Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Walk the Dog with Newcastle

Our friend Fergus at Newcastle tells us about this new weekly promotion...
In the UK, "walking the dog" became a euphemism for going out for a beer. Newcastle Brown Ale somehow acquired the nickname "The Dog". So now, Newcastle is trying to bring the concept to America with their new promotion. Walk the Dog Wednesday will be every Wednesday at a different bar. Tonight, at The Parlour's new midtown location.

The Parlour is one of my favorite bars on the upper west side, having hosting many MurphGuide functions over the years. Congratulations and good luck to our friend John Kelly & company on the brand new Parlour that just opened on W. 30th St.

Wednesday, March 31
Newcastle Brown Ale presents
Walk the Dog Wednesday
Complimentary Newcastle Ale
The Parlour
247 W. 30th St.
(between Seventh & Eighth Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 967-1070

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A to Z Bar Crawl

The N.Y. Times (that other great nightlife website) posted a cool slide show depicting the exteriors of 26 bars, one for each letter of the alphabet in an A-Z bar crawl.

There was not much information about the crawl itself, other than it was "a group of New Yorkers", they spent "the last year" doing it (wow!) and it ends this week at Zanzibar. Starting with Arctica and ending with Zanzibar, the crawl hit many of our favorites here on MurphGuide, including: Bourbon Street, Fiddlesticks, Galway Hooker, The Half Pint, Overlook, Prohibition, Rodeo Bar, The Town Tavern and Ulysses.

You can view the slideshow with nice photos by Julie Glassberg here:

Here is the A-Z list:
Bourbon Street
East End
Galway Hooker
Half Pint
Inc. Lounge
Kings Head Tavern
Naked Lunch
Rodeo Bar
Soho Room
The Town Tavern
Vig Bar
Westside Tavern
XR Bar

Monday, March 29, 2010

Murph to appear on the Andy Troy Show: March 29,

To quote my friend Tom, "internet radio killed the video star." Murph (I am referring to myself in the third person here) will be a guest tonight on The Andy Troy Show, and internet radio show on the Centanni Network.

This week's show is about New York nightlife, and I will be guest along with veteran bartender Steve Warren who'll be sharing 30 years of wild bartending stories.

Andy Troy is a New Yorker, event host, personal trainer, fitness consultant, author of two books and internet radio host.

I met Andy through his hosting of networking events. (His excellent events are usually listed on the MurphGuide Events Calendar). He hosts events such as The Feast for Five Senses, and most recently, a fundraiser for NYC Animal Care & Control.

He is the author of "Living Young: 32 Habits of Ageless People" which is available on the MurphGuide store on Amazon (disclosure: if you purchase through this link, I get a few cents commission. Thanks!)

I am thrilled to be invited on to his show:

Monday, March 29, 2010
The Andy Troy Show
8 - 9pm
listen live at:
The shows are archived, so you if miss the broadcast, you can always go back and listen to it at your convenience.

For more info. visit Andy's facebook page:

Thursday, March 25, 2010

March Madness: Sweet Sixteen

It's madness I tell ya, madness!
NCAA Men's basketball have reached the sweet sixteen. Eight teams play tonight, and eight more tomorrow night. The winners will face off on Saturday and Sunday on the road to the Final Four. Here is tonight's action:

Thursday, March 25, 2010
7:07pm - Butler #5 vs. Syracuse #1
7:27pm - Washington #11 vs. West Virginia #2
9:37pm - Xavier #6 vs. Kansas St. #2
9:57pm - Cornell #12 vs. Kentucky #1

Watch the action at your favorite NYC Sports bar. Check out MurphGuide's special March Madness page for March Madness specials:

If you are rooting for a specific team, here are where the alumni are watching tonight's action:

Butler Bulldogs vs. Syracuse Orangemen - 7:07pm

Syracuse fans will be all over town. Here are some game watches we know about:

Syracuse Game Watch at East End

The East End
1664 First Ave.
(between 86th & 87th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 348-3783

Third & Long
523 Third Ave. (35th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 447-5711

