January's New Heat

These fresh additions to the nightlife landscape spice things up despite the doldrums of winter.
January 23, 2013

(Frankie Sharp with Jonte, Ebonee Excell and Peppermint at Westgay last year)

The explosive popularity of Penthaus Fridays, Justin Luke and Alan Picus’ new Friday night atop the Copacabana, and Ladyfag’s new monthly ElevenEleven are just the first in a new wave of nightlife destinations to kick off 2013. Here, a closer look at what’s coming up, and whom you can expect to see on the dance floor this winter.


For fashion-obsessed bearded party boys:

Frankie Sharp’s Friday

Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette St (btwn White/Walker Sts), santospartyhouse.com. Frankie Sharp has officially upped the ante for Friday night gay blowout parties below 14th Street—wait, did such a thing exist before? The Westgay promoter does two floors of fashion-filled fun with DJs Carlos Jadraque and Nita, and hosts Casey Spooner, Amy Cakes, William Francis, Josephine Halle B, Ms. Fitz, Signe Pierce and the House of Mugler (downstairs will be hosted by the chic folks from VFiles and will be a bit more mixed, Sharp admits). “It’s going to be beyond!” he exclaims. “It’s basically Westgay on a Friday [times] 100,000,000.” Fris starting Feb 1 at 10pm; $10.

For Hellsea boys who think Brooklyn is too far away:


Rebel, 251 W 30th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), antitwink.com. Roze Black and Ernie Cote join forces for a new two-room weekly Friday party at Rebel. “There will be two different rooms, with very different feels/vibes,” Cote explains. The front will be velvet-tinted, with vinyl DJs only, while the larger back room will have more pop-friendly denizens of the decks. “The ending portion of the night, and going into an after-hours will be a well-known house/electro DJ to keep people dancing into the wee hours of the morning.” Fris starting Jan 25 at 11pm; $5–$10.


For club kids old and young:

Catwalk Grand Opening Valentine’s Day Ball

Location to be announced, facebook.com/bartschland. As of press time, details are scant about Susanne Bartsch’s new upcoming party, but we know it’ll kick off Valentine’s Day and that Bartsch wants you to “love your pussy”—we hope she means that ironically! February 14.


For Hell’s Kitchen Boys who Wish Bar-tini Had a Bigger Dancefloor:

Milk Sundays

Actors Playhouse Theater, 100 Seventh Ave South (btwn Grove/Barrow Sts),arenasevents@gmail.com. The first edition of Ted Arenas’ weekly Sunday tea at the iconic West Village theater space happened January 20 and featured a DJ set by Justin Dawson with hosts Ebonee Excell, Christie Mass and Ronnie Brown, and an open bar till 10pm. In coming weeks they’ll have alternating DJs and if you’re interested in bottle service, send RSVP to Arenas’ email. Suns at 9pm; free.


For the Post-Brunch Crowd:


Pounds and Ounces, 160 Eighth Ave (@ 18th St), poundsandouncesnyc.com. Rounding out the weekend, Kevin Wiltz and Frank Carrasquillo set up shop every Sunday (the first one was January 20) at Pounds and Ounces in Chelsea, for an early evening of drinking, dancing  and carousing with DJ Steven Paul. The Homme/Towne Productions promotions pair will even have drink specials all night at the popular brunch spot. “The space is gorgeous and so is the crowd!” the boys assert. Suns from 7pm–11pm; free.