GET THE PARTY STARTED
Battle of the Santas: The 12 Bars of Christmas Pub Crawl

Mover over Santa Con. The high profile but increasingly annoying bar crawl that takes place every December has been dethroned as the Bar Crawl to be seen at in NY. Inebriated and obnoxious frat boy Santa's roaming the streets have been replaced with a more upscale, easy going Santa Hat wearing squad. On Saturday, December 17th, I took part in the 6th annual 12 Bars of Christmas Pub Crawl and 12 bars later, I can say the Bar Crawl champ has been dethroned.

NOTABLES
Exclusive Interview with Dream Downtown's Noah Tepperberg

Noah Tepperberg can be described as no less than a nightlife mogul. He and The Strategic Group are responsible for opening some of the hottest spots ever; including Avenue, Marquee and Artichoke Pizza in NYC and TAO and LAVO in Las Vegas.

Their latest project, Dream Downtown had a launch party on June 15th, which was described as simply, "Epic." Quite a crowd came out to celebrate the much anticipated opening, including singer Eve, Solange Knowles, Tyson Beckford, Shenae Grimes, Kellan Lutz, and Kara Dioguardi, just to name a few. The new spot hasn't officially opened its doors to the public, but it's already being touted as the "next big thing." We got a chance to chat with Noah about Dream and what's to come for the new lavish hot spot.

RESTAURANT OPENINGS
Artichoke Basille's Pizza and Bar Expands To MacDougal Steet


Congratulations all you NYC pizza lovers, your early holiday gift has arrived! On Thanksgiving Eve, at 111 MacDougal Street, you can forget turkey for a few hours and think undeniably delicious, gooey, cheesy heaven, with the opening of Artichoke Basille's Pizza Bar's third location!

It all began a few years back with a tiny pizza place on East 14th Street where Artichoke Basille's quickly developed a devout fan base. After all, when Keith Richards plays "air guitar" after tasting a slice, you know it must be something special. Soon after, in the Spring of 2008, cousins Francis Garcia and Sal Basille partnered with Noah Tepperberg and Jason Strauss (owners of Marquee, Tao, and Lavo) to open their flag ship location on the corner of Tenth Avenue and 17th Street. "This location features sit down dining and has a new non-pizza menu consisting of unique heros, pasta dishes, and also serve's wine, champagne, and over 20 types of beer including Artichoke's own brew."