Butler Bulldogs fans have been known to watch at The Hill or Blondie's:
The Hill
416 3rd Ave. (between 28th & 29th St.)
New York, NY

212 W. 79th St.
(between Broadway & Amsterdam Ave.)
New York, NY

Washington Huskies vs. W. Virginia Mountaineers - 7:27pm

West Virginia Mountaineers - meet at both Latitude & Local West

783 Eighth Ave.
(between 47th & 48th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 245-3034

Local West
1 Penn Plaza in NYC
(33rd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues - closer to 8th)

Washington Huskies are meeting at Rattle & Hum
Rattle and Hum
14 E. 33rd St. (between 5th & Madison Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 451-1586
Xavier Musketeers vs. Kansas St. Wildcats - 9:37pm
Xavier Musketeers Watch at Bar XII

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

The Australian hosts the Kansas St. Wildcats

The Australian
20 W. 38th St.
(bet. Fifth & Sixth Ave.)
New York, NY

Cornell Big Red vs. Kentucky Wildcats - 9:57pm

Cornell alumni can of course meet at The Cornell Club
but if you want to avoid the Andy Bernards of the world, head out to a bar, like, BB&R:

BB&R (Blonde, Brunette and A Redhead)
1720 Second Ave. (between 89th & 90th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 987-5555

Kentucky alumni are meeting at Jack Demsey's:

Jack Demsey's
36 W 33rd St. (between 5th & 6th Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 629-9899

Twestival To Benefit Concern Worldwide

Thanks to twitter, the act of adding a "tw" in front of a word has come to mean the twitter version of the word. Thus, meetup becomes tweetup. Invite becomes twtvite. Some of it can get pretty corny (twitterverse? twinfluence? tweeple please!). There is one use that we will give a pass, since it is for such a worthy cause: Twestival, a world-wide tweetup that will raise funds tonight for Concern Worldwide. The New York Twestival takes place at Good Units, the new club at the Hudson Hotel.

Thursday, March 25
NYC Twestival
To Benefit Concern Worldwide
Entertainment by:
Shinobi Ninja (@ShinobiNinja)
DJ MisterDisco
$20 for a normal ticket and $100 for a VIP ticket.
Purchase tickets on-line
Good Units at Hudson Hotel
356 W. 58th St. (between Eighth & Ninth Ave.)
New York, NY

Below is a video of Shinobi Ninja's song "Brooklyn to Babylon"

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wine & Wishes Gala at Pier 60: Wednesday, March 24

Wednesday, March 24
The Seventh Annual
Wine & Wishes Gala
Wine tasting and auction benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York
Enjoy great wine and food at Wine & Wishes 2010
hosted by The Charmer Sunbelt Group
Purchase tickets online:
For more information, contact Amy Epstein
(212) 957-9474 or
Pier Sixty
Chelsea Piers
New York, NY

Monday, March 22, 2010

Ringling Brothers Elephant Parade: March 22, 2010

The circus is in town. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus starts their annual run at Madison Square Garden this week. The circus performs March 24-29, 31, April 2-4. In order to get the elephants into Manhattan, they walk them through the Midtown Tunnel in the middle of the night. That night is tonight, some time after midnight. It is quite a spectacle to see elephants walking down the streets of New York.

photo via The Diary of Third & Long

Instead of waiting around on the sidewalk, many folks congregate in the bars near the tunnel exit on 34th St. Here are some spots where you can enjoy a drink before the fun starts:

Monday night is Beer Bingo Night
all night at Third & Long.
$2 domestic draft mugs
$1 Bud/Bud Light/Coors Light mugs
Third & Long
523 Third Ave. (35th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 447-5711

Bar XII hosts trivia on Monday nights.
Seven rounds of trivia. Free to play
Prizes given to winning team at end of all seven rounds
Win gift certificates, ipods, Vegas trips and more
206 E. 34th St. (Third Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 545-9912

Mercury Bar hosts "Movie Night" on Mondays, which will help you pass the time.
Tonight's film is "Semi Tough", starts at 9pm
with drink specials
and free popcorn.
Mercury Bar
493 Third Ave.
(between 33rd & 34th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 683-2645

The parade, featuring elephants, horses and a frew clowns, marches west on 34th St.
On the west side, you can hang out near Madison Square Garden, the ultimate destination of the animals, who will share space with the Knicks and Rangers for the next two weeks. Here are some other places you can wait for the parade to go by...

