Live like you're in the big 'City'

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By Courtney Hollands
Globe Staff / May 27, 2010

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Unless you’ve been in a media blackout, you already know that “Sex and the City 2’’ hit theaters last night at midnight. If that makes you feel like celebrating with your closest pals, check out these suggestions — inspired by the series — for a perfectly fabulous day or night in our city. From cocktails to cupcakes, puppies to Post-Its, the options are endless.

SIP A (NEW) SIGNATURE DRINK The Cosmopolitan played a featured role on “Sex and the City.’’ But after six seasons and two movies, wouldn’t the women tire of vodka, triple sec, cranberry, and lime juice? We asked Eastern Standard bar manager Jackson Cannon (a “huge fan’’ of the show) for some ideas. He recommended the Blueberry Thrill ($10, pictured), made with house-infused blueberry gin, lemon juice, and cardamom syrup. Something tells us that Samantha would like the name. If the “gal pals have grown up and moved to whiskey,’’ Cannon wrote in an e-mail, they could try the Prospect Park ($10), a drink made with Rittenhouse rye, Aperol, maraschino liqueur, and Punt e Mes vermouth, and named for the verdant spot in Brooklyn. Eastern Standard, 528 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-532-9100.

RIDE THE FERRY Just as the “Sex and the City’’ crew rode the Staten Island Ferry — to attend the New York City Fire Department’s calendar contest, you’ll recall — your posse can pack a picnic and take a scenic ferry trip to the Boston Harbor Islands. Although you probably won’t encounter any hunky firefighters, you can watch old-timey Civil War-era baseball games at Fort Warren on Georges Island or partake in free hatha yoga classes on Spectacle Island this summer. Ferries to Georges and Spectacle islands leave from Long Wharf in Boston. See the website for the schedule. $14, $10 seniors, $8 ages 3-11. 617-223-8666.

SHOW OFF YOUR JIMMY CHOOS (OR DSW FAVES) When Carrie is denied a loan in season four, she laments: “I’ve spent $40,000 on shoes and I have no place to live? I will literally be the old woman who lived in her shoes.’’ It’s fitting that this quote appears on the website of Hello Stiletto, a local shoe fanatics social club that puts on fashion shows and fetes. Slip into your strappy leopard-print Louboutins or Payless wedges to see “Sex and the City 2’’ at Legacy Place’s Showcase Cinema de Lux with fellow fashionistas on June 8. You can even sip a cocktail during the movie. See website for all upcoming events. 21+. Time TBA. Showcase Cinema de Lux, 670 Legacy Place, Dedham. 781-632-2067.

GET ‘MORTIFIED’ Carrie’s Post-It Note break-up with Berger is perfect fodder for “Mortified,’’ events where participants read from their middle school diaries, recounting crushes, first kisses, painful break ups, and all kinds of adolescent humiliations. (To refresh your memory: Carrie’s skittish boyfriend Berger splits in the middle of the night, leaving only a Post-It that says: “I’m sorry. I can’t. Don’t hate me.’’ Ouch.) There are two upcoming “Mortified’’ shows at Club Oberon on June 10 and 11. 8 p.m. June 10; 10:30 p.m. June 11. $15. Club Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 866-811-4111.

INDULGE WITH SOMETHING SWEET “Sex and the City’’ is credited with creating the cupcake craze. Remember when Carrie and Miranda talked about Aidan and stuffed their faces on the bench outside the now-famous Magnolia Bakery? Get your frosting fix closer to home at Sweet. Snack on the glamorous Organic Karat cake: carrot cake topped with cream cheese frosting and an edible gold leaf petal ($3.25 each). The cupcakery is set to open its third location at 225 Newbury St. next month, so you can stop in and refuel during your next shopping marathon. Current locations: 49 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-247-2253; Zero Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-547-2253.

TAKE A FURNITURE CLASS There’s no guarantee that you’ll meet your very own Aidan (or Adrienne, for that matter) at the Eliot School’s caning, upholstering, or design classes, but who cares? You might discover a knack for furniture making, and, at the very least, you’ll end up with a new cover for your footstool or a freshly stained end table. See website for class schedule and fees. Eliot School, 24 Eliot St., Jamaica Plain. 617-524-3313.

LET THE DOGS OUT Couldn’t you see Charlotte taking her beloved Elizabeth Taylor to Yappier Hour, the Liberty Hotel’s Wednesday cocktail soiree for dogs and their well-heeled owners? Order food and drinks from Clink on the outdoor patio while your four-legged friends play and snack on treats from Four Preppy Paws and Dogwood Cottage. There are even “puptails’’ and “muttinis’’ for Muffy and Spot, like the Chardognay: chicken stock, water, and fresh cilantro. No, really. Weather dependent. 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays. No cover. The Yard at the Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles St., Boston. 617-224-4000.

Courtney Hollands can be reached at

Correction: Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this story misstates the "Sex and the City 2" opening date. It had its first screening at local theaters last night at midnight.