Cocktails & Conversations: Fantasy Carnival

Ever been to a Carnival where you can

wander from place to place,

discussing your favorite fantasy

topics, books, TV shows, movies, influences, ideas?


We didn't think so. Us neither.


Join us for an evening of

spirited discussions of all things fantastic.


Everything from previous TV/video broadcasts

of any topic is allowed -

spoilers from any books are not permitted.



This event is co-hosted by

New York Philosophy


New York Sci-Fi & Fantasy


Join us for food, drinks, and discussions at Irish Rogue.


This event combines

food and drink,

a casual Manhattan intellectual environment,

and a social atmosphere

for New Yorkers to get together, mingle, and discuss.



How to Participate Online




How to Attend the Live Event

All members in good standing are welcome to RSVP and attend.

Due to the limited spots at our events, anyone who has been a no-show for a past event must pay the $10 no-show fee online before RSVPing for another event. See our Attendance Policy for details.









Over the course of the evening, members gather in small groups for discussions. Between each discussion round, everyone socializes and has a chance to order food/drink. With a chance to join several groups throughout the event, attendees have a chance to meet many others while engaging in spirited debates in a highly social atmosphere.



Drink Specials


Half-Price Specialty Cocktails

$6 Beer & Wine

$7 Wells



Food Specials


49 Grove is well-known for its

Specialty Cocktail and Food Menu (PDF)



How do people avoid

Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes,

"the war of all against all",

and how does an individual

avoid a life that is

"solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short"?


Well, specialty martinis in the West Village

are a good start!


Hope You Can Join Us!


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  • Chloe

    I'm thinking this one wasn't as good. There was a survey question asking if all movies & TV were represented, but it ended up only a few shows and movies actually were selected. Probably everyone did not watch every show. I know I do not watch TV and never saw most of those shows. I saw most of the movies, but the survey asked which is my favorite. The favorite isn't necessarily the deepest. However, the premise of selecting a movie or TV show for philosophical discussion may be a little flawed. There is not much philosophy in a movie or TV show. Perhaps little known movies like The Secret or Primer, but probably not everyone has seen such obscure movies. Even some people at my table did not see the movie of topic, and were just there with friends. Maybe it should focus on more traditional philosophy subjects.

    The location was great. The venue was more pricey if you wanted to order off menu however. They seemed quick to want us to leave afterwards.

    April 7, 2013

    • John

      "However, the premise of selecting a movie or TV show for philosophical discussion may be a little flawed."

      That was the theme of the event. We have done similar events in the past. Members not interested in this theme did not have to attend.

      "There is not much philosophy in a movie or TV show."

      No comment.

      "Perhaps little known movies like The Secret or Primer, but probably not everyone has seen such obscure movies."

      Then those films could not have been discussed . We had some obscure choices, most of which were not picked for this reason.

      "Maybe it should focus on more traditional philosophy subjects."

      We try to mix up our themes. Themes that are more accessible generate more interest - although the next event in our rotation is classical philosophy. The one after that is more 'fun' (it is unannounced, think Stacee Jaxx), it may not be of interest. We have done some 'serious' themes where only 30 people show up, we have done themes where 200 show.

      1 · April 16, 2013

    • John

      With this group, we lean towards larger turnouts, more sociable events, and more accessible themes. There are plenty of other philosophy groups if you want something and more serious.

      We've done occasional (and well-attended) events for entire evenings based around The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, etc. With each event, members discussed themes such as the will to power, good v evil, the nature of reality, etc. This event was meant to be a fun evening where members pick their fantasy pop culture starting points.

      We set up the format, it is up to members to decide if there is "much juicy philosophical ground" raised by Game of Thrones or not. Really, there are no philosophical themes to discuss about Howl's Moving Castle? For every event we do, it is up to every member to take the starting points and participate in the spirit of the evening.

      1 · April 16, 2013

  • Adam P.

    good times.

