David Blend is Director of Creative Strategy for Group Nine’s internal agency, Brandshop. He was also the first editor (and first employee) at Thrillist. A native Texan, he has lived in New York long enough to complain about how much the city’s changed, but not long enough for those complaints to be particularly interesting.
Articles by David
VBar St. Marks
With window-side banquettes offering some of the city's best people-watching, this neighborhood bar offers solid food and relatively cheap booze in a friendly, comfortable environment that suits both after-work drinking and "I can't believe it's 1am and I'm still here" drinking.
Oct 5, 2017
The Paramount is a 1500-seat concert venue in lovely Huntington, Long Island, complete with a basement VIP called "The Founder's Room", where you'll find pool, leather couches, and brief-to-lengthy appearances by the bands, depending on who they are, and whether they still consume alcohol at this stage in their careers.
Oct 5, 2017
Hilarious New Music Video Proves That NYC Hasn't Lost All of Its Artists (or Weirdness)
The latest video from heavy metal Bee Gees tribute band Tragedy -- shot locally in support of the group’s upcoming album The Joy of Sex (release party: February 11 at Rough Trade) -- is both an ode to Brooklyn and an unexpected testament to the staying power of New York creatives.
Feb 2, 2017
I Spent 14 Straight Hours at Buffalo Wild Wings
When you tell people you’re planning to spend 14 straight hours at a Buffalo Wild Wings, they tend to say things like “You are crazy,” “No, really, you are crazy,” and “Are you going to eat all the wild wings?” Well, I didn’t eat all the wings (I did bring along a special correspondent to try all 22 sauces & seasonings though), but I might be crazy, because I really did hang out in the first Manhattan B-Dubs -- a two-level loft built in a new architectural layout evoking an actual stadium, complete with a rooftop, outdoor mezzanine patio, and a private event space designed to put the fun in corporate functions -- from 10:30am until after the end of the Pittsburgh-Indy game.
31 Promises You Should Make to Your Bartender
New Year’s is still a month out, but before your resolution roster gets crowded with “get in shape”, “try harder at my job”, and other unlikely goals, consider honoring America’s hardworking bartenders by promising to reform the bad barroom behavior all of us are guilty of at one point or another.
38 New “Animal Walks Into A Bar” Jokes, Because Puns Are Awesome
“A horse walks into a bar…” is probably the greatest joke of all time, which got us thinking, “How much more comedic value can we wring out of this brilliantly simple setup?” So we riffed for hours, replacing the horse with everything from big cats to mythical humanoids.