Friday, May 27, 2011

NBA Playoffs Viewing in NYC

[Updated May 27 2011]
Congratulations to the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks on advancing to the NBA Finals. Hoops fans in NYC can watch NBA Playoffs action in sports bars across the city.

Check out the MurphGuide Directory of NYC Sports Bars for some suggested viewing locations:

Here is the schedule for the NBA Finals:
2011 NBA Finals:
Tuesday, May 31: Dallas at Miami - Game 1, 9pm
Thursday, June 2: Dallas at Miami - Game 2, 9pm
Sunday, June 5: Miami at Dallas - Game 3, 8pm
Tuesday, June 7: Miami at Dallas - Game 4, 9pm
Thursday, June 9: Miami at Dallas - Game 5*, 9pm
Sunday, June 12: Dallas at Miami - Game 6*, 8pm
Tuesday, June 14: Dallast at Miami - Game 7*, 9pm

*if necessary. all times ET

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Traffic opens up in Hell's Kitchen

Congratulations to Ryan, Joe and all of our friends at Traffic on the grand opening of their second location. Just opened in the space formerly occupied by the Caribbean restaurant El Deportivo, they are continuing their grand opening celebration which started last week.

Tuesday, May 24
Pre-Memorial Grand Opening Bash
featuring $4 Pinnacle vodka drinks.

Traffic [Hell's Kitchen]
701 Ninth Ave. (W. 48th St.)
New York, NY

The original Traffic location is still open on the east side.

986 2nd Avenue
(between 52nd & 53rd St.)
New York, NY
(212) 813-1595


Thursday, May 12, 2011

Thirteen: 15th Anniversary

Congratulations to Thomas and all our friends at Thirteen on their 15th anniversary. They are celebrating tonight with an open bar at 5pm and 2 for 1 drinks all night...

Thursday, May 12
15th Anniversary Celebration
(also celebrating the grand opening of Bar 13 Summer Thursdays)
Featuring an open bar from 5pm-6pm
and then, 2-4-1 drink specials from 6pm-9pm
Music by DJ Jay
No cover
35 E.13th St.
(bet. Broadway & University Pl.)
New York, NY
(212) 979-6677

The party continues on Friday night. Where else would you want to celebrate Friday the 13th but at Thirteen...
Friday, May 13
Versa presents...
Friday the 13th at 13
Celebrationg Bar 13's 15th Anniversary
Featuring the NYC debut of Arado (Desolat, Moon Harbour, Area Remote)
Martinek (Circle Music, Versa)
Michael Viera
Erik Sylk (Fine Tuned Music )
Purchase tickets online:
doors open 10pm
35 E.13th St. (bet. Broadway & University Pl.)
New York, NY
(212) 979-6677

Pat McGuire: Acoustic Americana

NYC favorite Pat McGuire is returning to NY for a series of shows in May, 2011. Since his last area tour in 2009, we still get inquiries wondering when Pat will perform again in New York. He is reuniting with long-time collaborator Brian O'Neill, along with Justin McCarthy for a show dubbed "Acoustic Americana - a special evening of acoustic music".

Here are the upcoming shows:
Friday, May 13, 2011
Pat McGuire at Rocky Sullivan's
a special evening of acoustic music
Rocky Sullivan's
34 Van Dyke St. (Dwight St.)
Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY

Sunday, May 15, 2011
Pat McGuire at The Inn
with opening act: Enda Keegan
The Long Beach Inn
943 W. Beech St.
Long Beach, NY
516 432-9220
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Pat McGuire & friends at Jilly's
524 Court St.
Scranton, PA
(570) 344-7846
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Pat McGuire at Ulysses'

95 Pearl St./58 Stone St.
(Hanover Square)
New York, NY
(212) 482-0400

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

R.I.P. Bill Gallo: 1922 - 2011

Legendary NYC newspaperman & cartoonist Bill Gallo has passed away. He is well known among NY Daily News readers for his sports columns and cartoons, including "Basement Bertha", "General Von Steingrabber" and "Yuchi".
He was a long-time regular at Gallagher's Steakhouse, often hosting gatherings for "Gallo's Geezers". He is immortalized on their mural "Canvas of Stars".

Through his involvement with the National Cartoonists Society, Gallo was instrumental in creating the "Cartoon Walls" at Overlook.
Both the original wall (above), created when it was Costello's, and second cartoon wall (below) that the owners of Overlook created to match, are priceless murals, featuring famous cartoons hand drawn by the original cartoonists.

You can toast Bill Gallo at the Cartoon walls tonight at Overlook...

225 E. 44th St.
(bet. Second & Third Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 682-7266

or at the "Canvas of Stars" at Gallagher's:

Gallagher's Steakhouse
228 W. 52nd St.
(between 8th & 9th Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 245-5336

Bill Gallo obituary (NY Daily News)
Bill Gallo (wikipedia)
Cartoonists Create Mural To Mirror Another at Famed Midtown Bar (NY Sun)

Southern Tornado Disaster Relief Benefit at Brother Jimmy's

Here is an opportunity to support those that were affected by the deadly tornadoes that affected several southern states two weeks ago. BBQ kingpins Brother Jimmy's is hosting a Southern Appreciation Night which will raise funds for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Wednesday, May 11
Southern Tornado Disaster Relief Benefit
Hosted by Lance Bass

$20 donation includes 1 hour of draft beer
plus $3 beer and liquor special

Comedy hosted by Peyton Clarkson and Hunter Cain.
Starring Stuckey & Murray.
plus live music by 3 guys, 1 Cup, Rebel Romance & more

Brother Jimmy’s
Union Square
116 E. 16th St.
(between Union Sq. & Irving Pl.)
New York, NY

100% of the door proceeds to be donated to Tornado Disaster Relief

Monday, May 09, 2011

More Benefits for Japan in NYC

[updated May 9, 2011]
New Yorkers are coming together to support the people of Japan in the aftermath of their unfortunate series of devastating natural and man-made disasters.
Here are some upcoming fundraising events that will benefit Japan relief efforts...

