Thrillist: Springtime Bash at HighBar
70 Degrees and no chance of clouds equal weather perfection in NYC. What better reason is there, than throwing a soiree on the sexy rooftop of Highbar, where the stresses of the day can be carried away by the cool evening air and spectacular view of Manhattan’s Westside skyline. On Wednesday April 14th, our friends from Thrillist.com did just that and delivered an event that injected details that even the most uptight New Yorker was powerless to resist.
Always one who appreciates customer service; I was greeted by coat check, who politely requested my jacket, as I approached the main terrace. Along the same entry way, I was offered three choices of cocktails by Smirnoff 100 all before arriving at the outdoor bar. As I perused the space, which was decked out with daybeds and love seats, I was surprised by the smooth melodies of the live Jazz band of Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra whose musical style and appearance transported us to the ‘roaring twenties.’ This set the tone for guests to unwind, mingle and watch the sunset all while savoring concoctions such as espresso, cola and vodka, courtesy of Smirnoff.
As the night wore on, there were more surprises in store, as melt-in-your-mouth mini cupcakes from Baked by Melissa circulated; many of the guests (including me) expressed elation as they discovered they won $50 gift cards provided by INC International of Macy’s. Just when you thought the night was coming to a close, DJ Kiss kicked the party into high gear spinning R&B, Pop, & Hip Hop, getting partygoers on their feet and wearing out the soles of their designer stilettos or new ‘kicks.’
Although the layout of Highbar rooftop provides an ambiance of elegance and repose; they enclosed parts of the roof with glass to make separate areas. This may not have been an issue at the start of the event, but as the party heated up, so did the enclosed space. This was a minor hiccup which was telling, as the turnout was apparently more than expected. Large turnouts are a good thing for Thrillist, as it means they meet the standards of finicky New York partygoers. They absolutely met mine, and I will be sure not to miss another Thrillist event. Ben Hindman, the creative mastermind behind these events has certainly gotten my attention, as his execution of detail is what was most impressive and added a flair I’ll expect in events to follow.
Lisan J. Simpson
(Images from Lisan)