Category: happy hour


A Very Happy Hour At Pranna

June 26th, 2010 — 5:31pm

Tuesday night, I headed down to Pranna in Midtown for happy hour with PR galpals Andrea, Lauren, Louise and Tara.

Girls Night Out: (counterclockwise from right) Lauren, Tara, me, Louise and Andrea

Our first group get together in many months, it reminded me how fortunate I am that my five-year stint in public relations connected me with such fabulous women.

While enjoying Pranna’s generous happy hour specials (including beer and Naan bread for $5 ), we talked about relatives who try repeatedly to set you up on the same blind date and the increasing trend of men choosing dinnertime for a drinks-only date.

Of being hungry during the date because of this, one of the ladies quipped–

“I couldn’t pay attention to what he was saying because I kept imagining him with a cherry on his head.”

We also reflected on how you’ll tend to make allowances for someone’s shortcomings when you feel an attraction — and not wanting to waste time if you don’t.

“I thought he was nice,” Louise said of a recent first date. “I just didn’t want to ever see him again romantically.”

I laughed — Louise had unknowingly summarized most of the dates I’ve been on lately.

Tara, the only one of us who’s married, gave me her take on finding the right guy. She said for her and most of her married friends, the clichéd adage that it happens when you’re not looking turned out to be true. She met her hubby at a bar, thinking their smooch would amount to nothing more because she wasn’t in marital frame of mind.

“It only takes one date to change your life,” she told me.

All the more the reason to enjoy whomever you meet along the way to finding happily ever after.

| first dates, Girls Night Out, happy hour, Pranna restaurant

Singles Event Pick: Young Wall Street and CC4C Happy Hour

February 4th, 2010 — 5:57pm

City Chicks 4 Charity and Young Wall Street are teaming up for Happy New Year Happy Hour.

Set for tonight from 630-930pm, the event will take place at Traffic Bar and Lounge in Midtown. The $20 donation at the door covers beer and cocktail specials and light snacks, and there will be a raffle as well.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Chess-in-the-Schools, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to improving academic performance and building self-esteem among inner-city public school children.

For more info, click here.

| charitable events, City Chicks 4 Charity, happy hour, Midtown NYC, singles events, Traffic Bar and Lounge, Young Wall Street

Charitable Event Pick: Starlight’s Holiday Happy Hour

November 27th, 2009 — 5:24pm


When it comes to festive, first-class events, the Starlight Children’s Foundation always does it up right. Experience the fun for yourself at Starlight’s upcoming Holiday Happy Hour.

Set for Wednesday, December 2nd at 7pm, the fundraising event will take place at Mad River Bar & Grill on NYC’s Upper East Side. The $25 ticket price funds the purchase of a teddy bear for a hospitalized child.

For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.

| charitable events, happy hour, Mad River Bar and Grill, Starlight Foundation, Upper East Side

Charitable Event Pick: Starlight’s Holiday Happy Hour

November 27th, 2009 — 12:24pm


When it comes to festive, first-class events, the Starlight Children’s Foundation always does it up right. Experience the fun for yourself at Starlight’s upcoming Holiday Happy Hour.

Set for Wednesday, December 2nd at 7pm, the fundraising event will take place at Mad River Bar & Grill on NYC’s Upper East Side. The $25 ticket price funds the purchase of a teddy bear for a hospitalized child.

For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.

| charitable events, happy hour, Mad River Bar and Grill, Starlight Foundation, Upper East Side

Girls Night Out: Whiskey Trader

November 22nd, 2009 — 11:21pm

Tuesday night, after seeing “Superior Donuts,” I headed over to the Whiskey Trader in Midtown for a happy hour hosted by The Lost Girls.

Bartending Goddesses: (from left) Lost Girls authors and bloggers Amanda, Jen and Holly

While enjoying a couple of cosmos mixed perfectly by Jen, my Divalicious friend Heidi and I talked about male profiling — i.e., making assumptions about men in suits. She presumes they’re dull and conservative, I think a suit usually spells sophistication.

Speaking of assumptions about the opposite sex, I decided to vet my theories on texting versus calling with a couple of friendly guys at the bar.

When I said that texting to make plans is less considerate than making a call, both men balked. They maintained that it’s hard to know when is a good time to call a woman, and one even tried to liken texting and emailing to the lost art of letter writing.

With all due respect, I think these are just excuses for not taking initiative and picking up the phone. As DatingRevolution founder Ross Felix puts it so well in this blog post, guys need to man up here. A quick call goes a long way toward making a girl (this girl, at least) feel courted.

Coming up…a look at Broadway’s sizzling “Burn The Floor” and an action-packed night out in Hell’s Kitchen.

| Burn The Floor, calling instead of emailing or texting, Dating Revolution.com, Girls Night Out, happy hour, Hell's Kitchen, Midtown NYC, Ross Felix, The Lost Girls, Whiskey Trader

Girls Night Out: Whiskey Trader

November 22nd, 2009 — 6:21pm

Tuesday night, after seeing “Superior Donuts,” I headed over to the Whiskey Trader in Midtown for a happy hour hosted by The Lost Girls.

