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PHILADELPHIA NEW YEARS
The Top 5 Club & Lounge Parties in Philly this NYE

Five, four, three, two, one…Happy New Year. Yes, New Year's Eve is almost here and we’re revealing the first of many Philly party hit list starting with lounges worthy of ringing in 2013:

LIT UltraBar

We all know that New Year's Eve is the one night of the year where letting go of inhibitions is not optional, but in fact mandatory. It's almost become a rite of passage into the New Year. And what better place than Lit UltraBar to help guide that transition into 2013? Lit UltraBar is Philadelphia's new #1 electric dance music nightlife destination. Lit has quickly become the talk of the nightclub circuit, and will be marked as one of the top nightclubs in the Tri-State area. The focus at Lit UltraBar this New Year's Eve is only on one idea: for people of all dances to revel in his house. Lit UltraBar is home to a brand new signature 100K+ watt state of the art JBL Sound System & 60 DMX Universe Madrix LED Light Show so you can enjoy live music performances. If you’re at Lit for New Years, you know you’re having a good time!

NEW YEARS EVE
New Years Eve in Downtown NYC

Seeking the hottest spot to settle into on NYE that’ll surely meet all of your party needs, wants and dreams? All week, we’re serving up the best parties happening across the city starting with The Top 5 Sizzling Soirees happening in DOWNTOWN NYC:

Joonbug.com presents a New Year's Eve 2013 electronic dance music extravaganza featuring a live performance by DJ MAG’s #1 voted DJ, Armin van Buuren at Pier 36, Manhattan’s mammoth 64k square foot pier jutting out onto Manhattan’s East River with breathtaking views of the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges and the Statue of Liberty. On the most epic night of the year, dance music enthusiasts and New Years Eve revelers alike will come together from all over the world and unite under one roof for a full-throttle New Year’s Eve event. Lose yourself this New Year's Eve at Pier 36 with Armin van Buuren.

LIFESTYLE
Stocking Stuffers Part I

Buh-bye T-day, hello Christmas. Sure you snagged a lot of killer deals on Black Friday and perhaps picked up a present or ten for friends and family. But, some of our favorite pressies for the gift-of-giving holiday happen to be stocking stuffers. Here are some fun finds we scooped up while surfing the internet this weekend:

Liquid Courage: Cleverly Fashioned Flasks

These cheeky, vinyl-clad flasks feature diverse, distinctive designs, all encouraging that certain someone to sip with a smile.

For more info click here.

HAPPENINGS
Drink for Sandy Relief

A month-later and many of us are still reeling from Hurricane Sandy after-math. And you can expect for relief and fundraising efforts to continue well into the New Year. The food and drinks community is one that has really come together to raise funds and show support for at-loss communities such as Red Hook, downtown NYC and East Village’s, Alphabet City.

Tonight, drink for relief at these 2 stellar, sipping friendly, charitable events.

NYC <3’S NYC

Taking place at Chelsea haunt, The Tippler, donate just $10 and enjoy not only cocktails by a slew of boozy sponsors including Beefeater Gin, Appleton Estate Rum, Ilegal Mezcal and White Pike Whisky but also delight in live performances by Diane Birch, Maverick and Ice and a live auction by comedian, Brian McCarthy. Cocktails are an additional $10 and nibbles are also available for $10. The party is from 6 p.m. to midnight. And, 100% of the proceeds benefit NYC victims of Hurricane Sandy.

NEW YEARS EVE CENTRAL
The Top 5 NYE Parties in Downtown NYC

Five-weeks -- snag your New Year's Eve party tickets. Four-weeks -- book a car service to chauffer you and your crew around town. Three-weeks – ladies, buy your hot party dresses and gents, rent a dapper tux. Two-weeks – make pre-party plans. And, at the one-week countdown, get excited because in seven-days you’ll be ringing in 2013 in the best city in the USA – NYC.

Seeking the hottest spot to settle into on NYE that’ll surely meet all of your party needs, wants and dreams? All week, we’re serving up the best parties happening across the city starting with 5 HOT FETES in DOWNTOWN NYC:

ECO-CHIC
SFs First Water Taxi

Say ahoy to Tideline Water Taxi, the city by the bay's first water taxi service taking passengers to docks in SF, Marin and a couple of points in between. Sale from pier to pier and harbor to harbor versus riding along the curvy, narrow, rollercoaster streets of SF with cranky cab drivers.

Operating at small scale now, the convenient cab on the water has plans to bring a fleet of bigger, custom boats from Maine in just a few months. And, come America’s Cup time, they’ll offer mega-yacht transfers.

The company also offers ride share programs. Connect with your neighbors, share your fare, and cut down your carbon foot print. For guests participating in the Ride Share Club, they will be offering a discounted base fare and 12 dollars for each additional person in their party.

And, just like land cabs in SF, you can call and reserve a Tideline Water Taxi too: 415.339.0196.

For more information visit: http://tidelinesf.com/

LIQUID COURAGE
Top Wine Picks for your T-Day Table

Turkey check. Stuffing check. Pumpkin pie check. Now it’s time to select your perfect Thanksgiving meal wine or five. Here are some of our favorite picks to complement your feast.

A puree of summer fruit flavors with red currant and cranberries at the fore, followed by a beautiful, almost haunting earthiness reminiscent of the soil and stones after a spring rain...this pick perfectly complements decadent bourbon sweet potatoes or Southern style oyster stuffing.

Grown in the vineyard, “Vigna San Rocco” in clay and limestone soils, these grapes are grown according to Organci regulations and are thinned and hand-harvested with selection of grapes. Revel in sweetish, partly candied fruit on the palate, nutty notes, some caramel, elegant acidity, and light oak that all lead to an attractive finish. This steel-produced Riesling will impressively offset the boldness of a spiced turkey.

BEST OF
Where to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in NYC

Feel like trading in your home-cooked feast for a night of turkey filled fine dining? If so, hit these restaurants serving up traditional and twisted takes on T-day dinner:

Keepin’ It Classic: Jo’s Nolita

This Nolita gem is serving up turkey and all the fixins with a Eurasian twist. This three-course menu kicks off with your choice of Spiced Butternut Squash Soup or Quinoa Salad followed by Shrimp Sambal Tumis or Sake Poached Asian Pear Salad. For the main course opt for Herb Roasted Turkey aside sautéed brussel sprouts, sweet potato puree, pan roasted herb stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce or a veg friendly entrée of mushroom risotto. And, for dessert dive into a traditional pumpkin pie. Jo's is serving up their feast from 2 - 8 p.m.