MurphGuide Update: December 1, 2011

Parties & Events This Weekend:
1. W Girls Hope for the Holidays at Sway: Thu. Dec. 1
2. First Thursday at Legends: Thu. Nov. 1
3. Trad Session w/ Caitlin Warbelow at Soldier McGee’s: Thu. Nov. 1
4. The Underground Lounge
a. New Ladies Night: Thursdays
b. New $2 Draft Fridays
5. Final 25th Anniversary Celebration at Paddy Reilly’s: Fri. Nov. 2
6. The Christmas Bash at Spring Lake Manor: Sat. Dec. 3
7. Algonquin Round Table Walking Tour: Sun. Dec. 4
8. Sundays at Seven at Irish Arts Center: Sun. Dec. 4

Live Music This Week:
1. This week at Parkside Lounge
2. Local Pub Gigs

1. Cupcakes Take The Cake’s Anniversary Party at Soho Gallery Of Digital Arts: Mon. Dec. 5
2. A Srsly Grumpy Holiday Show at The PIT: Tue. Dec. 6
3. Michael’s Mission Fundraiser at Astra: Tue. Dec. 6
4. The Surreal Christmas Holiday Party at The Gallery Bar: Wed. Dec. 7
5. IBO Christmas Party at Kennedy’s: Wed. Dec. 7
6. Party With Purpose at The Madison Bar & Grill: Thu. Dec. 8
7. Crazy Winter and Christmas Beer Night at David Copperfield’s: Thu. Dec. 8
8. 5 Year Anniversary  Celebration at South 4th: Thu. Dec. 8
9. Deep Fried Bunny at White Rabbit: Fri. Dec. 9
10. Concern Winter Ball: Fri. Dec. 9
11. Christmakkah Crawl: Sat. Dec. 10
12. Santacon: Sat. Dec. 10
13. Rising Stars Enterprises Charity Launch Party: Sat. Dec. 10
14. Shilelagh Law Live Recording Show at Connolly’s: Wed. Nov. 23
15. Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl: Sat. Dec. 17
16. Save the dates

New Year’s Eve 2012:
1. New Year’s Eve at Katwalk
2. New Year’s Eve at The Mean Fiddler
3. New Year’s Eve at Santos Party House
4. New Year’s Eve at Greenwich Village Country Club
15. Save the Dates

Other News:
1. Watson Adventures
2. MurphGuide Party Planner
3. MurphGuide on social media

Parties & Events This Week:
The W Girls are charity oriented New Yorkers and some are also fellow MurphGuide readers.
They invite you to their annual holiday fundraiser…
Thursday, December 1
WGIRLS NYC 7th Annual Hope for the Holidays
For every $50 in donations, the WGIRLS can help fulfill the holiday wishes of one child in need

What You Get:
– The chance to mix, mingle and celebrate the holidays with hundreds of young professionals and the WGIRLS NYC
– The warm feeling of knowing that your presence will make a difference in the life of a disadvantaged child
– Sponsored open bar from 7-8:30 pm by Ultimat, Patron, and Banfi Vinters
– Dancing the night away with an amazing DJ
– A chance to win excellent raffle prizes
– The ability to stay after 11pm at one of the city’s most exclusive hot spots

What You Give:
This year, with your help, the WGIRLS NYC will purchase, wrap, and deliver gifts for hundreds of Little Flower foster children and their families.
305 Spring St. (Renwick St.)
New York, NY
(212) 620-5220

Learn more about W Girls at:
For many years, our friends Walter and Susan have each hosted a roving monthly happy hour held on the first Thursday of each month, appropriately named “First Thursday”.  Tonight, they are both at the same venue.  All are welcome…
Thursday, December 1
First Thursday
free admission happy hour
drink specials:
$5 Domestic Beer (Bud, Bud Light, and Coors Light)
$6 Kettle One drinks
Legends (meet downstairs)
6 W. 33rd St. (5th Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 967-7792
There is a new weekly trad. session on the upper west side…
Every Thursday night
Trad Music Night at Soldier McGee’s
Lead by Caitlin Warbelow
with guest musicians.
tonight, Marta Cook will be there.
free admission
Soldier McGee’s Tavern
480 Amsterdam Ave. (83rd St.)
New York, NY
(212) 579-4299