2 W. 35th St.
(between 5th & 6th Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 594-9343

Tracks Raw Bar & Grill
Penn Station
LIRR level
New York, NY
(212) 244-6350
133 W. 33rd St.
(bet. Sixth & Seventh Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 629-6191

Fat Annie's Truck Stop
131 W. 33rd St.
(bet. Sixth & Seventh Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 695-1122

Below is a clip we found on youtube from the 2007 parade:

Friday, March 19, 2010

Too Cool for School: Springing Spring Springity Spring

NY based comedian Jason Saenz tells us about his comedy showcase, "Too Cool for School"...
Nick Turner and Jason Saenz host "Too Cool for School", a mostly stand-up comedy showcase on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month. Tonight's show celebrates the coming of spring...

Friday, March 19
Too Cool for School:
Springing Spring Springity Spring
Hosted by Nick Turner and Jason Saenz

This week:
Tony Camin (Comedy Central, VH1, Marijuanalogues)
Andrea Rosen (Stella, Variety Shac, Michael and Michael Have Issues)
Barry Rothbart (MTV, Comedy Death Ray)
Jay Bois (Psychedelic Knights of Zohar)
Jimmy Merritt (Geek Comedy Tour, from Washington, DC!)
w/ sketch by:
Sidecar (UCB, SF Sketch Fest)

Free admission, and NO drink minimum
Coco 66
66 Greenpoint Ave.
(Between Franklin & West)
Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY

Nick Turner:
Jason Saenze:

And below is a clip of this week's guest sketch troupe, Sidecar, from 2007:

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Ultimate St. Patrick's Day Listings in NYC

Well, we've done it again. We've stayed up all night on St. Patrick's Eve to bring you our annual "Ultimate St. Patrick's Day Listings in NYC".

St. Patrick's Day countdown banner
We spend 11 months of the year fighting the stereotype that we are only about Irish bars (we are much more than that), and one month providing the best NYC St. Patrick's Day listings on the web.

No matter what neighborhood you are in, you should be able to find some place to celebrate.
Here is our list, click on the links for more information.


Wednesday, March 17 - Happy St. Patrick's Day!
NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade

Manhattan - Below 14th St.
Lower Manhattan:
The Canny Brothers Band + DJs Saint Ballance & Mesh at Ulysses'
St. Baldrick Fundraiser 1pm + Girsa at Jim Brady's
St. Patrick's Day at The Dubliner
St. Patrick's Day at Lilly O'Brien's
St. Patrick's Day at Biddy Early's
St. Patrick's Day at Beckett's

East Village:
Finn's Fury + The Narrowbacks at The Blind Pig
The Cunningham Brothers at Nevada Smith's
St. Patrick's Day at Dempsey's Pub
St. Patrick's Day at The Central Bar
St. Patrick's Day at Slainte
St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl at Village Pourhouse
St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl at Company Bar

Greenwich Village:
St. Patrick's Day at The Town Tavern
St. Patrick's Day at Fiddlesticks
St. Patrick's Day at Thirteen
St. Patrick's Day at The Half Pint
Niall Connolly & his Lucky Charms 4pm, Steve Reilly 10pm at The Red Lion
Luck of the Irish - Post-Parade Pub Crawl

Lower East Side:
Brian Mitchell Band + Jameson's Promo at Parkside Lounge
Mr North at Mercury Lounge
Roesy at The Living Room
Colin Smith 12am at Rockwood Music Hall

The Irish Curse at SoHo Playhouse
St. Patrick's Day at Puck Fair
St. Patrick's Day at Gatsby's

Meat Packing District:
Irish Eyes are Laughing at Comix
Manhattan - 14th - 59th St. - East Side
NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade
E. Teens:
St. Patrick's Day w/ Joe Finn at M.J. Armstrong's
St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl at Sidebar
St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl at Still
St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl at Duke's

