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IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Get Shaken & Stirred in Brooklyn

Calling all booze hounds! Brooklyn Shaken & Stirred is going down October 2nd from 6-9pm at The Green Building. For one night only, Brooklyn cocktail bars and restaurants come together for a night of eats and libations. Sharon Beason, founder of BrooklynExposed.com and Tasting Brooklyn, is the mastermind behind this cocktail-infused evening that features cocktails made with small-batch liquors, boutique local wines and beers, accompanied with small bites.

Both new and old cocktail spots will be serving their signature drinks, including Maison Premiere, Pok Pok, and Sunburnt Calf. Local liquors include Brooklyn Gin, Six Point Brewery, and Brooklyn Republic Vodka. There will also be plenty of artisanal liquors including Templeton Rye, Tenneyson Absinthe Roale, and White Pike Whiskey. And if you're a wine lover, you won't be left out! Local wineries include Brooklyn Oenology and Brooklyn Winery.

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Pout Perfection: Exude Lipstick Debuts at Beauty Bar

The lipstick brand that Exudes confidence has finally made its way into a storefront. Previously, Exude Lipstick was only available on the company's website, but now it will be available at Manhasset, New York's Beauty Bar (as well as on BeautyBar.com).

Exude was chosen by InStyle Magazine as the top lipstick of 2012, has been featured on the Today Show, and comes in nine beautiful colors (lip gloss available in 5 colors). The brand has done what no other lipstick out there has ever thought of: created a precise crystal applicator (shaped like a traditional lipstick) which dispenses the perfect amount of pigment onto your lips. The permanency of the applicator ensures the lipstick never loses its shape! So there's no need to drag along lipstick brushes like when a typical lipstick goes wonky. Genius!

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Manhattan Mixology Masters Whip Up Cocktails at Kolo Klub

Pilsener Haus & Biergarten in Hoboken, NJ is stepping it up a notch with their 4000 sq. ft. second floor loft space, Kolo Klub. Barmen Michael Neff and Kenneth McCoy will be consulting on the opening cocktail program for the new space, introducing Hoboken to a new level of mixology. On Friday and Saturday nights until 2am, Kolo Klub will be boasting the ultimate cocktail experience where guests can try artisanal libations and nibble on small bites.

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Viva Agave: Happy National Tequila Day!

Tequila might te-kill-ya, but it is nonetheless an important staple in anyone's drinking repertoire. That is why today we celebrate National Tequila Day (Cinco de Mayo just isn't enough tequila!). In honor of this boozy holiday, we are providing you with a fantastic list of bars around the city offering up delicious tequila-based cocktails. And for those who can't make it out today, there's even a DIY cocktail recipe. Cheers!

A.G Kitchen, the new Upper West Side restaurant by lauded Executive Chef Alex Garcia, looks to Southeast Asia for inspiration when crafting the Thai Me Down, which stars tequila infused with pineapple and Thai basil. The drink also incorporates fresh pineapple juice, fresh lime and green chartreuse – an herbal liqueur made by monks.

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8 Ways to Celebrate National Daiquiri Day

In honor of National Daiquiri Day, we've rounded up some of the best rum-soaked 'tails for you to try out around good ol' NYC. From mojitos to martinis, we've got a list sure to get your whistle wet, so get ready to start drinking after work today!

Barrio 47’s Barrio Especial $14
Signature Daiquiri: Mount Gay Barbados rum infused with Lemongrass & Vanilla Bean, Passion Fruit puree & Lemon sugar

Mojito 47 $14

Santa Teresa rum, muddled cucumber, mint, lime, topped with Prosecco

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The Ultimate Oasis in the City: Aire Ancient Baths

Descend into the oasis that is Aire Ancient Baths and there's no way you can be disappointed. In ancient times, Greeks and Romans would invite dinner guests to join them in their thermal baths. The Aire bath experience builds upon this relaxing ritual by providing patrons with multiple baths of varying temperatures. The 90 minute thermal session is carried out in multiple bath chambers:

Tepidarium (warm pool): 97 F

Caldarium (hot pool): 102 F

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7 Restaurants to Satiate Your Olympic Appetite

If you happen to be heading to London to catch a glimpse of the 2012 Olympics, you'll surely be looking for tasty local bites. And like all worthy travelers, it's best to be well equipped with the knowledge of where to eat. Whether you're on a budget or looking to drop the big bucks, we have several recommendations in all price ranges. Watching all those athletes can really work up an appetite, afterall! Luckily for you, we've done the research so you don't have to. Check out these three hot new restaurants in between the games!

Duck & Waffle: This place opens in August right in time for the Olympics. From the creators of Sushisamba, this new restaurant will amazingly be open 24/7, just to make sure all you travelers pack in the fun every minute of your trip. Chef Daniel Doherty offers an array of dishes designer for sampling and sharing that emphasizes a modern take on European cuisine. The menu items include rustic, local, seasonal, and sustainable (say that 5 times fast) ingredients. So stop by between the discus throw and javelin to have a great meal.

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The 5th Annual 31 Days of German Riesling Cruise

Terroir's fifth annual Summer of Riesling is still in session and in order to commemorate the 31 Days of German Riesling for the month of July, there will be a concert cruise on July 24th.

Hop aboard The Jewel from 8-11pm as the ship sails around New York Harbor. The evening will feature live performances by The Dead Exs and Lez Zeppelin, and will include a special appearance by Annika Strebel, this year's German wine queen and the guest of honor at the event.

Tickets are $54, available for purchase here, and include an array of Rieslings hand picked by Paul Grieco and a variety of Terroir foods from chef Marco Canora will be available for purchase.

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A Bad Think's Good Thoughts

Meet the main man of indi-rock band, A Bad Think, one-man wonder Michael Marquart, formerly of A Flock of Seagulls and Alias. Michael is a talented drummer, guitarist, keyboard player, singer, and producer (pause to take breath) who has been in numerous bands, but has now ventured out on this solo project. Their latest album, Medicine, was released at the end of June and is their fourth studio album. Marquart's daughter, Samantha Marq, has also gotten involved in his solo career and can be heard singing on a majority of the band's tracks. Joonbug got the chance to chat with Michael and here's what he had to say.