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Roughly a year ago, a new haven for the City’s local creatives and influencers opened its doors: The Garret. Located in the West Village (above a Five Guys, no less), The Garret is charming and inviting, thanks to the tufted couches, custom reclaimed Woodstock barn wood tables, and, of course, the 25-foot bar.
Speaking of which, The Garret boasts veteran bartenders with ties to some of the City’s premier cocktail bars, and offerings include the “Rosarito Stick-Up” — a tequila-based beverage named after a real-life stick-up situation an owner encountered in Mexico — and “The Beatles at Shea,” a peach tea-infused bourbon concoction which alludes to the night the Beatles visited the location after their famous 1965 Shea Stadium concert (when the property was operating as an Indian restaurant and lounge).
So stop by The Garret for a finely-crafted cocktail, and take in the art of many of NYC’s great local artists, including the infamous hand-painted rhinoceros head by Nick Bakita. Just be careful when it’s time to hit the head; The Garret’s bathroom door is covered in 96 doorknobs…so choose wisely.
Lip Sync Battle
Following the viral success of “Lip Sync Battle” as a sketch on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant, Fallon, and the good people at Spike decided to turn it into a full-fledged musical comedy TV series of its own — after NBC and several other major networks passed on the project — and the results are nothing short of amazing. Not only is LL Cool J on TV again (besides NCIS: Los Angeles), and is joined by the lovely and likable Chrissy Teigen, but there is something undeniably enjoyable about watching famous people pitted against one another as they make complete asses of themselves.
Ratings are through the roof, as celebrity contestants face off for two rounds of performances, and in MTV Spring Break fashion, the winner is determined by the audience. The victor receives bragging rights and the coveted title belt, but when you have Dwayne Johnson performing “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift and Anne Hathaway giving Emily Blunt the finger while she rides a wrecking ball “Miley style,” it’s clear that the real winners are the viewers.
Staff Pick: I’m using…
As a 20-something, you don’t really think about long-term budgeting or creating assets, but I decided to plan for the next 20 years of my life and create a budget of my monthly expenses. I wanted to know how much money I could save for emergencies and bills versus how much money I can use for an occasional night out or vacationing.
A friend recommended me to the easy budgeting site Mint (there’s also a great app to go with it). Since using Mint, I realized that with the cash I’m saving by not eating out every night, I can actually put that money toward traveling across the world.