THE STONEWALL INN
There’s a nightlife Renaissance occuring in the West Village, and once again, it’s taking place at The Stonewall Inn—the historic bar where the first gay liberation riots in 1969 paved the way for gay life as we know it. The bar, which re-opened after extensive renovations early last year, is now home to several nights that re-establish this site as a traditionally mixed gay-and-lesbian and trans-friendly space.
Stonewall 69, the happening, mixed Thursday night party hosted by one of Stonewall’s investors, Stacy Lentz, and with music by DJ Stacy, is drawing women in record numbers to what, over the years following the Stonewall riots, came to be known as a seedy bar for men. Today, the beautiful, soon-to-be-two-level space is adorned with dark wood paneling, mirrors and leather banquettes. When the upstairs opens this month, partiers will be entertained in more ways than one—a full stage will play host to exciting performers of all genres.
One of the hottest parties to hit New York in recent times, Victoria, plans to take full advantage of the new performance area. Second Saturdays of every month, this progressive drag party attracts a mixed gay-lesbian-straight-trans crowd with their fun and sexy shows and anything goes vibe. This month, on Feb 9, they’ll be celebrating their favorite TV show, The Golden Girls, with a show by an original faux-drag Golden Girls Troupe.
Kurt Kelly, one of the club’s owners, says, “This is what The Stonewall Inn was all about back in 1969. It was a mixed club where everyone felt welcome. That’s what we want to bring back to the West Village.” Thankfully, fun and fabulous parties like Stonewall 69 and Victoria are doing just that.
For a good ole’ country-western love-fest, mosey on down to Cattyshack on the big day–Valentine’s Day. Splenda will be hosting a Shitkickers themed Valentine’s Day celebration that will get your boots a stompin’! You’ll love the drink specials, giveaways and games so much you might work up the courage to say howdy to that cutie across the room. And if you’ve already got a pardner on your arm, this is the perfect spot to get down, for a little do-si-do can go a long way!
Chueca is the perfect place to spend a romantic Valentine’s Day with your lady love. On Feb 14, roses and chocolates make for a sweet and sexy night, while $5 cocktails keep everyone feeling imbibed and uninhibited. Get there early and you and your beloved get in free. Focus on wooing her on the dance floor, and your smooth moves will surely pay off. After all, Queens is the perfect borough in which to party with the queen of your heart.
The end of Valentine’s week could be filled with more than chocolates and teddy bears if you spend it at Henrietta Hudson on Valentine’s Day. Ruby Red Cosmos will have everything seeming a little more lovely on the big day, but if love’s just not in the cards for you, be sure to return on Friday, Feb 15 for Prissa Jean’s Girl Meets Girl singles event. Look out Cupid, cause there’s plenty of love in the air—and in the $3 Jell-O shots.
If you find yourself still feeling extra smooth and sexy after Valentine’s Day, slide over to midtown’s own Club Cache for Lovegirl’s Post Valentine’s Day Party on Feb 16. This Saturday night party will be full of women who appreciate the finer things in life, like candy, roses and sultry performances by Mona and Simone. So treat yourself to a good time and enjoy the sounds, sights and especially tastes of the girls at Lovergirl.
Remix Fridays is having a Post-Valentine’s Day Singles Party for all the ladies who are looking for love this Feb. On the 15th, noted DJ Rob Dinero will be spinning the pop hits to get the love in the air moving towards your heart. A special raffle gives you the chance to win a gift basket filled with sexy treats, good for trying out on any newfound loves that begin tonight. With $5 drink specials as a bit of social lubricant, this party might just help you find your Ms. Right.
If you think all the fun of Valentines’ Day is over after the 14th of Febuary, you should let the ladies at Shescape show you a good time at their Post-Valentine’s Day Hook-Up bash. On Feb 16, DJ Francesca Magliano will be playing the hits to get the sexy go-go dancers and the hotties on the floor grooving. Feeling adventurous? Show off your neon bracelet to let all the girls know you’re single and ready to mingle. That trip downtown will be unforgettable.
BUM BUM BAR
This Valentine’s Day, head out to Queens to the Butch Casanova masquerade party at Bum Bum Bar, Queens’ newest five-night-a-week lesbian bar. This formal event features champagne, raffle prizes and a free delicious Latin buffet. Then, work off the calories on the dance floor! Beginning every Sunday after the Super bowl, Bum Bum Bar will offer free Salsa dance lessons from 7 to 9pm for beginners and intermediate dancers. Shake your booty out to Queens to experience this new hotspot.