A ‘Mani’Cure for a Cause

There’s nothing wrong with seeing life through rose-colored glasses. At least cityMANi, New York City’s recently established order-in manicure service, seems to agree. On October 14th, the company hosted an intimate pink-themed party at sideBAR to support breast cancer research (a portion of the evening’s proceeds were donated to the Susan G. Komen Greater NYC foundation).

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 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.

Le Poission Rouge

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

SideBar is bringing in the holiday right with their Pumpkin Carving Party, every Tuesday this month starting on the 8th. Your ticket gets you your own pumpkin and a variety of tools and stencils to create your masterpiece and feel like a pumpkin Picasso. But that's not all: you also get a bunch of Halloween treats and a complimentary Pumpkin Ale. So go ahead and let your inner child out as you carve your way into a spooky Jack O' Lantern. The coolest pumpkin at the end of the night will receive two complimentary tickets to any upcoming event! Get your tickets now for a messy good time! Enter our promo code "joonbug" to get 50% off!

SideBar, 120 E 15th St, New York, NY 10003

October 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th from 7-9 pm

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.

National Vodka Day in The Big Apple

You don't really need a holiday in order to enjoy some vodka, but we'll jump at any excuse to keep drinking! New York City is all about nightlife so we've rounded up some of the best vodka cocktails for you to celebrate this holiday with!

Bread & Tulips serves up their signature drink, the Cucumber Detox, for just $12. The refreshing drink includes Luksusowa Vodka, St Germain, kiwi, cucumber, and lime. No need for a spa day when you're sipping on this drink! SideBAR is dishing out Vision of Fall, a cocktail blended with Vision Vodka, Pinnacle Whipped, Pumpkin Spice Liqueur, Bailey's and a splash of milk, with a cinnamon sugar rim. Talk about gearing up for Fall!

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.

SCENETRACKER Sander Kleinenberg
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!