Saturday, December 29, 2012

NYE at Hunters Chicago



It's All Happening
at HUNTERS CHICAGO
THIS NEW YEAR'S EVE!
Only $20 Entry Fee With Amazing DJS, Live Performances, 
Complimentary Champagne at MIDNIGHT, & SO MUCH MORE!


HUNTERS PALM SPRINGS New Year's Eve


HUNTERS PALM SPRINGS
for NEW YEAR'S EVE
Experience The Ultimate
in Palm Springs' Premier Dance Club!
DJS | DANCING | CHAMPAGNE
TOP 100 Song Countdown of 2012
CD GIVE-AWAY 
SUPER HOT DANCERS!

Monday, November 19, 2012

It's Thanksgiving & I'm Thankful, by Eddie Matarazzo


That time of year to be thankful;

I am so thankful for my partner of twelve years Joel and my four Dachshunds, my home and most of all my family in Boston and my family here in Palm Springs (friends and co workers at both Hunters who are my family). I am so grateful to wake up every day and have a wonderful job to go to with the best customers anyone could ask for who I have grown close to over the last thirteen years. I love that I can exchange stories of our lives and actually know that they care and that I care about them. I am Thankful for a wonderful life, career, but most of all the people and several best friends in my life who make every year a blessing.

Keep your spirits elevated always!
Eddie, Bar Manager, Hunters Palm Springs 

It's Thanksgiving & I'm Thankful, by Jen Seymour


IT'S THANKSGIVING AT HUNTERS PALM SPRINGS & I'M THANKFUL
It is that time of year when many people reflect upon what they are thankful for in their lives.  Here are my thoughts as this year comes to an end.    I am thankful for my family.  Although they are far away, I know they are only a phone call away.  For my Palm Springs family, who all keep me grounded each in their own way.  For my friends, old and new, who I know I can count on in times of need.  I am especially thankful for true friends.  For as I grow older, I have become witness to the scarcity of true unconditional friendship. I am thankful for past and present relationships, because I have learned something from all of them.  
I am thankful for all the career opportunities that I have been given.  I am blessed to belong to a company where I consider everyone I work with a friend. Where mutual respect is commonplace and everyone works incredibly hard towards one common goal. A place where diversity is celebrated instead of repressed.
My hope for the future is to keep this thankful perspective, not just once a year, but on a daily basis. 

DJ PATRICK RYAN'S Hunters Pride 2012 PODCAST





Check out my new podcast! Fresh new tracks by Karmin, Kat Graham, Gossip, Gotye, White Party Palm Springs Headlining DJ's - NERVO, Afrojack, Calvin Harris, Rihanna and MORE! A full 80 minutes of music - ENJOY!
TRACK LIST:
1. Brokenhearted (Razor n Guido Club Mix) - Karmin
2. Put Your Graffiti On Me (Moto Blanco Club Mix) - Kat Graham
3. Perfect World (Seamus Haji Club Mix) - Gossip
4. Somebody That I Used To Know (Thin Red Men Club Mix) - Gotye
5. Touch Me (Jody den Broeder Club Mix) - Katharine McPhee
6. Dance Again (Thiago Antony Club Mix) - Jennifer Lopez
7. Miracle (Ralphi Rosario Club Mix) - Norka
8. 3 A.M. Eternal (Serge's KLF Club Mix) - Serge Devant ft Taleen
9. You're Gonna Love Again (Extended Mix) - NERVO
10. Can't Stop Me Now (John W Mix) - Afrojack & Shermanology
11. Wild Ones (Double Face In Brazil Mix) - Flo-Rida ft Sia
12. Let's Go (Mattias Mix) - Calvin Harris ft Ne-Yo
13. Molly (Xavier Santos Mix) - Cedric Gervais

14. Where Have You Been (Papercha$er Mix) - Rihanna

Monday, November 12, 2012

IMAGINE, For Just 1 Minute.......


 
 
IMAGINE FOR JUST 1 MINUTE......
You work four, 12 hour shifts back to back, just leaving yourself barely enough time to sleep for a few hours before returning back to work, and to boot, working on the line faster than Lucy and Ethel on the candy conveyer belt for the entire 12 hour shift. Also, imagine that your work conditions include deafening sound levels and demanding bosses and clients, all on weekend hours on top of your already heavy weekday schedule.

