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Parties & Events This Week:
1. Mardi Gras: still going…
a. Phat Thursday at Sidebar: Thu. Feb. 26
b. Mardi Gras Party at Mad River: Fri. Feb. 27
2. 6-Year Anniversary Celebration at Blaggards Pub: Fri. Feb. 27 – Sun. Mar. 1
3. FDNY Pipes & Drums Fundraiser w/Silelagh Law at McFadden’s: Fri. Feb. 27
4. 6 Nations Rugby at Stout
5. Beer Pong Tournaments this week
a. Porky’s: Thu. Feb. 26
b. Saloon: Fri. Feb. 27
c. Big Easy: Sat. Feb. 28
d. Whistlin Dixie’s: Sat. Feb. 28
6. Leukemia Black Jack: Sat. Feb. 28
7. Steve Marshall Band Rock & Roll Review at Eamon’s: Sat. Feb. 28

Special Interests:
1. Ticket Giveaway: Live Nation presents 40 oz. to Freedom
2. Open Bar Stimulus Package at Katwalk
3. Mike Birbiglia’s One-Man Show: Sleep Walk With Me
4. Spotlight Bar: Wicked Willy’s
5. Quick Links

Party Planning with
1. MurphGuide Party Planner

Upcoming Events:
1. Connect 4 Charity Tournament at Dive 75: Tue. March 3
2. Acoustic Musicians group: Thu. March 5
3. Saw Doctors US Tour: March 6 – 21
4. Friends of the 69th St. Patrick’s Reception: Tue. March 10
5. Joe Hurley’s Irish Rock Revue at Le Poisson Rouge: Sat. March 14 & Tue. March 17
6. St. Patrick’s Pub Crawl: Sat. March 14, Sun. March 15, Tue. March 17
7. I Love the 80s & 90s Party at Croton Reservoir: Sat. March 14
8. Amazing Underground Race: Sun. March 22
9. Concern Run: Saturday, April 18
10. Save the Dates


Parties This Week:

The whole idea of Mardi Gras is to get your gluttony out before Ash Wednesday,
but Mardi Gras isn’t over until we say it is, so here are two more parties…

Thursday, February 26
Phat Thursday Party
$ 20 on guest list includes
one free drink ticket, free hors d’oeuvres,
and two for one Budweiser, wine and sangria all night long.
Come party with DJ Chef of the Food Network
A portion of the admission goes to the Friends of New Orleans
$20 on guest list (RSVP via facebook)
$25 at door
120 E. 15th St. (bet. Irving Pl. & E. Union Sq.)
New York, NY
Friday, February 27
Mardi Gras Party at Mad River
$25 open bar 10pm – 1am
Come wearing beads, mask or costume and get $5 off the open bar.
Everyone who purchases the open bar is automatically entered to win free cash prizes
Contact Danielle for more information
Mad River Bar & Grille
1442 Third Ave. (between 81st & 82nd St.)
New York, NY
(212) 988-1832

Congratulations to Liam and Donal and all our friends at Blaggard’s Pub on their 6-year anniversary
Friday, February 27 – Sunday, March 1
6-Year Anniversary at Blaggard’s Pub
Three nights of drink specials and music all night
Listen to your favorite tunes. Drink Specials. Raffle. Prizes.
Lots of give-aways including a framed Man Utd jersey.

Live music by Trad/Rock band “Clear the Battlefield”
Drink specials, give-aways. Prizes. No cover.

Watch your favorite sports. Drink specials. Food specials. Giveaways

Blaggard’s Pub
8 W. 38th St. (between 5th & 6th Ave.)
New York, NY

Raise funds for a good cause and have a rip roaring time while doing so…
Friday, February 27

Fundraiser for FDNY Emerald Society Pipes & Drums
Support the FDNY Pipes and Drums Band at this Pre-St.Patrick’s Day celebration.
Monies raised go to help keep the band going.
They are a non-for profit organization and depend on private donations
to help with the upkeep of their uniforms, band equipment and all other expenses.
$45 donation includes:
open bar from 8-11pm.
performance by members of The FDNY Pipes & Drums
Live music by Shilelagh Law – 9pm
McFadden’s Saloon
800 Second Ave. (42nd St.)
New York, NY
(212) 986-1515
Our friends at Stout are showing all games of the Six Nations Rugby Series:

