The Weekend Playbook: Pre-bottled cocktails and a mystery IPA contest

New York Freebie of the Week
So that your next party doesn't have people scooping energy drink coladas out of the sink in a Solo Cup (again), new service The Bottled Bartender hooks you up with your own bottled cocktails put together by a bartender who's mixed drinks at some of the city's top spots (Amor Y Amargo, Milk and Honey, Eleven Madison Park, Gin Palace…). And guess what? We're hooking you up with this weekend's stash -- two bottles (approximately 25 drinks) of some next level ish -- just tweet THIS and we'll pick one lucky winner.

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Saturday, January 11th: Mugs Ale House is hosting their third annual Mystery IPA Contest, where you'll have to solve the murder of an IPA carnival worker. Just kidding, you'll actually be presented with 12 IPAs, then get to blind-taste them all before declaring a winner. Sign up, here

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Sunday, January 12th: It's the annual No Pants Subway Ride from Improv Everywhere. Check out the site for where to meet up, and be ready to drop your pants at any moment.


Spot-To-Hookah-Up of the Week: The brand-new Pergola in Flatiron is a multi-level, Mediterranean resto that features eats like lamb burgers and shawarma, accompanied by 12 different flavors of hookah.

Mulberry Project

Hidden-Bar-Inside-Of-A-Bar of the Week: In the already semi-hidden Mulberry Project, Project 1919 is a pop-up speakeasy behind a slotted door inside the bar (from mixologists Sam Ziar and Jasper Soffer) that's focusing on barrel-aged spirits with 10 original and 10 classic cocktails on hand, in addition to the ever-changing "Bartender's Choice".