Thursday, April 16, 2009

MurphGuide Weekly Newsletter


Parties & Events This Week:

1. NY Restoration Project Fundraiser at Arctica: Thu. April 16
2. Concern For Hunger Run: Saturday, April 18
3. Suggie Pub Crawl: Saturday, April 18
. World Pong Tourney at Village Pourhouse - Sun. April 19

Special Interests:
1. Spotlight Bar: Wicked Willy's
2. Quick Links

Party Planning with
1. MurphGuide Party Planner

Upcoming Events:
1. Mercy Center Gala at Tavern on the Green: Wed. April 22
2. Scavenger Hunt of Historical Village Taverns: Saturday, April 25

3. I Love the 80s & 90s Party at Croton Reservoir Tavern: Satuday, April 25
4. Gotham Girls Roller Derby at Hunter College: Saturday, April 25

5. Taste of Hope 2009 ACS Benefit at Metropolitan Pavilion: Tue. April 28
6. Comedy Caliente at Comic Strip Live: Thursday, April 30
7. Kruise for Kids Launch Party at St. Andrew's: Wed. May 6

8. MurphGuide Comedy Night: Thu. May 21

9. Kruise for Kids Benefit: Wed. June 10

10. Save the Dates


Parties This Week:

The Buds, the Junior Committee of the NY Restoration Project, invite you to their spring kickoff...
Thursday, April 16
NYRP/The Buds' Spring Kickoff
Join fellow young professionals and The Buds, NYRP's Junior Board
for drinks, food and...more drinks
You could win a membership to Equinox, tickets to a taping of The Colbert Report,
a Kate Spade bag, and more
Tickets start at only $30
For information, ticket purchases & donations to NYRP
visit: or call Allison Beck at 212.333.2552.
Arctica Bar & Grill
384 Third Ave. (between 27th & 28th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 725-4477

I am inviting you to support this event by either joining us on the 18th, or simply making a donation...
Saturday, April 18
Concern for Hunger 4-Mile Run Run/Walk
$25 per person ($20 if on a team)
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Upon registering, click on Join an existing team (

Day of race registration 8 - 9pm
race start time: 9:30pm
Central Park Ball Fields
Starting line:
102nd Street Transverse (102nd St. and East Drive)
(Enter Park at E. 97th & Fifth Ave.)
New York, NY

Sign Up for the MurphGuide team here:

More info. at
Some people think this is really cool, others think this is the most ridiculous thing they've ever heard.
Who are we to judge. If this is your thing, here are the details...

Saturday, April 18
Snuggie Pub Crawl NYC
Tickets: $20 per person
Enjoy a full day of wearing your snuggie and drinking cheap drinks:
$2 Bud and Bud Light Draft
$3 Well Drinks
Drink specials run at participating bars from noon - 8pm

Purchase ticket on-line at:
Participating bars include:
Village Pourhouse
64 Third Ave. (11th St)
New York
(212) 979-BEER
120 E. 15th St. (bet. Irving Pl. & E. Union Sq.)
New York, NY
Kingshead Tavern: 222 East 14 St.
Belmont Lounge: 117 East 15 St.
Still: 192 Third Ave.
Bar None: 98 Third Ave.
Plug Uglies: 257 Third Ave.
Van Diemens: 383 Third Ave.
Finnertys: 221 Second Ave.
Congratulations to Bret Watson & all of our friends at Watson Adventures on their 10th Anniversary...

Saturday, April 18
Free Scavenger Hunt Day with Watson Adventures
Watson Adventures will celebrate its 10th anniversary and 100,000th hunter
with a day of free scavenger hunts for the general public in New York, Boston, Chicago,
Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Princeton, N.J., Washington, DC, and, for the first time, San Francisco,
On each hunt, teams of up to six people will follow clues and answer tricky,
humorous questions about the objects and places they discover.
In New York, there will be three hunts to choose from...

The Secrets of Wall Street Scavenger Hunt
April 18, 1 to 3:30 pm

The Secrets of the East Village Scavenger Hunt
April 18, 4 to 6:30 p.m.

The Meatpacking District Dash Scavenger Hunt
April 18, 5 to 7:30 p.m.
More info. at:
Our friends at World Pong Tour are in the midst of their spring tour...
World Pong Tour presents...
Beer Pong Tournaments - Spring 2009
Sunday, April 19 at Village Pourhouse
Tournament Details:
Double elimination, 64 team maximum
First drink complimentary
Entry is $20/player; Female teams receive 50% discount (enter promo code 'girls')
Sign in & practice starts an hour prior to tournament start time.
Registration at the door will be increased to $25/player, so register online and save

1st Place: A 3-night trip to Atlantic City to compete in the World Beer Pong Tour's
Atlantic City Championship Tournament for $25,000 cash
Trip includes 3-night hotel stay at Resorts Casino & Hotel as well as entrance into the tournament.
Other prizes for 2nd through 4th place bar gift certificates & more)

Sunday, April 19
Village Pourhouse
64 Third Ave. (11th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 979-BEER

also April 25th at Porky's NYC
and May 16 at Wicked Willy's

Other News:

Spotlight Bar: Wicked Willy's

Wicked Willy's is a hot new bar on Bleecker Street.