E. 20s:
Erin Og (2pm) The Itinerants (10pm) at Paddy Reilly's
Post-Parade Reception feat. The Screaming Oprhans, Tom Casey at The 69th Regiment Armory

E. 30s:
St. Patrick Specials at Third and Long
St. Patrick's Day at Galway Hooker
Cruel Seamus at Legends NYC
St. Patrick's Day at at Wharf
St. Patrick's Day at Joshua Tree
St. Patrick's Day at Slattery's Midtown Pub
St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl at Rattle & Hum
St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl at Duke's

E. 40s:
Nine Days 4-7pm at The Weeltapper at The Fitzpatrick Hotel
St. Patrick's Day Breakfast at Maggie's Place
St. Patrick's Day at McFadden's
St. Patrick's Day at The Press Box
St. Patrick's Day at Overlook
Dia De San Patricio at Calico Jack's

E. 50s:
Celtic Cross at Turtle Bay
Kegs & Eggs at T.G. Whitney's
St. Patrick's Day at Redemption
St. Patrick's Day at Traffic
St. Patrick's Day at The Black Finn
St. Patrick's Day at Opal
Luck of the Irish - Post-Parade Pub Crawl
Manhattan - 14th - 59th St. - West Side:
W. 20s:
Luck of the Irish - Post-Parade Pub Crawl
St. Patrick's Day at Dewey's Flatiron
St. Patrick's Day at The Hog Pit
Eurocircle's St. Patrick's Day in Style Party at 230 Fifth
St. Patrick's Day at Walter's Bar
St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl Registration at The Yard
St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl at Slate
St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl at Taj
St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl at Hill Country

W. 30s:
St. Patrick's Day at Tracks Raw Bar
St. Patrick's Day at Windfall
Icewagon Flu + Scythian at Stout
St. Patrick's Day at Katwalk
St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl at Radio Star

W. 40s:
Black 47 at B.B. King's Blues Club
Shilelagh Law at Connolly's
St. Patrick's Day Lip-Sing-a-Long at Lansdowne Road
The Chieftains at Town Hall
The Itinerants 4:30pm at Hurley's Saloon
Riverdance at Radio City Music Hall
St. Patrick's Day at Social
St. Patrick's Day at Latitude
Sean McCabe and Clarence Ferrari 12-3pm at Smith's Bar
St. Patrick's Mardi Gras Party at The Mean Fiddler
St. Patrick's Day at Bourbon Street
St. Patrick's Day at at Pig n Whistle
St. Patrick's Day at House of Brews
St. Baldrick's Fundraiser 2:30pm at River

W. 50s:
St. Patrick's Day w/ Brian Kirk & the Jirks at Johnny Utah's
St. Patrick's Day at House of Brews
Manhattan - Above 59th St:
Upper East Side
NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade
E. 60s:
Midnight Special + Spoiled Rotten at O'Flanagan's

E. 70s:
St. Patrick's Day at The Banshee Pub
St. Patrick's Day at Stir
Hero Celebration 5pm at The Boathouse at Central Park

E. 80s:
St. Patrick's Day at The Gael Pub
St. Patrick's Day atTrinity Pub
Saint Patrick's Day at Saloon
St. Patrick's Day at Dylan Murphy's
Kegs n Eggs at The East End
Saint Patrick's Day at Dorrian's
St. Patrick's Day at Mad River
Christian Finnegan at The Comic Strip

E. 90s:
St. Patrick's Day at Crowe's Nest
St. Patrick's Day at Merrion Square
Upper West Side
W. 60s:
St. Patrick's Day at O'Neill's

