Surprise! ‘Pop-up bartending’ takes NYC by storm

The ladies behind Common Criminals strike a pose.

Many New Yorkers would agree that one of the greatest aspects of living in this city is the constant element of surprise. Something new always seems to be on the horizon and keeps us all on our toes. 2011 seemed to be the big year for restaurants to experiment with “pop-up” concepts with numerous supper clubs and spots such as What Happens When and Limited Time Only (RIP both spots). However, 2012 is certainly making its debut with new pop-up bartending endeavors sweeping the metropolitan area. As opposed to staying stationary at the same bar, these individuals have found a way to take a concept and apply it to various venues including restaurants and raw spaces. Don’t worry, I rounded up a few of the top events so you won’t have to miss out on the next party.

Common Criminals

What do you get when you mix a bartender, a writer, costumes and hankering for fun? It sounds like a recipe for Common Criminals, a pop-up bartending stint created by Anne Louise Marquis and Leslie Ann Pariseau.  Pariseau admits, “the main reason we started Common Criminals was because we wanted to throw a party for all of our friends…It was mostly visions of us wearing sequins, shaking cocktails, and maybe doing a duet while dancing to French music on top of a bar.” And indeed they have done so. Every 6-8 weeks, this dynamic duo sets up shop in bars such as Mother’s Ruin (18 Spring St  New York, NY 10012) or Lighthouse (145 Borinquen Place Brooklyn NY 11211) and draws a large crowd of devoted drinkers and party-goers for an evening of whimsy and fun.  These parties are complete with themes, stellar DJs such as Nick Van Tiel and Kimiko Masuda, photographers and liquor sponsors. Pariseau adds that, “Pop-ups are about the unexpected and limited-time-only, get-it-while-its-hot fun. People want to be surprised, and we always make sure there’s enough quirk involved so something unexpected takes place. We like details, like voodoo dolls, and impromptu toasts, and taking our pants off for the sake of a no-pants party.  Frankly, the perk is having fun. And drinking a lot of champagne while we do it.” The best way to hear about these parties is through the Common Criminals Facebook page or Twitter account. Get on their list so you can also receive fun trailers about their next party with videos like this one:

Shenanigans For Charity

Bankers by day, bartenders by night. Sounds like Batman may have some new competition. Faisal Saidi and Christian Capasso teamed up three years ago to establish this organization that now works with Prime Produce, a non-profit which is a collective of grassroots volunteers using innovate platforms and projects that positively impact the nonprofit sector. Capasso says that, “Faisal and I embarked on a guest bartending tour in the city as an excuse to relive our Columbia Bartending Agency days and to get our friends together on a regular basis. We did not plan to keep our tips and decided to donate them to charity. After a few gigs however, we were making more in tips than we ever expected to so we shifted our focus to the philanthropic angle of our events. Hence, Shenanigans for Charity was born.” These boys, along with a massive friends and customer following, a few DJs, and many bars which willingly open their doors to this group, have been working their magic around NYC. Various charities have benefitted from their time shaking and mixing behind the bar and the team of bartenders who donate their time for this organization has grown since its inception. Drinking for a good cause? Sounds like a perfect reason to spend a few well earned dollars for a cocktail or two. Jerone Hsu, founder of Prime Produce says, “Through programs like Shenanigans for Charity, we are able to leverage our social network of like-minded individuals to promote and financially support altruistic causes.  Also, we have a lot of fun together.  Almost too much fun.” Follow them on twitter here: http://twitter.com/shnngns4charity or their Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/ShenanigansForCharity

The Cocktail Front/Brooklyn Bar Chef 

Can you keep a secret? If you can’t then perhaps this isn’t the party for you. Max Messier, aka the Brooklyn Bar chef, has been busy at work with his series of pop-up bartending events ranging in venues from bead Shops, apartments and raw spaces around Brooklyn and Manhattan.  With an email list filled with thirsty patrons, a slew of liquor sponsors and musical guests ready to rock out, Max has crafted the perfect party for 3 hours at a time. These pop-ups happen about twice a month with the venue location announced only hours before the event. I was able to take some time to chat a bit more in depth about his speakeasy-esque parties and the thrill of engaging in this type of bartending platform. Play the video to learn more about Messier’s events or visit his webiste at http://www.wtf-brooklyn.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/brooklynbarchef.

We spoke with Messier below:



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Mayor reveals new tech hub Digital.NYC

Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed Digital.NYC on Wednesday, a new online platform aimed at connecting all things tech in New York City. The public-private partnership…

Local

Falling debris hits two men in Times Square

Two men were taken to the hospital Wednesday morning after being hit by falling debris from 110 feet above Times Square. Nancy Greco from the…

Local

Queens Assemblyman William Scarborough accused of misusing campaign…

Queens Assemblyman William Scarborough has been indicted on state and federal charges for allegedly withdrawing campaign funds as cash for personal use. Scarborough, a Democrat…

News

U.S. Secret Service director Pierson resigns under fire

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light.

Television

TV watch list, Wednesday, Oct. 1: 'Criminal Minds,'…

The "Criminal Minds" team adds some supernatural assistance, as the "Ghost Whisperer" herself, Jennifer Love Hewitt, joins the show. She's playing an FBI agent, but you never know when someone…

Music

See the most popular Pandora station in your…

Who knew Bachata music was so popular?

The Word

The Word: Twilight just won't die

You thought our "Twilight" days were behind us, didn't you? Well think again. Series creator Stephenie Meyer (who would rather you not ask about "Twilight"…

Going Out

Which NYC restaurant lost its three-star Michelin rating?

A record 73 restaurants in New York City collected coveted Michelin stars on Tuesday as a mix of trendy spots and fine-dining stalwarts underscored the…

NFL

Rex Ryan fields more questions about Geno Smith,…

The idea Geno Smith will be replaced by backup Michael Vick appears to be all smoke, as the Jets are intent to ride with their second-round draft pick.

NFL

Will Beatty playing like franchise left tackle again…

Left tackle Will Beatty, who is the elder-statesman of Giants’ line, has turned around his season and become a consistent force on Manning’s blindside.

NFL

John Conner back with Jets for second stint

He'll be back. It's "Terminator 2" for the Jets, who brought back John Conner to the team on Tuesday after placing fullback Tommy Bohanon on…

NFL

Fantasy football: Ben Tate to break out, Larry…

Fantasy football: Ben Tate to break out, Larry Donnell will stay solid

Career

Creating a support system for minority women in…

When Kathryn Finney founded digitalundivided — an organization devoted to engaging minority communities with the tech world — she didn’t know quite what to expect.…

Sex

We can learn a lot from animals about…

There’s a lot we can learn about love from the birds and the bees — and the chickens, monkeys and squirrels that we share the…

Style

Saint Laurent

Our review of the Saint Laurent Spring '15 show at Paris Fashion Week.

Style

Céline: Paris Fashion Week Spring 2015

Our review of the Celine Spring '15 show during Paris Fashion Week.