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It’s freakin’ gorgeous out! In honor of the first day of outdoor drinking weather, here’s a quick list of the city’s beer gardens. Bottoms up!

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Don’t ignore the white elephant in the room! Or the LED princess wands. Or the feather headdress. Or the … wait, where am I? No, Dorothy, you’re not in Kansas anymore … thank GOD!

You’re at one of THE parties of the year. The Bizarre Bazaar, a schmorgasboard of camaraderie, calamity and candor conceived by a few of the most twisted and creative minds I’ve ever encountered. Stumble your way to Porch next Saturday, April 12. Take a deep breath and pray it will be your last … no, your first, as you become a part of one of the most interesting birthday shindigs I’ve been witness to.

For the noobs, this is the annual Dancing Rams birthday party, in honor of “Aries Gone Wild” Wendy and Nora, and it is a do-not-miss event, introducing you to some of the weirdest traditions that make you go “hmmm.” And then “ooo.” Then “OH YEAH … YAY!”

Curious? You should be.

Grab a wig, a boa (feather or constrictor) and come.on.down.

Bizarre Bazaar takes place Saturday, April 12th from 2pm to 10pm at Porch, 115 Ave C (Between 7th & 8th). 212.475.1515.

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Mansion, the new megalounge (read: bottle service heaven) filling the old Crobar space, hopes to add a touch of class to clubbing with the opening of powerHouse Library, tonight at 10pm. The nightlife impresarios behind the venture teamed up with ubercoolisch publishers powerHouse books to create a literary haven from the throbbing beats below. So snag a copy of Bright Lights, Big City and try to counterbalance all those brain cells you would normally lose in a club like this.

Mansion is located at 530 W. 28th St. (10th & 11th Aves.). Doors open at 10pm. (212.629.9000)

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I know Koreatown has been a favorite of mine, but how can it not be!? Table grilled meat, 24 hour spas, and top notch karaoke. We’re talking private room, swank bar, space age bathrooms that sometimes confuddle … but in a good way. Maru has it all.

Tucked in a high floor of a Koreatown multiplex,  the karaoke hot spot is about as cool as it comes to belt out some Journey or Bon Jovi. Grab a private room for a guarantee of $250 with vodka bottles and mixers and smash in about 20 friends. Or pay $60 per hour and pay for drinks as they come. Are there cheaper karaoke places? Yep. Are they so accommodating and fab? Nope. Just prearrange what you want and make your bar limit clear, and you are guaranteed a good time. Depending on your friends voices (or lack there of).

Maru is located at 11 W 32nd St (between 5th Ave & Broadway). Call for reservations at (212) 273-3413.

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Free is the operative word at Chelsea Market this Monday, March 24th. Rooftop Films, the organizers of movie screenings in the sky, takes over the market for an evening of NYC-inspired non-fiction short documentaries. While watching, sample eats from the upscale shops and taste local wines for free. the last evening of NYC docs featured some innovative and creative looks at this often magical city, and this night will undoubtedly be the same.

Show begins at 7pm with a live music performance. Films start at 7:30.

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Initiate some wine-fueled wanderings with an evening at Nomad, the East Village North African-French eatery. In celebration of its second anniversary, Nomad is offering a selection of Algerian wines to the wallet-friendly tune of $12 a bottle. With a high alcohol content, these wines are sure to get you Mo-rockin’ in now time. Add a few $5 mezze plates and abracadabra! A cheap, romantic and buzz-filled date.

Put that in your hookah and smoke it!

Nomad is located at 78 2nd Ave between 4th and 5th Streets. (212) 253-5410. Wine special runs today through April 20th.

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The green fairy flitters into the LES tomorrow at a free absinthe tasting at East Wine & Village Liquors. From 5-8pm, the feel-good vendors will be pouring samples of the dangerous elixir. Watch out, because I know from personal experience that absinthe is not a force to be reckoned with. While the US-approved version of the highly potent liquor lacks the hallucinogenic properties that supposedly provoked Van Gogh’s battle with his ear, a steep alcohol content can still leave you seeing double. But isn’t the world a nicer place through green colored glasses?

The tasting will feature French brand Le Tourment Vert, which actually includes the infamous ingredient wormwood. Reviews have noted minty overtones to the usually anise-flavored beverage.

East Village Wine & Liquors is located at 183 Stanton St.

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