"The Playground" Your Guide To What To Do Tonight...


It’s time to figure out where the best parties are tonight. There is so much going on tonight I decided to try and make it simpler, so I’ve divided it up by “subject matter" after the break. If you want to hit a benefit, Internet Week Festivities, or just hang out with NYC's nightlife impresarios, look below.   And, as always, you can find the full details as well as more events on our Calendar Page.

Omeed Malik's Birthday Part One Where: Norwood Why: Yes, we said Part One. This guy is bringing back the heady days of 2008! Parts Two and Three are out in the Hamptons this weekend. Hopefully, you are on his list. When: 11:30 pm - 2:00 am

Give Back

Bicycle For A Day Where: Solar One Why: A celebration of bicycling and a fundraiser hosted by Matthew Modine at the beautiful “green” space on the River. When: 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

New York Botanical Garden Conservatory Ball Where: New York Botanical Garden Why: Support one of the green jewels of New York! When: 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Sounding Off For A Cure Where     Hammerstein Ballroom, Manhattan Center, 311 West 34th Street, NYC Voices Against Brain Cancer gives you great food from the finest of the city’s chefs, you give to them to support their fight against the disease. Fair trade, I think. When: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

American Ballet Theatre Junior Council Evening Where: Metropolitan Opera House and The Empire Hotel Why: A performance at the Metropolitan Opera and then drinks at one of the hottest rooftop spots in the city! When: 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The Juilliard Club's 3rd Annual Benefit and Cocktail Party Where: 155 West 65th Street Why: Music and performances from future stars, and you can meet Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie! When: 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

"Red Light" hosted by Marie Claire Where: Japonais, 111 E. 18th Street, NYC (map) Why: One of our favorite charities, the Red Light Children Foundation, throws this fundraiser with geishas, DJ Serge and the restaurant’s signature dishes. When: 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Internet Week Events

Live DIGGNation and DIGG Meetup Where: Webster Hall Why: The best tech/culture show out there, live, with musical guests! When: 7:30 pm - 2:00 am

Thrillist's 'The Internet Is Out Of Control' Party Where: M2 Why: The boys (and Flavie) throw some of the best parties in town! When: 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Double Standards: Gawker Media Hosts the IAB Where: Gawker HQ Why: Denton throws a good party too, and you can meet a bunch of his advertisers! When: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Rock Out!

TAB the Band at John Varvatos Where: 315 Bowery Why: Join our contest winner for the free show, free beer and free Basil Hayden. Sounds good to me. When: 8:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Locos Only Where: Ella Why: U.S. Return of DJ Francesco Civetta & live performance by the brilliant Alexander Dexter Jones When: 11:00 pm - 4:00 am

Welcome the Summer at The Eldridge Where: The Eldridge Why: Matt Levine gives us complimentary Perrier Jouet Mimosas, and the musical stylings of DJ Mel DeBarge When: 11:00 pm - 4:00 am

Special Mention

PILLAGE by Brantly Martin Book Launch Where: The powerHouse Arena Why: The book by the New York Nightlife legend of Lotus fame with readings by Jeff Yohai, Ruben Rivera, Mark Baker, and Brantly Martin When: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm