Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Ninth Ward, 192 Proof Vodka and Letting Go of Nightlife’s Past

The Nightlife Report for June 23, 2010
Compiled by Gamal Hennessy

...we hunt down the nightlife news so you don't have to...

Ninth Ward
(Urban Daddy)
A dark Creole inspired cocktail bar lands in the East Village, complete with an outdoor garden for the summer.

Villa Parci
(Urban Daddy)
This Meatpacking venue plans to fuse all the current nightlife trends into one five story structure. If you need an Italian restaurant, underground lounge, brunch club, café and rooftop bar all in the same place, this is the spot you’ve been waiting for.

Stop Living in the Past
(Guest of a Guest)
Florent Morellet, restaurateur/ drag queen and unofficial mayor of the Meatpacking District, has a message for New York nightlife; stop living in the past and invent something new.

Tips for a Single Guy to Get Into a Club
(Club Planet)
With a brief homage to the Roy Den Hollander School of Misogyny, Humberto Guida offers a pathetic series of tactics that probably won’t get you into any club worth going to. He does have one decent tip though, if you act like you don’t belong then you probably won’t get in.

Return of the Club Kids
(New York Post)
The over the top fashion that was popular in the days of Limelight and Studio 54 is beginning to make a comeback on the heels of Lady Gaga and the big top party at Carnival. Maybe these kids are taking Morellet’s advice.

SLA Gets $2.4 Million Dollar Upgrade
Governor Paterson has approved funding for the State Liquor Authority to update its online licensing system. An improved system could speed up the licensing process and make it faster for operators to open new venues. That means more money for the state. More importantly, it means more places for us to go.

Spirytus Vodka
(Daily News)
The SLA has recently approved the sale of vodka that claims to be 192 proof. If you’re not clear on what that means, proof is the measure of alcohol in liquor. In the United States, proof is exactly twice the percentage of alcohol. So liquor with a proof of 192 is about 96% pure alcohol. By comparison, Grey Goose vodka is 80 proof. Before you rush out to add this to your Red Bull, consider this; the distributor claims that Spirytus is the brand of vodka that is consumed in Siberia and one drinker of the stuff says “Drinking it is like getting punched in the solar plexus.” I’ve been punch in the solar plexus before. It’s not really my idea of a good time.

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