Lil Charlie's Welcomes The Cocktail Architect

Sometimes a deliciously decadent cocktail can make the entire week just a little more feasible. With that said, there's no better way to spice things up a little than to grab a drink from yes, the Cocktail Architect! Starting this Wednesday, February 20, Yusef Austin will be behind the bar from 6-10pm at Lil Charlies, the lounge below Ken & Cook in NoLita serving up specialty drinks for a new cocktail party!

Mr. Yusef Austin has designed specialty drinks for private celebrity functions to corporate events all while jetsetting from New York to London and everywhere in between. He has even supplied the liquid gold for prestige venues such the Atlantis in the Bahamas, The Summer House in Nantucket for Todd English's birthday celebration as well the as illustrious Boom Boom Room at the Standard Hotel. Austin created two incredible signature drinks for the property- the Rosy Melons (vodka, rosemary aquavit, cantaloupe, fresh lemons, sugar and a rosemary sprig) and the Lucha Libre (tequila, agave, lime, pear puree, mezcal spray and tarragon).

Take a break from the real world and head over to Lil Charlie's for some fabulously curated cocktails!

What Gaga Wasn't Wearing

After being named the CFDA fashion icon of the year, Gaga more infamously known as 'Mother Monster' was seen sporting this see-through outfit -or lack thereof.

She went on to celebrate the victory at the Boom Boom Room in NYC leaving little to the imagination, in true Gaga fashion. This was her second change of the night. Earlier in the evening she arrived to the awards ceremony wearing yet again another 'tasteful' outfit. No, not a meat suit , peeps, just meat curtains tonight.

Shock! Another spiked thong and S&M outrageous...

In celebration of her victory (and winning yet another "try harder" award) let us share a moment of Gaga pre-fashion icon...

Monthly Music Series Helps Performers Get Into Music Business

On the third Tuesday of every month, Bay Area artists have the opportunity to perform in front of a panel of music industry professionals.

Beyond the Music Label is a monthly music series held at the Boom Boom Room in San Francisco. It aims to help Bay Area performers get exposure, connect with labels, learn more about the music business, and improve their craft.

Performers must first submit samples of their music to an advisory committee, which includes people from Epic Records, the William Morris Talent Agency, and the Jimi Hendrix Foundation. To be eligible, bands/artists must have at least 5000 fans on Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, or any other online music marketing site. Out of all the entries, the committee chooses three bands to perform. Each musical act performs three songs, and at the end of each set, performers receive feedback from a panel of judges. In addition, members of the audience can give their opinion by filling out ballots.

Gary Spencer Talks Nightlife welcomes Gary Spencer to the team. Gary will be writing a weekly column on nightlife and style. Stay tuned to for his first column, next week! Check out some of Gary's favorite New York City nightlife venues, what he likes to eat, and who he'd like to tote around in his pocket for a day.

Kanye Reopens Boom Boom Room

Kanye West was spotted at the reopening of Boom Boom Room last night dancing on the bar. The mosh crowd down below seemed to be giving him praises as he strutted around the entire counter top.

New York Fashion Week Venue Predictions

While our Glam Damn It team will be giving you the latest scoop from the runways, we at SceneTracker will deliever the low-down on where the party is. We are already itching for the open bars, celeb sightings and other awesomeness that takes place during fashion week. Here are my predictions for where some of the biggest and best parties will be held.

It almost goes without saying that the uber exclusive Standard Hotel's Boom Boom Room, where Marc Jacobs held his extravagant bash for his latest Fall/Winter 2010 collection will host another highly exclusive shin-dig this September. Stiletto clad bombshells, and skinny jeaned hipsters will definitely make appearances at the Gansevort Hotel's Provocatuer and no doubt will something amazing will be brewing atop of their newest Park Ave location at Plunge Lounge. The ultra-stylish and notoriously cool Ace Hotel will be a contender. And please believe The Donald will have some involvement in this season's events, so Trump SoHo's Kastel and rooftop lounge Bar d'Eau will be on the list. Fashion insiders' old time favs Tribeca and SoHo Grand are sure to be in the mix as well.

Boom Boom Pow

Will I Am and the other Black Eyed Peas must have known what was coming to New York. Boom Boom Pow. That’s the sound of whispers and gossip flying around New York city since the launch of the new Boom Boom Room in the Standard Hotel. As the dust settles around what has been billed as possibly the greatest launch since Studio 54, the question remains – what can we expect? Not only from Andre Balazs’ new project, but also for the future of the New York nightlife.

The Boom Boom Room Throws a Star-Studded Party

Yes, the new rooftop bar in the Standard Hotel, the Boom Boom Room, is the hottest club in downtown New York. To make sure everyone is aware of that, owner Andre Balazs threw a private grand opening party worthy of comparison to the best fashion ball or Jay-Z after-party.

This past Saturday, the currently VIP-only bar hosted the event. The Standard hasn’t hired anyone to run the door yet, but it should happen shortly. So get that cocktail dress ready—The impressive guest list included Demi and Ashton, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, and Kirsten Dunst, among many others.

With guests like Madonna, Jude, and Lindsay in attendance there was a fair bit of coverage on the event. Huffpost, along with almost every other blog on the planet, have all the juicy details. (DBTH even called the new venue a game changer). It seems like just about every celeb in the city made an appearance for the opener, and famed photographer Patrick McMullan called it an opening reminiscent of Studio 54.