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Gay Old Times ... 2009


Bar Los Recuerdos
79-15 Roosevelt Ave., nr. 79th St.; 718-672-7505
Meaning "memories" in English, this year-old bar has a dance floor hosted on Friday nights by legendary drag reina Laritza Dumont. Saturday nights is Sabor Latino (Latin Flavor)—more so than usual, apparently. Right next door is the super-gay-friendly Colombian restaurant Cosita Rica.


Lavish Lounge
34-01 36th Ave., at 34th St.; 718-361-0022;
A little bit of Chelsea right here in Astoria, with buff, hairless bartenders, go-go boys, and patrons galore. Wednesdays, RuPaul's Drag Race star Rebecca Glasscock hosts Sing for Your Life Karaoke; fuller-figured drag persona Mimi Imfurst hosts Drink 'Til You Drop Thursdays.

36-19 24th Ave. nr. 36th St.
Comfy, couch-y rec-room-feel neighborhood bar with a great jukebox and cheap drinks.

Elsewhere in Queens

Bum Bum Bar
63-14 Roosevelt Ave., nr. 63rd St.; 718-651-4145;
Mostly lesbian bar-club in Woodside spins merengue, house, reggaeton, Top 40. Full of "stunning, sinewy, hot sexy Latin girls and their equally stunning butch counterparts," says GO's Lesser, who's a fan.


Mi Gente Café
1306 Unionport Rd., at Westchester Ave. 718-822-9274
Its name meaning “my people” in Spanish, this heavily Dominican, two-floor club hosts a raucous gay night on Tuesdays, complete with Latin-inflected house tracks like “Cha Cha Heels” and drag shows once or twice a month that feature local talent like Lopez and her colleagues Jazmine International and Tyra Allure. "When we work together, we do Pussycat Dolls," Lopez explains. "Some of us don't wear anything but pasties." And the crowd? "Mostly flamboyant gayboys, but you'll see a lot of D.L. thugs and hip-hop thugs."

1332 Blondell Ave., nr. Tremont and Westchester Square
Gay on Fridays, mixed on Saturdays, a bit younger than the Mi Gente crowd. Here you'll hear Latin tracks along with the usual divas: Beyoncé, Ciara, Pussycat Dolls, and Jazmine Sullivan, who sings the fierce track "Lions, Tigers & Bears." Fridays are hosted by Princess Janae. "She's a tall black woman," explains Lopez.


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