Six Nations Rugby
Live at Stout

Friday, February 27
France vs. Wales – 3pm

Saturday, February 28
Scotland vs. Italy – 10am
Ireland vs. England – 12:30pm

Saturday, March 14
Italy vs. Wales – 11am
Scotland vs. Ireland – 1pm

Sunday, March 15
England vs. France – 11am

Saturday, March 21
Italy vs. France – 9am
Engalnd vs. Scotland – 11:30am
Wales vs. Ireland – 1:30pm

Showing all matches live on several giant screens
133 W. 33rd St. (between Sixth & Seventh Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 629-6191
For New York’s beer pong players, you have plenty of competitions this week…

Beer Pong Tournaments in NYC

Thursday, February 26
World Pong Tour commences tonight at Porky’s.
Friday, February 27
Beer Pong Tournament
$20 per person
includes tap beer throughout the tournament
Over 7 tables
Cash prize
Call Shawn to enter: 212 570-5454
9pm start
1584 York Ave. (between 83rd & 84th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 570-5454
Saturday, February 28
World Pong Tour
Register for this Tournament on-line at
Double elimination, 64 team maximum
Top 4 finishers win prizes
1st place gets a 3-night trip to Atlantic City

Entry includes beer for tournament games courtesy of Big Easy
Entry is $20/player
Female teams receive 50% discount (enter promo code ‘girls’)
Sign in & practice starts an hour prior to tournament start time.
Registration at the door will be increased to $25/player, so register online and save!
The Big Easy
1768 Second Ave. (between 92nd & 93rd St.)
New York, NY
(212) 348-0879
Saturday, February 28
Beirut Tournament at Whistlin’ Dixie’s
The entry fee is $35 and this includes beer for 4 hours.
1st place – $380
2nd place – $140
3rd place – $80
4th place – $50 gift certificate to the bar
The tourney will be double elimination and kick off at noon sharp.
Capping teams at 32. (about 4 spots left)
RSVP Via facebook
To register send team name and team members to
Whistlin’ Dixie’s Texas Tavern
714 Eleventh Ave. (W. 51st St.)
New York, NY
(212) 349-4370

This event expects 1000 young professionals raising money for the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Saturday, February 28
Society Ties, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s young professionals volunteer group presents…
Black Tie & Black Jack Casino Night
Solitaire: $175 (includes $15 in gaming chips)
VIP: $250 (includes $30 in gaming chips)
VIP Royal Flush: $650
(Includes 2 VIP tickets, $75 in gaming chips & 1/4 page ad in event program)

Ticket includes:
open bar, dinner buffet, dancing,
and games of chance, including poker, black jack, roulette & craps
with the opportunity to win fabulous prizes
purchase tickets online at
or call (212) 448-9206 ext. 270
8pm – Midnight
130 Bowery
New York, NY

This event will raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission
to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma
and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
Live Music Spotlight:
Saturday, Feb. 28
Steve Marshall Band’s Rock n Roll Review

No Cover
Open Bar 8:30 To 9:30pm ( House Well /Miller Lite)
w/ This Printout Or Printable Coupon On Site (Stevemarshallband.Com/ )
Featuring Guest Artists:
– Queen Of Blue Eyed Soul
– Joy Ryder
– Jahn Bonfiglio-Guitarist (Nite Caps / Richard Hell & The Voidoids /Sugartime)
– Jim Satten -Guitarist (Temptations /Ron Wood/ Bo Diddley /Chuck Berry /Ronnie Spector /Sheena Easton)
no cover
9pm – 1am
41 Murray St. (Between Church /West Bwy)
New York, NY

