Mav’s Fab 5 – July 2, 2013

It seems like every year we wait for summer and about two weeks in the temperature and humidity become so oppressive that the last thing we want to do is hang out outside!  If you feel the same way, this month’s blog is for you!  From the best of the NYC karaoke scene to perk up your nightlife, to our all-time favorite romantic comedies for rainy summer nights, to five of the coolest indoor activities that we simply can’t get enough of – We’ve got your inside summer escapes covered!

Karaoke Bars
our 5 picks

Planet Rose
219 Ave A
New York, NY 10009
(212) 353-9500

Most people fall in love with this great karaoke bar the second they step in and see zebra couches. With a great selection of songs to choose from, mobile microphones that allow you to dance around when it’s your turn to sing, and a fantastic happy hour, how can you go wrong? Planet Rose is a karaoke favorite for many New Yorkers and is always packed with a fun-loving crowd.

Wicked Willy’s
149 Bleecker St.
New York, NY
(212) 254-8592

Wicked Willy’s is a great fit for the karaoke bar beginner! Festive Caribbean décor, a complimentary pre-performance drink, and their slogan “Time flies when you’re having RUM!” will welcome you and shoo away any newbie karaoke jitters. Wicked Willy’s isn’t just for karaoke though; you can catch your favorite games or play beer pong with friends when you’ve had your fill of singing. We call that a great Sunday!

5 Bar Karaoke
38 West 32nd St.
New York, NY
(212) 594-6644

Located in the heart of Korea-town, 5 Bar Karaoke takes the karaoke scene to a whole new level. This bar prides itself on offering the best karaoke equipment as well as the latest songs for you to sing your heart out to! There are plenty of party package options to choose from, making this sing-a-long spot perfect for your next birthday celebration. We recommend taking advantage of the neighborhood and finishing your rock star night out with some Korean BBQ!

Karaoke Boho
196 Orchard St.
New York, NY 10002
(212) 777-0102

The next time you hear that catchy tune, don’t feel restricted to sing only in the shower.  With two NYC locations, Karaoke Boho warmly welcomes diverse crooners by perpetuating a collection of over 40,000 songs in 14 languages! Surprise your friends by pre-recording a perfect playlist online.  Reserve one of 18 private rooms for an exclusive sing-along-sesh, or snag a seat at the bar for your big performance.  Free song ticket with each drink; Private rooms at $8/hour/person.

Rock Star Karaoke NYC at Bar 13
35 E 13th St.
New York, NY 10003
(646) 490-5696

If you are a committed karaoke lover with secret dreams of “Rock-Stardom”, our friends at Rock Star Karaoke NYC have just the thing for you…live band karaoke.  With pages upon pages of songs teed up and ready for you to take the lead on, this band of seriously talented musicians will transform your Tuesday night into the best night of the week.  Led by the ever fearless Father Ron and their sassy, super cute host Kelly, this crew attracts some serious crooners while keeping the sets light hearted – so even if your vocals aren’t amazing, you still walk away feeling cheered on and awesome!  Did we mention it’s also 2-for-1 drink Tuesday? If you’re looking for us on Tuesday nights… Bar 13’s Rock Star Karaoke NYC is a great place to start.

 Romantic Comedies
our 5 picks

Pretty Woman (1990)

Everyone’s favorite Cinderella story, Pretty Woman proves that every girl could and should have a fairytale ending; and also that it’s not always necessary to be politically correct.  Julia Robert’s performance encouraged generations of women to allow themselves to laugh a little louder, be a little blunter and admit that they don’t always know for sure which fork to use.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

If you weren’t sure of the difference between ‘like’ and ‘love’ (ie; Sketchers vs. Prada backpack), this adaptation of Taming of the Shrew definitely set you straight.  10 Things I Hate About You brought our favorite Shakespearean archetypes to the big screen in all their sharp-tongued, quick witted glory! Add together a script full of quotable lines, a killer soundtrack and an incredible cast led by the one and only Heath Ledger, it’s no wonder we’re still obsessed with this movie well over a decade later!

