Bar Car Nights
The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd (@ Bronx Park), Bronx, nybg.org. Experience the New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show at their inaugural LGBT event. This winter wonderland comes alive with queers sipping cocktails, watching ice sculpture demos, and dancing to live jazz. 7pm–10pm; $25 for members/$35 general admission.
The Griffin, 50 Gansevoort (@ Greenwich St), thegriffinny.com. The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission’s Young Professional Engagment Committee hosts this party to raise awareness for international LGBT rights. Come dressed to represent the countries where you’d like to see improvement in LGBT rights and enjoy complimentary Svedka cocktails. 8pm–10:30pm; $75.
Babycastles, 137 W 14th St (btwn Sixth/Seventh Aves), babycastles.com. Shane Shane’s arty party makes the move into Manhattan. Put on your hard hat and mouth guard for the “Safety First” edition of Fancy, with performances by Erin Markey, Felix and the Future, Harpooner, and Louvel. DJ Timothy Allen spins. 9pm; $6.
Lovegun, 617 Grand St (btwn Lorimer/Leonard Sts), Williamsburg, firstname.lastname@example.org. The girls and boys of Brooklyn flock to Frankie Sharp’s happening every Friday night to see go-go’s shake their asses, queens kiki and carry, and DJs spin the hottest beats around. 10pm; $5 before midnight/$10 general admission.
Phoenix, 447 E 13th St (btwn First/Second Ave), phoenixbarnyc.com. Michael Cohen and friends know how to turn up your Friday night. Cute gays crowd the dance floor, partying to a pop throwback soundtrack. 10pm; free.
The Ritz, 369 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), ritzbarandlounge.com. BoiParty is taking over The Ritz every Friday night, so expect hordes of cute 20-somethings partying on all three levels of this Hell’s Kitchen hotspot. DJ Xavier spins the main dance floor while Rico Alexis spins the second floor lounge and Mimi Imfurst provides the beats for the third floor’s scandalous go-go lounge. 10pm; free.
The Eagle, 554 W 28th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), eaglenyc.com. Robert Valin’s popular monthly party at The Eagle brings a cast of furry hipsters, bears, cubs, daddies, and generally horny homos to this legendary West Side leather bar. DJ Billy Pfeiffer spins while guests enjoy the usual beer specials and dirty dancing. 10pm; free.
Bizarre, 12 Jefferson St (btwn Myrtle/Bushwick Aves), Bushwick, 347-915-2717. Directly under the J train may seem like a strange place for a champagne dance party, but this luxurious little bar is filled with cute queers dripping with diamonds every month thanks to Jessamess, who DJs alongside Bathsalts queen Macy Rodman at this installment. 10pm; free.
Nowhere, 322 E 14th St (btwn First/Second Aves), nowherebarnyc.com. Cruise all the arty boys at Spunk [arts] Magazine’s monthly dance party, where Spunk founder Aaron Tilford and special guest birthday boy DJ Lorant spin electro house. 10pm; free.
The Cock, 29 Second Ave (btwn First/Second Sts), thecockbar.com. DJ Jeff Chatterton spins an eclectic mix every Friday night at this infamous gay bar where East Village nightlife regulars come to party and there are always boys on the bar. 11pm; $10.
Otion Front Studio Fundraiser
Secret Project Robot, 389 Melrose St (btwn Knickerbocker/Flusching Aves), Bushwick, secretprojectrobot.org. A cast of fabulous queer artists including Bunny Michael, Manifestany Squirtz, Dark Sistr, and others will perform at this benefit for a beloved Brooklyn art space. 7pm–2am; donation based.