Outlook Long Island is Long Island’s own publication dedicated to serving the area’s gay populace and on Saturday, February 2nd, 2012, the magazine will be holding its 7th Annual Outlook Awards at the Thatched Cottage in Centerport. Mistress of Ceremonies Ariel Sinclair will be on hand to recognize the best of Long Island’s LGBT community for 2011, and awards will be given out in a variety of categories, including Activist of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, and many others.
Since this page has made a lot of commentary on Long Island’s gay nightlife, it is only fitting that we first take a look at the ten nominees facing off in the category of “Best Nightlife”:
A-List Promotions brings big weekend dance parties to locales in both Nassau and Suffolk counties with their da Bunk at Patchogue's The Bunk House and Gation Saturday's at Dublin Nightclub in New Hyde Park.
For 24 years now, Blanche Bar in Farmingdale has been a staple in the Long Island gay community. More of a neighborhood bar than an all out nightclub, Blanche is the kind of place to spend with friends and friendly conversation or to start off the night.
The Bunk House, Patchogue
The Bunkhouse reopened this year in a brand new location on Waverly Avenue in Patchogue. The new joint is a much larger space than the old Sayville location, looking more like a traditional club than before. The Bunk offers plenty of themed parties with lots of drag shows for the younger set.
Cherry's on the Bay, Island Breeze and Ice Palace, Cherry Grove
Three of Cherry Grove’s nightclubs have also made their way to the list of nominees for Outlook’s Best Nightlife Awards for 2011. Both Cherry’s on the Bay and Ice Palace had successful summers in 2012, the former with its new array of special events and parties and the latter for its infamous Friday night underwear parties and of course for Saturday nights with the long-running Porsche show. The Ice Palace also brought in big entertainment for the summer with the likes of the one and only Liza Minnelli and Alan Cummings, as well as Margaret Cho, Sandra Bernhardt and others. The Island Breeze came into its own this year as a relaxing and fun place to hang out, and is recognized as such with its nomination.
The Long Island Eagle/Veranda - Bay Shore
The Long Island Eagle/Veranda in Bay Shore is another Long Island staple, with a nice mix of clientele and decent-sized crowds. Owner Brett Collins-Pellicone, has been hosting nice crowds throughout the year, and it's always a good time. Check out this writer’s review of the Eagle here.
The Lizard Lounge's Circus Wednesday and Metro Friday, Bohemia
The Lizard Lounge of Bohemia is home to two weekly nights of gay clubbing. The bar’s Circus Wednesdays has become a mid-week staple for LGBT’s in Suffolk County while the new Metro Fridays has picked up the pace with its weekly shows and parties.
M Lounge at The Grill Room, Hauppauge
M Lounge is a monthly meet and greet that takes place once or twice a month at Hauppauge's The Grill Room. The event always garners a nice crowd of bona fide men in a setting conducive to meeting people and making friends.
Nuts & Bolts, Holbrook
Nuts & Bolts is a brand new hot spot located in Holbrook. The beautifully decorated and large space opened up on Thanksgiving Eve and has surely found its niche in Long Island LGBT nightlife with nice crowds of mostly men. Check out a profile of the place here and a review of opening night here.
Winners for Best Nightlife and all of the other Outlook Awards will be determined by popular vote. To cast your tally for the “best of” in all things gay on Long Island for 2012, including best nightlife, click the link for the Outlook Awards ballot right here.