Kelly Rooney Foundation (KRF), established to eradicate breast cancer in young women. Through cutting-edge research and comprehensive awareness & education programs, the Foundation focuses intently on breast cancer prevention in young women and the unique challenges that young women face when diagnosed with breast cancer.
Save 2nd Base is a unique and humorous phrase to support the fight against Breast Cancer.

A play on words of the old baseball euphemism is now synonymous with a battle cry heard around the globe. Save Second Base was co-founded by The late Kelly Rooney.

Saturday, October 25

Save 2nd Base
Help Fight Breast Cancer one drink at a time
$5 pink margaritas
where you money goes directly to finding a cure
All Raffle proceeds go towards Save 2nd Base
8 - 10pm

Calico Jack's Cantina
802 Second Ave.
(between 42nd & 43rd St.)
New York, NY
(212) 557-4300


Today in NYC: Sat. Oct. 25

CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival
ModERIN: Darrah Carr Dance at Irish Arts Center
Gotham Girls Roller Derby at Hunter College
Gotham Girls Tailgate Party at American Trash
Save Second Base Fundraiser at Calico Jack's
Lindy Promotions Upper West Side Bar Tour
Full Throttle at Smith's Bar
UFC 90 at Bar XII
UFC 90 at Rogue
NY Summer Hamptons - Fire Island Reunion at D'or
MMA Singles Jazz Tour & Club Night
World Series - Game 3
Bottle of Bread+Visible from Space atWicked Willys
Out of the Blue at O'Flanagan's
Made in Colombia vs. Made in Brazil at Pacha
David Shapiro's Halloween Party at Columbus 72
College Football Game Watch Parties
Coors Light NYC Marathon Promo at The Big Easy

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Today in NYC - Thursday, October 23

Fundraiser for Autism United at The Gael Pub
1 Year Anniversary Party at Soldier McGee's
Rock Out Benefit Concert at The Canal Room
World Pong Tour at The Big Easy
ModERIN: Darrah Carr Dance at Irish Arts Center
Blood Manor Haunted House
CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival
Oktoberfest Dinner& Beer Pairing at Vintage Irving
Jewish Hurry Date at Alibi
Live Band Karaoke at O'Flanagan's
Superego Comedy + One Night Band at Parkside
Comedy Caliente at Comic Strip Live
From Here to Awesome Film Festival at TSAC
World Series - Game 2
College Football
Coors Light NYC Marathon Promo at Mad River
Coors Light NYC Marathon Promo at Jack Russell's
Coors Light NYC Marathon Promo at East End Tavern
Coors Light NYC Marathon Promo at Van Diemen's
Bill Patrick at Thirteen
The Matt & Katina Show at The Creek
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare at TSAC
The Lunch Club's 20s & 30s Mixer at La Zarza

Rock Out! Benefit Concert at Canal Room: Thu. Oct. 23

Thursday, October 23
Rock Out! Benefit Concert
Music and cocktails to support Cristo Rey H.S.'s Scholarship Fund

featuring performances by:
Hell or High Water Band
Spare Time
A special performance by Bleeker3
with Ryan Moriarty, Kevin Moriarty, and Chris Guida

Limited Tickets Available
Individual Ticket: $80 per person ($25 tax deductible)
Patron Ticket: $100 per person ($45 tax deductible)
includes 3-hour open bar and light hors d'oeuvres.
To purchase tickets, visit or call Ms. Lizzie Gelber:
(212) 996-7000 ext. 125

6:30-10:30 pm
Canal Room
285 W. Broadway (Canal St.)
(212) 941-8100
New York, NY

Christo Rey is the only school in NYC that offers low-income students
a college-prep education and real-life work experience.

Hell or High Water

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

From Here to Awesome Film Festival: Oct. 22 - 24

From Here to Awesome
FHTA is a discovery and distribution festival that puts filmmakers directly in touch with audiences. The festival has no submission fees and filmmakers retain their rights while seeing direct revenue from festival outlets.

