Thursday night, or as many call it, the “Pre-Weekend” is finally here. Hopefully, you already know what you’re getting into after work, but if you still need some ideas, here are some of tonight’s better options. From live music at S.O.B.’s to great food at Tillman’s, the Thursday Nightlife Rundown for February 25, 2010 is chalk-full of stuff to do afterwork and well into Friday morning.
Nona Hendryx Live – 8pm - S.O.B.’s (204 Varick Street) – For you youngin’s out there who don’t know, Nona Hendryx is the reason why Beyonce can talk about being “Bootylicious” and a “Sexy Lil Thug.” Hendryx and her group members were some of the first black females to introduce songs dealing with sex and other secular issues that most young, black, female artists backed away from during her reign. She also led a very promising solo career, and was a decent actor. But tonight, at S.O.B.’s she’s screaming and shouting on the microphone, bringing back some of the R&B’s, Soul’s, Funk’s and New Age’s most original tunes.
High Life Thursdays – 6pm
Taj (48 West 21st Street): DJ Jon Quick is on the turntables spinning hip-hop, R&B, Reggae, Soca and Salsa music. The party is hosted by TENE, and they usually are on top of their game in terms of getting the young, black professional crowd to the club. The dress code is business casual, so there’s no need to head home before work. There is no cover before 8pm, and it is $20 thereafter. Also from 6-8, you can enjoy their 2-for-1 happy hour with any liquor of your choice.
Selfish Thursdays – 11pm
Suzie Wong’s (547 West 27th Street): Leave your sneakers at home and your t-shirts hanging on the door, this party is only for the best dressed, black socialites in New York City. Okay, it’s not a Presidential Ball or anything, but they are running a tight door at Suzie Wong’s on Thursday nights. That means you best show up dressed to impressed, or you’ll be headed home early. And this is not the party to miss. This weekly event boast DJ Self and DJ Boof, each of which will be on the 1’s and 2’s with nothing but hip-hop and R&B, so there’s no need to brace yourself for entire blocks of music you’re not interested in. And talk about burying the lead, there is a Grey Goose open bar until midnight, and gentlemen and ladies are free until 12, as well.
Afterwork Martinis – 6pm
Harlem Supper Club (454 W. 128th Street): At the Harlem Supper Club you know you are getting nothing but hip-hop and R&B on the dance floor. As for their afterwork happy hour, it’s quite the feat. Your alcoholic beverage options include, but are not limited to, 2-for-1 drinks from 6-9, 2-for-1 martinis, $4 Coronas, 2 for $300 Grey Goose bottles, and patron margarita specials all night long.
Thrillin’ Thursdays & Ladies Night – 5pm
1849 (183 Bleecker Street): I believe the “Ladies Night” portion of this special has been phased out slightly, but that’s technically good news, since the drink specials once open solely to women are now open to gentlemen, as well (but someone can correct me if I’m wrong). So what are those specials? Well, you can start with half-price beer and well drinks all night long. You can also buy 5-cent Draft beers with the purchase of any appetizer. And up until 6 o’clock, you can also make good on their 20-cent wing special. Now, that’s food for thought.
CD Drive – 7pm
Housing Works Bookstore Café (126 Crosby Street): Well, it’s official: you’re old! Remember how ancient vinyl records seemed when we were little? And remember how we couldn’t believe our parents were playing those things, or how angry they got when we messed around with them? Then of course, CDs came out, and we were all over those, laughing at our parents, most of whom were still trying to get their vinyl’s transferred to cassette tapes just so they could listen to them in their cars. Well, now CDs are ancient news too, and there is a CD Drive to prove it. Join the folks at the Housing Works Bookstore and donate your old CDs to Housing Works’ mission. The event is sponsored by Hype Machine with several live music performances.
Tillman’s Live – 8pm
Tillman’s Bar & Lounge (165 West 26th Street): Check out the reoccurring live performance from the Igmar Thomas Trio. The music gets going at 8pm and they play until they can’t play anymore. Between sets, you can listen to the soulful tunes of the house DJ and talk with your friends over some of the best soul food you’ll find south of Harlem. With platters that include French Onion Soup Grilled Cheese, the Monte Cristo (an incredible sandwich!) and the best Macaroni and cheese you have ever had that wasn’t made by someone you call Mom.