Every weekend you can rock out with the best local & touring bands until 11pm
and then get down all night to some of the hottest DJ's in New York City.

What sets Wicked Willy's apart from other bars in the neighborhood are the drink prices.
At Happy Hour, the entire bar is half off until 9pm., 7 days a week.
Sports fans can enjoy games on a ten foot movie screen and 9 plasma flats screens.

There is always something going on at Wicked Willy's:
- Every Day Happy Hour: 1/2 price drinks 4pm - 9pm
- Live Music on Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays
- Karaoke on Tuesdays & Thursdays. Get a free drink if you are brave enough to sing.
- Beer Pong Tournament Every Monday with $7 pitchers. Compete for a $50 bar tab.
- Beer Pong & Flip Cup available every night

Wicked Willy's
149 Bleecker St. (bet. Thompson & LaGuardia Pl.)
New York, NY
(212) 254-8592

call Adam or Andy for private parties

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Our friend Sinead invites you to this benefit...
Mercy Center's 5th Annual Cocktail Gala and Auction
Wednesday, April 22

Tickets $160 per person
Details at:
for more info. call: 718 993 2789

honoring Karla G. Sanchez
trial attorney, first and sole Hispanic partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
and presenting the Circle of Mercy Award to The Volunteer ESL Teachers

6pm - 9:30pm
Tavern on the Green
Central Park at West 67th Street
New York, NY

Mercy Center is a community center for women and their families
located in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx.

Saturday, April 25
The Lunch Club & present...
Scavenger Hunt of Historical Village Taverns
You'll be on a team of 5 to uncover the answers to clues
that will take you all over many of the Village's best known historic taverns and cafes.

* Discover Pete's Tavern and figure out in which booth O. Henry wrote The Gift of the Magi.
* See where Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt downed many a mug of light & dark beer at McSorley's.
* Where was Dylan Thomas sitting in the Whitehorse Tavern when he drank
his last shot of whiskey, before walking outside and dropping dead?
* Visit the Village's oldest coffee house which has harbored bohemians poets like Kerouac and Corso,
and has been the backdrop in classic New York movies like The Godfather and Serpico.
* Unlock the secret clue that only certain bartenders will answer,
by playing silly drinking games! (Consuming alcohol is not required, but hey, WE plan to...)

In this 2-hour race against the clock (and the other teams),
you'll work together and visit as many of the clue locations as possible.

$10 in advance or $15 at the event.
Lunch Club Monthly members: free
(Pay for your own drinks)
Note: You must be member of The Lunch Club in order to participate.
Membership is free. New members are welcome
Sign up here
at the Meeting Location:
in front of St. Mark's Church
2nd Ave. & 10th St.
New York, NY
Our friend Lou Smith (aka DLJ) hosts these monthly theme parties.
As always, reduced admission for MurphGuide readers (you)...
Saturday, April 25
I Love the 80s & 90s Party
RSVP for Reduced Admission!
As written up in the NY Post & Daily News...
2 floors, 2 bars, 1 DJ, 1 band & 1 TOTALLY AWESOME time
DLJ spins the best damn 80s & 90s music PERIOD
(Pop, Rock, New Wave, Freestyle, Hip Hop & More)

Live 80's cover band Atomic on lower level

80s priced drink specials including $2 Beers & $4 Well Drinks
Plus, the first 100 people will get a FREE shot!

FREE Rock Of Ages Broadway ticket giveaways

Perfect for celebrating birthdays, bachelor/ette parties, or special occasions
RSVP below for reduced admission
$10 w/ Mention of or RSVP, $15 w/o
Doors open 9pm
Croton Reservoir Tavern
108 W. 40th St. (between Broadway & 6th Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 997-6835

Our friends at Gotham Girls Roller Derby kick off their season regular season
with a re-match of last year's championship bout...

