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A Crime Filled Weekend

While some of us were enjoying ourselves this weekend, a few others were stung by the seedier side of nightlife.

Radar Online reports that a man was stabbed at Goldbar on Saturday night as nightlife hound John Mayer looked on. Apparently, a man and woman got into a fight before there was a commotion, with an onlooker reporting, "The man had been stabbed in the stomach and there was blood everywhere". At Goldbar. Never a good sign. Meanwhile, The Post reports that a trio of sexy girls has been scamming drunk men by "picking them up at high-end nightclubs and pickpocketing their wallets and phones" and taking "the men to ATMs and sidled up to them as they withdrew money, later using pinched bank cards and pilfered PIN codes to tap the victim's accounts." The women were arrested last week after robbing a drunk private equity attorney in their tinted out car. Goes to show that crime never pays.



Automatic Gratuities Are Still Illegal

In response to Goldbar's automatic gratuity charge, a helpful commenter calling themselves SLA Rep reminds us that this practice is entirely illegal unless an establishment clearly states the policy in writing.

If you realize you have been charged a Gratuity on ANY check that has not been stated clearly in writing that a charge will be given(Re: 8 persons or more at a table) on the menu- IT IS ILLEGAL.
Ask for an ITEMIZED receipt- Keep the receipt, make a copy of it with your Credit Card Statement showing the charge(or cash receipt) and leave a verbal complaint along with a return receipt USPS mailed copy to
A) The Better Business Bureau at (212)533-6200 AND the SLA at (212) 961-8378.
The establishment will get a fine, a written warning, and could induce a visit from the IRS to go over the accounting and Tip procedure.

With so many customers ordering drinks without consulting a menu, it seems that even if Goldbar displays its tipping policy, it is still operating in a grey area. 10 Birdy points to the first person who can mail us a copy of their cocktail menu.


Goldbar Will Take Your 20% Tip

More from the automatic tip files. A Little Birdy writes "i noticed on my receipt at goldbar that i was charged 20 percent gratuity on a cash transaction from a waitress, which i didnt realize & tipped her on top of this. is goldbar the only place where they charge 20 percent gratuity even on cash transactions? and do they do this at the bar? the bartenders rarely give receipts, so i dont know, but always tip them." Bottle (or is it table) service usually comes with an automatic tip, if you are paying cash or credit. It pays to read your bill.


Quick Hits: Monday Afternoon Is Popping

Whoa! What was that? QUICK HITS! Lots of goodies to report on from around the way, so let's get to it.

  • Is it officially over for the Bea? According to Page Six, the answer is a resounding Yes, with NIMBY's lined up to do everything in their power to prevent our little girl from ever re-opening. Sounds bleak, but perhaps their is some light at the back of that little dark room. A Little Birdy on the inside told DBTH recently that it may not be curtains for the Beatrice, so flame away if you want, but we hold out hope. [P6]
  • Our main main Steve Lewis sits down with Genc Jakupi to talk about how amazing the Box was, is, and always will be. As for people who have to wait, well, everyone waits or pays the consequences. Is it just us, or do his interviews break some kind of world record for the most statements and fewest questions? So it's not just us? [BB]
  • Mr. MePa has the juice on what to expect from the Meatpacking District 3.0, including the planned retractable roof on Provocateur, and the 18th Floor Standard cocktail lounge that is coated in gold. [GSNY]
  • Speaking of gold, have you heard about this new hot spot, Goldbar? Did you know Lenny Kravitz loves it there? What do you mean you do? That's old news? You don't say? [NYT]

Some Things Are Still Going Strong

The daily news sure does contain a lot of doom and gloom, so we were pleased to receive a pleasant report from a Little Birdy, who says:

so i did a lil celebrating for my birthday on a wed night w a dinner party at la esquina at 10pm. place was amazingly packed and busy for this economic climate. Bar was 3-4 deep and moving. Great looking crowd. Took the party then to Goldbar which was quite busy for a wed nite too. Both places seem to be surviving quite well in the current climate. It was like nyc never missed a beat.

We know a thing or two about celebrating at La Esquina and Goldbar, and have noticed the same thing. Quality places that made good real estate deals and can manage costs will make it through. It doesn't mean that their revenue and profit hasn't been hurt, but they will make it through.

What other places have you noticed to be recession proof? Let's hear it!


An Evening At: Goldbar

Being that it was a long weekend and we were taking Monday to honor our past Presidents, we decided to head over to Broome and Mulberry to check in on Goldbar's super hopping Sunday night party. Good move, since the place got crowded around midnight and stayed crowded until closing. Even during these dark days, we still witnessed a hight volume of bottles moving out to tables. The only thing moving faster was Goldbar's doorman deluxe, Jonny Lennon, who bounced inside and out all night to ensure that everything was A OK. And what about boldfaced names, you ask? Besides DBTH et al, a Little Birdy tells us, "I was at Gold Bar sunday night and Amanda Bynes was there - she waited at the front of the bar drinking water with her friend until 30 minutes later Matt Levine of the Elridge invited her to his table.. Also, the girl with the bangs from Superbad was outside trying to get in and talking to johnny, didnt get in!" Bynes, Levine, and the bangs girl - does it get more boldfaced than that? Does her flack know about this?