W. 70s:
St. Patrick's Day at P.D. O'Hurley's

W. 80s:
Erin Og 4:30pm, U2 Tribute 9pm at The Parlour
Brooklyn, NY:
Seanchai & the Unity Squad w/Gary Og at Rocky Sullivan's, Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY
The Dirty Stayouts at The Wicked Monk, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY
St. Patrick's Day at The Brazen Head
Brunch Ballads w/Niall Connolly at Ceol
Brian Monaghan 6pm at Pipin's Pub, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY
Bronx, NY:
Jameson's Revenge 4-9pm at The Rambling House, Woodlawn, Bronx, NY
Mary Courtney, John Redmond and Friends at An Beal Bocht, Riverdale, Bronx, NY
St. Patrick's Day at The Greentree Riverdale, Bronx, NY

Queens, NY:
St. Patrick's Day at Bourbons Street, Bayside, NY
Whisht at Woodhaven House, Rego Park, NY
Dubliner Menu at Austin's
Pie Boys Flat at The Diving Bell, Sunnyside, NY
Westchester Co., NY:
St. Patrick's Day at Murphy's Law, Harrison, NY
Eileen Fogarty & The Very Best at 4pm, Rattlin Hum 8pm at Burke's Bar, Yonkers, NY
Erin Og 8:30pm at The Heritage, Yonkers, NY
St. Patrick's Day at Rory Dolan's, Yonkers, nY
New Jersey:'s St. Patrick's Page
Billy Lawlor Band at Harrigan's, Sea Girt. NJ
Eamonn Ryan Band at Grasshopper Also, Carlstadt, NJ
The McCabes at Ri-Ra Irish Pub, Atlantic City, NJ
U2 Nation at Caesar's Palace, Atlantic City, NJ

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Joe Hurley's Irish Rock Revue

[#10 in our series of New York's top St. Patrick's Day Month events]
This show is the highlight of the St. Patrick's Day season. With an all-star line-up of professional singers & musicians, you are bombarded with one stunning performance after another. Each artist sings one song from "the great Irish songbook", backed by the amazing house band lead by Music Director Jon Spurney (Passing Strange MD), with Mark Bosch - guitar (Ian Hunter), Tony Shanahan - bass (Patti Smith), Steve Goulding - drums (Mekons, Elvis Costello), Kenny Margolis - accordion (Cracker), Megan Weeder - violin and downtown's own Tish & Snooky - backing vocals.

A few of this year's featured performers will include: Country star Laura Cantrell, Indie-Rock Icon Steve Wynn, Ivan Julian (Voidoids/Matthew Sweet/Clash), Ellen Foley ("Stop Right there" of 'Paradise by dashboard light'), UK comic legend Stephen Frost, Tony-Winner Michael Cerveris, SNL's Christine Ohlman, Downtown chanteuses Marni Rice, Mary Lee Kortes, Lisa Burns, Tricia Scotti & Lianne Smith, Co-host Ed Rogers, Sheryl Marshall (Dusty Gals/Buster Poindexter), Soul-singing Broadway & film star Antonique Smith, Tony Shanahan (Patti Smith), James Mastro (Ian Hunter/Patti Smith), Tish & Snooky (Ramones/Blondie), producer Don Fleming (Sonic Youth, Teenage Fanclub), Alice & Alex (ex Modrocket), 2009 National Book Award Winner Colum McCann, Sam Bisbee (2010 Oscar Nominee!), Seth Adam, Gaz Thomas, John S. Hall (King Missile), Garland Jeffreys, Willie Nile, Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett), Owen McCarthy, Reni Lane, Jamie Noone, Faith Hahn, Alice Blythe & Alex (ex Modrocket), Tony Zajkowoski, and Al Landess. Guitar Great Adam Roth, who was in Jim Carroll's Band, will join The IRR Band onstage for the musical tribute to Carroll.

Newly added to the line-up: singer-songwriter Jolie Holland will perform an Irish classic. Also now expected onstage is The Consul-General Of Ireland, Niall Burgess, who will speak a few words.

