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Best Queer Party That’s Worth Going to Midtown For


Legendary party producer Ladyfag’s events draw out the most fascinating and fashionable elements of the city’s queer nightlife scene. Holy Mountain, named for the mind-melting 1973 film by director Alejandro Jodorowsky, takes place on Saturday nights once a month at Slake, a bare-bones club a few blocks from Madison Square Garden. The grungy midtown location makes it even more transporting to step into the fantasia of Holy Mountain, where people of all races, genders, and sexualities party in some of the most outrageous and creative outfits ever seen. Each month has a theme — like “cherry blossoms” or “techno fortune-teller” — that attendees use to inspire their looks (and gain cheaper entry). Slake features four rooms of varying size (including one larger space with hanging chandeliers) connected by labyrinthine staircases, heightening the feeling that you’ve entered a completely new world, one lit by black lights and decked out with stripper poles and go-go-dancing cages. Ladyfag recruits some of the world’s most forward-thinking DJs and performers — Karin Dreijer Andersson of the Knife, Juliana Huxtable, and Le1f have all made appearances — and each room features two DJs, allowing partygoers to wander from hip-hop beats to minimal techno to live drag performances as they choose. Holy Mountain is pure escapism, an opportunity to leave the outside world behind and immerse yourself in fantasy. Believe us — this is one dream worth having. Sophie Weiner

Slake, 251 West 30th Street, Manhattan