Other live music performances this week:
Thursday, February 26
Live Band Karaoke at O’Flanagan’s
Jim Roberti Duo at Bull’s Head Tavern
Jazz Bassist Gary Peacock at Birdland
Brian Mitchell Band at Parkside Lounge
Brian Fleming + Gwynn Finn (DeJimbe) at An Beal Bocht
Ray Greiche at Pipin’s Pub
The Itinerants at Duffy’s (Hoboken)
The Amish Outlaws at The Red Lion
Bill Popp & the Tapes at R Bar
Salt & Samovar : Drug Rug at Mercury Lounge
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit at Bowery Ballroom

Friday, February 27
Brian Monaghan at The Irish Circle
Ray Greiche Trio at The Back Fence
Shilelagh Law at McFadden’s
Jett Black & Glossy + Grupo Latin Vibe at Parkside
Ray Greiche at Blackstones
Off the Hook at O’Flanagan’s
Tainted Love at B.B. King’s
The Neil Johnson Band at Smith’s Bar
Dan Donovan at Third & Long
Swirlies at Mercury Lounge
Blitzen Trapper at Bowery Ballroom

Saturday, February 28
Mr. North at Ulysses’
Love Camp 7 at Parkside Lounge
Groove Buffet at O’Flanagan’s
Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band at The Brazen Head
Clear the Battlefield at Blaggard’s Pub
Ray Greiche Trio at The Back Fence
Mahogony / Blacklist at Mercury Lounge
And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead at Bowery Ballroom
Finn’s Fury at Johnny Malone’s

Check out our events calendar for full details
Other News:

Enter to Win Free tickets:
Sunday, March 1
Live Nation presents…
40 Oz. to Freedom – A Tribute to Sublime
Doors 6pm, showtime: 7pm
Blender Theater at Gramercy
127 E. 23rd St.
New York, NY

Tickets available online at:

Enter to win 2 free tickets at:


Spotlight Bar: Katwalk

Open Bar Stimulus Package at Katwalk
In these tough economic times, everybody has to do their part in helping with the recovery.
Our friends at Katwalk have announced their new stimulus package:
Cheap drinks for all!

Open Bar Stimulus Package
Every Monday – Wednesday: 6-8pm
$15 includes beer, wine & well drinks for 2 hours

Every Thursday: 6-8pm
$20 includes a premium open bar:
Beer, wine & premium liquor

The fine print:
does not include shots, doubles, martinis and cosmos.
Cash only for open bar bracelet.
2 W. 35th St. (between 5th & 6th Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 594-9343


This show has just been extended through June 7…
Mike Birbiglia’s One-Man Show:
Sleep Walk With Me
“In his theatrical debut, comedian Mike Birbiglia takes the audience on a hysterically funny and
intensely personal journey through his struggles with sleepwalking,
and his reluctance to confront his fears of love, honesty and growing up. “

Wed-Fri at 8pm
Sat at 8pm and 10pm
Sun at 4pm and 7pm
The Bleecker Street Theatre
45 Bleecker St.
(between Lafayette & Mott St.)
New York, NY
Tickets through or 212-239-6200
Show information at:


Spotlight Bar: Wicked Willy’s
Wicked Willy’s is a hot new bar on Bleecker Street.

Every weekend you can rock out with the best local & touring bands until 11pm
and then get down all night to some of the hottest DJ’s in New York City.

What sets Wicked Willy’s apart from other bars in the neighborhood are the drink prices.
At Happy Hour, the entire bar is half off until 9pm., 7 days a week.
Sports fans can enjoy games on a ten foot movie screen and 9 plasma flats screens.

