Ft Lauderdale Gay Scene

The Copa Ft Lauderdale Divine, Madonna performed
The Copa Ft Lauderdale Divine, Madonna performed

The Ft. Lauderdale and Miami scenes have changed a lot in the last year just like most clubs in America have shifted to a new phase of music and atmosphere. Ft. Lauderdale ranked as one of the world’s best clubs with Coliseum nightclub until hurricane Wilma ripped the roof, sound system, nitrogen system, and even the sign is missing. The drag shows from Daisy Deadpetals and T.P. Lords are not as frequent and the crowd is thinning out to surprisingly worse clubs. We noticed on our last trip to Ft. Lauderdale that people are going hysterical over a club in the Riverwalk/Los Olas downtown district called China White. China White is nothing to get excited about. It reminds me of the cheesy clubs you find in the West End of Dallas, TX. China White started out capturing the Wednesday night crowd taking that away from the recently closed down Cathode Ray. China White then went on to capture the Friday night hottie crowd from Coliseum. The gay scene has been begging for a new club in ft Lauderdale for some time but I think a club in the Wilton Manors area or something to have replaced the hurricane battered Copa nightclub would have been better. This club is located in the area that is in the center of the straight hangouts and clubs leaving some gays to feel uncomfortable walking around. I think China White should have made Saturdays the gay night because there is no where to go on Saturdays if you are under the age of 35 or so and want to meet someone around your age. China White was two levels with good music and hot bartenders revealing little clothing. I recommend Coliseum on Fridays since its more of a real nightclub and features the 2am drag show from Daisy Deadpetals or T.P. Lords. If you go out on Wednesday then make China White your hangout that night. The crowd is hot that night.

Saturdays in Ft Lauderdale for gay kids features no clubs that are 18 and up. Coliseum recently started some 18+ Saturdays but those are very rare. There needs to be a way for the 18-21 crowd to know what nights they can go out. If you are under 21 your best is to drive 45 minutes or so to West Palm Beach and go to Kashmir nightclub located on Forest Lane.

If you are 21 and enjoy the circuit crowd then check out Steel nightclub located on 19th and Powerline. Steel is located in a shopping center and features a video bar, dance club with boxes, good music, and an outside patio. The other Saturday night option is Coliseum where they book circuit dj’s every other weekend at least including Manny Lehman, Peter Rauhaufer, and more. You also get performances from T.P. Lords on Saturdays. China White is straight on Saturdays for now at least.

Saturdays in Miami are not at all what they used to be. I remember back when Salvation was open and Tuna Caserole paraded around the club. The straight clubbers always get the best clubs in SouthBeach and the gays are almost forced to do the straight club scene. Twist and score are the two gay clubs/bars in the Sobe strip. Twist is located on Washington where you have a circuity/jungle room, hip hop/r&b room, outside sports bar, and multi leveled places to shop for boys. All clubs in Miami and South Beach are 21 and up.

We took a cab ride from Twist to Ozone and that was a big mistake. We did not realize that Ozone was so far from the Sobe area. It was a $40 cab ride – do not make that mistake. It was not worth it either. The music was ok but was strange because they would play house music and never finishes a song then go to some retro and then reggaeton Latino music. The guys were mostly buff circuity crowd guys and it felt very strange when they busted out with retro music without any techno beat at all. Maybe this dj does not know how to remix or they were celebrating a retro night with the buff men. I did notice the lines to the bathroom got longer when the retro music came on.

Ozone was certainly far from everything in Miami and South Beach and I would not consider driving so far to party. Unless of course Madonna was expected to show up and I doubt she would stumble into this small of a venue. It was not nearly as large as I had expected and the drinks were outrageously priced.

Updated: http://www.gaypartyblog.com/south-florida-college-night-moved/

Longtime Cathode Ray Nightclub Says Goodbye

An establishment that has catered to the gay clientele for many years has been sold for an unlisted price.  We have learned the owner of Cathode Ray put the club up for sale without an intention to sell it but to see if he would get any offers on the club.  He got an offer he couldn’t refuse and it has officially closed its doors.  Cathode Ray was home to the Wednesday night pick-a-trick contest where you wore a number around and got to check the board for messages to see if anyone was interested in you.  They were located on Los Olas not far from the beach and shopping area.  We are sad to hear that this club/bar closed its doors but do hear reports the past owner may re-open another gay establishment next year sometime.  I will still wear my cool sleeveless shirt I got from Cathode Ray!

Return of the Bathhouse

I first read about this in OUT magazine (October 2006 Edition).  I was amazed that there was even a bathhouse in Cleveland but maybe we should check this one out.

It seems that bathhouses are coming back to the gay community once again but this time more luxurious.  A new bathhouse just opened up in Cleveland, Ohio that is supposed to be the biggest in the country.  This Cleveland Bathhouse will have piano bars, suites, and Sunday Church.

Gay Clubs in NYC

The New York club scene has changed drastically in the last few years due to clubs closing down and music trends changing.   NYC makes clubs have a dance permit so if you are in a bar without this permit you will not be allowed to dance.  Talk about freedom of speech or expression for that matter!