    March 30, 2013

  • Kevin C.

    Great Meetup conversations last night. Keep em coming!

    March 30, 2013

  • Ömür

    Great conversations, fun people! Looking forward to the next event...

    March 30, 2013

  • Paul O

    This was great. Thanks, all.

    2 · March 29, 2013

  • Svetlana

    I'm sorry for the late call, but have to be home this evening. Hope to see you again and soon :)

    March 29, 2013

  • Bill

    Also sorry to cancel... clients want to talk- duty calls. And I had my Starfleet uniform all pressed and everything. Peace!

    March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Something came up and I can't make it to Manhattan. I thought I changed my RSVP hours ago, but I think I forgot to change Y button to N. Sorry, John.

    March 29, 2013

  • John P

    Sorry to cancel so late.

    March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Something came up and I can't make it into Manhattan.

    March 29, 2013

  • Ken

    Late hospital work :(
    Nothing will keep me from Sunday night!

    March 29, 2013

  • Mark W.

    Sorry cant make it

    March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello I just joined. I am unsure but interested in philosophy.

    March 29, 2013

  • Andrew B.

    Hi all, I just joined this group and will be coming alone. I'm an attorney and the subject matter looks very interesting. Look forward to meet you tonight!

    March 29, 2013

  • Bret P.

    Will have to see you guys next time... I must spare you from the plague. Cheers.

    March 29, 2013

  • John

    Hope everyone is ready for tomorrow!

    Attendees vote for their favorite topics during the social hour (6-7), so show up as close to 6 as possible! Be sure to head to the Admission Booth and grab a ballot and sign in when you arrive.

    1 · March 28, 2013

  • Maryana

    In regards to the "attendance policy": what are the resources received from people who are labeled as a "no show" are applied towards?

    March 28, 2013

  • Sonia

    Sorry can't make it.

    March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    work conflict :( another time

    March 27, 2013

  • Patrick S.

    Sorry bail out so quickly,... still recuperating

    March 26, 2013

  • Kevin T.

    Still out of town. I really want to go to this meeting but that's mission impossible for right now. smh

    March 26, 2013

  • Steven

    Have to

    March 25, 2013

  • Nan B.

    I know I'll miss a fun time...enjoy all

    March 25, 2013

  • Omar A.


    March 23, 2013

  • SusanW

    Have to make a switch that day...enjoy!

    March 14, 2013

  • Shannon


    March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Change of plans for that week makes my attendance problematic. Thought I'd give my place to someone on the waiting list. Enjoy. Hope to see you next time.

    March 11, 2013

  • SCM

    I don't watch most of these T.V. show - would I be able to participate in the discussions?

    March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Going out of town.

    February 27, 2013

  • SusanW

    Need a little clarification, the topic random fantastic-ness...or is it centered around "Game of Thrones"? TIA

    February 26, 2013

  • Alfonso C.

    I enjoy intellectual conversations and being in a room full of interesting people.

    February 21, 2013

  • Marie

    Had a blast at "Bad Romance" looking forward to more good convo and drinks!

    1 · February 13, 2013

  • mark

    schedule conflict.

    February 9, 2013

  • Maria K.

    I'm looking forward to the opportunity to discuss the crucial points of the "Seven-Pointed Star"

    January 31, 2013

  • John

    The reason for the advance notices for this event and the Doctor Who event (in November 2013) is to give people plenty of time to get caught up beforehand! Yes, we'll be doing normal announcements/reminders closer to the events.

    June 5, 2012

  • Ruwan

    Hope there is a reminder next year.

    June 5, 2012

  • Ben

    That's really not enough notice then :)

    June 4, 2012

  • Melissa


    June 4, 2012

  • Jorge

    Is that accurate, March, 2013?

    June 4, 2012

  • John

    the date is correct - about a week before Season 3 begins.

    June 4, 2012

  • Scott S.

    please fix the DATE of this meeting

    June 4, 2012

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