Caitlin Warbelow:
MurphGuide reader Sam invites you to these new parties he is hosting at Underground Lounge…

Thursday, December 1
Ladies Night at Underground Lounge
Ladies Night premiere event, Weekly Thursdays, beginning December 1
No Cover
mingle and dance while DJ Dan C.E. spins the latest grooves
Drink Specials: Ladies: Half Off All Drinks
Everyone: $3 Soco Lime Shots, $3 Lions Head Microbrews, $4 Margaritas and $4 Bacardi Drinks.
Food Specials: $1 Soft Tacos All Night

and then…

Friday, December 2
$2 Draft Friday
The opening of $2 Draft Fridays, beginning December 2nd!
Time: 6pm-10pm
No Cover!
Drink Specials: $2 Microbrews from our rotating selection.
Food Special: $8 Margherita Pizza / Kitchen Open Late
The Underground Lounge
955 West End Ave. (W. 107th St.)
New York, NY
The final event of Paddy Reilly’s year-long 25th anniversary celebration…
Friday, December 2
Final 25th Anniversary Celebration
Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar’s will be hosting its final 25th Anniversary celebration gig with a great line up of music planned for Friday December 2nd.

Opening act: Streams of Whiskey
8pm – 10pm
playing all your favorite Pogues songs.

Main act:
Seanchai & The Unity Squad
The world’s only punk/funk Celtic hip-hop band
Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar
519 Second Ave. (29th St.)
(212) 686-1210
New York, NY

RSVP via facebook:

Our friend Billy Lawlor tells us that tickets for this year’s Christmas Bash are now available online
This is always a great reunion party for people that spend their summers on the Jersey Shore near Spring Lake (not the snooki Jersey Shore).
Saturday, December 3
The Christmas Bash
Black tie optional Christmas party
featuring live music by The Billy Lawlor Band
Tickets are $100 and include open bar
Spring Lake Manor
Spring Lake, NJ
For more info, contact Billy Lawlor at 732.449.3071
Our friend Joe invites you to bring a toy and check out his new bar…
Saturday, December 3
Holiday Party & Toy Drive
Brand new bar Tribeca Tap House is hosting a holiday party
They will be collecting for Toys for Tots, so bring your toys for the kids
7pm – 1am
Tribeca Tap House
363 Greenwich St.
New York, NY
RSVP via:
Our friend Kevin Fitz, a licensed NYC tour guide, leads Algonquin Round Table Walking Tours…
Sunday, Dec. 4
Algonquin Round Table Walking Tours
Cost: $20 per person
Walk in the footsteps of the Vicious Circle in the only walking tour dedicated to the city’s greatest literary friends. See the places where the Round Table, lived, worked, played and drank. Visit the former homes, theaters and speakeasies associated with Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, Franklin P. Adams, Heywood Broun, Edna Ferber, George S. Kaufman and many more. The walk begins and ends in the landmark Algonquin Hotel; it will be shortened to accommodate the evening start and finish time. The walk is led by Kevin C. Fitzpatrick
Buy tickets in advance:
Algonquin Hotel
59 W. 44th St. (between 5th and 6th Ave.)
New York, NY

Kevin C. Fitzpatrick is president of the Dorothy Parker Society and author of “A Journey into Dorothy Parker’s New York”
Our friend Fiona invites you to her monthly variety show held on the first Sunday of every month…
Sunday, December 4
Sundays at Seven
Hosted by Fiona Walsh and Ann Design – legends in their own minds

