The recent devastation of Haiti has prompted many restaurants and bars in the city to host special events that will benefit the Red Cross, Wyclef’s Yele charity, and other organizations that are contributing to the relief effort in Haiti. Since there are so many things going on, I’ve decided to do a round up of anything and everything I could find and put it into a nice little package for you. Your welcome. Now get out there and starting drinking.
Brooklyn Bowl: Buy tickets now for tonight’s benefit show, which will feature DJ sets by ?uestlove and Q-Tip. Minimum ticket price is $10, but feel free to pay more; proceeds are going to the Red Cross’ Haiti Fund and Yele Haiti. Show starts at 10pm.
Cake Shop: Tonight, the 21st! All proceeds are going to Unicef’s relief effort. Line-up of performers includes Signal Break, Sunshower Orphans, Mr. Dream and NT Trio. This event is hosted by Music VS Hunger, which aims to “use the power of music to raise money, collect nonperishable food donations and recruit volunteers in support of the Food Bank for NYC.” Show at 8pm, tickets are $6 with a canned food donation, $7 without.
Turtle Bay: Head there tonight (21st) for happy hour at 6pm and help raise funds for the Red Cross. They’ll have raffles with awesome prizes including a snowboard & $500 in gift cards, in addition to open bar and drink specials. No cover charge.
1OAK: RSVP to tonight’s (21st) fundraiser at 1OAK benefiting Edeyo and Concern Worldwide. It’s hosted by a ridiculous number of popular NY nightlifers (according to NY Barfly-I personally have no idea). Tickets are $40 at the door, 9-11pm.
The Gates: January 22nd, The Gates, Svedka Vodka, and Artlog have generously donated time and space to raise money for UNICEF’s relief work working with children in Haiti. 100% of the donations made will go directly to Unicef. You’ll get free Svedka cocktails from 9-10 while you listen to Haitian music. From 9-11pm, tickets are $30 minimum donation, which can be made here.
City Winery: They’re set to host 4 nights of Emergency Benefit Concerts for Haiti. Tonight will be the second show, featuring Patti Smith,Young People’s Chorus Of New York City, Joshua Bell & Surprise Guest, Tiempo Libre and more. There are also shows on January 24th and 25th, with all new acts slated to perform. Go to their website for all the details and to purchase tickets. 100% of funds raised will be directed to Doctors Without Borders, Partners in Health and an emergency mobile hospital aid mission organized by the Jewish Renaissance Medical Center. It’s $50 for general admission, but they’re also offering ‘Big Hearted Donor’ tickets, which will get you a bottle of City Winery wine signed by every artist appearing the night you go.
M.J. Armstrong’s: Metromix reports that this Gramercy sports bar will be serving half-price drinks from 6-8pm with a $5 donation to Haitian relief efforts on January 22nd. Metromix also listed places you can eat that will be matching donations from their customers, in addition to places you can shop for the cause.
Bruar Falls: All proceeds will be donated to The International Rescue Committee’s emergency response effort in Haiti. Also hosted by Music Vs Hunger, this show on January 27th will feature No Eye Contact, El Medio, Breakfast in Fur and Drew Citron. Show at 8pm, tickets are $5 with a canned food donation, $6 without.
Dine Out for Haiti: The Feed posted a list of 68 restaurants that will be donating a percentage (or in some cases, 100%) of their profits or matching customer donations to the relief effort in Haiti. Most are hosting these specials on January 24th and 25th, so make your reservations today. Like most, Del Posto is donating 10% of profits from the 24th, while some places are upping the ante: L’Ecole is giving 100% of its pre-fixe brunch proceeds to the Red Cross! With places like Marea, Buddakan, Magnolia and Kefi on the list, you might have a hard time picking just one place to eat! The idea for ‘Haiti Dine Out Night‘ was originally proposed by Philippe Massoud of Ilili Restaurant, who is also on the list.
The Bell House: On January 27th, the Bell House will host Strength Through Unity: A Benefit for the Victims of the Earthquake in Haiti. 100% of the proceeds will be split between Save The Children and Partners In Health. Appearances will be made by a multitude of performing guests, including Jimmy Fallon, Ted Leo, Here We Go Magic, AC Newman and more. There will be raffle tickets and door prizes for purchase, and if you get there early you can snag some free grub from the Great Jones Cafe, Dub Pies and others. Starts at 6pm, tickets are $50, buy in advance here.
Generation NXT (a philanthropic organization that hosts social events to raise funds for charitable organizations) will host an event at Amnesia on January 26th, benefiting Stand for Haiti: Partners in Health. The event will feature DJ’s for Haiti: DJ Hex Hector, DJ Cassidy, DJ Peter Paul, and DJ Phresh. Starts at 7pm, tickets are $25 for general admission with VIP and bottle service upgrade options.
Massage for Haiti: Okay, so this doesn’t involve eating OR drinking. But really, its just something that needs to be added to this list for the simple fact that I’ve never heard of a fundraiser like this and I expect it to be very successful. The co-owner of Oasis Day Spas in New York City and Dobbs Ferry, NY, is organizing Massage for Haiti, and he’s asking spa owners from around the United States to join him. The details are still being worked out (made evident by their website status), but we do know that it will take places February 12th at the Grand Hyatt in NYC. The cost might be $1 per minute, with all the proceeds going to a yet-to-be-determined charity helping with relief efforts, but I wouldn’t take that to the bank until they post more details.
I will continue to update this post if I find any other events going on in the city. If you know of anything, please email me at email@example.com or post it below in the comment box!