Saturday, March 13

Joe Hurley's 11th Annual
All-Star Irish Rock Revue
General Admission Standing Room Only
Tickets $20 in advance, $25 day of show
VIP booths (6 people) $30 per person
Tickets can be purchased on-line at
Full dinner menu available

Doors open at 6pm
7pm show
Highline Ballroom
431 W. 16th St. (between 9th & 10th Ave.)
New York, NY

Saturday, March 13
Joe Hurley's Irish Rock Revue at Highline Ballroom
Friends of the Fighting 69th's Evening of Irish Music Stars
Luck of the Irish Pub Crawl
St. Patrick's Pub Crawl registration at T.G. Whitney's
Celtic Cross at The Pieman's Cottage, Valley Cottage, NY
Big Apple Feis at NY Hilton Hotel
Big Apple Feis Gala Ball w/ Girsa at NY Hilton Hotel
Paddy's Kickoff Party at Ulysses
Lindy Promotions South Street Seaport Irish Stroll
11th Annual Unrepentant Gathering w/Gary Og, Declan McLaughlin & Seanchai & the Unity Squad
at Rocky Sullivan's, Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY
2U at Ulysses'
Jameson's Revenge at Affair on Eighth
The Wolfetones at Connolly's
The Craic Music Fest w/Paddy Casey, Mark Geary, Duke Special at Mercury Lounge
The Craic Film Fest at Tribeca Cinemas
Six Nations Rugby: Ireland vs. Wales 11:30am
St. Patrick's Mardi Gras Party at The Mean Fiddler
Eileen Fogarty & The Very Best at Tir na nOg
St. Patrick Specials at Third and Long
White Plains St. Patrick's Day Parade
Shilelagh Law 2pm,Padraig Allen 9pm at Vintage, White Plains, NY
2U 3pm at The Thirsty Turtle, White Plains, NY
Erin Og at The Glenrowan, Yonkers, NY
Bay Shore St. Patrick's Day Parade, Bay Shore, NY
Hartford St. Patrick's Day Parade, Hartford, CT
Finn's Fury at Blue 42, Freeport, NY
Padraig Allen 3pm at O'Neills, Norwalk, CT
Cruel Seamus at Griffin’s, Cresskill, NJ
The Celtic Tenors at South Orange PAC, S. Orange, NJ

Friday, March 12, 2010

Luck of the Irish Pub Crawls

Day one of a three-day pub crawl...
Friday, March 12
Happy Hour Pub Crawl

$20 per ticket includes:
Admission to all participating bars, and drink specials such as $1 Bud and Bud Light Drafts, $2 Bud and Bud Light Bottles, $3 Well Drinks, and $4 Jameson Shots.
Wear green attire: t-shirts, hats, shamrocks, whatever it is – and come out and enjoy some cheap beer and a world-famous event.
Register 5 - 11pm
T.G. Whitney's
244 E. 53rd St.
(bet. Second & Third Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 888-5772

[#9 in our series of New York's top St. Patrick's Day Month events]

Here are some more options today, as we count down towards St. Patrick's Day...
Friday, March 12
Big Apple Feis: Irish Idol Singing Contest
Luck of the Irish Pub Crawl: Leprechaun Happy Hour
St. Patrick's Pub Crawl registration at T.G. Whitney's
The Craic Film Fest at Tribeca Cinemas
Ronan Tynan w/The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall
Irish Trad. Music Concert w/Kevin Crawford and Cillian Vallely Glucksman Ireland House at NYU
Shilelagh Law at Connolly's
The Craic Music Fest w/The Tossers, Demolition, The Mighty Stef at Mercury Lounge
Paddy's Kickoff Party at Ulysses
St. Patrick's Mardi Gras Party at The Mean Fiddler
Girsa at Jim Brady's
NY Social Meetup Irish Celebration Meetup Party at Overlook
Erin Og at The Greentree, Riverdale, Bronx, NY
Black 47 at College of Staten Island, Staten Island, NY
The Cunningham Brothers at J.C. Fogarty's
The Gobshites at The Wild Goose Pub, Staten Island, NY
Dublin City Ramblers at The Glenrowan, Yonkers, NY
Jameson's Revenge at The Beach House, Long Beach, NY
The Wolfetones at Molly Malone's, Bay Shore, NY
Finn's Fury at The Inn, Long Beach, NY

American Idol Contestant Michael Lynche's Band Performs in NYC

Before becoming one of this year's American Idol finalists, Michael Lynche was a singer in a wedding band called East Coast. The band has been around for 20 years, and have played the party scene from the Hamptons to Hunter and all around the tri-state area. Michael has been with the band since 2007. See Michael on left in a band photo:

The band is very proud of their "Big Mike", and will be in a celebratory mood at their gig tonight at O'Flanagan's...

