Weekend Pick: St. Paddy's Day Official Saturday Bar Crawl

No one does St. Paddy's Day better than Boston, and there's no better way to celebrate in Beantown than with a bar crawl! Join Joonbug.com for three days of crawling fun and mayhem at some of the city's hottest bars. Starting with a mini crawl on Friday, March 14th, and ending with the St. Patrick's Day crawl on Monday at 5pm, "Get shamrocked" at venues like The Wild Rover, Sidebar, Sissy K's, and many more!

The Best Oscar Viewing Parties in NYC!

Abandon the sofa and grab your coat—New York City has some of the best Oscar viewing parties around! The Academy Awards air this Sunday, and since it's of the biggest televised events of the year, plenty of venues are putting on celebrations filled with trivia, specialty cocktails, and of course, big screen TVs.

This music venue and multimedia art cabaret is hosting The Big Oscars Quiz Thing, an annual party and live trivia experience. The game show-like event will test you and your friends, pitting teams of attendees against each other to answer questions on the movie industry, music, history, sports, and more (you write answers on their Big Quiz Thing Answer Pad to avoid any form of shouting-out-incorrect-answers humiliation). The night starts at 5:30 pm, with the trivia contest preceding red carpet and award show fun. Tickets are $15, but $10 in advance.

Superbowl 2014!

Unless you've been living on another planet (or some far away and distant city), you know that the Superbowl is coming soon, and it's coming close. On Feburary 2nd, Super Bowl Sunday will be upon us. Whether or not you're a fan of the Denver Broncos or the SeattleSeahawks (or even football in general), having Super Bowl XLVII so close to the city is worth paying attention to-- and, for those who love to eat, drink, and generally be merry--worth taking advantage of. As expected, many food and drink purveyors in the city are revving up for the big event with deals and special offerings. And, for all you die-hard fans out there, all the more reason to celebrate!

Pumpkin Carving Party at SideBar
Candy Cane Inspired Cocktails

Christmas is right around the corner and will be here before we know it. The best way to get prepared, besides shopping, is celebrating the holiday season with plenty of boozy treats. Check out the recipes below to serve up at your X-mas shindig, all inspired by America's holiday treat - candy canes!

Candy Cane (2 servings) 2 oz. BOLS Peppermint White
2 oz. BOLS Creme de Cacao White
2 oz. milk
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
½ oz. grenadine
Blend all ingredients and pour into glass.

Chocolate Peppermint Cookie
¾ oz. Partida Blanco Tequila
1 oz. Peppermint Schnapps
¾ oz. Godiva Liqueur
1-1/2 oz. Cream
Rim martini glass with chocolate syrup and crushed candy canes. Shake ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into martini glass.

50 Shades of Seduction at SideBar

Rihanna sings about how whips and chains excite her, Ana Steele finds herself excitingly intrigued by her darker desires, and well Christian Grey, we know all about his secret erotic fantasies. S&M hasn’t always shown its gag-ball filled mouth to mainstream society through pop culture but with the success of E. L. James’ “mommy porn” trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey, the taboo subject has left sex shops and entered our headphones, libraries, and our bedrooms.

If you’ve been left wondering what the big fuss about Mr. Grey’s sexual habits are after reading the trilogy or are just plain curious as to what S&M is outside a paperback novel, look no further than Union Square. On Monday June 16th at their 50 Shades of Seduction event. This 21+ event will give you your own personal glimpse into the real life bedroom of Mr. Grey through an instructional 45-minute S&M class taught by “sexpert” Mistress Gia while you sip a complimentary cocktail inspired by the addictive trilogy, the Grey-tini.

The Week in Festivity

Weekends pass all too fast. Enamored within the momentary veneer of freedom, precious hours trickle through the cracks of our fingers like diamonds—leavings us barren, ragged, and downtrodden come the executioner’s call of Monday morning. Our proletarian grind leaves little to the imagination—essentially disillusion incarnate—thus, to soar beyond these insipid lots, we must continually push the boundaries of temperance and decency.

By seeking the cavernous expanses nestled within the night—the zeitgeists, the myriad sounds, the kindred souls seeking connection—only then is rejuvenation truly possible. In the tireless war against the corroding taint of ennui and listlessness, a proactive approach to revelry is the only salvation.

The Weekly Restoration: Party Edition

What is it about Monday that breeds melancholia? Is it the ponderous distance from Friday, the insipid conflux of responsibility and duty, or the tethering embraces of socialization? Rumor has it that “everything that rises must converge,” therefore, rise we must: above the miasmic, ennui-inducing strands of our proletarian lots! So let us ascend from the ashes of ambition, and combat the stultifying grind of the “everyday” by indulging in a little frivolity.

Day by day we crawl towards salvation—the glorious beacon of freedom and fleeting mercy that is Friday—only to repeat the endless Tantalusian cycle anew by weekend’s end. In order to maintain homeostasis (as well as sanity) we must temper desire with duty, in this finely honed balancing act of existence. In that light, here’s the rundown of the weekly restoratives, guaranteed to revitalize and reinvigorate even the most jaded of souls!

Scavenger Hunt: Drunken Bunny Edition

While childhood memories inevitably vary, the common consensus for "Best Easter Recollection" is hands down the vintage “Egg Hunt." With a gross overabundance of rabbit decorations, eggs becoming the temporary currency of choice, and the commercial exploitation of the pagan rituals for fertility and rebirth—what’s not to love about the Easter holiday!

In honor of the occasion, the folks over at Scavenger Hunt USA have paired up with Sidebar to celebrate the holiday (and invoke some nostalgia), via their annual Scavenger Egg Hunt/ Bunnycon! The requirements: bunny attire (ears, mask, full-body suit), a quality crew of seekers, a respectable alcohol thirst, and an insatiable desire to unearth eggs! The $60 ticket includes: complimentary drinks and apps during team registration, the 3-hour hunt, assorted goodness along the way (mini prizes, etc.), as well as 1-hour after party at an undisclosed location—perhaps the egg-quest shall reveal it!