Out of 115 submissions, 22 films were selected for this year’s From Here to Awesome Showcase. 12 features and 10 shorts were programmed based on audience demand.
The films will be shown this week at The Times Square Arts Center.

Festival Schedule:
Wed. Oct. 22:
Theater 1:
7 pm – The Lonely Bull & Louder than Words
9 pm – Abel Raises Cain & Ai
Theater 2:
7 pm – Charlie & Rectify
9 pm – In Search Of & I F***ing Hate You

Thu. Oct. 23
Theater 1:
7 pm – Damage Done & Fragments
9 pm – The Book of Caleb & Ring of Blood
Theater 2:
7 pm – The Other America & Soledad is Gone Forever
9 pm – To the Hills & Game Over

Friday, Oct. 24
Theater 1:
7 pm – Johnny Appleweed & America’s Phoneless
9 pm – Meditate and Destroy & Ai
Theater 2:
7 pm – All for Melissa & Memoirs of the Elderly
9 pm – Moonshine & Ring of Blood

The festival is the brainchild of film pioneers Lance Weiler, Arin Crumley and M Dot Strange.

Visit the official website:
Tickets: $10

Times Square Arts Center
669 Eighth Ave. (42nd St.)
New York, NY
(212) 586-7829

The 2008 World Series Begins Tonight: Wed. Oct. 22

The World Series starts tonight, with the Philadelphia Phillies taking on the Tampa Bay Rays.
To find good places to watch the games, check out our directory of NYC Sports Bars:

Here is the schedule:

2008 World Series

All Games start at 8pm EDT
Game 1 Wednesday, Oct. 22 Philadelphia Phillies @ Tampa Bay Rays
Game 2 Thursday, Oct. 23 Phillies @ Rays
Game 3 Saturday Oct. 25 Tampa Bay Rays @ Philadelphia Phillies
Game 4 Sunday Oct. 26 Rays @ Phillies
Game 5* Monday Oct. 27 Rays @ Phillies
Game 6* Wednesday Oct. 29 Philadelphia Phillies @ Tampa Bay Rays
Game 7* Thursday Oct. 30 Phillies @ Rays
*If necessary

MurphGuide Directory of NYC Sports Bars

Today in NYC - Wednesday, October 22

The Amish Outlaws at Metro 53
Kim Garrison + Tiffany Deriveau at Parkside Lounge
From Here to Awesome Film Festival at TSAC
World Series - Game 1
Coors Light NYC Marathon Promo at East End Grill
Coors Light NYC Marathon Promo at Metro 53
Coors Light NYC Marathon Promo at The Black Finn
Stand Up Comedy at Comic Strip Live
TheLunch Club: Bartending Class at Village Pourhouse
Hurry Date at Kush Lounge
8Minute Dating for Christian Singles at 420 Lounge

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Chillin' With Adam Benefit at Turtle Bay: Tues. Oct. 21

Tuesday, October 21
The Adam Gaynes Foundation presents...

Chillin with Adam 2008
4th Annual NYC Bar Night
$25 suggested donation at door, generosity is appreciated
Drink specials- cash bar
Food will be served

Live Music Presented by:
2U unplugged
hit songs from the 50's through 00's
Featuring: Paul Mahos - of "New Life Crisis" & lead singer of 2U
and Joseph Cumia - guitarist/leader of "2U - The World's 2nd Best u2 Show"

Turtle Bay
987 Second Ave.
(between 52nd & 53rd St.)
New York, NY
(212) 223-4224

The Adam Gaynes Foundation Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation dedicated to raising money for the care, comfort, happiness, education and cure of children diagnosed with brain tumors and other disabilities. The foundation funds projects and programs at hospitals and schools that will make life easier for these children with the hope of one day finding a cure.
The Foundation was made to honor an 11-year old boy and hero to many, Adam Gaynes. On 8/23/04 Adam lost his life long battle to a brain tumor, but has inspired those around him with his constant laughter, smiles, & ability to truly live each day. Your donation to Chillin’ with Adam The Adam Gaynes Foundation Inc. will make a difference in the care, comfort & eventual cure for children affected with brain tumors. Your generosity will help Adam’s strength, courage & spirit to live on!


Toots Shor Day at Foley's - Tuesday, October 21

Tuesday, October 21
Toots Shor Day at Foley's
In honor of the DVD release of "Toots", Foley's is hosting Toots Shor Day.

Toots Shor was a famous New York City saloonkeeper in the 1940s & 1950. A confidant and drinking buddies to the likes of Jackie Gleason, Frank Sinatra, Joe Dimaggio, Marilyn Monroe, Chief Justice Earl Warren, to name a few.

"Toots" is a documentary narrated by Toots himself, with audio from an oral history recorded two years before his death, and directed by his granddaughter, Kristi Jacobson. Customers and legendary New Yorkers featured in the film include: Walter Cronkite, Mike Wallace, Frank Gifford, Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra, Maury Allen, Dave Anderson, Bill Gallo, Joe Garagiola and Gay Talese among others.

Menu & 1958 Prices from the famous saloon all day
Foley's Pub & Restaurant will be presenting a special Toots Shor menu, with 1958 prices.
Menu items such named in honor of Toots Shor customers include:
Ernest Hemingway’s Lobster Bisque and Joe DiMaggio’s Sliced Tomato and Onion Salad for $1.
Entrees such as Frank Sinatra’s Sirloin Steak, Frank Costello’s Corned Beef n' Cabbage, Jackie Gleason’s Deep Fried Scallops and Frank Gifford’s Curried Chicken can all be had for
under $8.

“Toots Shor has long been my idol in the restaurant business. His was a place where everyone felt welcome. His customers included baseball stars, entertainers, gangsters and G-men, as well as average folks,” said Shaun Clancy, owner of Foley’s, “That’s the type of atmosphere we try to re-create at Foley’s… without the gangsters.”

The DVD Release Party
The DVD release party starts at 8pm
A Salute to Frank Sinatra
with live music by Pete Caldera and the Sam Rubin Orchestra.
They will sing the songs made famous by one of Toots Shor’s most loyal customers: Frank Sinatra. The staff of Foley’s will be dressed in formal attire.
Foley's Pub & Restaurant
18 W. 33rd St.
(between 5th & 6th Ave.)
New York, NY

Toots Shor (wikipedia)
Kristi Jacobson (imdb)

Today in NYC - Tuesday, October 21

Chillin' With Adam Benefit at Turtle Bay
Photohunt Contest at Village Pourhouse
8-Minute Dating for Taller Singles at 420 Lounge
Tom Clark and Little Craiggy Chesler at Parkside
Toots Shor Day at Foley's Pub & Restaurant
Stand Up Comedy at Comic Strip Live
8-Minute Dating for Jewish Singles at Cafe Notte
Coors Light NYC Marathon Promo at Opal
College Football
Open Mic Night at An Beal Bocht
Bedsit Poets CD Release Party at The Cutting Room

Saturday, October 18, 2008

College Football: Where to Watch the Games

College Football:Our college football page includes a listing of where the college alumni clubs gather to watch their team. For example, The Texas Exes, the alumni club for the Texas Longhorns, meet at Stout.
Penn State's NYC alumni club meets at The Mean Fiddler, while the Florida's Gotham Gators host game watch parties at at The Gin Mill, Sidebar and The Town Tavern. It also lists great viewing spots and bar specials for general college football fan, plus scores, standings and the Top 25 rankings.

Check it out at:

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

NY Bars in the News

Bars in the News:

In the newspapers...

No NY baseball teams in the playoffs means slower business for NY sports bars: (Daily News)

Ladies Night Lawsuit Thrown Out: (NY Post)

Sapphire & Penthouse Executive Club are looking to take over the spaces of Scores:
(The New York Observer)

Ruby Fruit Gets a Bailout: (NY Times)

In the magazines...
There's No Place Like Tavern on the Green (Page Six Mag)

Another Dive Bar Closes (Yogi’s): (Vanity Fair)

And in the blogs...