Thursdays you will find college night which has now been a NYC tradition for several years now even though the venue keeps changing.  Thursday night information can be found at GayCollegeParty.com.

Friday Nights in NYC

Splash on Friday nights was fun until happy hour ended then it was back to the hotel to relax.  We went back to Splash about 11 and it was $20 cover.  Around 11:30pm we went over to Mr. Blacks which had a line outside we waited in a good thirty minutes.  We walked into Mr. Blacks and it was not even real how many people were crammed into this dungeon-like room.  This club is a basement with a few mirror balls and the oldest cash registers you have ever seen.  Mr. Blacks had good music if you could stand to move or breathe – much less dance.  I was already beginning to feel that people in NYC have to sway instead of dance at some of these popular nightclubs.  Mr. Blacks is on Broadway and Bleeker.  It is next to a Café and I did not see a sign for the club but the line outside tells you’re at the right place.

We left Mr. Blacks (I have no idea what that name means) to go over to Opaline which is a younger crowd with a few hotties.  Opaline had great music and pretty strong drinks (from what I can actually remember).  Opaline is on Varick below Houston like 2 blocks.  You will see all the boys outside smoking.

Saturday Nights in NYC

Element (Houston and Avenue A) is a nice space with good music $10 before 12:30 and it is in-between the circuit daddies and the hip hop teens with cute boys between 21-35.  Element is a fun and popular spot on Saturdays but we had to go to Roxy to see DJ Offer Nissim from Tel Aviv.  This was a John Blair event at Roxy and was a semi-circuity event but the music was amazing.  I will have to put DJ Nissim in my favorite ten dj’s.  Roxy, of course is the club that has been around for years and featured live performances from celebrities like Madonna who performed earlier in 2006, while promoting her new album.

You will hear a lot of the locals in NYC complain that Roxy is too much money to get in since it was $35 unless you had a John Blair card at $25 (save $10), or you could save money with a printed flyer from JBlair.com.

Roxy also has a reputation as one local New-Yorker said it has “lots of drugs and muscle boys usually 30+ with their shirts off…. at least the 2 times I was there in the last four years it was like that.”  I found it to be a mix of mostly the circuit crowd with some younger guys 18+ here and there too.  There were a lot of coupled people at this club.

Roxy is huge and has lots of stages and boxes to dance on.  It also has a room upstairs room that plays pop, hip hop, and house music.

Club Heaven used to be the place to be on Saturdays for the 18+ Crowd but it was mostly dead the weekend we visited NYC.    We found that most of the 18+ Saturday night crowd stayed in for Sunday night or went to Roxy.

Sundays

First the bad news.  Club Avalon was seized for not paying taxes or drugs or something.  All I know is there are signs all over the building with big red “SEIZED”.  There are also signs that asked if “anyone had seen illegal activity” on this property.  Club Avalon is the old Church building was featured in the movie Party Monster and has had many great dj’s spin there including DJ Irene who I saw there awhile back.  This is sad news because I loved going to Avalon it is a true NYC experience.

John Blair moved his crowd over to the Roxy on Sunday nights but that did not work out too well because there were people leaving disappointed that it cost so much and it was not very busy.  They were charging over $20 to enter on a Sunday night so that is expensive for a Sunday even in New York.

Club Spirit, a 18+ club, was also closed down.  It was located next to some straight clubs on 27th between 10th and 11th.

Club Hiro turned out to the best place to go on Sundays in NYC.  Hiro is located inside the Maritime Hotel at 16th and 19th Avenue.  Hiro is normally a straight club turned gay/mixed on Sundays.  There was a line outside around 11:30pm to get in this club.  There was no admission but the drinks were more expensive that most of the other NYC clubs we had been to.  The music was very lounge sounding and did not get better until later in the night and it finally picked up.  Hiro had a great sound system but the lounge-type music they were playing early in the night made me want to scream.

Hiro had huge muscle dancers on the boxes early in the night then let everyone get up on the stages and dance.  It was funny watching them dance to this lounge beat.  I don’t know how anyone could possible do more than sway around to this music.  I always like a club that lets people dance on the box instead of having to stare at their dancers all night long.

Hiro inside was a light show that looked more like flashing pumpkins instead of club lights.  They had all these urban outfitters looking lights hanging from the ceiling that flashed in orange all night long.  It was a very low-lighted club (which is a good thing most the time) and took a long time to walk from one side of the building to another.  They had an upstairs lounge but it had bad acoustics and was something similar to a house party.  Overall Hiro was fun but I would hate for it to be the only choice for the queens to go on Sundays in NYC.

Here Comes The Venga Bus!

Finally, We are ready to launch this new site called gaypartyblog.com. This site will feature up to date club information from mainly US cities but will also feature International hotspots and those dark places that party on all night long. Our first posts will feature the Boston club scene and New York City. GayPartyBlog.com will also feature circuit events, gay pride parties, afterparties, and private parties only our readers are invited to. You do not have to be a socialite in the scene to find out the inside scoop. Stay tuned to find out what is going on in your area.