There is always something going on at Wicked Willy’s:
– Every Day Happy Hour: 1/2 price drinks 4pm – 9pm
– Live Music on Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays
– Karaoke on Tuesdays & Thursdays. Get a free drink if you are brave enough to sing.
– Beer Pong Tournament Every Monday with $7 pitchers. Compete for a $50 bar tab.
– Beer Pong & Flip Cup available every night

Wicked Willy’s
149 Bleecker St. (bet. Thompson & LaGuardia Pl.)
New York, NY
(212) 254-8592

call Adam or Andy for private parties

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Each Tuesday in February, The Dive Bars have held Connect 4 tournaments for Cancer Research.
Now the winners will compete in the finals…

Tuesday, March 3
Charity Connect 4 Tournament for Cancer Research
A night filled with fun challenges, appetizers, prizes,
drink specials and laughter, all benefiting a great cause
$20 entry fee.
Or you can make your $20 min donation online

The Grand prize is a night on the town, which includes dinner for two at the Dive Bar, a Bottle of Champagne, and Two Tickets to see the Flight of the Concords concert at Radio City

In addition to the February winners, there is a wild-card entry, so you can still compete.

sign-up 6:45pm
Dive 75
101 W. 75th St. (bet. Amsterdam & Columbus Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 362-7518
Live Music Spotlight: The Saw Doctors
Saw Doctors tour schedule for the USA for March, 2009 has twelve dates,
including two New York shows at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square
on Friday March 13 and Saturday March 14.

The Saw Doctors have a new DVD, Clare Island to Cape Cod,
and a companion live CD, Live at The Melody Tent.
The DVD consists of a new documentary film which Steve Lock shot last August
and September – it includes some great concert footage from the Cape Cod Melody Tent show last August.

The Saw Doctors play USA Tour in March 09.
March 6 Cleveland OH, House of Blues
March 7 Chicago, IL, The Vic
March 8 Indianapolis, IN, The Vogue
March 10 Scranton PA, The Cultural Centre
March 12 Londonderry NH, Tupelo Music Hall
March 13 New York, NY, Nokia Theatre
March 14 New York, NY, Nokia Theatre
March 16 Annapolis MD, Rams Head Tavern
March 17 Boston, MA, Showcase Live (Foxborough)
March 19 Portland, ME, Port City Music Hall
March 20 Northampton MA, Calvin Theatre
March 21 Philadelphia PA , TLA
Tuesday, March 10

Friends of The Fighting 69th
St. Patrick’s Day Reception
Schedule of Events
Cocktails, Hors D’oeuvres – 6 – 7:30pm
Open Bar, buffet, music – 7:30pm – 10pm
Corned Beef Challenge – 6 – 8pm

Entertainment by Screaming Orphans and Special Guests
New York City Emerald Society Bagpipes and the
Xavier H.S. X-Squad Precision Drill Team.
Meet NY Giants All Pro Defensive End and Notre Dame Alumnus, Justin Tuck and take part in our mega sports memorabilia auction.

Tickets: $95 for the reception and $150 to attend the Commanders Cocktail hour.
Plus, your ticket stub will also be honored on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 – St. Patrick’s Day
to attend the official Welcome Home Celebration and see Gary Sinise (CSI: NY) and the Lt. Dan Band.

6 – 10pm
69th Regiment Armory
68 Lexington Ave. (25th St.)
New York, NY
A second show has now been announced for the 10th anniversary celebrations of the All Star Irish Rock Revue at Le Poisson Rouge, and yes, it will be held on ST. PATRICK’S DAY itself, Tues. March 17th!
Tickets went on sale for the St. Patrick’s Day Concert today at 2pm
Saturday, March 14 & Tuesday, March 17
Joe Hurley’s 10th Annual Irish Rock Revue
Here’s what to expect:
A Pady Rock & Roll Circus!
Every year during the St Patrick’s season, NYC singer/songwriter Joe Hurley salutes his Irish heritage with a blazing all-night long musical extravaganza that celebrates Ireland’s musical gifts to the world — The All-Star Irish Rock Revue. Gathering friends and performers from NYC punk-rock legends to Broadway stars to best-selling novelists to star comedians and rock legends — from Rock & Roll Hall-of-Famers to up and coming local singers, the All-Star Irish Rock Revue is “the biggest St Pat’s party in town” Irish Voice; and raises a glass to ‘The Great Irish Songbook’ as the guest singers perform the songs of Ireland’s greatest.

