NEW YORK CITY NIGHTLIFE
On a night in which everyone deemed as a "once in a lifetime day", the date 11/11/11 is certainly one for the record books for Pacha NYC. Headlining the night was Australian DJ sensation Dirty South. Accompanying him on the line up for the evening was an opening set by Carl Kennedy and house DJ duo Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, who have been blowing up through the electronic music scene over the past year.
Walking into Pacha NYC that night, I caught a glimpse of the opening set by DJ Carl Kennedy who started the party off properly with an array of dance floor hits. Wall to wall covered with people, Pacha was flowing with Champagne and bottle service attendants all leaning over the mezzanine awaiting for the man on the night. Chants of "Dirty South" filled the air, as the DJ born as Dragan Roganović entered the booth of the Midtown hotspot. Dirty South came prepared with plenty of dirty beats, keeping the at-capacity crowd mesmerized by his every move. Playing some of his latest hits including one of his new singles, "Walking Alone" that proved to be a dance floor destroyer, fully equipped with tons of CO2 smoke and LED lights. On his official twitter account, Dirty South had announced to fans that he would premiere his latest track with Thomas Gold and Kate Elsworth, and as promised "Eyes Wide Open" made the crowd go wild. At the end of his set, it is safe to say the crowd was left wanting more.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Trying to mix it up this New Year’s Eve? Maybe you’ve already exhausted all of the clubs in Manhattan. Or maybe you’re from out of town and are looking for a unique New Year’s Eve experience. Look no further than Joonbug’s New Year’s Eve cruise parties and sail with style into the New Year.
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
If you’re tired of the same scene every New Year’s Eve, you might want to check out AMC Theatres in Time Square for a party that is guaranteed to have more to offer than your typical night club.
AMC Theatres is a desirable location for your New Year’s Eve festivities because it’s location can’t be beat. In the heart of Times Square, the massive, three level venue lays claim to the best view of Manhattan’s legendary ball drop. Not only can you dance and drink all night, but AMC Theatres will be providing unlimited, complimentary viewings of movies all night long.
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 start with the letter 'A.'
A is For A-List