Chris Masterson came to the rescue at Drumbar (201 E. Delaware Place) Thursday.
The speakeasy-style bar located on the 18th floor of the Raffaello hotel in the Gold Coast was left without a DJ for its highly-anticipated grand opening when Paul Sevigny (brother of actress Chloe Sevigny) canceled Wednesday after his Los Angeles club was abruptly closed.
Masterson, best known for his role on Fox’s “Malcolm in the Middle” and in the film “Scary Movie 2,” was asked if he could step in and spin at the bar. He obliged and jumped on a flight from Los Angeles to Chicago the next day.
Was he any good? I thought so -- especially when he played “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You” by Black Kids -- but I’m clueless when it comes to DJs. I haven’t figured out what makes one better than the other. I’m also the same guy who says bars and clubs should just play Drake and Lil Wayne albums an entire night and save themselves a couple grand.
Speaking of performing, The Chicago Bucket Boys were decked out in suits by Sebastien Grey when they performed a song for guests during the party. Also in attendance was “Boss” actor Troy Garity, “Castle” co-stars and real life couple Seamus and Juliana Dever, who had lunch at 25 Degrees earlier that day, and “Underemployed” cast members Jared Kusnitz, Sarah Habel, Michelle Ang and Inbar Lavi, who are filming their MTV series in Chicago.
Unlike the "Underemployed" cast, I went alone. There are some people who go to parties by themselves regularly and still have fun. I’m not one of them. I need someone with me in case I don’t know anybody or don’t feel like talking to the people I do know there. I didn’t have much of a choice, however, when my friend canceled at the last minute. I was worried I would spend part of the night having those conversations that go on 15 minutes too long because there's nobody else to talk to and figured I’d spend the rest of the time pretending to text so that it looked like I was busy.
Fortunately for me, I didn’t have to use that trick or the one where you go to the bathroom multiple times and just wash your hands.
There were plenty of people to talk to there. You could even say I had fun. Of course, the booze outdoor terrace also helped. It includes two fire pits and a great view of Lake Michigan and the John Hancock building. Hell, I sort felt like Stringer Bell and Avon Barksdale out there when they were looking out onto the Baltimore skyline reminiscing.
Expect a rotating cocktails menu (the focus is on scotch, whiskey and bourbon) and the occasional celeb appearance (some of the people who helped make The Underground a popular celeb hangout are behind Drumbar).
Drumbar opens to the public Friday.
Heads up: “Mob Wives Chicago” cast member Renee Fecarotta will host a private screening party for the VH1 reality show’s season premiere Sunday at her store, Eye Candy Optics. “Mob Wives” creator Jennifer Graziano and other castmates are expected to attend. ... Singer Havana Brown will perform at Chicago Sport & Social Club's Vollywood Beach Bash and Tournament at North Avenue Beach July 7th. ... "Dancing with the Stars" alum Maksim Chmerkovskiy will promote the Timex Intelligent Quartz Collection June 16 at The Shops at North Bridge.
On the record: “I met him at this Andy Garcia movie I did, The Lost City. (Bruce) Willis is there and he'd had a couple drinks. We've all had a few drinks. And he says, ‘I just want you to know ...’ I'm like, ‘Oh, (expletive).’ He says, ‘I used to work as a page at NBC, and my job was to refill the M&M bowls and the peanut bowls in the actors' dressing room. And only you and Gilda ever treated me like a human being. You were nice to me.’ And I thought, Whew, that's good. I felt like, (crap), I did somethin' right, you know?” – Billy Murray talks to Esquire about Bruce Willis.
Sightings: Singer-songwriter Ben Harper dined Thursday at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse. ... Michael Jordan sat at the bar at Michael Jordan’s Steak House Thursday and ordered the bone-in filet and red wine. … The Bears' Jay Cutler and fiancee Kristin Cavallari stopped by Harry Caray's Tavern at Navy Pier Friday. ... Fashion designer Donna Karan had dinner at Japonais Thursday. … “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Jesse Williams had dinner Thursday at Sunda.