Baddies, 18–20 Greenwich Ave., nr. W. 10th St.; 212-645-0018
Strictly speaking, this Thursday-night throwdown at hot spot of the moment Baddies is not exclusively gay, but D.J. and fashion publicist Matt Kays pulls in enough young male friends that the queer quotient is inordinately high. Of course, the popularity of Whipped is not only owed to Kays: It’s also thanks to a soundtrack that segues from the Cure to the Cold War Kids; the sexy, red-lit space; and guest-D.J. turns by the likes of Brooklyn-based rappers Das Racist and the Smiths’ Andy Rourke. The line to get in can be trying, but once you’re downstairs, the vibe is playful, pansexual, and just right.
Best Gay Night
From the 2010 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).