This month featuring:
Eddie Brill- Letterman  opener and booker and National Headliner
Christian Finnegan , Comedy Central, Conan, all over TV
Michael Brill – MAC Award Comedy winner
Nancy Witter – Nick at Nites Funniest Moms
Jackie Monaghan – LOGO, Comedy Central
Colin Dempsey , The Creek and The Cave

Music by Andy Fitzpatrick – Rockwood Music Hall

$10 members ($8 for IAC members)
Irish Arts Center
553 W. 51st St. (11th Ave.)
New York, NY

Live Music This Week:
This week at Parkside Lounge

Thursday,  December 1st:
7:30pm: NYC Velocity
11pm: Jodie Levinson

Friday, December 2nd:
8pm: Sal Rozzi Show (variety)
10pm: The Dexedrines
11pm: Dan Melnick Presents

Saturday, December 3rd:
9pm: The Goodnoise
10pm: Gigantic Ant (jam, rock, experimental)
11pm: Rack Em Let’s Go (rock)
12am: Part 2 featuring DJ Nor

Sunday, December 4th:
2-6pm: Parkside Jam – Collette & Sonil host: Sunday Bloody Sunday
7pm: Say What? NYC Comedy
9:30pm: Shark Tank (comedy)

Parkside Lounge
317 E. Houston St. (Attorney St.)
New York, NY
(212) 673-6270

Live Music Round-up:
Local Pub Gigs

Thursday, December 1
Caitlin Warbelow at Soldier McGee’s
Ray Greiche at Rathbones
Jim Roberti at Bull’s Head Tavern

Rob & Danielle at Smith’s Bar
Eleventh Ward at Local 269

Friday, December 2
Seanchai & the Unity Squad + Streams of Whiskey at Paddy Reilly’s
The Boilermakers at Smith’s Bar
An Evening of Irish Piping Benefit at the IAC
Ray Greiche at The Back Fence
Enda Keegan at The Inn (Long Beach)

Saturday, December 3
Fergus Begley at Rosie O’Grady’s
Mike Drag + Hot Lava at Ulysses
Ray Greiche Trio at Smith’s Bar

Sunday, December 4
Enda Keegan at PD O’Hurley’s

Monday, December 5
Jazz Night at Saloon

Tuesday, December 6
Trad Session at Dempsey’s


Upcoming Events:

Congrats to our friends Nichelle and Rachel on the 7th anniversary of their cupcake blog:
Monday, December 5
Cupcakes Take The Cake: Seventh Anniversary Party
Celebrating seven years of blogging about cupcakes
Featuring cupcakes, drinks and a big raffle.
Open to all ages.
Raffle prizes include cupcake stands, cupcake ornaments, cupcake books, etc.

$10 admission
Must RSVP & pay via:
The Soho Gallery Of Digital Arts
138 Sullivan St.
New York, NY

Our friend Kambri invites you to this holiday comedy show…
Tuesday, December 6
SRSLY LOL & GrumpyFilms presents…
A Srsly Grumpy Holiday Show
a truly original variety extravaganza happening for one night only

Hosted by SRSLY LOL’s  H. Alan Scott  the night will feature music, comedy, short GrumpyFilms, drag, AND a special appearance by a man in very little clothing. They’ll put the “ho” back in Santa’s “Ho! Ho! Ho!” (Unless you’re Jewish, then they’ll redefine the meaning of playing with your dreidel.)
The lineup includes:
Garry Hannon
Ben Lerman
Sharon “Mama” Spell,
And Provincetown’s “Showgirl of the Year”  Mona Mour !
$5 – No drink minimum
124 E. 24th  St.
New York, NY 

GrumpyFILMS  is a boutique production company created by R. Grady Dennis Jr., Daniel Sears and Jason Jude Hill.  for more.
DJ Lou Smith invites you to this fundraiser in honor of his friend Michael…
Tuesday, December 6
Michael’s Mission’s 3rd Annual Benefit
A fundraiser in honor of Michael Sousa to raise funds for Michael’s Mission,
to improve the lives of those suffering from colorectal cancer

An evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
Silent auction and raffle with dozens of prizes, luxury getaways, and one-of-a-kind experiences.

