Hells Kitchen Gay Cowboy Bar Shut Down by Health Department

flamingsaddlesdancersA Gay cowboy bar named Flaming Saddles was shut down by the NYC’s Department of Health Monday, after an inspection revealed its kitchen was a bit too dirty. This is a hot spot located in Hell’s Kitchen that features shirtless bartenders who two-step on the bar, as well as serving dishes like “Frito Pie”. The country came to NY but was letting hot food get cold, had improper plumbing, and had a food preparation counter that was improperly constructed according to the inspection report.

The inspection racked up a total of 61 violation points with one of them being filthy flies. Sounds like they need an appearance from my hero Jon Taffer on Bar Rescue to show up! The place was a hit when it first took off at the 739 Ninth Ave location in 2011. Maybe because of its hot bar staff and not their cleanliness. It was also named NYC’s Best Gay Bar in New York Magazine’s 2012 Best of New York issue. It also has four star reviews on Yelp. Send Jon Taffer in we promise he will get that kitchen up to speed!

How to survive a bar fight

We all know that some people get physical and tend to want to start fights when they are at the clubs. Especially who may think you are checking out their girlfriend or boyfriend. I had a lesbian punch me in the face once because she thought that I was hitting on her girlfriend and we were just dancing. I have also had a guy high on drugs and alcohol come up to me while dancing and start hitting the guy I was dancing with. I put him in a choke hold and that seemed to make him stop but what if it gets more out of hand?

This video shows that using a defense technique called Krav Maga could work if it turns into something out of control or if you are dealing with a drunk friend you want to quiet down. There are definitely times when you need to quiet down an out of control friend at a bar so they do not end up in jail or drive home drunk. Of course all of this is not exactly recommended. The best thing to do when you get into a bar fight is get the hell out of there or tell security. The bar does not want the liability of a fight and you don’t want to end up in jail.
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New Orleans Gay Scene

New Orleans or as we call it NOLA, The Big Easy, or Nawlin’s has changed a bit since the last time we were there.  We haven’t been to the Big Easy since well Katrina roared its ugly floods over the landmarks.  You will still find some of the same bartenders working at Oz, Bourbon Pub, and even places such as the Corner Pocket.

We were more impressed with the dancefloor at Club Oz than anything else.  Although it was open 24 hours it is missing Bianco and not half the drag showings it used to do.  I guess you have to come on a Wednesday night where they claim to give $2,000 prices to a winner or Sunday night at 8pm.  Sunday seemed rather lonely in the place but the Dancefloor was definately pumping Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at Oz.  The bartenders at Oz were not the happiest on the planet and acted like they were working more for the TSA than serving drinks.  The drinks were not only expensive but they did not take credit cards on weekend nights.  How can an establishment exist that takes no plastic in the 2000’s?

Even the oldest bar in the US Good Friends takes credit cards.  Now what excuse does Club Oz have for this.  We will say Oz had our favorite dance stages to jump our booty’s on around on.  We mostly walked over to Bourbon Pub just for the credit card tabs then went back to Oz to Dance.  Bourbon Pub had some hot Gogo Dancers and played the best in videos although their show upstairs was not really all that going on in some kind of attempt of a contest.

Of course we love the outside patios on Bourbon Street to be able to look down and see all the Navy Boys walking by.  Yes, you heard it right it was Fleet Week while we were there is is not only US Military but we get the military of all of NATO partners and we meet French, Canadian, among other Peace loving countries.   Everywhere we looked we would see military boys in white and light brown.  This event changes cities internationally every year so it maybe awhile before it resurfaces in New Orleans.

The Rawhide was another bar we frequented throughout our stay because it was across the street from our hotel.  The Inn on Ann St. This inn was not only around $100 bucks a night but had hard wood floors, freezing A/C. nice beds, ceiling fans, nice furniture, security cam guarded, wifi, and was a walking distance to the gay bars we cared about.  Rawhide also had some of the friendliest bartenders in town.

We then had an amazing meal at Vacherie who is part of the same restaurant family as the Cafe, a smaller place just a few streets down.  They both offered menu items that will make you want to eat this blog post with Fried Green Tomatoes, Pork Tenderloins/Beef, and the list goes on.  They had amazing food and we were have glad to get good food while in the Big Easy.
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DC Club Scene Part II

Part II of the Washington D.C. Club scene weekend we started out at an afterparty at Duplex Cafe.  This had to have been the most packed place I have ever seen with an exception of Terminix in Prague that was over-capacity.  I mean seriously it was a little too busy for the small cafe it was with that big crowd.  But it was a beautiful crowd in many ways it was hot boys dressed up as trannies for the Adam’s Morgan pageant. Let’s just say the drag queens were turning us on because they were sexy like that. It was so busy we could only stay there for a bit and could barely hear the music but the DJ was pumping out some good stuff from what we could hear. There were chicks dressed up like Pan Am stewardesses and some dressed up just being hot. People were just really preparing for Halloween festivities. Duplex is normally a place to dine located in the Dupont area and has a busy Thursday night as well.

