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CULTURE CLUB
Live Girls!

This Wednesday at LES’ White Rabbit from 7 pm – 1 am, 2feet12inches presents Live Girls! Revue an all-female artist lineup featuring painting, photography, sculpture and installation exploring the social and moral expectations as a woman while existing as an artist.

A diverse group of womens' visual conversation, sharing their experiences both as females and as artists. These ladies express their thoughts on sex and gender roles while living as artists. Topics range from sex, relationships, family and breaking through a male dominated art scene.

THE HOT SPOT
The Queen of Bartending

The Speed Rack 2012-2013 National Tour makes its second stop in the City that Never Sleeps as the best female bartenders in New York battle for the title of Miss Speed Rack NYC.Today, December 10th from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Santos Party House. Judged by industry heavy weights, Dale Degrofdf (King Cocktail), Steve Olson (Winegeek), Julie Reiner (Clover Club and Flatiron Lounge) and Aisha Sharpe, watch NYCs lady bartending best duke it out for the title of Miss Speed Rack NYC.

Haven't heard of Speed Rack? Founded by Ivy Mix, bartender at Clover Club and Lynette Marrero, President of the New York Chapter of Lupec - Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktail, Speed Rack stages competitions in which female bartenders compete against one another and a clocked time to make precise, tasty, beautifully presented cocktails. All of the proceeds benefit breast-cancer related charities.

NEW YEARS EVE CENTRAL
Pop the Bottle!

Did you know that you can make a mean cocktail besides the standard Mimosa out of Champagne? There’s nothing that says Happy New Year’s like a little bubbly. But, don’t just drink it neat. Get your pre-party on with these fizzy sips.

Raspberry Champagne Cocktail Ring in the New Year with your favorite raspberry liqeur and Champagne. Gorgeous and delicious.

Ingredients:

1 shot raspberry liquor, Chambord

Champagne

Directions: Pour the shot of raspberry liquor into a tall Champagne flute. Fill the rest of the glass with Champagne. Garnish with fresh raspberries. Cheers!

ACTIVATE
The Vintage Twin

The Vintage Twin is hosting a 3-day pop up shop starting tomorrow, Tuesday December 11th through Thursday, December 9th. Whatever your budget, The Vintage Twin will help you find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list and even better, 10% of all sales proceeds will benefit Hurricane Sandy relief. Shoppers will enjoying digging for hidden treasures like reworked vintage apparel and accessories while enjoying pop chips and vita coco.

45 E 34th St. (between Park and Madison) 3rd floor Tuesday, Dec 11th 5 – 10 pm; Wednesday, December 12th 12- 9 pm; Thursday, December 13th 12 – 9 pm.

Chanukah Cocktail Recipes

Looking to serve up some Chanukah cocktails this weekend? Here are some holiday-friendly recipes to get you in the celebratory mood:

Chocolate Gelt

Serves 1

cocoa powder for garnish, optional

3 oz. (6 Tbs.) chocolate vodka

1 oz. (2 Tbs.) Goldschläger (gold-flecked cinnamon schnapps)

If desired, moisten rim of martini or cocktail glass with water and dip into cocoa powder. Put ice in cocktail shaker, add chocolate vodka. Shake well, strain into martini or cocktails glass. Add Goldschläger, gently stir.

Sufganiyot

Serves 1

NEW YEARS EVE CENTRAL
New Year’s Eve Survival Guide

It’s the biggest party of the year, always a night to remember and one that you plan for months in advance – New Year’s Eve. But beyond deciding what dress to don and who to plant that coveted kiss on at midnight there are a lot of little details that should be paid to attention to help you help you avoid a potentially disastrous NYE. Here are our NYE Survival Guide tips:

