NY Nightlife: The Scene

May 6 – June 12. Back to School, Bellies of the Ball and more…


School might be out for the summer, but the party has just begun—the frat party, that is. On Saturday, June 13, Victoria, the notorious faux-drag party (that’s women who dress like men who dress like women, if you need a refresher) comes back from hiatus just in time for Pride month. And promoters Queens Marie and Cherelynore are celebrating Pride in a most intriguing way: with beer pong, drinking helmets and tranny-tastic collegiate attire. So don your favorite busty Greek-lettered cardigan and enjoy tunes from your college days while taking a dip into drag-dom. As ever, the Victoria ladies will be delivering a mighty performance lineup at the witching hour. But for those who can’t stay out that late, come to the Stonewall Inn early for free admission before 11pm. If you get to them before the lines, the V-Salon stylists will gladly do you up in wigs and lashes so you can look your draggy best.


Park Slope doesn’t exactly have a shortage of places of girly interest, and now there’s a fine new addition to this multifaceted gayborhood—the Belleville Lounge. The classy Francophilic bistro has opened a neighboring bar that hosts a variety of gay-friendly events all week long, including burlesque shows, spoken word nights and karaoke. But it’s Monday nights at Belleville that truly give it its special Park Slope appeal: the women’s party Belles of Belleville. Each week, DJ Stacy stops by to spin her signature dance-inducing tunes, and go-go girls respond by shimmying all over the brand spanking new venue. But before the party even gets started, would-be dancers can enjoy a fabulous happy hour till 9pm. After loosening up, stick around to mingle and groove with the other lovely residents of the Slope. Don’t tell ‘em we told you, but we hear some of them might be lesbians…shhh!


Party guru Maggie C., who brings the stylish lot  to the long-running Wednesday night Eden party, has launched two new events for women. On Fridays, check out Lady Fingers at Club Gorilla (formerly the world-famous Knitting Factory) to catch “circus acts, human oddities and other bizzare and shocking entertainment.” While that’s pretty much what you’ll see on the Lower East Side streets on any given Friday night, inside you get a particularly lady-focused lineup, including rotating DJs and harems of hotties duking it out on the dancefloor. With any luck, Lady Fingers will train guests to be great—ahem, typists, by the time they’ve experienced all the sexiness this event has to offer. And on Sundays, Maggie takes over the Maritime Cabanas to do brunch right at Stiletto for the second year running. Beginning on May 17, each week a rotating lineup of DJs and a regular stable of gorgeous, albeit hungover, bloody mary-sippin’ babes will be basking in the sunshine and the good, sexy company. What a beautiful way to brunch.


Frizz gotcha down? Pores bigger than a pothole? We are thrilled to announce a fabulous new event that will take care of all your beauty emergencies while getting you ready for a weekend of partying: A Girl’s Night In at gay-owned and -operated Chelsea salon Xa. The talented stylists of Xa have teamed up with GirlNation to bring women a fun weekly primp-fest. Each Thursday, the salon caters specifically to the lesbian community with a special $45 package, which includes a blowout, a skin consultation and two cocktails. Get yourself spruced up for the weekend with other stylish ladies for a fantastic value, and then head out to any of the numerous events we’ve listed on these here pages to show off your great new ‘do. Consider it pre-gaming of the most gorgeous kind.


When your night out simply must revolve around amazing house beats, look no further than Revolution, Henrietta Hudson’s hot house-fest. On Friday, May 15, Hen’s welcomes DJs Kim Dazy and Sandman, who will be spinning everything from vocal and tribal to electro and trance. The GO Nightlife Award-winning dance party will have you spinning like a record, baby. But don’t get too dizzy—at least not from the dancing. Delicous cocktails—or should we say “pussytails”?—and cheap beer are strong suits of this historic club.

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