Susanne Bartsch

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    May 17, 2013

    Gay Nightlife Wars Heat Up

    XL--the gay dance club that's attached to the Out NYC hotel--has gone through some changes this year, including the letting go of co-owners John Blair and Beto Sutter, who resurfaced with a hit party at Stage 48 on Saturdays, thereby giving them heavy competition. The contest has gotten fierce, so ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013

    Happy Anniversary, Susanne Bartsch

    At her weekly party with singer Joey Arias at the Soho Grand, promoter/hostess extraordinaire Susanne Bartsch elegantly announced, "Happy anniversary to me! It's the one-year anniversary of my tits." Afterwards, I cornered her to specify just what she meant--I'm slow school--and the Swiss miss expl ... More >>

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    April 10, 2013

    And The Queen Of NYC Nightlife Is...

    Swiss miss Susanne Bartsch. Still? Yes, after all these years, Ms. Bartsch still draws the fabbies and whooshes them into a creatively rich experience that propels them into the after-hours like space rockets with accessories. And with her own sylphlike body and ethereal outfits, she totally looks ... More >>

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    April 6, 2013

    Daniel Isengart's Book Launch Drew The Fabbies In Droves

    The reading/soiree for The Autobiography of Daniel J. Isengart--by the chichi singer--attracted the literati, as Daniel himself told me. The bash--at the Bartsch/Arias Tuesday night at Soho Grand--packed the room with people of substance, not the usual half-baked poseurs who often go to such things ... More >>

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    March 13, 2013

    Bartsch And Arias Create A New Living Room Ambience

    "Think of this as my apartment," black-chiffon-laden hostess Susanne Bartsch told guests at the weekly, unnamed Tuesday night soiree at Soho Grand's lounge last night. "Make yourselves comfortable. Have sex on the floor!" Please! I'd certainly do that at her real house, but not in front of stranger ... More >>

  • Columns

    February 27, 2013

    Strippers, Topless Transsexuals, And Club Kids: Where To Find Them

    The boogie is back—but watch out for the tables

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    February 27, 2013

    Fabulous Santiago Felipe Photos From Susanne Bartsch's Catwalk Par-tay

    This week's column is a rollicking wrapup of the tres festive nightlife that remains in NYC. To illustrate it, Santiago Felipe aimed his lens at the scintillating party people at Catwalk, the weekly Susanne Bartsch event held at the reopened Marquee. "Work that pussy," as the party's motto says. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    A New Susanne Bartsch Club Night Is Coming

    Susanne Bartsch is the empress of the ferociously fashionable, gamely glittery club crowd, so when she starts a new event, people start getting dressed. Right now, she and Kenny Kenny do the long-running, twinkly Van Dam--Sunday nights at Greenhouse--where your eyes are blinded by the beauty, even ... More >>

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    November 5, 2012

    What The Nightlife Stars Did During The Blackout

    At the weekly circus known as Vandam last night at Greenhouse, Amanda Lepore looked and smelled as fresh as a daisy. "I stayed at Cazwell's house," she explained, blithely. Co-host Susanne Bartsch had no such luck. "I have no heat and no fucking water!" she said, dressed like Merlin. "It's roman ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    A Typical Crazy Night At Van Dam

    You know, the Sunday night bash hosted by Kenny Kenny and Susanne Bartsch at Greenhouse. Judging from last night there, it's hotter, zippier, and loonier than ever. Bartsch was in Japan, but Kenny presided over the crowd in a sylph-like outfit, with light silver chains hanging from his face a la M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    Club Kids' Looks Have Gotten Even Wilder

    These are the photos that accompanied the email invite for Susanne Bartsch's Tuesday night party at Le Bain. And they feature wondrous creatures right out of a fractured fairy tale, critters with lots of breasts and makeup and Goldilocks hair and gender-fuck facial fuzz and Halloweenie eye makeup-- ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012

    Just Another Night At "On Top!" NSFW

    Costumes, mock fellatio, and lots of booze filled the other night's "On Top" party at the Standard, and fortunately WilsonModels was there to capture it with colorful imagery.

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    June 4, 2012

    Nightlifey Doings For Y'all To Drink In

    As usual, I do the partying so you don't have to. And here's what's been going on in after-midnight-land lately: *On Top!, the Tuesday night rooftop party at the Standard, put on by Ms. Susanne Bartsch, is back and has had to face a run of bad weather, plus some new competition (parties like the ... More >>

  • Columns

    February 8, 2012

    Remember How to Dance, New York?

    You're going to have to learn all over again and join me at xl

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    January 25, 2012

    Your Weekly Schedule At XL: Here It Is

    XL is the new gay dance club previewing tomorrow, then having a "grand opening" Friday, then having "the grand opening Saturday," if you catch the subtle difference. And since dance clubs are as hard to come by as deli coffee these days, you might as well start scheduling every single night there. ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    Gigantic New Gay Dance Club Opening Next Week!

    ​ I was one of the first people to write about the Out NYC, the 127-room gay resort hotel that's been planned for West 42nd Street for several gay years now. I have no idea when that thing is going to finally open, but who cares? I hear the dance club that's part of the complex is opening on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    A Porn Star's Worst Nightmare​I ran into a hunky porn friend at Susanne Bartsch's "On Top" party at Le Bain on Tuesday, and he told me something that really irks him. He admitted he gets uncomfortable whenever people say to him:

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    May 24, 2011

    "La Daily Musto" The Video Strikes Again! This Time At The Standard!

