Friday, April 30, 2010

Tri-Annual Cask Ale Festival at The Brazen Head: April 30 - May 2, 2010

Our friends at The Brazen Head and The Gotham Imbiber are hosting their twenty first cask ale festival this weekend...
Friday, April 30 - Sunday, May 1
Brazen Head's Tri-Annual Winter Cask Festival

Expect 25 to 30 casks to be pouring over the weekend, 12 at a time, including rare offerings not normally seen in cask in NYC. Beer will come in half pint and 16 oz measures, there's no entry fee and you pay by the glass.
Opening hours: Noon to 2am all three days.
No cover - No minimum
12 noon to 2am all weekend while supplies last.

Beer range is courtesy of NYC's premier cask ale expert, Alex Hall of Gotham Imbiber, in conjunction with The Brazen Head's own Lou Sones. For more information about cask ales in New York City, check out Alex's website,

The Brazen Head also sells beer growlers, so you can take some home with you. Bring in your own growler or buy one of theirs and they will fill it for you. You get 4 pints for the price of 3.

The Brazen Head also announces new specials this spring:
Introducing their Late Night Happy Hour
Tues, Wed & Sat- 2am to 4am
Sun & Monday – 12am to 2am

Tuesday Nights they are bringing back our Dart Contest, starting Tuesday, May 11.
This time the prize will be a $20 bar tab.

New Brazen Head T Shirts now being designed by Adam Suerte a renowned Brooklyn Tattoo Artist. These will be collector's items.
Over the summer they plan to have outdoor movie nights and beer & cheese pairings.
The Brazen Head
228 Atlantic Ave.
(between Court St. & Boerum Pl.)
Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, NY
(718) 488-0430

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Happy Anniversary: Bourbon Street Cafe

Congratulations to our friends at Bourbon Street Cafe in Bayside, Queens on their anniversary, celebrating tonight with a special dinner...
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Bourbon Street Anniversary Dinner

Celebrate the spirit of our Traditional Cajun Cuisine
Dance to the sounds of the Mike Lewis Jazz Band
4 Course Dinner - $32.95 per person (Reservations Required)

Anniversary Dinner Menu:
Enchanted Spring Forest in Puff Pastry w/ Madeira Wine Sauce
Arugula Salad w/ Toasted Almonds, Golden Raisin, Shaved Parmesan & Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing
Choice of 1 Entrée:
Thai Braised Short Ribs w/ Plum Chutney & Rice Noodles, Chicken Stuffed w/ Boursin, Spinach & Pecans or Zucchini Wrapped Salmon w/ Scallion Sauce
Double Chocolate Mouse Cake


Bourbon Street

4012 Bell Boulevard
Bayside, NY
(718) 224-2200

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Cinco de Mayo in NYC

Cinco de Mayo is a commemoration of the Mexican army's victory over the French in the 1862 Battle of Puebla.
148 years later, it has somehow become an excuse to party in NYC today.
Who are we to complain?

Wednesday, May 5
Cinco de Mayo in NYC
Check out full details at:

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy 12th Anniversary, Mad River

Congratulations to all our friends at Mad River Bar & Grille on their 12th anniversary.
The upper east side party spot, started back in 1998, has grown to become the flagship of a multi-city venture, with Mad River bars now in Baltimore, two in Philadelphia, Chicago and Charleston.

They are celebrating tonight with an open bar party for those that RSVP.

Thursday, April 22
12 Year Anniversary Party

at Mad River Bar NYC
Free open bar from 7 to 9pm if you’re on the guest list.
The way to get on the guest list is to e-Mail:
or RSVP via Facebook
starting at 7pm, the party will last all night
Mad River Bar & Grille
1442 Third Ave.
(between 81st & 82nd St.)
New York, NY
(212) 988-1832

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Stuck in NYC Due to the Iceland Volcano?

To those European travelers stranded at JFK due to Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland:
Some NYC venues are offering a some entertainment options at no cost. It sure beats sitting on a cot in a smelly terminal. Hop in a cab or Air Train and enjoy these deals:

Joe's Pub is offering free tickets to shows today, April 20
Shows your itinerary or European passport
Bring a copy of your originally intended itinerary
and/or your European passport,
you can come and enjoy tomorrow's shows for free:

Johnny A - 7pm
Backyard Tire Fire - 9:30pm
Joe's Pub
425 Lafayette St. (Astor Pl.)
New York, NY

DosCaminos in the Meat Packing District will buy you a drink (until April 22):
For those stuck in NY due to volcanic ash
show foreign passport get complimentary El Camino margarita
with the purchase of an entree
Dos Caminos Meatpacking District
675 Hudson St. (bet. 13th & 14th St.)
New York, NY

Also in the meat packing district...
Comp Tickets at Comix
Present your itinerary to Comix
get comp tickets & 50% off your bill until April 28
see schedule at:
Call 212-524-2500 for info.
353 W. 14th St. (Ninth Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 524-2500

Free admission at the NYC Transit Museum
Visit the NYC Transit museum for free
Through Friday April 23
Just bring your transatlantic ticket.

Corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street,
Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY

Friday, April 16, 2010

Foursquare Day in NYC - April 16, 2010

Friday, April 16, 2010
Foursquare Day
Today is foursquare day:
4 squared is 16. April 16th = 4/16 (or 16/4 if you are in Europe).
We wholeheartedly endorse the "any excuse for a party" theory. This one has the potential to be huge, simply because Foursquare is huge right now, especially among smart people, like the ones reading the MurphGuide blog. (heh, heh, see what I just did there?)

