NYC Meetup July 30, 2001 8:42 AM   Subscribe

Again, a non-virtual Metafilter gathering in NYC should be proposed. Cool/odd/appropropriate location? Williamsburg, BK, or within line of sight of the computer. Does anyone know anyone who owns or has connections with such a venue?
posted by ParisParamus to MetaFilter-Related at 8:42 AM (27 comments total)

I don't know about any of that, but I am going to be performing in a play called "Angst: 84" for the NYC Fringe Festival. Here is the schedule. It's at the Present Company Theatorium at Stanton & Ridge. If you want to see it, please do. If I'm around and there's a meeting, I want to come.
posted by starvingartist at 10:38 AM on July 30, 2001

Self-self post, but the Fringe is fun. My friend put on Opportunities of a Night last year, and her friend Dido Furens (sp?)
posted by ParisParamus at 10:59 AM on July 30, 2001

I'd second Williamsburg, since that's where I live. I know of several good bars to recommend. I'm in. Let's do it before the end of August.
posted by Mo Nickels at 11:34 AM on July 30, 2001

What, no pilgrimage to the MeFi server?
posted by kindall at 12:03 PM on July 30, 2001

Williamsburg works for me
posted by mmm at 1:28 PM on July 30, 2001

Heh -- pilgrimage to the computer. Hell, I'm home so rarely these days, with my schedule in the hospital, that it could use some attention. :)
posted by delfuego at 8:16 PM on July 30, 2001

Williamsburg? Hell, we might as well have it in Jersey...

Heh heh heh
posted by anildash at 10:21 AM on July 31, 2001

In all seriousness, Williamsburg would add to the sense of adventure. Lower East Side is cool too; Soho is not.
posted by ParisParamus at 2:15 PM on July 31, 2001

Anil, aren't you one of the guys who had never been to Ludlow Street? You know, one of the most popular night-life areas in all the five boroughs?

For our New York Metafilter get-together, I propose Rain Lounge, Friday August 10. The Rain is at North 6th Street and Bedford, one block from the Bedford L stop, which is itself one stop from Manhattan. Opened two months ago by musician Bobby Bell, the place continues to draw a low-key, low-poser crowd, straight and gay, black, white and Latin, creative and international. The other night, just a normal night, I met a Japanese student couple, three Danish girls (one local, two visiting), two new arrivals from San Francisco, an English musician and a German composer. The bartenders are nice (among them a DJ, a painter, a French art student, an actor, a musician), Bobby is friendly, and there's a small garden in the back. Drinks are about $4 for a bottle, $6 or so for a mixed drink. If we draw more than 15 people, the place might be a little to cozy...

Failing that, propose another date and a place from here. Take a look at Black Betty and the Stinger Club.
posted by Mo Nickels at 3:03 PM on July 31, 2001

I should add that the review of Rain Lounge at the link above is pretty crappy. Beers behind the bar include Red Hook, Rolling Rock, Coronoa, Red Strip, Heineken, Amstel Light, Budweiser, Bud Light, usually two kinds of Sam Adams on tap, and a couple of others, I think. The place is not a Juice Bar; I think he's confused with the place on a corner one block away on the same side of the street.
posted by Mo Nickels at 3:14 PM on July 31, 2001

Anil, aren't you one of the guys who had never been to Ludlow Street?

Actually, I think none of us had been there... I'm still not sure that you didn't lead us into the East River. In your defense, though, I will say to everyone that Grant is a man of taste, and I will defer to his suggestions.
posted by anildash at 6:01 PM on July 31, 2001

Ace Bar in alphabet city is the place, people.

Sheesh, is there no culture left on the web?
posted by rich at 10:26 AM on August 1, 2001

What time are you proposing for that Friday? I tend to find Bedford Ave a bit zooish on a Friday evening. Then again, there is that dead time after the happy hours and before 11pm or so.

If the weather is here is Iona on Grand, which has a decent tap selection and a nice little backyard. Right bank also has a nice outdoor area. Mugs also has a little beer garden that is pretty easy to deal with on a nice night and nearly 30 taps with really clean lines. The Mugs website's ugliness is only surpassed by the ugliness of the Mugs t-shirt though. A 5 block walk from the Bedford L.

I put a vote in for the Brooklyn Brewery though. They are open on Friday and Saturday nights from 6 to 10 pm. Not open the latest, but maybe a good place to start. Sometimes they have free munchies. It is rather bright, there can be alot of kids and you have to smoke outside. However, there are lots of tables, the beer is cheap and fresher than what you will get at other places. And yes, fresher also means it will get you drunk faster than normal.
posted by sardines at 6:41 PM on August 1, 2001

Ace Bar is, like, so five years ago. Although they do have pool, pinball and big booths. It's at 531 E. 5th Street in the East Village.

