Lasers, Inquisition, And A Cameo By The Wanted: The 10 Most Metal Moments Of Saint Vitus's One-Year Anniversary Week

The Young Widows play St. Vitus.
The Young Widows play St. Vitus.

On April 12, St. Vitus—the metal outpost in Greenpoint—turned one year old, but the birthday celebration went down between April 23 and April 28. Bands, cartoons, go-go girls, celebrities, sacrilege, and a metal magician were in attendance.

"It was chaos," says bartender and co-owner Justin Scurti.

In 2011, when Scurti, Arthur Shepherd, and George Souleidis opened Saint Vitus—named both for the Black Sabbath song and the doom metal band—they just wanted to run a successful business. "We never planned on being a full venue," Scurti says, "and we never planned on being a full-on metal bar. It just sort of happened. It's who we are and what we like."

Judging by the number of regulars present the Monday after the events and by the four sold-out shows the week before, metalheads have given the bar the horns-up stamp of approval. We asked around for the top ten most metal moments of the anniversary week.

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10. Tuesday Night Kill 'Em All Karaoke

This is a weekly happening at Saint Vitus, but April 24 was made extra-special by the bar's neighbors. "The staff of Champion Coffee came out and sang 'Cherry Bomb'—very provocatively," revealed Scurti. The Runaways might not quite be metal, but baristas gone bad definitely are.

9. Laser Lights for Sunset Strip Saturday

Lasers, Inquisition, And A Cameo By The Wanted: The 10 Most Metal Moments Of Saint Vitus's One-Year Anniversary Week

Hosting Sunset Strip Saturday, a weekly party with '80s glam metal and dancing on the bar, was one of the main goals Scurti, Shepherd, and Souleidis had when they opened Saint Vitus. For the anniversary, they introduced lighting effects that made Saturday a highpoint. "We had lasers," says DJ Christine. "Lasers, smoke, and Mötley Crüe in one night. What more could you want?"

8. Young Widows

Kentucky post-hardcore band Young Widows kicked off the week with a sold-out show Monday night. "They were awesome," says Scurti. "The sound was great, and they brought their own lights." They were also the first to perform in front of the huge Saint Vitus logo on the wall behind the stage, newly painted by Karolyn Holland.

7. Primitive Weapons

Also playing on Monday Night were Brooklyn's Primitive Weapons. While the stage-diving was very metal, a few of the audience members weren't: the U.K. dance/pop boy band The Wanted were spotted among the crowd. (Meanwhile, they were live-tweeting the countdown of their self-titled EP, which was released at midnight.) Apparently they dig heavy music. Who knew?

6. Hardcore Wednesday

Hardcore Wednesdays are always a slammin', but DJs Ben Koller (Converge) and Jim Carroll (Hope Conspiracy, Pure Love) took this one to a new level. The consensus is that this was not just one of the best nights of the week, but one of the best of the last year.

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