    Every Tuesday night at Le Bain at the top of the Standard Hotel, Susanne Bartsch and the Zand Collective throw "On Top," a bash attracting a startling mix of people to match the dizzying views. Well, I was there with New York Film Academy's Geoffray Barbier to make a quickie, Felliniesque video cap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Michael Alig A No-Show At Nightlife Panel

    ​Last night, I moderated a really fun and informative panel about the history of New York nightlife at the Museum of Arts and Design. On the panel were such formidable presences as Susanne Bartsch, Hattie Hathaway, Desi Monster, and Ladyfag, all ready to share their colorful stories of life a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    'Valentine's Ball' Photos! People in Costumes Judging People in Costumes!

    It was a birthday bash for Patricia Field, a Susanne Bartsch promotional experience, a pre-Valentine's Day romp, and a Fashion Week kickoff all at once. So the 'Valentine's Ball' at Capitale was expectedly fab, even if there were no mirrors in the bathrooms! Here are tableaux-filled photos by Bria ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 2, 2011


    Celebrate Valentine’s Day in style

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    November 3, 2010

    More Tommy McCall Photos From Halloween Eve

    ​ These glittery gems are from the Susanne Bartsch freak-apalooza at Good Units, which was way fun until people in fire marshal costumes barreled in and shut it down. Wear 3-D glasses for extra effect.

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    It Was a Voice-y Halloween

    ​Halloween came early this year, with the gala Susanne Bartsch party at Good Units on Saturday. Her crowd usually dresses to the nines, but this time they were dolled up to the sixty nines, and it was blindingly good (at least until the Fire Marshalls shut it down).

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    January 15, 2010

    A Neon-Colored Night of Freaky Fabulosity at Vandam

    ​ On Sunday nights down at the club Greenhouse, freakies mix with hot twinks in the glittery fishbowl known as Vandam, hosted by the immortal Susanne Bartsch and Kenny Kenny, who serve glamour like no other team since Barnum & Bailey. Alex Geana recently donned his party armor and went into t ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009

    David Barton Gym's Toy Drive a Big Hit

    ​ Susanne Bartsch's annual Toy Drive at the Astor Place Barton gym on Monday night was a smash, people lining up to hand over toys quite different from the rather racy ones most of them generally use at night.

  • Columns

    December 8, 2009

    Queer as Folk Star Goes Lesbian!

    Plus, which Tiger Woods mistress is trailer-ier?

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    November 11, 2009

    A Wild and Woolly New Club Night!

    ​Those surreal space aliens Susanne Bartsch and Kenny Kenny--who already throw the zingy VanDam Sundays at Greenhouse--are teaming for one more crazy salad of weekly debauching, so our calendars will only have five free nights left to order Chinese and watch TV.

  • Columns

    September 15, 2009

    Daniel Craig at a Gay Club!

    Fashion Week, Idol chatter, a gesture toward Liza. By Michael Musto

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    June 24, 2009

    More Steamy Blind Items! And Some With Names Too!

    Michelle Obama swears by Isabel Toledo's gowns, and now crowds do, too.

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Club Queen Turns Down Reality Show

    Isn't it nice that someone has actually turned down an offer to appear on television? In the age of reality TV, where people push their disintegrating families into your face for the glamour of it all, saying "no" is so very rare. And yet longtime club goddess Susanne Bartsch just refused the chanc ... More >>

  • Columns

    December 10, 2008

    Why Milk Stars a Hetero!

    Plus, singer-dancer Chita Rivera, drag queen Linda Simpson, and "Boys Gone Wild" at Mr. Black

  • Music

    November 26, 2008

    Dirty Blonde: Jon Bakhshi's Eco-Friendly Greenhouse; A Pitchfork 500 Party

    Soho gets a "green" nightclub, plus a swank winery that sticks mostly to red and white

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2008

    Nightlife Tidbits....

    At Sunday night's gay bash the Cuckoo Club, which has now taken residence at the Park, I got lots of attention, all of it positive except for one especially irritating douche nozzle. The guy made a big point of trying to amuse his friends by pointing at me and screaming "Look! It's a B-list celebrit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2008

    I Am Now a Lipstick!

    That's right, folks. I may not exactly be any kind of journalist, but I am definitely a fucking lipstick. According to Stephen Saban's wonderful blog, WOW Report, club kid killer Michael Alig just sent a letter to his friend James St. James from jail and in it he included a sheet from a fashion maga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2008

    Nightlife Update: Sebastian Is Crucified

    Sebastian photo by Elena Dahl For several months, Sebastian has been the go-to place for cute gays and a smattering of club freaks, every Thursday at the Madison. But the last few weeks, the energy has been erratic, the crowds haven't been big enough, and the up-down momentum has been more down tha ... More >>

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    December 25, 2007

    The Very Best "Best of '07" Round-Up!

    The absolutely last word on words not to have lived by during the previous year

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    December 26, 2006
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    December 12, 2006

    Craft Fairs and Cuddle Rooms

    Christmas is upon us, so enjoy yourselves—but don't go around grabbing people's lips

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    November 7, 2006
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    October 31, 2006


    Halloween triggers another hellish series of misfortunes for New York nightlife

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    October 24, 2006
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    May 30, 2006
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    April 11, 2006

    Selling Out

    Full disclosure: Happy Valley pays me off with vodka, and all you get is this lousy column

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    November 22, 2005
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