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02 September 2008 @ 07:17 pm
Gay bars - I love 'em  
The subject heading really says it all. In the last year I've gone to more gay bars and clubs than "straight" ones. Why is this the case? A couple of reasons. For one, the music is usually superior. When dancing is on your activity-list, that's fairly key. In general, I also like the laid back atmosphere. Not to mention, there's no pressure on me. I'm not what most people are looking for. Sometimes you just want to go out with your girls, have a good time, dance, drink and not have to worry about some guy shoving his dick up against your ass.  

Last Friday I went to Henrietta Hudson's for the first time, which is easily the most well-known lesbian bar in New York City. Located in the West Village, Henrietta's boasts a fairly diverse clientele of women ranging in age from 20-something to 40-something that run the gamut from very fem girls and businesswomen to androgenous types (who are always the hottest bitches in the room) and those who'd fall into the butch category. It was a friendly, warm atmosphere with some very attractive bartenders, a dimly lit lounge perfect for make-out sessions (of which there were plenty to witness), a tiny cramped bar, and a modestly sized dance-floor that was bumpin' come 10:30 pm. It was very convivial with lots of group dancing, a few gay men to bring the fab, and a DJ who wasn't scared to try some interesting mash-ups, including Billy Jean/Sexyback. 

Some other venues I've gone to that I would recommend for anyone interested in plunging into gay NYC nightlife are:

Suite ~ located on the upper west side in Morningside Heights, this small, local gay bar/club is an incredibly good time. I used to regularly go when I was in school since it was so close to my apartment. The lack of cover and its proximity to Columbia University make it a popular place with the college crowd and 20-somethings. Expect drag karaoke, costume contests, live singing, cheap drinks and a lively dance floor. The decour of the place is also awesome for a hole in the wall. I have fond memories of being festooned with New Year's regalia when I went this past year, as well as jumping on stage and explaining what "two girls, one cup" was to an interested drag queen. It's a place where anything goes. 

Splash ~ is everything you'd expect from a chic NYC gay club: hot men, expensive drinks, and a lot of trolling - that is, if you're a gay man. If not, it sure is a great show. Located just northwest of Union Square in Chelsea, you can be sure they'll be plenty of eye candy to goggle at, not to mention the model good-looking bartenders and barely clad go-go dancers that strut their stuff and shake their junk on raised platforms scattered around the dance floor. It's a big place with two dance floors and two massively huge bars. Check your coats and jump in. The discoball awaits you.

Caddyshack ~ has the illest DJs I've ever had the pleasure of dancing to. You want to dance, you haul your ass out to Brooklyn's #1 lesbian bar. Of all the venues described, this is definately the only dive. It's cruddy, it's sleezy, but it's big and draws large crowds of both gay women and straight couples. I saw more than a few guys with their gals dancing. When asked why they were there, one guy told me it was because it had the best dancefloor. I totally agree with him. Caddyshack also boasts upstairs and downstairs bars, a lounge and a roofdeck for those not interesting in busting a move. Oh. And they have pole dancers. Chick pole dancers. Be still my heart.    

Posh ~ is a very laidback, gay lounge in Hell's Kitchen. It's perfect for the happy-hour, just-got-out-of-work crowd, which is how I was introduced to the place. The drinks are cheap and strong, the guys generally business-types and the black leather couches are certainly wonderful places to sink your ass into after 8 hours at work.


My friend and I last Friday at Henrietta's. Jess was bemoaning the fact that she will not be getting any ass for the next two years because she's off to Turkmenistan to serve in Peace Corps. Hence, my grand idea to hit Henrietta's. We had a great time and you can see that I am sweating my ass off. I do not glean. I sweat. Yes, women do that. And before you ask, that is a cage behind us. They were supposed to have dancers, but we left before midnight and didn't get to see them :(   I like dancing in cages. But, that's a different story...


My college roomie A (some of you may know her as the roommate I watched Seasons 1-6 of Buffy with) and my fabulous Gaysian love up on the stage in Suite during New Year's. Like I said, anything goes, including PDA. The lipstick smudge on Gaysian's right cheek is very much mine. 


