- Rainbow in the Dark
Heathers, 506 E. 13th St., nr. Ave. A; 212-254-0979
You cast a wide net when you bill your rock-and-roll party as a night for “gay men, Satanists, and metal enthusiasts.” It’s no surprise then that this party packs a diverse crowd into snug East Village bar Heathers every third Thursday. Catering to a gay metal contingent that’s otherwise overlooked in nightlife, hosts Brandon Stosuy, a Pitchfork editor, filmmaker Joshua Sanchez, and music writer T. Cole Rachel spin everything from spooky electro to sludgy doom. And with a beer and a shot going for $8, the occasional leather-clad go-go dancer undulating on the bar, and a 10 p.m. start time (for those who like to get their carnal selves in bed at a decent hour), there’s plenty reason to raise your devil horns.
Best Gay Metal Night
From the 2013 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).