Look out for the return of Pink Elephant in the West Village this May. Owners David Sarner and Robert Montwaird have shared that the new digs will be a much quieter experience offering high-end cocktails and live music. Formerly located in Chelsea, and famous for laser shows and bottle service, the previous incarnation closed in 2009 after the landlord filed for bankruptcy. The change in atmosphere isn’t the only news, Sarner and Montwaid are opening locations in Dubai and Los Vegas in the near future. For those interesting in being apart of the rebirth, bottle servers are now being hired.
Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club is officially re-opening its proverbial doors tomorrow, April 14th. The beach club, right next to South Street Seaport, will be open Fri-Sun for the rest of the month, and beginning May 4th, it will thankfully be open seven days a week from 12pm-3am. This outdoor summer hub will be launching a new menu with additional beers on tap, as well as a slew of fun events.
Beekman has two 25 and 60 foot bars, fire pits, flat screen TVs, foosball, and ping pong tables to ensure your never-ending amusement. Beekman Beach will now have its own private entrance and bar for exclusive events and on May 27th (Memorial Day weekend), the venue will launch its first Bikini Brunch Beach Party, which will take place every Sunday for the summer. Get decked out in your best swimwear and enjoy music from NYC's top DJs.
What are the first thoughts to go through your head when you see that special someone across dance floor, bar, subway bench, etc.? How their personality may be comparable to yours? What do they think about the book cover you keep flashing upwards toward them? Or are you the kind of mind that wanders straight to the bedroom? The whole process is fun and mysterious, sure, but how often are you wondering about all the sexually transmitted infections they may be harboring?
A new iPhone app called Chec-Mate now allows you to find out if the person you’ve been staring at all night is safe to bring home. For $1.99 all you have to do is register and upload a picture of yourself. You’ll have to bring yourself to a registered screening facility and be cleared ahead of time before Chec-Mate can be fully activated. Soon, all you have to do is find out if the person even has a profile to know what you’re getting yourself into.
As reported, Maritime Hotel’s Hiro Ballroom and Matsuri Shutter restaurant are closing its doors, making way for Marc Packer and Rich Wolfe of the Tao Group to take over. According to Eater, Mr. Packer is looking to open a Tao Downtown restaurant in the Chelsea location, although finer details are scarce for now, don't look for any openings until early 2013.
Let’s say you have a limited amount of money, or perhaps no money at all, but you’ve already gotten it in your head that you’d like to have a few drinks. Glancing over at the jar of loose change, you refuse, as you should, to settle for a 40 oz. from the bodega on the corner. So you start to scroll through your contacts for a fully stocked fridge, err, friend, but wait! Here in New York City, at any moment, on any night of the week, exists an extraordinary phenomenon known as an "open bar," and it’s only a matter of knowing when and where.
It’s been a treacherous year in weather for New York City, suffering through those crippling snow storms and enigmatic tornadoes. Most evenings this side of twenty-twelve has seen consistently warmer nights unleashing that hibernating desire to imbibe in the open metropolis atmosphere. Finding the best bars with outdoor seating can be strenuous and time consuming, so here are a few ideas to get you started.
The Crown Victoria
60 S. 2nd St., Brooklyn.
Voted NY Mag’s 2012 Best Outdoor Bar, this former cop car repair shop now harbors a 7,500-square-foot side patio, an impressive trove of beer, whiskey, and cocktail selections with a modest food menu.
The newly re-opened 40/40 Club is now introducing a weeknight happy hour from 5-7pm. Executive chef Mike Shand (formerly Jay-Z's private chef) is generously offering up cheap bites from their menu, including wings, nachos, empenadas, and much more for only $6. But food isn't the only thing that's being discounted...you can also score beer, house wine, or well liquor for $6! But since this is no ordinary sports club, reservations are strongly encouraged.
Last Thursday I went to my favorite new spot in town, Double Seven. In wake of a dramatic fight a few weeks ago that left the grandson of Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco, Pierre Casiraghi, beaten and bruised, it was a pretty chill night at the hotspot located in meatpacking. Yes, the NY Post and many other news outlets have covered the fight in depth, but I can't get enough of this juicy story.
I find it absolutely hilarious that Starvos Niarchos (ex of Paris Hilton) was punched in the face during this scuffle. I've had the displeasure of seeing him many times in LA and NYC and will say he's seriously a giant turd. For those of you who remember the original Double 7 that closed it doors a few years ago, I highly recommend you return to the new version --you will not be disappointed. It is definitely where you can find the most beautiful people in the city. In fact, it's so cool, Mick Jagger is a regular guest.
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Amidst reports that he was booted from managing Ludlow Manor, Luc Carl claims he was "used" by the troubled club for free publicity. Ludlow Manor, which opened in November 2011 to mermaids and mullets, has struggled from day one. From opposition of local community board members, to getting its liquor license suspended by the State Liquor Authority just 2 months later, the multi-million dollar venture has been a bust.
The club, which is set to open back up tonight (sans liquor) according to The Lodown, has brought in New York Nightlife Association head, Paul Seres, in an attempt to salvage the tainted venue. And Luc Carl, better known as Lady Gaga's ex, is less than pleased about it. As reported by Steven Kurutz of the New York Times: