a gay space. Peering out over the decks from behind his Buddy Holly glasses, Ivy smartly reads his crowds and adjusts his sets, skillfully alloying breakbeats and high-energy techno. Big cities like Los Angeles and New York have bathhouses that, depending on the night, may have better crowds than the national chains North Hollywood Spa, Tampa Mens Club, Denver Swim Club. Although Vinyl lacked the flash of the high-profile Church right around the corner, among music aficionados and the die-hard dance set, it ranked a notch higher on the cool scale. Who was this fanatical group of gay cowboys hanging out at that new watering hole way out in West Kansas? . To save money, a customer took it home for repairs and brought back instead, a pair of his own boots covered in the unbroken mirrors. . Internationally known spinners as well as local residents took to the tables in the multi-room space. We were so poor that we decided not to replace the mirror ball after it fell and broke one night. . Best of Denver arts Entertainment / 2003, best Place to Watch The Simpsons. The place has an unsettled feel, like a shoe that needs some breaking in, but the dance floor is ample, the drinks are strong and the fan base is amorphous enough to stay interesting.
But if you're in the mood to shake your booty from left to right (repeat as necessary we suggest you hit up Ivy's lesser-known, full-bore after-hours sets at Enigma, where he reaches deep into his crates to unleash the beast. If these are not options in your city, plan a trip. It brings back memories of the campfire, the horseplay, the too-small tent with the too-thin sleeping bags that maybe would be warmer if zipped together. Which is why we recognize the Church's new 100-grand main sound system as world-class, not to mention the best in Denver.
The Everard Baths in New York City was the most written-about bathhouse in history until it closed in 1986 at the height of the aids epidemic. Vinyl, yeah, we know Vinyl is no more: The great blizzard of 2003 tore the roof off the place, literally, while completely demolishing Floyd's Barbershop next door. Most gents come to the Diamond Cabaret with a pimp roll to spend - but they're grateful to see women they can touch or the hookup kristen ashley read online talk to without management stepping in and without it costing a buck a minute. Charlies was poorly located, under financed, built by duct tape and bailing wire and misunderstood by much of its own gay community. . Best of Denver arts Entertainment / 2003, best Dance Club for Looking. Currently splitting time between Boulder and the Big Apple, DeBartolo is reportedly at work on her second book; we can only hope it's as divine as her first. And if you've had your eye on someone, trust in one of the town's most gracious hostesses, organizer Michelle Barnes: She knows how to work the crowd and make all the right introductions. If you are a kink pig looking for slings over saunas, find your nearest Slammer. Charlies even supported the ultimate oxymoron; a thing called Gay Rodeo. . Crowd:Gay guys who are young/old/and everyone in between.