How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days (2003)

This is the flick that puts all of the most ridiculous male and female stereotypes on display.  While your boyfriend might not immediately sign up to watch this one, you can remind him that the more you can relate, the funnier each circumstance is!  Sure, Kate Hudson ends up winning the guy in the end (the ever-dreamy Matthew McConaughey) but on the road there, she maps out a meticulous and hilarious torture strategy that most women would secretly love to enact on some poor fool.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

Sometimes the best time to tune into a relationship is at the end—at least when you’re looking to laugh— which is exactly what you get to do in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.  Jason Segel’s desperate, vampire musical obsessed, post-breakup Peter makes us want to be his best friend which is impressive amongst a superior supporting cast of the most bizarre and hilarious characters (count us in for a surf lesson with Paul Rudd!)  In the end though, Peter gets the better girl, Dracula sings and Russell Brand gets a spin off…which is exactly how we like it.

Because I Said So (2007)

Diane Keaton as the overbearing and pushy mom to Mandy Moore, Piper Perabo and Lauren Graham in Because I Said So gently reminds us why we don’t share the entirety of our love lives with our mothers.  Her meddling tactics to marry off her daughter are well intentioned while absurd, and leave us giggling at how strong a mother’s love can be.  We’d be lying if we said we weren’t team Johnny (played by Gabriel Macht) from the start, but it’s the relationships between the women that end up being the truest part of this love story.  Packed with pratfalls lines and polka dots, this one may be our very favorite…

 Indoor Activities
our 5 picks

Aerial Silks with Bobby Hedglin-Taylor
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Definitely our favorite thing to do when we’re not at work – if you’re looking to mix it up, we have just the activity for you!  Go visit Bobby Hedglin-Taylor in Brooklyn for an aerial silks (or hammock, lyra, spanish web, aerial net, flying trapeze or rope) lesson and prepare to be inspired by an array of anti-gravity madness happening around you!  Uncle Bobby (or Papa Silk, as we call him) teaches silks to all levels every Tuesday and Friday afternoon – and to be frank, he’s simply the best.  His playful yet seriously devoted approach to teaching aerial arts is challenging and supportive in both group settings and private lessons.  His prices also cannot be beat.  So unlock your inner circus freak and learn how to Spanish Birthday Cake… it’s our personal favorite.

48 E 23rd St.
New York, NY 10010
(212) 982-8802

Looking for a respite from the conventional club scene? Grab your friends and ditch the dance floor for the ping- pong court.  Yes, you read that right.  Created by mega-movie star Susan Sarandon, SPiN NYC is the most entertaining and trendy way to spend a night out.  Complete with 17 pong courts, a fantastic bar menu and VIP lounge, SPiN is the ideal location for a party, charity event, or enjoyable night out.  Open until 4 a.m. on the weekends, participants can rent a table and have (literally) a ball, without the arduous task of chasing after fouls.  Aspiring ping-pong champs can observe the experienced pros on bleachers surrounding the main table, or try their luck during weekly Monday tournaments.  Table rentals start at $10 per person.

Dave and Buster’s Times Square
234 W. 42nd St., 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10036
(646) 495-2015

If you’ve been longing for a night out that is less about waiting in lines in full hair and make-up and more about getting straight to the fun, Dave and Buster’s in Times Square has got you covered. With daily specials like “Power Hour” (60 minutes of videogame play for $10) and ½ priced drinks for “Happy Hour” – Dave and Buster’s mixes childhood play with adulthood pleasures. So go ahead and get your game on!

Brooklyn Boulders
575 Degraw St.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(Corner of 3rd Ave. and Degraw St.)
(347) 834-9066

If you want to incorporate some challenging fun into your summer workouts you seriously need to check out Brooklyn Boulders – Brooklyn’s premier rock climbing mecca. One of the largest climbing facilities on the East Coast, Brooklyn Boulders makes it easy to catch a class and get your bearings or perfect your climbing strategy on the walls. Their staff is helpful and warm and their space is laid out in a clear and cohesive way. We give Brooklyn Boulders a serious thumbs-up!

Bowlmor Lanes
110 University Place
New York, NY 10003
(212) 255-8188

This is not your average bowling experience!  Offering two full floors of lanes (42 lanes in total), four nights of live DJ’s weekly and a Monday night party from 10 p.m.- 1 a.m. with bowling and drink specials, Bowlmor Lanes is serious about fun! We love it for group outings and when you’ve had your fill of bowling, you can head upstairs to GVCC (a.k.a. Greenwich Village Country Club). GVCC is fun for so many reasons! It’s a club underneath a pressure dome with giant animal statues, a miniature golf course, air hockey, foosball and beer pong.  Are you on your way yet??

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