Think about the inherent joy that you feel when you sit down at your local watering hole, ready to decompress after a long week and finally have a couple adult beverages. You order your cocktail, and man, it’s good. I mean really good. And then you have an added bonus: your bartender makes a sarcastic comment. Not mean, but, you know, you don’t quite realize how funny it was until he’s already begun to walk away. You laugh, awkwardly, looking up at the barkeep who’s already begun making his way to the other side of the room. But wait–wait one minute, that can’t be…no. No. No way. No. That’s not… is it? Is that… Bill Murray? Did Bill Murray just mix my Whiskey Ginger?
For essentially any other celebrity, this would be one of the most far-fetched things imaginable. Why the FUCK would this happen? But for Murray, the sardonic favorite of nearly everyone who famously operates without an agent, anything is on the table. He showed up to pour tequila shots with the Wu Tang Clan at SXSW in 2010. He’s crashed bachelor parties. Earlier this year, he even showed up at a mid-afternoon lunch for Esquire interns–only one session after I sat at the very same lunch (something that will plague me with intense FOMO for the remainder of my days).
So, it should really come as no surprise, then, that the star of Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Lost In Translation, and nearly every Wes Anderson film is going to be holding down the fort for two nights this weekend at 21 Greenpoint, a new bar in the eponymous neighborhood owned by Syd Silver and Homer Murray–Bill’s son.
Here’s the catch, though, unfortunately for most; In true Murray fashion, the event is a bit of a tease, as it’s a private, guest-list only affair. So for those able to get onto the list, you’ll be able to enjoy craft cocktails from Bar Director Sean Patrick McClure, along with samples of delicious bites from a new menu by Chef Sean Telo, one of our “30 Under 30” last year.
Alas, unless if you can use some masterful personal networking skills to find your way onto that list, chances are that like so much else, you’ll have to hear about this from a friend of a friend of a friend. Just another for the list, I suppose.