979 Third Ave. (between 58th & 59th St.), 14th Floor
in the D&D Building
New York, NY
(212) 644-9394

For more info. contact Scott Soussa: 917 415-8957

Our friend Sally from Social Exposure Media invites you to her next wild party…
Wednesday December 7
The Surreal Christmas Holiday Party
Co-hosted by Red Bull + Sponsored by Medea Vodka
This is a free event.
A Social Exposure thank you for two years of insanely inspired events and talents.
Surreal Holiday works by: Katie Kearney
The Original Red Bull flying machine by: Peter Weiss
The 14th street Drum Crew
Free red bull cocktails
Plus a “naughty” secret Santa. Please bring a naughty gift under ten dollars to exchange anonymously.

Open Bar : 8pm -9pm sharp
Dress Code : Funky Holiday Cheer

8pm – midnight
The Gallery Bar
120 Orchard St. (Delancey)
New York, NY
RSVP via facebook:

Our friends in the IBO host their annual Christmas party…
Wednesday, December 7
IBO Christmas Party 2011
Current Members: $40, Non-Members: $60
Includes Social & business networking
with passed hors d’ouvres
Live music by Eddie McCabe
three hour open bar from 6:30–9:30pm
327 W. 57th St. (between 8th 7 9th Ave.)
New York, NY
212 399-3900

RSVP to or
This event is for our friends in Hoboken, NJ…
Thursday, December 8
Party With Purpose
December Holiday Fundraiser
Party With Purpose Happy Hour Fundraiser
Suggested donation $20
Proceeds from each admission will provide a gift to one child in the Hoboken Boys & Girls Club

Party includes drink specials, DJ, and dancing
1/2 priced drinks, including martinis, and passed appetizers
6pm – close
The Madison Bar & Grill
1316 Washington St.
Hoboken, NJ
Our friend Bill invites all NYC craft beer lovers to join his group at their monthly meeting…
Thursday, December 8
Crazy Winter and Christmas Beer Night
The NY Beer Meetup Group presents a night to try new winter beers

Featuring 20 different Winter or Christmas style beers on draft and bottle on Wednesday Dec. 8th! Get together with the rest of the beer meetup gang to drink some great suds and to have a great time. I’ve talked them into giving us a free sampler platter of David Copperfield’s  appetizers for every 6 meetup members I bring. Let’s party up! Tis the season! Wednesday night is also “Ladies Night” so if you are a “lady” there are special bargains for you on beer and Ketel One Martinis and Cosmos.  I will be there to tell you all the story of Winter beers, seasonal beers and Christmas beers.
A partial list of the lineup:

Ithaca Cold Front
Harpoon Winter
Goose Island Christmas
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
Flying Dog 5-9 Cruiser Winter Ale
Full Sail Wreck the Halls
Zyweic Baltic Porter
Rodenbach Grand Cru
Mikkeler Santa’s Little Helper
Geary’s Winter
Kona Pipeline Porter
SmuttyNose Winter Ale
Troeg’s Mad Elf
Steven’s Point St. Benedict
Harpoon Chocolate Stout
Delirium Noelle
David Copperfield’s
1394 York Ave. (74th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 734-6152

Join the meetup group at:
Congratulations to Aaron & Marshall and our friends at South 4th on their 5th anniversary…
Thursday, December 8
5 Year Anniversary  Celebration at South 4th
$5 drinks
8pm – close
South 4th
90 South 4th St. (Berry St.)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
(718) 218-7478