We then cabbed it over to Town club for a retro night with a drag queen who was tired of standing out in the rain. He was showing us pics of him out of drag and we were quite impressed but we never saw him again inside the busy Town club. Town was great for the Saturday just as good as Friday. It was a special retro party with 70s 80s and 90s music mixes upstairs and downstairs.

Sunday night we took a town car provided by Ziegfeld Secret’s or ZS as it says on the building. The Gay area is located mostly near the 17th street near Dupont circle but Ziegfeld Secret’s is in the old part where Nation and Wet used to be near. It can take up to 20 min for that ride because it is a bit far from the Dupont circle. It may be a bit scary looking but once inside it is fun. The guys are totally nude and they feature a shower and a upstairs and downstairs of bare men. The only problem is its only good on Friday and Saturdays and maybe Military night and shirtless themed nights during the week. Sunday was pretty dead and only the upstairs was open with not even shower action so we busted out of there hoping to find a busy Sunday night place.

It turns out Washington DC does not have a Sunday night place at all. Now every city has its different rules, laws, and popular places for Sunday night but DC should just shut down on Sundays since it was entirely dead everywhere. In Atlanta they are forced to shut down at Midnight but it may be like DC in that not many go out that night. Cities like Dallas party hard on Sundays but are lame on Wednesdays and Thursdays. We even asked if there was a straight club to dance at on Sunday and no one seemed to know. Possibly on weekends like Columbus Day they may have a Sunday night event. The daytime is your best bet for Sunday Funday at places such as Duplex Cafe.

We are still not sure if they have a college night anywhere on Thursday nights. We read online the place they had it before closed down and did not hear of any mentions of a college night but we do know that Fridays are 18 and up at Town.

Overall DC has one of the best clubs in the Nation and in the Nation’s capital with so many professional gays, lobbyists, HRC officers, and leaders in the LGBT cause its certainly a great city to socialize and meet a possible husband. I would not want to pay taxes or live in DC though as if they were a state they would rank #1 in taxes. Continue reading DC Club Scene Part II

Boys bring their own goats (*friends)

All this talk lately about these Dallas reality shows such as A-List on Logo with Levi Crocker and Derek Saathoff sightings at S4 nightclub and BJ’s NXS. Also talk about other up and coming shows such as The Dallas Life and the one that is on Bravo “most eligible Dallas” with Drew Ginsburg showing up at the bars all over Dallas (which is what he does best.. drinking). Well Dallas you have been beat out with all these cowboy promotions and stereotypes. This bar in Tulsa, Oklahoma has you beat with their flyer for Renegade. The Tulsa boys know how to do it best… no steers just queers and their goats. Yup, it is a twink and his goat. And think of the reality TV you could have with $1 beer pints. Texas why are you not promoting a night such as this? Show me your Goats!

Best Gay Bar in the World

The LOGO Network has a website taking votes now for the best gay bar in the World.  Their poll over at Trip Out Gay Travel has many interesting choices listed but very far apart from each other.  It starts out with The Abbey, in West Hollywood which started out as a coffee shop but now a “Gay DisneyLand”.  Abbey is a nice bar known for big celebrity sightings and their fierce Mojitos or shall I say heavily fruity drinks.  Not much of a dance club inside but it is normally packed wall to wall and hard to enter unless you know someone at the door and even then you may have a riot if you walk past the line of other V.I.P.’s.  Because in L.A. everyone is V.I.P. right?

Next on the list is Exit from Amsterdam and as everyone dreams of going to this alternative pot smoking city we find ourselves wondering do they really have a good gay scene or is it all hype.  Do the bars close down at 2am?  No, actually they close down at 5am unlike some stories I have heard.  But judging from the pics from Exit it is not the multi-leveled club I was looking for but I’d rather go in person and judge for myself.

Le Drugstore in Montreal, Quebec is listed as one of the nominees being a hot lesbian club.  The biggest lesbian club in the World for over ten years.  Does it have the fierceness to be the hottest gay spot in the world?

Sidetrack in Chicago, Illinois is listed as a nominee and it is one of the funnest bars I have been in.  Just because it is in Chicago mainly.  You can see Ms. Fuzee doing her thing here and catch some chat with some hotties on the patio.  The dancefloor seems rather claustrophobic since it is so tight but its still a fun club/bar.

Rio & Sao Paulo both have clubs called “The Week”.  Must be a good “week” not just a “good night”.  So if you have a feeling for these clubs and you know its gonna be a good week then vote for this one.  I think every gay boys dream vacation is to hit up the A-list over in Rio and meet some hot Brazilian boys.

The winner from our tastes goto the best gay club in the world from 2008 and will most likely get the award this year… Heaven Nightclub.  If you tour London and miss out on the hottest nightclub in the world then you missed Popcorn mondays and G-A-Y Saturday nights with fierce performers around 2am.  Friday’s are a bit too retro for me at this club but Saturdays are incredible and will make you hallucinate and see Steve Rubell dancing around in the corner because you know its a real club.

Tell us what club or bar you think is the best in the world…