Hosted by Joe Hurley & acclaimed songwriter/singer and EVR Radio DJ Ed Rogers,
the Irish Rock Revue kicks off at 9pm sharp with a parade of extraordinary singers taking the stage.
2009’s Rock Revue band features Music Director, Jon Spurney (MD of Passing Strange);
Mark Bosch (Ian Hunter Band); Sal Maida (Cracker); Kenny Margolis (Cracker); Megan Weeder (Mellencamp); downtown’s Tish and Snooky, and more.
Joe Hurley offers up an electrifying set at 8pm.

$20 in advance, $25 day of show
Doors open 6pm, show 7pm
Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St. (at Thompson St.)
(212) 505 FISH
Purchase tickets online at:

The Revue is very pleased to support Gilda’s Club, NYC. VIP charity tickets are available through and are now onsale for the March 14th date.
These tickets get you reserved seating in the VIP area, gift bag, meet & greet with the show’s guest stars,
drink ticket, and more! Please check out and support their great organization at

Our friend Eddie is hosting his annual St. Patrick’s pub crawl…
March 14, 15 & 17
Luck of the Irish Pub Crawl
3 Days. 100 bars.

$20 per person (before March 1)
$30 for 3-day pass

Admission includes:
$1 Bud & Bud Light Drafts
$2 Bud & Bud Light Bottles
$2 Well Drinks
2 for 1 Jameson shots
at participating venues in the east village, Murray Hill
east side and upper east side.

Starting times:
Saturday, March 14 – noon
Sunday, March 15 – noon
Tuesday, March 17 – 5pm

Tickets & info at:
Our friend Lou, a.k.a. DLJ, host monthly theme parties. His “I Love the 80s & 90s Parties are most popular.
As always, he provides reduced admission for MurphGuide readers (you!)
Saturday, March 14, 2009
DLJ presents…
I Love the 80s & 90s Party

RSVP for Reduced Admission:

As written up in the NY Post & Daily News…
DLJ spins the best damn 80s & 90s music PERIOD!
(Pop, Rock, New Wave, Freestyle, Hip Hop & More!)
2 floors, 2 bars & 1 TOTALLY AWESOME time!

80s priced drink specials including $2 Beers & $4 Well Drinks!

Plus, the first 100 people will get a FREE shot
Perfect for celebrating birthdays, bachelor/ette parties, or special occasions!
This party has been running strong for over 10 years and is one of the only all 80s/90s parties in NYC!
$10 w/ Mention of or RSVP, $15 w/o

Doors open 9pm
Croton Reservoir Tavern
108 W. 40th St. (between Broadway & 6th Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 997-6835
RSVP at:
Our friend Mary hosts NYC scavenger hunts. In the winter, she takes it indoors…
Sunday, March 22
POGO Events presents…
The Amazing New York Race: Underground Edition
Part scavenger hunt, part obstacle course and ALL NEW YORK.
A series of clues leads you around the city performing physical and mental challenges along the way.
POGO’s winter races are all underground so you can avoid the cold
Learn about what lurks beneath the surface of NYC while having a fun, interactive experience
It is a great way to fix that cabin fever you have been having and get out of the house
You can sign up as a team or as an individual and get assigned to a team.
Each member of the winning team receives a New York City gift package.
The Race begins at Tracks Bar in Penn Station at 1:30pm and takes four hours.
Please wear comfortable shoes and bring an unlimited Metrocard.
One member of the team should have a digital camera or camera phone.
$35/per person. Signup at
Tracks Raw Bar & Grill
Penn Station
LIRR level
New York, NY
(212) 244-6350


Save the Dates:
Save the dates for the following upcoming events.
More details to follow in future newsletters
Thursday, March 12: Daddy Tapes Benefit at Kenny’s Castaways
March 14, 15 & 17: Luck of the Irish Pub Crawl
Tuesday, March 17: St. Patrick’s Day
Saturday, March 28: Gotham Girls Roller Derby Season Opener
Saturday, April 18: The Annual Concern Fun Run
Saturday, April 25: Scavenger Hunt of Historical Village Taverns
Tuesday, April 28: Taste of Hope Benefit for American Cancer Society
Wednesday, June 10: Annual Kruise for Kids Benefit

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