Bartending Goddesses: (from left) Lost Girls authors and bloggers Amanda, Jen and Holly

While enjoying a couple of cosmos mixed perfectly by Jen, my Divalicious friend Heidi and I talked about male profiling — i.e., making assumptions about men in suits. She presumes they’re dull and conservative, I think a suit usually spells sophistication.

Speaking of assumptions about the opposite sex, I decided to vet my theories on texting versus calling with a couple of friendly guys at the bar.

When I said that texting to make plans is less considerate than making a call, both men balked. They maintained that it’s hard to know when is a good time to call a woman, and one even tried to liken texting and emailing to the lost art of letter writing.

With all due respect, I think these are just excuses for not taking initiative and picking up the phone. As DatingRevolution founder Ross Felix puts it so well in this blog post, guys need to man up here. A quick call goes a long way toward making a girl (this girl, at least) feel courted.

Coming up…a look at Broadway’s sizzling “Burn The Floor” and an action-packed night out in Hell’s Kitchen.

| Burn The Floor, calling instead of emailing or texting, Dating Revolution.com, Girls Night Out, happy hour, Hell's Kitchen, Midtown NYC, Ross Felix, The Lost Girls, Whiskey Trader

An Eventful Week

November 21st, 2009 — 10:14pm

When it comes to the perfect mix of female bonding, nights out on the town and budding romance, this week had it all.

Girls Night Out: Heidi and me at The Lost Girls happy hour

From a happy hour celebrating The Lost Girls and their upcoming memoir and a schmoozefest at one of NYC’s hottest event spaces to an exhilarating second date with adorable HurryDater E, I’ve been on the go non-stop and enjoying every minute of it.

Coming up…details of all the action and the debut of a new SGITC feature.

| Girls Night Out, happy hour, second dates, The Lost Girls

An Eventful Week

November 21st, 2009 — 5:14pm

When it comes to the perfect mix of female bonding, nights out on the town and budding romance, this week had it all.

Girls Night Out: Heidi and me at The Lost Girls happy hour

From a happy hour celebrating The Lost Girls and their upcoming memoir and a schmoozefest at one of NYC’s hottest event spaces to an exhilarating second date with adorable HurryDater E, I’ve been on the go non-stop and enjoying every minute of it.

Coming up…details of all the action and the debut of a new SGITC feature.

| Girls Night Out, happy hour, second dates, The Lost Girls

Celebrating National Singles Week

September 24th, 2009 — 9:30pm

While reading Glamour.com’s fabulous blog, I learned that this is National Singles Week. It may not be a well known occasion (truthfully, I never even knew it existed), but I think it’s definitely one worth celebrating. Especially because there’s plenty to celebrate about being minus a plus one, as I’ve rediscovered over the last couple of days.

The other night, I headed out to happy hour on my own. It had been several months since I’d flexed my flirting muscles in this way, so I was both exhilarated and a little nervous.

Butterfield 8: A great place for happy hour fun and flirting

Thankfully, I picked a great spot — lively midtown hotspot Butterfield 8 – with a good crowd. Within a matter of minutes, I found myself talking to charming gadget salesman Milton about everything from the search for happiness to what exactly constitutes good sex.

My conversation with Milton reminded me that, when you’re single, adventure is always right around the corner if you know where to look. Last night, my newly-single trainer was beaming about the possibilities that lay ahead for her now that she’s exited an unhappy relationship.

Of course, one of the best things about singlehood is the tradition of girls night out. Tonight, I will be enjoying a big night out with three of my best galpals – and U2 at Giants Stadium.

How are you celebrating National Singles Week? Whatever you do, make it fun and fabulous. After all, that’s what being single is all about.

| Butterfield 8, flirting, Giants Stadium, Girls Night Out, Glamour.com, happy hour, National Singles Week, Single-ish, U2

Celebrating National Singles Week

September 24th, 2009 — 4:30pm

While reading Glamour.com’s fabulous blog, I learned that this is National Singles Week. It may not be a well known occasion (truthfully, I never even knew it existed), but I think it’s definitely one worth celebrating. Especially because there’s plenty to celebrate about being minus a plus one, as I’ve rediscovered over the last couple of days.

The other night, I headed out to happy hour on my own. It had been several months since I’d flexed my flirting muscles in this way, so I was both exhilarated and a little nervous.

Butterfield 8: A great place for happy hour fun and flirting

Thankfully, I picked a great spot — lively midtown hotspot Butterfield 8 – with a good crowd. Within a matter of minutes, I found myself talking to charming gadget salesman Milton about everything from the search for happiness to what exactly constitutes good sex.

My conversation with Milton reminded me that, when you’re single, adventure is always right around the corner if you know where to look. Last night, my newly-single trainer was beaming about the possibilities that lay ahead for her now that she’s exited an unhappy relationship.

Of course, one of the best things about singlehood is the tradition of girls night out. Tonight, I will be enjoying a big night out with three of my best galpals – and U2 at Giants Stadium.

How are you celebrating National Singles Week? Whatever you do, make it fun and fabulous. After all, that’s what being single is all about.

| Butterfield 8, flirting, Giants Stadium, Girls Night Out, Glamour.com, happy hour, National Singles Week, Single-ish, U2

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