Friday, March 12
East Coast at O'Flanagan's:

1215 First Ave.
(between 65th & 66th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 439-0660

East Coast (Facebook)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Count Down to St. Patrick's Day: 1 Week to Go

[#8 in our series of New York's top St. Patrick's Day Month events]

One week to go until St. Patrick's Day, although NY has been celebrating all month. Today's highlight is Solas, who will perform at B.B. King's tonight and tomorrow at Westbury, NY.

The Irish-American band consists of founder Seamus Egan (flute, tenor banjo, mandolin, tin whistle, low whistle, guitars, bodhran), Winifred Horan ( violins, vocals), Mick McAuley (accordians, contertina, low whistle, vocals), Eamon McElholm (guitars, keyboards, vocals) and
Máiréad Phelan (vocals).
They will be sharing the stage with bluegrass mandolin player Sam Bush.

Wednesday, March 10
Sam Bush
Tickets: $28.50 Advance, $32 day of show
General Admission Seating - First come, first seated
doors open 6pm
showtime 8pm

B.B. King's
237 W. 42nd St. (Times Square)
New York, NY
(212) 997-4144

Below is a clip of Solas and TheDuhks from the Shakori Hills Festival, Oct.9th 2009:

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Big East Tournament

The Big East Tournament, has always been a major college basketball event, and is bigger than ever before this year, as sixteen teams compete in what has become one of the dominant conferences in college hoops.
This year, the tournament spans 5 days, from Tuesday, March 9 through the championship on Saturday, March 13, with NCAA Tournament placement at stake. One of the cool things about the tournament is that fans from all of the competing schools come in to town for a party road trip. And if their team gets eliminated early, you can usually find their tickets for sale on [full disclosure: if you click on that link, MurphGuide gets a small commission on the transaction from StubHub]

Here is the schedule (with Tuesday's results updated):
Tuesday, March 9
USF 58, DePaul 49
St. John's 73 , Connecticut 51
Seton Hall 109, Providence 106
Cincinnati 69, Rutgers 68

Wednesday, March 10

USF vs. Georgetown 12pm
St. John's vs. Marquette 2pm
Seton Hall vs. Notre Dame 7pm
Cincinnati vs. Louisville 9pm

Thursday, March 11
TBA vs. Syracuse - 12pm
TBA vs. Villanova - 2pm
TBA vs. Pittsburgh - 7pm
TBA vs. West Virginia - 9pm

Friday, March 12
Semi-final - 7pm
Semi-final - 9pm
Saturday, March 13
The Big East Championship Game

With all the action at Madison Square Garden, here are some suggestions for a pre or post-game drink:

Tracks Raw Bar & Grill
Penn Station
LIRR level
New York, NY
(212) 244-6350
133 W. 33rd St.
(bet. Sixth & Seventh Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 629-6191


Mustang Harry's
352 Seventh Ave.
(between 29th & 30th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 268-8930

Fat Annie's Truck Stop
131 W. 33rd St.
(bet. Sixth & Seventh Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 695-1122

Seven Restaurant
350 Seventh Ave.
(between 29th & 30th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 967-1919

Mustang Sally's
324 Seventh Ave.
(between 28th & 29th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 695-3806

Walter's Bar
389 Eighth Ave.
(between 29th & 30th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 502-4023

Rogue Restaurant & Bar
757 Sixth Ave.
(between 25th & 26th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 242-6434

Or say hello to our friend Curtis over at Third & Long...


Third & Long
523 Third Ave. (35th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 447-5711

This list featured some of the bars that are within walking distance of Madison Square Garden. If you just want to watch the game on TV in a sports bar, check out MurphGuide's Directory of NYC Sports Bars: