Monarch

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Addison Group brings a touch of glam to fuddy duddy Herald Square. Swish rooftop bar on 18th floor of Courtyard Marriott continues trend of unassuming hotels proffering “destination” nightlife. Stylish interiors are all Scandinavian cool with fantastical Tom Dixon lighting and occasional touches of cheek. All leads onto sprawling terrace, where your Monarch cocktails can be taken with Empire State views. The royal way, of course.

The Fight of the Century, Boozing, and Boxing at Overthrow NY Boxing Club

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Photo: David X Prutting/BFA.com

Every so often, a sporting event captures the collective consciousness and the world jumps at the opportunity to pick sides, pick a venue and enjoy together. This past weekend was one such event, a boxing match billed as the “Fight of the Century.” The most appropriate venue, outside of Vegas, to watch two superstars duke it out happened to be the opening night celebration of the highly anticipated OVERTHROW NY Boxing Club. Housed behind an unmarked door at 9 Bleecker Street, the former residence of off-beat music, arts and activist venue The Yippie Museum, OVERTHROW officially opened its doors for the first time. This multi-floor venue houses everything from a ring and practice facility to plenty of programming for those involved. There will be classes and matches and more. And of course, there’s an underground boxing league on the basement level. OVERTHROW’s founding partner Joey Goodwin, known as “the Soho Kid” and a former Golden Gloves contender, enlisted eight trainers, including professional boxers, former Olympians, and male models. Casses starting at $34 — now might be the time to pick up some gloves.

Overthrow was named after a publication The Yippie Museum had produced over the course of its 41 year residency of the building. It aims to provide a place at the cross of boxing and punk rock. And as the evening unfolded, it became quite clear how they’ll achieve it. As tequila cocktails liquored up attendees across all three floors, raucous boxing matches mingled with DJ sets (by likes of May Kwok) and a musical performance by David Peel. Pastings, posters and installation art lined the walls. An array of high profile New Yorkers filled the venue. And when the regular programming ceased, the Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao fight commenced.

Though the fight would be a let down for most (except boxing aficionados who could bask in the slow-burning strategy), and see the highly controversial Mayweather extend his undefeated streak, the venue itself delivered an experience worth talking about. People have been waiting over five years for a MayPac battle. New Yorkers have been hearing about OVERTHROW since June 2014. The wait is over. But for those who were disappointed with the nearly $400 million dollar fight, there’s still an opportunity to step into the ring.

Opening of OVERTHROW NY BOXING CLUB
Charlie Himmelstein. Photo: David X Prutting/BFA.com

Opening of OVERTHROW NY BOXING CLUB
May Kwok. Photo: David X Prutting/BFA.com

Opening of OVERTHROW NY BOXING CLUB
Heron Preston.
 Photo: David X Prutting/BFA.com

Opening of OVERTHROW NY BOXING CLUB
Milou Van Groesen, Alexandra Richards. Photo: David X Prutting/BFA.com

Opening of OVERTHROW NY BOXING CLUB
Jeremy Kost, Hunter Hill. Photo: David X Prutting/BFA.com

Opening of OVERTHROW NY BOXING CLUB
Ashley Smith. Photo: David X Prutting/BFA.com

Opening of OVERTHROW NY BOXING CLUB
Joey Goodwin, Peter Davis. Photo: David X Prutting/BFA.com

Opening of OVERTHROW NY BOXING CLUB
Photo: David X Prutting/BFA.com

Arlene’s Grocery

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LES pioneer, books bands before you know them. Reformed bodega/butcher shop with low lighting and trashy-hip vibe remains a fixture. Campy, culty live-band karaoke on Monday nights is like nothing you’re ever seen. Where else can you watch a seventy-pound Japanese girl belt out “Breakin’ the Law”?

Crosby Street Hotel

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Brit boutique import. English style kits out each of the 86 rooms and suites individually. Smart mix of contemporary and classic. Building boasts some sweet amenities, too: garden, gym, screening room. Plus Soho-friendly arty gates of forged steel. Crosby Bar is incessantly buzzy scene. Certified green, to soothe your Gruppie conscience.

82MERCER

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Original Soho cast-iron factory now does duty as stylish event space. Original 19th-century details survive, make lovely light-industrial backdrops. Weathered brick, Corinthian columns, ancient archways. Two floors provide an impressive 50,000 square feet of potential. Rooftop/penthouse for photo shoots, Soho skyline gawking. State-of-the-art lighting and sound.

Employees Only

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Mondo bizarro at this 1920s-style bar/resto with rich mahogany interior. Strange gypsy psychic greets you at the door, turn your fate over to bartenders sporting handlebar staches. Eclectic concoctions shaken and stirred by pros, with the sort of attention to detail normally reserved for astrophysics. Pure food menu hits roasted organic chicken and parmesan-crusted pork chop. The Pimms just pops.

Grape & Grain

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Smart little wine bar squirreled away between B and C, done up quaint with pressed tin ceilings, exposed brick, candles, café chairs. Eclectic wine list stays in rotation, skipping from Spain to Italy, with stop offs in Chile and Germany, too. Small plates to match, melty short ribs and polenta, beer sausages, beet salad with goat cheese. Cheese and charcuterie plates keep the gourmet vibe going. Staff knows their stuff, which adds to the charm.