Those are the conditions that our staff at Hunters PalmSprings endures on Pride weekend, all the time loving the work. I mean they LOVE their work! No complaints, just a hurried smile as they return for another shift.

Patrick and I do not have the words to express to each and every one how much we appreciate their everyday   hard work and dedication to providing excellence in the nightclub business, especially on weekends like Palm Springs Pride. All we can do is say thanks, thanks so much, from our hearts.

The performance of the entire staff, Jennifer the general manager and the volunteers that helped, truly makes our tag line at Hunters Nightclub come to life…….Spirits Elevated!

Mark Hunter and Patrick Volkert

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

HUNTERS PATIO Palm Springs




GORGEOUS WEATHER, 
GORGEOUS GUYS, GOOD TIMES
at the Hunters Palm Springs
OUTDOOR PATIO
FOURSQUARE CHECK-IN at Hunters Patio in Palm Springs.






Friday, September 21, 2012


"Madonna Blows James Brown (One Last Kiss)"
the Lastest Podcast by HUNTERS' Very Own
CLICK PLAY & e n j o y ! !


Friday, September 7, 2012

Have You Heard? IT'S HUGE!


HAVE YOU HEARD?
I T ' S  H U G E  !

Are YOU Invited to Hunter's
Magnificently Monstrous Anniversary Party?


Over the past thirty years, thousands of you now reading this have partied, danced, laughed and found love within the pulsating walls of Hunters in Elk Grove Village. 
Test yourself with this quiz down Memory Lane, answering True or False to each item.
You'll need to get at least ONE correct in order to be invited to our mega-anniversary party.

1) True or False? On Friday, October 22, 1982, Mark Hunter, feeling very hip in his snazzy gold 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit convertible, was nervously speeding to the Grand Opening Very First Night Ever of Hunters when, still several blocks away, the entire transmission suddenly wrenched itself from the engine compartment and plummeted to the ground. Hoofing it the rest of the way, Mark prayed this was not a sign of opening night karma for his new dream venture: the first, biggest and best gay nightclub in the Chicago suburbs. However, wIth little more than word-of-mouth buzz, Hunters was absolutely packed on its first night open!

2) True or False? Although Hunters has hosted countless gala celebrations over the years, NOTHING has ever come even CLOSE to what their 30th Anniversary Party promises to be!

3) True or False? As extravagantly fabulous as this evening will be, it will only truly be memorable if YOU are there!

For all those who answered TRUE to at least one question above, read on for more details
…because YOU are IN, baby!

T I M E L I N E : Thursday, October 18, 2012 :
Enter the party at 8pm, first posing for complementary commemorative snapshots of you in our Club Photo Booth. An extensive food buffet 
with an elaborate ice sculpture overlooking sumptuous hors d'oeuvres (including shrimp and decadent anniversary cake) is our gift to you…along with a fashionable cocktail bracelet (sure to become a treasured family heirloom),
good for three of our select adult beverages.

Ready now for some deep aural pleasure? Legendary cabaret performer Honey West belts out her best numbers till 9pm, after which Hunters "Can't Stop the Music" begins, taking you back to our '80s disco roots! Hosted by Chicago's documented "Best Female Impersonator" Miss Foozie and DJ'd by Ron G., the club will be a bitchen brick house of groovy disco duds to the max (costumes highly encouraged!). The treasure chest giveaway by Boxboy Rich includes tambourines, whistles, dance fans, flaggers, confetti, glow sticks, and more: special performances from the staff, a vintage video presentation of 30 years of Hunters patrons, ripped male dancers working magic with a a long, hard pole...and divas, divas and MORE divas, doing what they do best! As the night progresses, so do the music, the videos, the dancing…all the way up to this minute!

Although it is virtually impossible to package up all the millions of incredible memories, life-changing experiences and, most of all, phenomenal people I have absorbed over these past 30 years, opening Hunters Chicago has been, without a doubt, the pinnacle of my life. To fully commemorate this momentous milestone, your presence would truly be the icing on the cake.