Bedford Avenue on a Friday is like Avenue A on a Monday. A zoo? No, not really. More interesting that way.

Mugs is alright. They do have decent food, a very wide selection of beers, and a jukebox filled with cheesy tunes for the Camaro-Trans Am-Monte Carlo set.

Iona was a big turn-off when I went in there. No well drinks, no hard liquor. I like my rum. Also, the bartender was talking loudly about how much he hates his boss, and the whole affair had this makeshift, jerry-rigged air about it. That made me think that the reason there is only beer is because they're too cheap to spring for real alcohol.

I've never been to the Brooklyn Brewery, but it's strictly beer, right?

Here's my proposal:

Let's start at 7 p.m. (during happy hour) Friday, August 10, at Rain Lounge, North 5th and Bedford (not North 6th as I had written before). Then, when we reach critical mass, we'll make a split for food somewhere (like Mugs, which also has decent vegetarian burgers and salads, at reasonable prices). And then after that we can go to one of the bigger places, like Galapagos.

So now I call the question. We have three proposals on the floor:

Rich's for
Ace Bar (in the East Village)

Sardines' for
Brooklyn Brewery (in Williamsburg),

mine for
Rain Lounge etc, (in Williamsburg).

Please vote on this before this Sunday, August 5, so that we can spread the word after we've decided.

posted by Mo Nickels at 6:22 AM on August 2, 2001

I vote you don't do it on August 10, because I'll be in Massachusetts, not Manhattan, ya bums.
posted by werty at 8:08 AM on August 2, 2001

Okay, please nominate a day you prefer, werty.
posted by Mo Nickels at 9:24 AM on August 2, 2001

Yes, BB is strictly beer - another drawback. And actually I should have just offered those as suggestions as opposed to proposals. I think I was a wee bit "coffeed-up" last night.

I am really up for anything. The Rain at HHour sounds like a good start. I was walking by there last night after logging out and the crowd seemed quite reasonable and the place looks rather comfy too. Reminded me of that place Blue Bar on Driggs and 8th - loungy, good music and a decent crowd.

The kicker is that there are enough places around (finally) that you can pretty much decide as you go along. Especially at that time of night.

I change my vote - I'll go with the Rain scenario.
Ill abstain on the date - It is really not an issue for me. Any day is fine.
posted by sardines at 3:18 PM on August 2, 2001

Rain, that sounds fine. If I am free I will try and make it.

And I don't mean that in a half ass lame way.
posted by mmm at 7:53 AM on August 3, 2001

How to vote for venue and time? I offer my e-mail address for tabulations (am looking forward to interesting e-mails too)
posted by ParisParamus at 11:11 AM on August 3, 2001

weekdays; Thursdays and Mondays are probably the most convenient.
posted by ParisParamus at 3:21 PM on August 3, 2001

Vote here, Paris. No chads that way.
posted by Mo Nickels at 7:20 PM on August 3, 2001

I'm in Park Slope, so I take whatever. Is there a secret handshake? A pancake?
posted by ParisParamus at 8:26 PM on August 3, 2001

there is a secret pancake.
get it from the bouncer. just ask for it.
insert it in between the top and bottom pancakes at the bar.
if everything is in order, then you will simply know when to say, "cha-ching".
then you will sit down
its like freaking intuition
and you can take your place at the table.

by the way, if you get there before me, can you leave instructions at the bar for all of this? i am not exactly sure of what i am doing


posted by sardines at 2:25 AM on August 4, 2001

From Park Slope, you can take the F, I believe, transfer to the G Queens-bound, get off at Metrpolitan and either transfer to the L and take it one stop Manhattan-bound to Bedford, or just walk from there. About a 15-minute walk, if you don't stop to buy drugs.

posted by Mo Nickels at 6:12 PM on August 4, 2001


pool too. And they just repainted the sign.

It might be fun to start at the tippity top of Bedford (with the bar that used to be a car garage..lots of outdoor space) and hit every bar on Bedford(I think this has been mentioned) all the way down to Turkeys Nest(the last bar on Bedford). That should be about 7 or 8 stops along the way...not including Bodega pit stops for the block or two with no bar(gasp!).

posted by darkpony at 6:21 AM on August 5, 2001

Sorry I couldn't make it (just propose it). Williamsburg in 90 degree humidty.....need to try again when beach not in picture...
posted by ParisParamus at 3:29 AM on August 21, 2001

On the heels of this thread, I would bid January 24th, 25th, and my preference, 27th, for a Brooklyn/NYC Mefi Meet. Blah Blah remains my preference: it's fairly quiet on Sunday night--and around the corner from ME. D I S C U S S.
posted by ParisParamus at 9:37 PM on December 25, 2001

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