  1. Book a car service! -Avoid crazy long waits for cabs and splurge on a convenient car service to chauffer you and your crew around town all night long.
  2. Indulge in a nice pre-party dinner – Nothing ruins a night of partying like getting tipsy way too quick. Prep your tolerance with a nice meal before the heavy champagne consumption kicks off. Which leads us to….
  3. Don't Dress Down - Tonight's the night for ladies to whip out the sparkly dresses and for gents to suit up. Dress to impress.
  4. Make no resolutions until tomorrow - A lot of people regard tonight as the final deadline for New Year's resolutions. Don't be cajoled into making any hasty announcements about quitting smoking, being more socially committed, or taking celibacy vows especially if it's just for the sake of joining in. Last-minute resolutions are often impractical.
  5. DO Choose the right event! NewYearsCentral.com is your one-stop-shop for THE hottest parties across NYC for New Year’s Eve.

Happy NYE Partying!

NEW YEARS EVE CENTRAL
The Trendiest NYE Parties in Soho NYC

Celebrate your NYC New Years Eve Soho style at one of these hot party-friendly, scene-packed spots:

Mister H

Discretely located within Mondrian SoHo is Mister H, a visionary nightlife space inspired by old New York, Soho’s neighboring Chinatown surroundings. The Feng Shui friendly design, eclectic accents and a cool collection of Chinese furniture lends a clever nod to the neighborhood in a distinct and signature Morgans fashion. Ring in an impossibly chic NYE at Mister H.

RSVP

RSVP restaurant and lounge is the new standard for culinary, ambiance and service for all high end NYC venues. The atmosphere represents sophistication and elegance and attracts a ultra-desirable clientel from execs to socialites to celebrities and royalty alike. Expect a luxe NYE experience at RSVP.

TOP 5
Oodles of Noodles: The Top 5 Ramen Spots in NYC

For serious eaters both here and especially in Japan, ramen noodles are a religion. Here are our favorite spots that have gained some serious slurping traction.

Ippudo

When temps dip, we instantly crave noodles. And, when noodles pop into our heads, we almost always turn to Ippudo. The hip, East Village noodle joint serves up serious ramen like the Akamaru ramen, a bowl of noodles with red miso, black garlic oil, and ivory slices of Berkshire-pork. Ippudo always has a line, but it’s also always worth the wait.

Ippudo is located at 65 4th Avenue New York www.ippudony.com.

NEW YEARS EVE CENTRAL
Top NYE Parties in Uptown NYC

Prefer to keep your New Year’s Eve festivities haute? Hit up one of these chic parties in Uptown NYC:

Empire Hotel

Make New Year’s Eve 2013 a landmark event and celebrate the night at one of New York City’s most iconic locales. Get into an empire state of mind at Empire Room, the sleek, stylish and sophisticated lounge inside the Empire State Building…it doesn’t get any more New York than this! The nightlife masterminds behind Campbell Apartments in Grand Central Station and The World Bar in Trump World Tower took over yet another landmark and created the latest crown jewel in Manhattan's uber-exclusive world of cocktail lounges. Exuding the glamour and panache reminiscent of the Golden Age, the Empire Hotel is the epitome of luxe appeal for your NYE.

NEW YEARS PHILLY
Top Philly Bars to Ring 2013 In

Asking yourself the infamous question? What to do on New Years Eve? Well last week, we served up some seriously hot nightclubs spots in Philly worth snagging tickets to. And, this week, we’re rounding up the best bars to celebrate in welcoming 2013. Here they are:

Tavern on Broad

If you are tired of the same old boring new years eve parties with long lines for drink and food, watered-down bottom shelf drinks, leaving you feel like you are at a high school prom, luck just came your way. Tavern on Broad's New Year's event will host multiple DJs, multiple party areas, VIP & table service to elevate you and your friends to a new level of VIP, professional dancers & performers, plus much more. The doors open at 8pm and the party starts kickin it up a notch at 9pm lasting until 2am. Superstar DJs will be playing amazing mash-ups, 80's, and top-40 club music, and the Jewlz dancers will be performing from 10pm-1am.