Saturday, April 25
Gotham Girls Roller Derby
Queens of Pain vs. Bronx Gridlock
In a rematch of last year's championship

General Admission: $19.75 in advance, $23 at door
VIP: $29.75 (adv. only - incl. reserved front row seat, goodies, + more)

Doors: 6:30pm / Whistle: 7:30pm
Schwartz Athletic Center, Long Island University
1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY
More info available on the GGRD Hotline: (888) 830-2253

Full Gotham Girls Roller Derby 2009 Schedule

April 25 - Queens of Pain vs. Bronx Gridlock
May 16 - Brooklyn Bombshells vs. Manhattan Mayhem
June 13 - Manhattan Mayhem vs. Queens of Pain
July 11 - Bronx Gridlock vs. Brooklyn Bombshells
August 8 - Manhattan Mayhem vs. Bronx Gridlock
September 26 - Brooklyn Bombshells vs. Queens of Pain
October 17 - Post-season double-header (foes TBD)
November 21 - GGRD League Championship (foes TBD)

All bouts above are at Hunter College Sportsplex.
Lexington Ave at 68th St.
New York, NY

Translation: This comedy is hot!
Thursday, April 30
Comedy Caliente is back
The first Comedy Caliente of the year (every last Thursday of the month going forward)
Breathtaking, hilarious Latin-American Comedy
NYC's Best Latin-American Standup Comedy Show
Strong Humor and Strong Margaritas

$25 admission.
Reservations required. Show will sell out
Call for reservations: 212-861-9386. (Must be 18+)
Seating 8pm, Showtime 8:30pm
Comic Strip Live
1568 Second Ave. (between 81st & 82nd St.)
New York, NY
(212) 861-9386

Check out for suggestions on where to watch.

Some of New York's top restaurants and chefs working together to fight cancer at this top notch event...
Tuesday, April 28
The American Cancer Society Presents
Taste of Hope 2009
A culinary, wine and spirits tasting event featuring over 40 of New York's hottest and most popular restaurants and vendors, all set within a fun cocktail party atmosphere

* NYC's hottest restaurant & chefs will offer tastings of their most inventive and delicious dishes.
* Demonstrations by NYC’s top chef’s
* Unlimited Open Bar throughout the whole event
* Specialty Wine & liquor tasting
* A chance to win exciting raffle and silent auction prizes.
* Exclusive VIP lounge & gift bag for VIP ticket holders only.
* Featuring DJ Scott Sheehy & Live Music by The Island Boys Steel Pan Calypso Band
* Amazing gift bag for all attendees, valued at over $100

Event Tickets: $150 in advance, $175 at the door
(restaurant tasting, open bar and gift bag)
VIP Tickets: $250, advance sales only
(admission one hour early, chef demonstration with wine pairings, special restaurant tasting,
open bar, VIP gift bag, exclusive cognac tasting, VIP lounge area. )

Taste of Hope will assist the American Cancer Society
in raising funds to reach our 2015 goal of saving 5 million lives
by reducing cancer mortality by 50% and cancer incidence by 25%

6:30pm - VIP admission
7:30pm - General Admission
the Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W. 18th St. (between 6th & 7th Ave.)
New York, NY

for more info. contact Caitlin Boyle: 212-237-3886
The annual Kruise for Kids benefit for Project Children will be held on June 10.
The committee invites you to the launch party on Wednesday, May 6 at the new St. Andrew's...
Wednesday, May 6
Kruise for Kids Launch Party
Live music by
Enda Keegan
free admission
St. Andrew's
140 W. 46th St. (between 6th & 7th Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 840-8413
More info at:
Purchase tickets to the cruise at:
Fellow MurphGuide readers Jeff and Zakk are going to be hosting a series of parties
specifically for the MurphGuide audience (you!) The first one will be May 8...
Friday, May 8
MurphGuide Open Bar Party
$30 admission includes...
3 hour open bar
9pm - midnight
DJ spinning party tunes
beer pong and more...

Whistlin' Dixie's Texas Tavern
714 Eleventh Ave. (W. 51st St.)
New York, NY
(212) 349-4370


Thursday, May 21
MurphGuide Comedy Night

My friend Nichelle (Chicks & Giggles) and I will be producing a brand new comedy show.
Details will be announced shortly, but please save the date:
The first one will be Thursday, May 21. The next one will be Thursday, June 18.

The 18th annual Kruise for Kids dinner/concert cruise to benefit Project Children

Wednesday, June 10
AOH Div. 7 - NYC presents...
18th Annual Kruise for Kids to benefit Project Children

$100 General Admission,
$1000 Reserved tables of 8
$1200 Premium tables of 8
Full Open Bar - Buffet Dinner
Casual Business Attire
Live Music on 2 stages, including
Celtic Cross, The Cunningham Brothers,
Shay Mac Band, Tom Casey & Friends,
and for the first time on the cruise...
The Screaming Orphans

Boarding at 6pm, Sailing at 6:45 pm
Return to Dock at 10 pm
Departing from
Chelsea Piers, Pier 62
W. 23rd St. & 12th Ave.
New York, NY

Cruise aboard...The Spirit of New York

More info at:
Purchase tickets to the cruise at:


Save the Dates:
Save the dates for the following upcoming events.
More details to follow in future newsletters

Tuesday, May 5: Cinco de Mayo
Thursday, May 21: MurphGuide Comedy Night
Wednesday, June 10: Annual Kruise for Kids Benefit
Thursday, August 20: MurphGuide Annual Summer Cruise

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