CULTURE CLUB
NoMad Upstairs: New Weekly Live Music Series

Tonight marks the first day of NoMad Hotel's new weekly live music series. Titled NoMad Upstairs, the event will be held every Thursday, starting tonight, in their Johnston Room from 7pm (doors open at 6:30) until midnight.

The first four performances will feature Grammy-nominated R&B singer Stacie Orrico. Besides the live music set, guests can enjoy cocktails and a bar menu from the hotel's restaurant. To attend, reservations must be made ahead of time by calling (347) 472-5660, and they only accept credit cards. Check out the sneak peak video below to get a feel for the jazzy, old-fashioned ambiance.

CULTURE CLUB
A Litany of Boozy Literature

For those bookishly inclined to conduct full-on reconnaissance and research prior to a casual evening out in NYC—this one’s for you. Or, perhaps you’re just a closet enthusiast for the world’s most vibrant nocturnal landscape—whatever the draw, there’s a plethora of quality literature detailing the bright lights and boozy haunts of NYC.

Any familiar with the unforgivably mundane process of true research knows the quintessential rule to success: cast a wide net. Whether it’s through a smattering of anecdotes, or succinct factual compilations—a true smorgasbord is the key to successfully familiarizing yourself with the subject matter.

IN THE HOUSE
Dirty South Gets Dirty at Pacha NYC

In the wee hours of the morning, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano took over control of the crowd keeping the party crazy until 7am the next morning! Opening up with their own song, Tribeca, the duo mashed up the track with vocals from Adele's hit Rolling in the Deep. Their transitions from mash ups to popular remixes including their remix of Kaskade's Dynasty track had everyone singing along as if it were a karaoke night. The epic night jam packed with memorable DJ sets left partygoers speechless leaving as the sun was already risen that next morning.

Here is a video of Dirty South premeiring his latest single, "Eyes Wide Open" with Thomas Gold and vocals by Kate Elsworth.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
The Frontier Wasteland: Provocateur

I haven't had an opportunity to walk around the Meatpacking District since I left my post here at Joonbug several months ago. So, last weekend's warmth and signs of spring got me out of my apartment and downtown to check out how some of my favorite nightclubs were doing. As I was walking down 9th Avenue, I thought it would be fun to see who was where and if the scene had changed at all in the past few months. It was good to hear the bass pumping at Tenjune and a flow of beautiful women walking out of Cielo. Around the corner was a whole different story though. Expecting to see the B(and C)-list wannabes drooling to get into the notoriously exclusive Provocateur, I ended up being the one with my mouth hung open when I passed the purple-lit door.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Relax by the Fireplace at Keybar

Built and owned by two hard working Hungarians and beloved by locals and those in the know, Keybar triples as a bar, DJ lounge, and jewelry-box sized nightclub for an übercool, international, carefree clientele who pop in for the cocktails and famous 2 for 1 happy hour and stay for the amazing music and downtown New York-meets-Budapest vibe.

Global DJs energize the crowd every night with everything from 80's grooves to house and with the fire crackling in the hearth casting a warm glow across the room and an ultra friendly European staff serving an excellent selection of beers, cocktails, and signature shots (including the delectable Rolo shot and Zwack, a Hungarian herbal liqueur), it's hard not to fall under the spell of Keybar's special allure.

Keybar: 432 E. 13th St (212) 478-3021

EDITOR'S LETTER
Editor's Letter: Bidding You Farewell

There is a quiet in our office today I haven't experienced in some time. New Year's Eve and the holiday event season is over and there are only boxes to remind us of last weekend. The events staff did an excellent job producing over 50 parties in New York and Miami for over 30,000 people. It almost seems anti-climactic. I had gotten used to the hustle and bustle from the past few months.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
G is for Glamour


New Year's Eve is all about style, sophistication, and of course, Glamour. On the biggest party night of the year, glamorous faces, outfits, venues and celebrity style are all the buzz during December. Check out our top three picks for "Most Glamorous" this New Year's Eve in New York City.

1. RdV (aka Rendezvous): Nestled under Bagatelle, RdV is one of New York's City's most sophisticated nightlife venues. The decadent decor and upholstered seating illustrates a rendezvous between yesteryear and the modern nightlife scene. This is a dress to impress velvet rope, so don't skimp on the outfit, especially this New Year's Eve.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
CLOSED: The Gates


The Gates. Exclusive. Uptight. One time leader of The Velvet Rope. Closed. The doors to this legendary nightclub have finally shut for the final time, leaving a legacy of upset guests, disappointing member 'benefits' and overzealous door people out to find another venue to take over.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
C is for Cruises

New Year's Eve in New York City. It's 2011. Where do you go? What do you wear? Who are the celebs that are going to be rubbing elbows with you at the open bar? Every day until New Year's Eve, we are going to give you the best of the best on where to be and how to have a night to remember to kick off the New Year. Today we continue with the letter 'C.'

C is for Cruises

Either cruise option will surely be a fun change of pace this New Year’s Eve. Get a group of friends, hop on a boat and enjoy a night of smooth steppin’, sailing, and sight seeing.

Check back tomorrow for your insider's guide on the letter D for New Year's Eve DJs.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
B is for Bottle Service

New Year's Eve in New York City. It's 2011. Where do you go? What do you wear? Who are the celebs that are going to be rubbing elbows with you at the open bar? Every day until New Year's Eve, we are going to give you the best of the best on where to be and how to have a night to remember to kick off the New Year. Today we continue with the letter 'B.'

B is for Bottle Service