A creative guy in Tampa, FL (Nate Bonilla-Warford) and friends thought up the idea to have a Foursquare Day. Through the magic of fast-paced, location-based mobile word of mouth, his idea has become an overnight world wide phenomenon, with events scheduled in over 200 cities, including New York, Tampa, Barcelona, Caracas, Chicago, Dublin, Dubai, New Orleans, Prague, Shanghai and Vancouver.
(If you are unfamiliar with Foursquare, that's OK. You can catch up by watching a quick video on Howcast).

Although Foursquare Day was not created by Foursquare the company, it has been wholeheartedly endorsed by the folks at Foursquare. So much so that they are hosting their own event at The Hotel Rivington:

Friday April 16
Foursquare Day Party
Hosted by Foursquare
including a hip hop dance party provided by DJ Manero.
10pm - 2am
The Hotel on Rivington - Penthouse
107 Rivington Street (btw Ludlow and Essex)
New York, NY

But wait, there's more...
One of the cool things about Foursquare is that it is user-driven. So in that spirit, anybody can set up a Foursquare Day event. Of course, the social media mavens at The Roger Smith Hotel are on top of this, and will be hosting their own Foursquare Day event:

Friday April 16
New York Foursquare Day Swarm

The Roger Smith Hotel will be holding an old school Four Square Tourney
Your first glass of wine or beer is on the house upon check-in
( I assume this means Foursquare check-in and not hotel check-in).
Also offering $5 Beer and Wine during the Event and half off of appetizers.
Prizes to the Top 3 finishers in the Tourney
The Roger Smith Hotel
501 Lexington Ave
New York , NY
(212) 755-1400

Friday, April 16
New York Foursquare Day Evening Swarm

Check-in to receive a complimentary Caipirinha
6 - 9pm
Union Square Lounge (at Coffee Shop)
30 East 16th St. (Union Square)
New York , NY
212.243.7969 ext 101

You can track all the action at or follow them on twitter @4sqday
Here is my profile on Foursquare:

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Today in NYC: Saturday, April 10

There is a lot of fun stuff going on today. Spring is in full swing and New Yorkers are ready to bust loose. Check out these events, there should be something for everyone, and tell fun people!

Tartan Week
Concern for Haiti Fun Run
Michael Cawley Foundation Benefit at Mulcahy's
Brazen Head's Spring Clam & Oyster Shuck
Angel's Army at Parkside Lounge
Lindy Promo Greenwich Village Bar Tour
UFC 112 at Firefly
Chaser at O'Flanagan's
East Coast at O'Flanagan's
UFC 112 at Rogue
Atomic Dog at The Wicked Monk
Stand Up Comedy at Comic Strip Live
Free Brewery Tour at Chelsea Brewing Co.
UFC 112 at Third & Long
Larry Kirwan at An Beal Bocht
Gotham Girls Roller Derby at LIU
"Our Amazing Show" at Via Della Pace

Friday, April 09, 2010

Happy 16th Anniversary Doc Holliday's

Congratulations to Dave, Joanna and all of our friends at Doc Holliday's on sixteen years.

Located at the gateway to Tompkins Square Park, Doc Holliday's is the perfect mixture of the East Village and the wild, wild west. In a MurphGuide readers poll, it was voted the best saloon in NYC.

Friday, April 9
16th Anniversary Party

Specials all day and all night
Joanna during the day - 12-8pm
Maggie and Meridith at night - 8pm-4am
RSVP via facebook
Doc Holliday's
141 Avenue A (9th St.)
East Village
New York, NY
(212) 979-0312

Doc Holliday's on facebook
Doc Holliday's (NYCBP)
Doc Holliday's (MurphGuide)
Doc Holliday's (NYMag)
Doc Holliday's (myspace)

Who was Doc Holliday? (wikipedia)

Thursday, April 08, 2010

GFW 2010: A Concert to Benefit Global Fund for Women

Our friend Stephen Bailey invites you to this fundraising event he is hosting...

Thursday, April 8
GFW 2010
A Concert to Benefit
Global Fund for Women
8:30pm - Julian Peterson
9:30pm - clueLess All-Star Jam
Featuring songs from The Beatles’ Revolver album with special guests
10:30pm - Infernophonic
$10 cover
doors open 89pm
1039 Washington St.
Hoboken, NJ
More info at:

See Stephen's PSA here:

Monday, April 05, 2010

Opening Day at Citifield

Today is opening day at Citifield. For Mets fans, that's a big deal, but for New York bar lovers, the big news is the brand new McFadden's Ballpark bar located at Citifield.

If you are a Mets season ticket holder, contact the bar for specials exclusively for those with season tickets.
McFadden's Citi Field
Citi Field
Flushing, NY
(718) 651-2220

Book a party any night of the week
Contact Mandi:

Happy 10th Anniversary Bar Coastal

Congratulations to our friend Jason and all at Bar Coastal on their 10th Anniversary.

Ten years ago, Jason Catlin opened up a West Coast themed bar on the upper east side. Taking over the space that was formerly called Cowboy Bar, Jason decided to move the atmosphere further west, creating a California theme with surf boards, and hosting game watch parties for California colleges such as USC and Cal, and pro teams including the L.A. Dodgers and L.A. Kings. More recently, the west coast theme came to include the pacific northwest, especially during the 2010 Winter Olympics, as the bar adopted a Vancouver flavor for two weeks in February.

But deep down, they are still New Yorkers, and with its many TVs, large windows that open up in nice weather and the famous Atomic Wings, it is a nice sports bar to watch the local teams. The bartenders are friendly, so pop in and wish them a happy 10th anniversary!
Bar Coastal
1495 First Ave. (78th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 772-8400