This past weekend was great! The weather, my brother visiting, MM’s and my bachelor/bachelorette parties…it doesn’t get much better.
My ladies’ night turned out to be a huge success…Corio’s burlesque show was amazing and all of the girls thought it was the best way to get together and enjoy some fun entertainment. I even competed in a dance-off on stage with another bachelorette, a bachelor, and a birthday girl…it was rigged and the bachelor won because his friends had very loud and obnoxious Jersey voices.
We continued the night by stopping by Le Cirque to pick up a girlfriend at a birthday party. Le Cirque didn’t impress me with it’s thick carpet (how can you dance on that?!?) and annoying model agency crowd. So, we left and headed to the new club, Griffin, in PM’s old location in the Meatpacking District.
Griffin had opened on Friday, so we were there on their second night being opened. They did a good job a redoing the place – nice new wood floors and a very nice chandelier affect with a mirror to reflect all of the dim lights and make the ceiling look much taller. Nick Cannon was the DJ – he’s Mariah Carey’s husband in case you have no idea who that is. I didn’t know he was DJing until Monday, and I don’t recall being overly impressed. But, I did have a good time tearing up some rug in my tutu skirt and feather head piece.
MM and a few of his friends showed up at Griffin after finishing bowling with the “small man” (I still don’t know if midget is PC or not) I hired to hang out with them. Weird, I know, but MM has a fascination with the idea of a “mini-me” assistant, so I thought that would be much more fun for him than the other typical bachelor party options. Scott, the small man, was an awesome guy, and he ended up hanging out with them for nearly two hours instead of the one hour I paid for. He is a great entertainer, and you can hire him or any other entertainer from this site – clowns, characters, etc.
I had a great time, but I am happy to be done with the bachelor/ette events – I’m ready to move on to the wedding…
This Saturday is MM’s and my bachelor/bachelorette night! I have been struggling with the plans for us ladies…I had a nice dinner planned, but then what?!? I wasn’t into the idea of trying to hit a club right after dinner, and I also didn’t want to try to wander into a lounge or bar and have any small issues due to being unprepared – I am a seasoned event planner, so I am well aware of the “little issues” that almost always arise if you don’t preplan as much as you can.So, I did a little research and I came across Corio. The perfect solution for our ladies’ night! Corio is the home of “This is Burlesque!” – which is said to be the best burlesque show in the city. This Soho spot is named after the legendary burlesque performer, Anne Corio. Tickets are impossible to get, and a celebrity sighting is more normal than Bungalow 8. Our show will begin at 9:30pm, which puts a wrench in my other dinner plans…BUT, Corio also has a great menu full of Mediterranean fare! We can sit on our velvet couch, eat small dishes, and watch some fabulous entertainment up on the raised stage. It doesn’t get much better! After this show, I am sure we’ll be roaring to go…or meowing…
West Broadway & Grand Street
Enter through the gold gates…on May 8th, The Gates will open in the old Biltmore Room. The owners of Naked Lunch and Gemini Lounge will be opening this lavish space and using a PR guy from nightclubs Home, Guest House and Cain to create an ultra-exclusive membership system.
The “ambassador” program will award keys to 125 members of the New York City “elite” – these keys will double as pens or bracelets, but won’t actually open “the gates.” This select group of individuals will also have access to a computer program that will give them the ability to add 5 to 10 “members” who can then show up with guests – thus, filling the quota for each evening. The elite will also carry a gold swipe card that will give them the ability to earn back money or donate to charities, which is meant to eliminate the need for promoters. They hope this “membership program” will also eliminate the guesswork for the doorman, who is assured will be “one of the city’s top 5.”
The servers will wear Maggie Norris corsets and pencil skirts as they serve $16 drinks. One such drink will be “the Ambassador” – naturally. There will be happy hour on Tuesday through Sunday, and they will offer bottle service in the evenings, but they will not be driven by the need to sell bottles – according to the owners. They would like the exclusive crowd to not be weighted down with things so below them.
The food menu will be simple and include:
Bacon and Oyster Hushpuppies with Tabasco Tartar Sauce
“The Gates High Tea Sandwich” – Martini Pickled Cucumber, Whipped Mascarpone and Caviar
“Lobster Thermidor” Grilled Cheese, Smoked Cheddar, Green Apple, Tarragon Mayo
Flat Iron Steak Slider, Roquefort Aioli, Crispy Shallots
Mac n Cheese Lollipops – Champagne Gruyere Fondue
290 Eighth Ave., nr. 25th St.
Tomorrow night, MM and I have a couple of social engagements: first we are going to see an off-Broadway show for our friend who is the head of the theater company, and second we are going to a birthday party at The Bubble Lounge in Soho. I will have to give a review of the show next week because I haven’t the faintest idea of what we are going to see or what it is about. I can, however, give the low down on The Bubble Lounge…
With over 300 Chapagnes and sparkling wines, this bar is the premier champagne salon. It is certain that you will feel a sense of refinement lounging here, which can be refreshing in the New York bar scene. However, the feeling is on line between tasteful and tacky with hundreds of backlit bottles, bubbly posters, shiny black framed pictures, and, more than anything else, the businessmen who have apparenly caught on to the fact that young females gather there. Sometimes, these men can lure a young lady to the Krug Room downstairs where couples can recline and sip their bubbly.
One big positive for The Bubble Lounge is the array of plush sofas and chairs that sprawl throughout the room. It can be very hard to find a lounge with some nice and comfortable seats. Exposed brick and nigh ceilings bring more of the comfortable vibe, which is perfect for intimate conversations.
The menu also follows suit with the impressive drink list offering plates such as oysters, caviar, gourmet cheeses, fresh fruit and chocolate fondue…all adding up to one bubbly, sexy, fun night…the perfect birthday venue for my bubbly, sexy, fun friend…