MurphGuide reader Adam invites you to this comedy show he produces…
Friday, December 9
Deep Fried Bunny
Stand-up comedy with:
Frank Liotti (Boston Comedy Festival)
Jess Wood (DefJam Comedy)
Tony Zaret (Channel 101NY)

produced by Alex Koltchak & Adam Torres
hosted by Sybil Bruncheon
no cover
White Rabbit
145 E. Houston St. (between Forsythe & Eldridge St.)
New York, NY
(212) 477-5005

More info:
An excellent event for a very worthy charity…
Friday, December 9
Concern Winter Ball
Black tie fundraiser
featuring cocktails, dinner & dancing
proceeds will enable over 8,000 children in Sierra Leone to get a quality education

Cocktails: 7pm, Dinner: 8pm
Mutual of America
320 Park Ave. (51st St.)
New York, NY
Info & tickets at:

Our friends at present their first Christmas/Hanukkah Bar Crawl….
Saturday, December 10
Christmakkah Crawl
Enjoy drinks specials at participating bars from 12pm – 9pm

participating bars will include:
McFadden’s Saloon
800 Second Ave.  (42nd St.)
New York, NY
(212) 986-1515
Calico Jack’s Cantina
802 Second Ave. (between 42nd & 43rd St.)
New York, NY
(212) 557-4300
22 E. 41st St. (between 5th & Madison Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 685-6807
Turtle Bay Grill & Lounge
987 Second Ave. (between 52nd & 53rd St.)
New York, NY
(212) 223-4224
The Irish Exit
978 Second Ave. (between 51st & 52nd St.)
New York, NY
(212) 755-8383

The Hill: 416 3rd Ave.
Sutton Place:  1015 2nd Ave.
Blarney Stone Bar: 710 3rd Ave.
Public House:  140 E. 41st St.
Opal:  251 E 52nd St.
Cornerstone Tavern:  961 2nd Ave.
Tammany Hall:  218 E. 53rd St.
Murphy’s Pub:  977 2nd Ave.
Stone Creek:  140 E 27th St.
Traffic Bar & Lounge:   986 Second Ave.
Wicked Willy’s:  149 Bleecker St.
Slane:  102 MacDougal St.
Hype Lounge: 243 E 14th St.

Purchase tickets on-line:
Saturday, December 10
SantaCon – the annual Santa convention
Santacon is a non-denominational, non-commercial, non-political and non-sensical Santa Claus convention that occurs once a year for absolutely no reason.

Assembly details will be posted at:
MurphGuide reader Danielle invites you to this fundraiser…
Saturday, December 10
Rising Stars Enterprises Charity Launch Party
A portion of proceeds will be benefiting VH-1 Save The Music Foundation
& Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink Save The Music Foundation

Sponsored by Rising Stars Magazine
Rising Star Enterprises, Inc gives back to the communities by raising funds annually for different charities and youth groups.
$10 Pre-Sale General Admission
$15 @ Door Admission
$75 Rising Stars V.I.P.

The red carpet event will host some of the hottest R&B, Latin artist, live band, spoken word, and sultry singers along with our feature “Basic Ballroom Dancers & Performances”.
8pm Red Carpet, 9pm Showtime
The New Yorker Social Club
335 W. 35th St.
New York, NY

As a special gift to you and your fundraising efforts Basic Ballroom
will be providing you Dance Lessons gift certificates ($100 value).
For RSVP email:
Our friends in Shilelagh Law are producing a new live album. They will be recording tracks for it at Connolly’s in Times Square and they invite you to participate…
Friday, December 16 & Saturday, December 17
Shilelagh Law
be a part of the “Shilelagh Choir” singing along to all the songs.
121 W. 45th St. (between 6th & 7th Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 597-5126

Put on your ugliest sweater.  You know you have one, Theo…
Saturday, December 17
Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl
$10 general admission
includes specials:
$2 drafts
2 for 1 well drinks
12pm – 8pm
Register at:
Village Pourhouse
64 Third Ave. (11th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 979-BEER

Purchase tickets on-line at:

Quick Links:  Save the Dates:

