Gossip Roundup: Black Party shutting down Roseland // Vlada to open Infuse51

The week in gay gossip.
November 20, 2013

 (Black Party 2012)


Penultimate Black
Posting a teaser image for the upcoming 2014 Rites XXXV: Black Party on their Facebook page, the Saint At Large announced today that the infamous all-night party will not only spending their last year at the soon-to-close Roseland Ballroom, but they'll also be helping it close. The event will be transforming the Times Square venue into its annual den of sin on March 22 this year, the final week that the 3,500-capacity venue will be open.

Lady Gaga will be stopping by the Ballroom a few days later from March 28-April 2 to officially shut the place down. If you ask us, we can't think of a better, gay-er way to say goodbye to Roseland. 

Vlada Change-Up
The Hell's Kitchen bar is about to undergo some changes. Sometime in January, the upstairs lounge at Vlada will be reopening as Infuse51, a name referencing the bar's famous infused vodkas. As the Facebook page for the new venue announces:

"So the secret is out, Vlada gave you years of the best infused vodka in NYC. Chosen by New York Magazine as the best vodka bar in NYC, and winning numerous awards for the food, ambiance and service. Now we are ready to make some changes. We are introducing 'InFuse51'. In addition to new vodka flavors, such as pumpkin, cinnamon and bacon we are now offering infused tequila and infused whiskey. We paired our fabulous food selections with certain flavors of infused spirits. You must try the jalapeño tequila, lime tequila, mango tequila and pineapple tequila shots. The ginger infused whiskey , citrus infused whiskey, honey whiskey and bacon infused whiskey. Join us for your next celebration, a show or just an after work drink with a friend. See a show, taste our delicious food and infused spirits."

When it comes to infused liquor, there's probably never to much of a good thing! Count us in as one of the curious sippers saddling up to the bar this winter for some honey whiskey.


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(Below, the Rites XXXV: Black Party teaser image)