NYCBP has extensive coverage of Yogi's closing,
and also of the grand opening of The Duck. (

Our friend Paul also chronicles the closing of Yogi's, including some photos. (

Debate Watch Parties in NYC: Wed. October 15

Wednesday, October 15
Debate Watching Parties in NYC

The final debate in the 2008 election is tonight.
Instead of watching it at home on the couch, you can
watch with other political enthusiasts in a NYC bar.

Here are a few options...

Wednesday, October 15
Debate Watching Party at 99 Below

Debate Watching Party

This is your final chance to indulge in silly drinking games
while pretending to seriously judge our highest politicians

Start getting warmed up from 7pm onwards.
debate begins 9pm
99 Below
99 Below

99 MacDougal St. (bet. Bleecker & W. 3rd St.)
New York, NY
(212) 387-8292

Wednesday, October 15
The Lunch Club presents...
The Lunch Club
Debate Watching Party
Start with a happy hour and some mingling over some food and drink.
Then when the debate starts, they'll crank up the volume and watch.
Some tables reserved and for Lunch Club members
here's a bunch of TV's up there. They have a full menu too.

Regular Members - $10 in advance or $15 at the event.
Monthly members: free

Note: You must be member of The Lunch Club in order to participate.
Membership is free. New members are welcome. Sign up here
7pm on the 2nd floor at:

Dewey's Flatiron
210 Fifth Ave. (between 25th & 26th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 696-BEER

Wednesday, October 15

8-Minute Dating Singles Speed Dating
and Debate Party

Single Professionals For McCain
Single Professionals For Obama
Afterwards, both groups can stay for the
Post Dating Event Debate Party

Suggested Ages:
Men 30-40
Women 28-38
Admission: $40
includes Debate Party

420 Lounge
420 Amsterdam Ave. (80th St.)
New York, NY
Wednesday, October 15
Debate Watching Party
please note:
Live music by "3 Peace" has been re-scheduled
so that our patrons can watch the debate with sound
9pm - 11pm

The Brazen Head
The Brazen Head

228 Atlantic Ave. (between Court St. & Boerum Pl.)
Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, NY
(718) 488-0430

Today in NYC - Wednesday, October 15

Oktoberfest Party at Village Pourhouse
11-Year Anniversary at Fiddlesticks
The Lunch Club's Debate Watch Party at Dewey's Flatiron
Debate Watch Party at The Brazen Head
Debate Watching Party at 99 Below
8-Minute Dating Debate Watching Party at 420 Lounge
Finbar Furey at Paddy Reilly's
CBGB Reunion at Double Down Saloon
Dynamic Outdoors Happy Hour at Sidebar
Sugartime + The Retractions at Parkside Lounge
All-Star Comedy at Times Square Arts Center
Beertopia at Village Pourhouse
NLCS - Game 5
M.E.A.N.Y. Fest 2008 at The Mean Fiddler
Larry Cooley at Smith's Bar
Ray Greiche at The Back Fence
Revealed Burlesque Under St. Mark's Theater
And Then There's Vaud at The Triad
Jewish Hurry Date at Kush Lounge

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Pat Tillman Foundation Fundraiser: Sun. Oct. 12

Jeff from Banc Cafe is running the NYC Marathon next month and is raising funds for the Pat Tillman Foundation. There is a fundraiser tonight at Banc Cafe...

Sunday, October 12
Pat Tillman Foundation Fundraiser
$100 donation includes open bar, food, raffles music & giveaways

Pat's Run celebrates Pat Tillman's passionate legacy while raising awareness and funding for the Pat Tillman foundation. The Pat Tillman Foundation seeks to carry forward Pat's legacy by inspiring and supporting young people striving to promote positive change in themselves and the world around them.
7pm - 10pm

Banc Cafe
435 3rd Ave. (30th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 252-0146