NYC Nightlife: Everything You Need To Know Friday

by Mara Siegler · March 25, 2011

Parties popping up at Jobee, a guide to hitting the Bar Downstairs at the Andaz, and the best karaoke joints in town. Plus, Prince William's bachelor party, a possible end to pub crawls, and a nightclub that is raffling off a boob job. Things are going from small to D-cup in today's nightlife roundup!

1. Pop-Up Parties Are Hot [Eater]

A few weeks ago I met up with a friend and they told me they had just past Jobee, the Chinese restaurant, and there was a huge line outside. Turns out Simonez Wolf has been turning the  spot into Madame Wong's every other week or so. Password required.

2. How To Do The Bar Downstairs At The Andaz Right [Paper]

The Bar Downstairs at the Andaz, a semi-secluded spot with expensive cocktails and cheese plates, is worth going above 14th. Hell, it could be worth leaving Brooklyn if you are in the mood. Paper gives its guidelines to making the most of the evening. Some of the best:

Secure a weekday cocktail hour reservation for prime post-work flanerie.

Invite three of your best-looking ladies/gents to accompany you.

Locate the giant, but inconspicuously marked door and walk downstairs. Find the other giant, but conspicuously unmarked door and enter.

Start with a round of Luculluses (Trinidadian rum, lemon, apricot liqueur, Angostura bitters) and several cuts of cheese (Old Chatham Blue and Hudson Red).

Settle in deeper with a Mexican Firing Squad (tequila, lime, pomegranate molasses, bitters) and pork belly morsels. Hell, throw in the fried oysters and a round of illegal mezcal reposado shots while you're at it.

3. Community Board To Ban Pub Crawls [Town & Village Via Eater] [Image Via]

WTF Community Board?  They are holding a meeting to debate banning pub crawls in their district, 14th - 59th on the East Side. Apparently, this St. Patty's Day crawl caused major chaos and resident's are arguing that this sort of drink-move-drink-move-drink-move style activity leads to "crowds, excessive noise, and drinking-induced vomiting on the sidewalks." And they are right. But we don't live in a nanny-city just yet. Shouldn't young imbibers get a chance to have a little fun on a holiday expressly celebrated by acting like it's the last night of college?

4. The Best Karaoke Bars in NYC [Refinery29]

Whether you are the type that gets serious when singing show tunes, ridiculous while busting out "OPP," silly with your girls to "Firework," or are me, and ironically rock the INXS tune "Elegantly Wasted," karaoke is fun. Refinery29 lists some of the best joints to belt one out including Iggy's, Planet Rose, Arlene's Grocery and Koreatown in general. They left off Sing Sing, and one other big one. If you really want to go to the absolute best, hit Winnie's in Chinatown. It's authentic, the song list is comprehensive, and the videos are priceless.

5. Booby prize: Australia nightclub promotes $10,000 breast enhancement as grand prize [NYDN]

Anyone going to Australia soon? The Gold Coast's Sin City Nightclub is promoting a $10,000 boob job as a lottery prize at an upcoming Ibiza-themed party. Ladies and, in the essence of gender equality, gents only have to buy a raffle ticket. What's even more superficial and gross than this? The disclaimer states the prize as $10,000 in cash, which can be used as the winner sees fit. Breast enlargement surgery is merely one suggestion. Owner Jamie Pickering, who I am assuming is the down under version of Joe Francis, had this bit of feminist wisdom behind the offer:

"Nightclub owner Jamie Pickering told the Gold Coast Bulletin that the promotion was designed to draw in a younger female crowd that may be more excited about winning double D's over dollars. They can do whatever they want with the money," he added. "It’s just that we'd like to see them get a boob job and come in and show them off."

Women’s groups, body image experts and plastic surgeons all have spoken out against the cleavage-boosting promo, a ploy some said they found abhorrent, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.

6. Prince William's Bachelor Party This Weekend [UsWeekly] [Image Via]

Prince William's big stag party is this weekend!

“It's top, top secret but the dates have been marked off in the diary and security knows every detail. For privacy reasons we can't reveal locations, but there will be plenty of booze and some legendary activities,” a source told Us Weekly.

While Will is getting hammered and putting pounds in strippers knickers, Kate Middleton will be working on wedding plans. Fingers crossed Prince Harry does something to publicly embarrass the royal family.

7. Sean Avery Hangs Out At Bunker Club [PageSix]

"Hipster hotspot The Bunker Club in Chelsea held a benefit on Tuesday night for the Japanese Red Cross Society. Supermodel Hilary Rhoda canoodled with her boyfriend, New York Rangers star Sean Avery, and relaxed with a few friends in the VIP area. Across the room a group of Avery's teammates including Marian Gaborik, Steve Eminger, Matt Gilroy, Brandon Prust and Brian Boyle enjoyed DJ Holy Ghost! from DFA Records.

Bunker: Hockey players, hipsters, DJs, and canoodlers.