THE SCENE: The Very Best of NYC Nightlife

The hottest clubs, coolest bars, and everything in between

It’s a party in the U.S.A. How do you show your patriotism? By celebrating with Americana-clad go-go dancers, a cold PBR and a hot dance floor fueled by DJ Tease and DJ Roze Royce, of course. You can do just that at Dirty Democracy at Pacha, a tag-team effort of Sir Sabrina, Danielle Presents, and Lynn and Bridget of Proposition—that’s four of New York City’s hottest promoters under one roof. Happy birthday, Mr. President, indeed! Get ready to throw your hands up for the last three-day weekend of the winter and kick up those cowboy boots. Nothing says “U.S. of A.” like ladies having a good ole’ time. Dirty Democracy will make you proud to be an American.

On March 1, the stroke of midnight marks the start of Women’s History Month and the final farewell to New York’s favorite mixed queer weekly party, *Snapshot*. Seven years ago to the day, the party first launched with a vision of changing the nightlife scene. *Snapshot* is going out with a bang (we’d expect nothing less), and starts the week leading up to the last night of debauchery with a boozy trip down memory lane. Literally. Starting at Beauty Bar and making its way through all of the different venues it occupied throughout the years, the *Snapshot* Pub Crawl on February 22 is not to be missed.  On March 1, the grand finale at Bar 13 features all resident DJs of parties past, go-go dancers, and a Bar Mitzvah-style slideshow of *Snapshot*’s coming-of-age. The night kicks with a short screening of a documentary made on *Snapshot*’s one-year anniversary. We’ll miss this now-infamous Tuesday night ritual.

Those of you who have been to Rebel Cupcake know that the femme-tabulous Bevin Branlandingham knows how to throw a fabulash bash, whether the theme is unicorns or Prince. But if you’re looking for more “chillin’ out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool,” Art & Soul should be your party of choice. It’s a queer night with a loungey, laid-back vibe and a soulful playlist—call it a rager for grownups. Make a new friend or find a post-Valentine’s boo at Culture Fix, a low-key Lower East Side coffee shop and gallery space. Art & Soul features a queer artists’ salon each month—February brings the va-va voom with the *World Famous *BOB*, certified burlesque sexpot and animated storyteller.

Pull over, little lady—Truck Stop hits New York for its monthly residency at Slate, its local home away from home. Last year, L.A.-based Fuse Events teamed up with Bridget and Lynn of Proposition, and the result is a wild, raunchy party that makes Maxim look like Readers Digest. Featuring a booties-on-the-bar, lap-dance-able, “Pour Some Sugar On Me”-worthy good time, Truck Stop has evolved into a new staple on the ladies scene in NYC. Just imagine all that anticipation building up over the month! DJ Sam Deka is in the booth and ready to make you sweat. When that siren goes off, it’s time for the Truck Stop Girls to get rowdy. Leave your girlfriend at home and start your spring break early—we’ll never tell!

Hey sex kitten—are you ready to strut your stuff in the urban jungle? Sink your claws into the party for the choosiest of queers. Choice Cu*ts gives new meaning to “fierce” this month with the “Hint, Hint, Animal Print” party. Show your untamed side, work that zebra print, get out your leopard spots and tiger stripes. DJ Lesbian Van Halen and DJ Filf Dos keeps the beats coming all night. Strike a pose for celebrity photographer Maro, who will document the most ferocious, wild and sexy beasts. Feeling low on cash? Come dressed in furry attire head-to-toe and pay no cover. The icky snow might still be melting on the streets, but it’s a jungle in here.

Eye candy alert: Las Reinas, the ladies behind Mixx and Heaven, are making even more room on the dance floor for the LGBTs. Bombshells Lori and Marcela know a thing or two about getting the party started. If you haven’t had the pleasure of attending a sexy Las Reinas event, now you have even more chances to do so during the month. Every second Friday, Las Reinas hosts the new Party Like a Rock Star at Bar 116 (formerly Alibi Lounge). We’re not suggesting you swig Jack Daniel’s and pass out on the Sunset Strip in a blur of fluorescent spandex—rather, these queens’ idea of excess involves low lighting and sultry salsa, hip hop, and Latin beats to decorate the dance floor. And with 2-for-1 drinks until midnight, you won’t find a better deal at an upscale Village party. Stay warm with the hot ladies of Las Reinas.

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