Me at Splash this past January. Look. at. that. ass. Look at it! And he's so... shiny. That man was working hard for his money (which you can see tucked into his shorts there - $3 came courtesy of moi) so I actually bought him a bottle of water and he gave me a peck on the cheek!

Herself_nycherself_nyc on September 3rd, 2008 01:08 am (UTC)
I used to live around the corner from HH; Traddles was good friends with the bouncer.
ClawofCatclawofcat on September 3rd, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)
Yes! My friend and I were standing outside getting some air and the bouncer had this huge bag of dog biscuits. This one woman walked by with two dogs and they went flying up to the bouncer, who fed them the treats. It was so cute. I guess that much be her "thing."
ellan_vannin on September 3rd, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
I was just commenting to herself_nyc how much I envy the city life. Yet another reason. *sigh*
ClawofCatclawofcat on September 3rd, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
Yes, city life is fun. It's the only one I've ever known. And now I'm old enough to really enjoy it!

Rest assured, if you come to NYC at any point, Herself and I will take you out for a night on the town.
mere ubu: s/b wishful thinkingmere_ubu on September 3rd, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
When I lived in Madison, I was in a mostly-gay murder mystery theatre troupe, and we performed exclusively in gay bars. I don't remember much of those years (heh) except that it was so much fun!

Love the pics, and I'm glad you're having fun. That is indeed a hard-working man! Hummina.
ClawofCat: CoC Spikeprofileclawofcat on September 3rd, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow. Murder mystery theatre troupe. What fun! What sort of performances did you do? For some reason I've got the stage version of Scoobie Doo running through my head with you as Daphne and the rest of the guys in drag or a dog costume.

Hee, the pics are amusing. I don't go out a lot, but when I do I like to have a good time.

That is indeed a hard-working man! Hummina.
Pretty, pretty gay boy. *pets him* I much prefer staring and drooling over them in RL than fanfic.
mere ubu: buffybot mere_ubu on September 4th, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)
Hee! Nope, no Scooby Doo. We had several people who would write original scripts for them and had a mind-boggling array of premises. I was usually cast as a wacko (think deranged nun, shrill mafia wife, female Elvis impersonator, Russian spy, eurotrash drug dealer, tacky southern beautician--that kinda thing), and poor B. always managed to be assigned a role that involved drug usage and would end up having to snort Equal. Hee! We only ever made enough in a night to cover the bar tab, but it was good times.

I'm scrolling up to drool some more over the pretty boy. And did I mention earlier that you're adorable? 'Cause y'are. :D

Edited at 2008-09-04 02:54 am (UTC)
missus_grace: interestmissus_grace on September 3rd, 2008 07:22 am (UTC)
What fun you must have! I sometimes miss those days, sometimes not. I partied like that before making all those places smoke-free was all the rage. I'd come home reeking of smoke and it would infect my car and all the clothes in the laundry basket. But oh, what fun was had!
ClawofCatclawofcat on September 3rd, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
It is fun! I'm not much of a party animal (got to work everyday), but when I do go out I like to enjoy myself.

I'm not a smoker, so I'm thrilled that bars/clubs are smoke free now. That would probably be a major deterent for me if it hadn't been banned since I have asthma.
Herself_nycherself_nyc on September 3rd, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
BTW, did you get my email? Any chance you could dogsit for me the weekend of the 20th?
ClawofCat: CoC Spikeprofileclawofcat on September 3rd, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
I didn't. Did you send it to my AOL address? That's my "fandom" email and I infrequently pick that one up. Gmail is the best way to reach me.

As much as I love Traddles, I just don't do dogs. I've never owned one, so I don't feel very comfortable having to walk and watch over her. Susanna will be in school at that point, but she may be happy to do it. If you can't get anyone else, you could try contacting her. Her roommate, Rachel, also has owned seven dogs and she often dogsits for people in the neighborhood. I'm sure either of them would be happy to watch Traddles.
Herself_nycherself_nyc on September 3rd, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
I may not have your gmail address.
I also don't have your phone number. Could you send me that stuff so I can get you into my phone?
Meanwhile, I'll ask Susanna.