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The Pick Up Files: Rusty Knot Edition

Going out is more than just drinking and music. It's also about trying to get some. Every night, thousands of men and women meet at bars and restaurants, and these are their stories.

My girlfriends and I had some drinks and pretzel dogs at the Rusty Knot last night. 2 guys approached us, one of them with think-framed, black glasses. He took them off for a second and my friend asked to try them on. Upon wearing them she was surprised to find they had no prescription. "No," he said "they are vanity glasses." We thought it was weird but then he went on to try to defend them by likening them to girls dying their hair. When we told him we don't dye our hair, he tried compared it to wearing a costume on Halloween. When I reminded him that it wasn't Halloween, he started to get mad.

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An Evening At: Superdive

Superdive has gotten a lot of press since it's opening a few months back. But we haven't heard much from people who have taken advantage of their unique keg program. A Little Birdy sent us this transcript from his girlfriend who got kegged at SD recently, saying "I hadn't heard from her in a few hours. This series of texts started popping through every 20 seconds, followed by radio silence. I still don't know what Vcohcej could possibly mean." Superdive - keeping people together, one keg at a time.


Bobby Bottleservice


A good representation of 27th Street's remaining customers.


The Eldridge Re-signs

You thinking a little sign damage is going to stop the Eldridge from being the coolest gosh darn lounge in the whole universe? Then you are sadly mistaken. Matt Levine's pleasure paradise had hired workers to rebuild its fabled marquee yesterday, repairing the destruction which a commenter and neighbor attributes to the weekend rains. Oh well.



Trashing the Eldridge


It seems like the Eldridge isn't as loved by its Lower East Side neighbors as the ownership would want, since over the weekend some local ruffians had their way with the signage and gate. But do you think that a little vandalism would stop the Eldridge from dominating Eldridge Street? Hell no! According to a @jnd3001, "Apparently the destruction did not signal the end of the establishment. It was still in full douchey swing last night."

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The Bender to End All Benders

Benders - we've all been on one. Common fallouts from a bender include waking up on your couch fully clothed, hugging a bathtub and covered in some puke, or wondering just who's bed you are sleeping in. But this one takes the cake. Per DealBreaker:

"I just took this ten minutes ago as I was about to walk into my office...I think it came out pretty well but that's a kid 100% passed out/maybe dead, on the bull, in his briefs. Two news reporters were just pulling up when I snapped this."

We repeat - a guy in his underwear, sleeping across the bull. Winner.


Are These Cain's Final Months?

Like a chain of dominos, the once mighty clubs of 27th Street are all beginning to fall. Earlier this week, we broke the news that Home and Guesthouse had closed up shop. This morning comes word that Cain may be the next to go, with a Little Birdy telling DBTH, "spoke to staff at Cain they're all looking for new jobs. in 7 months Cain will supposedly open their new venture somewhere downtown in TriBeCa." If you remember, Cain had previously sought to abandon 27th Street in 2007, hoping to find an out of the way location near their still thriving Goldbar, Greenhouse, and the always popular Santos Party House. After being rebuffed by the local Community Board, they decided to retrench in their original location and redecorate, giving birth to Cain Luxe. But the re-branding isn't going so great, with a Little Birdy singing that management has resorted to "using plastic cups, charging everyone a cover, using a bazillion promoters." Eww. If it is indeed coming to a close, we can certainly salute Cain for their excellent run. Nothing lasts forever, and rather than bash their head into a wall trying to bring back the cool, it is time to simply get out. Hasta la Vista.



Home and Guesthouse Check Out

Another blow for 27th Street, as a Little Birdy tells DBTH that both Home and Guesthouse are now officially closed. Back in 2006 and 2007, Jon B. was flying high with the larger Home and more intimate Guesthouse, but the street became a shit show, and the bottle business and customer base simply vanished. Mr. B has relocated his game to Greenhouse, but these closings will certainly help push him further up the Least Important List. So let's all pour one out for Home and Guesthouse - we ain't gonna miss you.


You're Ou'st: The Least Important People In Nightlife

Everyone loves to come up with Top 10 lists, but we wanted to try something different. So we thought,  why not have some fun this summer and see who are some of the least important people in the nightlife and hospitality industry? A Bottom 10 list, if you will. We are calling it "You're Ou'st: The Least Important People In Nightlife". Catchy, right? We'll find out who they are, what they do, and what makes them so gosh darn unimportant. But first, we need you to come up with some suggestions for us, otherwise, this may not go anywhere. Feel free to nominate anyone, but let's keep it clean, and keep the accusations to ourselves.


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]

Summer In The City

Weekends in New York are a different kind of beast. Most try to escape to the beach or upstate for the weekends, and those that stay spend a good amount of time outdoors during the day, draining their night time desires. So who hits the clubs during the summer? A Little Birdy writes, "So being bored on Saturday night in NYC, I decided to venture out and see what 1oak was like on a summer weekend. Amazing what a difference in crowd makeup. It was the largest representation of Jersey, Brooklyn and Queens, that I have ever seen in this place. And of course, your honorary correspondent Arthur Kade showed with some classy Jersey shore ladies. He was wearing an oversize t-shirt with Bada Bing written on it. Enough said."

Photographic proof this way . . .

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White Slab's Secret Room

Sick of hearing stories about subterranean bars below non-descript store fronts? Are you itching to hear about an old fashioned back room that has limited access and hosts late night parties a few nights a week? White Slab Palace is the place for you. The Scandinavian joint from the Good World folks has been throwing some wild nights (especially Fridays) in their cozy little back room, but access is a bit restricted. As soon as you walk in the main entrance, head towards the back wall and make a right towards the utility closet-like area. Most times, you will encounter a staffer asking the inevitable "Who's party are you here for?", and we suggest you know the answer. Otherwise you will wind up hanging in the main bar, and mix the Scandinavian scene unfolding in back. Good luck.

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