Tuesday, December 6
Seeds of Hope Dinner

Saturday, December 10
Beer Bar Fest

Saturday, December 31
New Year’s Eve
Joonbug has tickets on-sale already

New Year’s Eve:

We will be spending the next month gathering information on the best New Year’s Eve parties in NYC.
Here is a small taste.  Stay tuned to MurphGuide for more to come…

Saturday Dec 31
New Years Eve 2012 at Katwalk
Passed Gourmet Hors d’oeuvres (9pm-11:30pm):
6 Hour Top-Shelf Open Bar (9pm – 3am for Gold GA or VIP)
or (12:30am-3am for Silver GA) across 2 bars
2 W. 35th St. (between 5th & 6th Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 594-9343

Purchase tickets at:
For 10% off Gold and VIP tickets enter code KatVIP at checkout
Saturday Dec 31
“The Meanest Dance New Year’s Party in New York City”
$100 includes:
2 floors with DJs
5 hour open bar
Buffet and champagne toast

Ticket gains you entry passed the police barrier to the top of 47 St. outside of the W Hotel
to watch the ball drop (It does not gain you entry to Broadway)
Tickets must be collected the day before event.
The Mean Fiddler
266 W. 47th St. (bet. Broadway & Eighth Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 354-2950
Saturday Dec 31
New Years Eve 2012 at Santos Party House
$75 general admission*
includes 6 hour premium open bar
9pm – 3am
Santos Party House
96 Lafayette Street
New York NY
Purchase tickets on-line at
Saturday Dec 31
New Years Eve 2012 at Greenwich Village Country Club
housed under a giant bubble on the top floor above Bowlmor Lanes.
5 Hour Premium Open Bar 9pm – 2am
Greenwich Village Country Club
110 University Place
New York, NY
Purchase tickets on-line at
* Note: Prices may go up based on availability, and may include those pesky ticket service fees.


Other News:

Our friend Bret Watson runs a very cool company, hosting both private and public scavenger hunts
Watson Adventures: Scavenger Hunts
Featured Hunts: Seasonal Searches & Other Winter Wonders

You won’t be collecting objects (drop that turtle dove!) but searching for answers to tricky, humorous questions. Bring a team of up to six people or tell us if you’d like to join forces with fellow hunters.

Midtown Merriment
It’s the most wonderful time of the year to explore midtown. Our hunts take you to all of the beloved holiday spots in the heart of Manhattan (including the Rockefeller Center tree, Radio City Music Hall, and those famous Fifth Avenue window displays) and put a unique spin on seasonal sightseeing with our clever clues and trivia treats.
The Midtown Holiday Movie Locations Scavenger Hunt   (for adults)   December 3, 17
The Ho-Ho-Holiday Midtown Family Scavenger Hunt   (ages 7 and up)  December 10

Winter Break Boredom Busters
Two special midweek hunts add excitement to your holiday recess. Families can test their Harry Potter prowess on the Wizard School Scavenger Hunt —a search through the Metropolitan Museum of Art for Hogwarts-inspired finds. December 28, 2 p.m .  For some campy, adult fun, join our Wax Attacks Scavenger Hunt at Madame Tussauds and hang with Jackie O, Bon Jovi, George Washington, Angelina Jolie and more. Never has waxy buildup been such a blast! December 29, 5 p.m .

New Year’s Play
Wrap up 2011 with a fast-paced romp around the city’s most bustling spot on the Grand Central Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt (ages 7 and up).  December 31, 10:30 a.m.  Or solve one last crime before the ball drops on the Murder at the Met Scavenger Hunt (adults only).  December 31, 2 p.m.  And legend has it that nothing cures a hangover better than Chinese food—treat your post-party self to the treats on our New Year’s Day Munch Around Chinatown Scavenger Hunt . January 1, 1 p.m.

Advance purchase is required. Call 877-9-GO HUNT (877-946-4868), extension 22
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