Tuesday May 10
Save the Rising Sun
A Benefit to help aid the relief efforts in Japan
With performances by:
The Blue Pages, Deena Goodman and The Born Again Baldwins
Special Guest DJ - Niko
$20 donation
Prizes to be raffled off from:
The BD Project, Kiehl's, Refresh Body, Platinum Works Salon, Red Market Salon, Empellon
Puffy's Tavern, Johnny Utah's, Chris Loupos Photography, NY Health and Racquet Club
The Nate Berkus Show, Autographed jersey from Boomer Esiason, Autographed t shirt from football hall of famer Richard Dent

Advanced tickets can be purchased via
7pm - 12 am

Canal Room

285 W. Broadway (Canal St.)
(212) 941-8100
New York, NY

Our friend Evelyn invites you to this benefit cabaret show...
Friday, May 20
Parallel Moments - Cabaret Show

Benefiting the Earthquake Victims in Japan
While you're here, have you thought of where others may be at this moment?
Share the experience of parallel moments with Evelyn Natasha Castillo, Liana Kambouris, John Mendiola and friends, as they bring you many much loved songs of special moments from Miss Saigon to Wicked to Aida with amazing accompaniment by Dan Furman.
Musical Direction by Teri Ralston.
Come share the love of music and the gift of life.
This is a fundraiser donating proceeds to the Japanese Earthquake victims.
$15 Cover & a 2 Drink Minimum
RSVP via facebook
The Duplex
61 Christopher St. (7th Ave. South)
New York, NY
(212) 255-5438

Benefits for Japan in NYC

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Kentucky Derby Viewing in NYC

The 137th running of the Kentucky Derby is today, Saturday, May 7.
The Kentucky Derby
post-time: 6:20pm
Here are some viewing parties for fun people in NYC...

Saturday, May 7 Kentucky Derby Party at Blind Pig
$6 Mint Julips, $6 Pink Pigs, $5 Jim Beam shots

Blind Pig
233 E. 14th St.
(between 2nd & 3rd Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 209-1573

Saturday, May 7
Kentucky Derby Party at Dive Bar
Featuring Founder's Reserve Kentucky Bourbon Breakfast Stout
and five other beers from the Founders Brewery.
Traditional Derby menu that will be paired with Founders Beers

Hand crafted Makers Mark mint julips
luncheon: 3pm
Race: 6:20pm
Dive Bar
732 Amsterdam Ave.
(between 95th & 96th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 749-4358


Saturday, May 7

Kentucky Derby
Infield Party at Sidebar

$45 3 hour mid-shelf open bar
includes Kentucky bourbon mint juleps
$100 gift card for best dressed

120 E. 15th St.
(bet. Irving Pl. & E. Union Sq.)
New York, NY

Purchase tickets at:

Saturday, May 7
American Cancer Society Coaches vs. Cancer Committee presents...
Kentucky Derby Viewing Party at Van Diemens
$15 at the door
100% goes to American Cancer Society
Wristband entitles you to first drink on the house
$5 mint juleps and drink specials until 8pm
Best hat contest wins Van Diemens gift certificate
Van Diemen's Café
383 Third Ave.
(between 27th & 28th St.)
New York, NY
(646) 752-5884

Saturday, May 7
Kentucky Derby Party at Galway Hooker
Proceeds from all Jameson Julips sold through the weekend
will be donated to NY Foundling Hospital.
Prizes for best derby get-up
Galway Hooker Pub
7 E. 36th St. (between Fifth & Madison Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 725-2353

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Cinco de Mayo Bar Crawl in NYC present their first Cinco de Mayo Bar Crawl:
Cinco de Mayo Bar Crawl NYCRegister at:
Libation - 137 Ludlow St.
King's Cross - 356 Bowery St.
Public House - 140 E. 41st St.
SNAP - 248 W 14th St.

$10 admission gets you drink specials at all participating bars.
Purchase tickets on-line at

Drink specials include:
2 for 1 Coronas
$2 10 oz. Draft Beers
$3 Margaritas
$4 Mojitos
$4 Tequila Shots
Note: Drink specials may vary by time and location

Participating bars:

Murray Hill / Midtown East:
Public House - 140 E. 41st St.
Rodeo Bar & Grill - 375 3rd Ave.
Stone Creek - 140 E. 27th St.
Bar XII 206 E. 34th Street
The Hill 416 3rd Avenue

Greenwich Village:
Red Lion - 151 Bleecker St
Thunder Jackson's - 169 Bleecker St.
Wicked Willy's - 149 Bleecker St.

Chelsea / Flatiron:
SNAP - 248 W 14th St.
McKenna's Pub - 250 W. 14th St.
Flannery's - 205 W. 14th St.
Peter McManus - 152 Seventh Ave.

East Village:
King's Cross - 356 Bowery St.
Idle Hands Bar - 25 Ave B
Lakeside Lounge -162 Avenue B
Affaire - 50 Avenue B
Bar on A - 170 Avenue A
Billy Hurricane's - 25 Avenue B
11th Street Bar - 510 East 11th Street
East Village Tavern -158 Avenue C
Sunburnt Cow - 137 Ave C

Lower East Side:
Libation - 137 Ludlow St.
One and One - 12 1st Ave.
The Sixth Ward - 191 Orchard St.
National Underground - 159 E Houston St.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

How to Celebrate 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. 149 years later, it has somehow become an excuse to party in NYC.
Who are we to complain?

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

And check out's directory of Mexican bars in NYC: