The Club Crawlers: Grand Openings Edition!
This week the Club Crawlers have been hitting up club openings all over the city. Join them as they take us to the grand opening of Les Freques, the Closet, the Grand, Avalon with a few stops along the way!
We saved ourselves this week by waiting to start until Thursday night. This weekend was packed with Grand Openings, so we decided to plan ahead!
We started out on Thursday night in the East Village at Boysroom. This place has been struggling to stay alive since the Boysroom outlawed the 'boys.' We haven't been by there since Detention moved east, and we were pleasantly surprised. Drew Zailen and Jon-Jon Battles seem to be a good combo, and the dirt cheap drinks at the bar help too! if you're looking for a laid back place to chill and have a few drinks, this is your place. We must warn you though, there are more naked go-go boys than patrons at this point... but that's can't be a bad thing right? Seen: Drew Zailen, Jon-Jon Battles, Vlad, JR and more.
We decided to take a break from the twinks and pull up a bed at Duvet. We always have mixed emotions about this party. Several of our 'club crawlers' have previously called this place home on Thursday nights, but this week the place was a bit "hit or miss." We heard lots of talk from the promoters about their new Sunday party also opening this week, so we can't write this one off as a loss just yet. After enough laying around, we headed down the block to the Thursday night safe haven, Campus Thursdays at Splash. We're always really impressed with the crowd at Splash. The go-go boys are bit too young for our taste, but they are definitely the nicest group of boys we've ever watched in thongs. You very rarely find 'exotic dancers' with a lot of personality, but the Campus dancers definitely have both! Both floors at Splash were banging tonight. Seth Gold and Steve Sidewalk seem to comprise a perfect combo for non-stop dancing. The drinks aren't too bad either ! Seen: Alan Picus, Joey, Giovanni, Ronnie Hokanson, Steve Sidewalk, Danielle Bolinger, Chris Ryan, Seth Gold, Matty Weissman, Alixandria, Tandrew, Rice Queen, Greeky, Jana the flier chick and tons more (sorry, we know we missed people!)
We dedicated our Friday night to the Grand Opening of the Grand on 53rd street for the launch party for Nick Lachey's new networking site, yfly.blog. The straight girls got so testy when the door man moved the fags to the front of the line, but shit happens doesn't it girls. Once inside we were mesmerized by the hot decor inside the club and the whole clan of not-so-celebrities. What we learned from this trip, Nick Lachey doesn't have very many friends. Seen: Nick himself, Vanessa Millano, Drew Lachey, Dylan McDermott, Ronnie Hokanson and more.
This Saturday, we started uptown and headed downtown (normally, we do the opposite). We went to Hell's Kitchen this week and got our start at Therapy. The atmosphere here just screams, "sit here and get drunk." Two out of five of our crew were completely drunk before we even left, and the others were off to a good start. If you still haven't made it up to Therapy, its a good place to snuggle in the chilly weather. Check it out. Next we headed to Chelsea to check out the floor at Roxy. We shortly realized that we were a bit too early for the Chelsea boy crowd that frequents this mega dance floor so we hit up the open bar (or at least we think it was open, we didn't pay a dime!) As the guys started to flood in, we hit the floor and jammed a bit after turning down multiple offers to "see stars." We stumbled across town to see what the twinks at Heaven were up to after getting lost between 16th and 19th streets (as impossible as it might sound.) After re-gaining consciousness, we stopped in at Heaven (now under new management) to say hello to some old friends. Steve Sidewalk was joined by DJ Tek E providing everything from pop to hard house. We ran into our old friend, Gina, the former Stonewall manager who is now running the show at Heaven now. We remember seeing her, but were to drunk to remember what was said. Sorry Gina, we still love you! We're always shocked by what Ronnie Hokanson and Mimi Imfurst pull off on the stage, but this week it seemed to a be a "who is the drunkest" contest. (Charles is our boss here at gaysocialites, so we have to choose what we say carefully lol!) Someone was wearing a kilt, we have this much confirmed. We're still just not sure who though. At first we thought Charles was in a skirt, but he says we were just too drunk to remember. We can't really argue that. The show was still going on when we left, but strangely enough we ran into one of the hotttttt contestants while on the train back to Brooklyn. Seen: Steve Sidewalk, Ronnie Hokanson, Mimi Imfurst, DJ Tek E, Alan Picus, Tony Gambino, Gina, Marcus, both bartenders named Justin, Terry Tom, Chris Perez, Angel, and more.
Sunday was the big night of grand openings, we started at the Grand Opening of the Closet by gaysocialites.blog with open bar from 8-9pm. We found hot boys, crazy music, unhibited bartenders, shitty food, strong drinks and one of the strangest clubs we've ever seen. We've never gotten started at that early before, but we were definitely impressed with the potential this place has to become the new "pre-game" hot spot rather quickly. Our card was full for the evening, so we hit the road after molesting the open bar and enjoying a fish bowl each. By the way, the fish bowls are SOOOO much stronger than they taste... we're just warning you. Seen: Ronnie Hokanson, Steve Sidewalk, Seth Gold, Jae Garcia, Peter Yacobellis, Chris Ryan, Randy Gordon, Mike Billy, Akash & crew and more.
After a very strange ride across town, our cabby let us off 3 blocks away from Guesthouse to avoid "the dangerous situation on 27th street." We had to dig for info, but the driver warned us of riots and a lot of "police activity". We hauled ass up the block to catch the action, but upon arrival we wondered if maybe 27th street had moved... the only danger on this 27th street were the three drunk fags about to fall all over the place trying to figure out how to get into Guesthouse (that's us). Where in the world did he get all this talk of riots? This isn't Saturday night, and we aren't straight! After getting into Guesthouse and dropping half our purse on drinks, we realized we needed to grab some more make-up and try Les Freques again another time. Avalon or bust! We arrived at Avalon, avoided the small line and headed straight for the dance floor. Vito Fun was burning up the chapel with his 80's tunes while Seth Gold (we think) was banging the bass on the main floor. You could tell that the Chelsea boys were happy to be back church to get their God on. The train ride back to BK was miserable this morning, now we get ready for work. Seen along the way: Skyla Versai, Alan Picus, Seth Gold (again), Vito Fun, Chris Ryan (again), Ronnie Hokanson (again and again), most of the Campus Dancers and more.
The club crawler is made up of excerpts submitted by gaysocialites.blog staff and members while partying like we should in New York City.