Warmly,

Monday, August 13, 2012

TOP 10 "FAVE DANCE TRACKS" by DJ ChubJim




HUNTERS' RESIDENT DJ CHUBJIM
SHARES EXCLUSIVELY WITH OUR BLOG HIS
TOP 10 "FAVE DANCE TRACKS:
f o r   A u g u s t   2 0 1 2




1. TURN UP THE RADIO- MADONNA (OFFER NISSIM MIX)
2. WIDE AWAKE- KATY PERRY (WAYNE G and LFB Zoo Party Remix)
3. WINGS- LITTLE MIX (THE ALIAS REMIX)
6. TOUCH ME - KATHARINE MCPHEE (JODY DEN BRODER MIX)
7. LET'S GO- CALVIN HARRIS FT. NE-YO (MATTIAS MIX)
8. LIVE MY LIFE- FAR EAST MOVEMENT FT. JUSTIN BIEBER ( 7TH HEAVEN CLUB MIX)
9. BLOW ME (ONE LAST KISS)- PINK (Country Club Martini Crew Club Mix)
10. STARSHIPS-NICKI MINAJ (FUNK3D PARTY ANTHEM)

Saturday, July 28, 2012

DJ PATRICK RYAN'S Top 10 Dance Tracks




HUNTERS' VERY OWN DJ Patrick Ryan
For All of You Who Come to HUNTERS to Party & Dance to My Beats, I've Compiled
My Top 10 FAVORITE DANCE TRACKS
for August 2012!
1.     Wide Awake (Wayne G & LFB Private Zoo Party Mix) – Katy Perry
2.     Wings (The Alias Club Mix) – Little Mix
3.     Somebody That I Used To Know (Rauhofer Reconstruction) – Gotye
4.     Turn Up The Radio (Offer Nissim Mix) – Madonna
5.     How We Do [Party] (Gustavo Scorpio Mix) – Rita Ora
6.     Chasing The Sun (Hardwell Mix) – The Wanted
7.     Touch Me (Jody den Broeder Club Mix) – KatharineMcPhee
8.     You’re Gonna Love Again (Extended Mix) – NERVO
9.     Let’s Go (Extended Mix) – Calvin Harris
10.  Young (Expanda Mix) - Tulisa

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

JULY KIKI by DJ Patrick Ryan for HUNTERS



Here You Have It!! 
The HOT New Podcast by 
HUNTERS' Very Own DJ Patrick Ryan.
It includes new pop remixes from Madonna, Carly Rae Jepson, Katy Perry, Cheryl Cole, The Wanted and X-Factor UK winners - Little Mix. It also features fresh new tracks from Tom Hangs with Shermanology, Rita Ora, and Caroline Lund. Also, new remixes of Gotye and a classic rework from The KLF! Now - Have A Kiki and Enjoy!!!
1. Blessed (Avicii Edit) - Tom Hangs with Shermanology
2. Call Me Maybe (Almighty Club Mix) - Carly Rae Jepson
3. Turn Up The Radio (Offer NIssim Mix) - Madonna
4. Wings (The Alias vs Patrick Ryan Reconstruction) - Little Mix
5. Let's Go (Extended Mix) - Calvin Harris ft Ne-Yo
6. How We Do [Party] (Gustavo Scorpio Club Mix) - Rita Ora
7. Chasing The Sun (Hardwell Mix) - The Wanted
8. Call My Name (Wideboys Club Mix) - Cheryl Cole
9. Wide Awake (Jump Smokers Club Mix) - Katy Perry
10. Come With Me (John LePage & LFB Prog. Mix) - Caroline Lund
11. Somebody That I Used To Know (Rauhofer Reconstruction) - Gotye
12. What Time Is Love (Offer Nissim Mix) - The KLF vs Offer Nissim
13. Let's Have A Kiki (Toy Armada & DJ 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

HUNTERS, Cut From Halsted Market Days



Dear Friends, Family & Supporters,
 It was just a few weeks ago that I expressed on Face Book, my sadness and disappointment with Special Events Management and Chicago Pride Fest about its decision to cut Hunters Chicago from the Chicago Pride Fest. 

We were able to turn the bad news into a successful first annual “Suburban Pride” event on June 24, 2012 at Hunters Chicago. Today I have to break bad news once again. Special Events Management and the Halsted Street Market Days committee have decided to cut Hunters Chicago from the Halsted Market Days event as well. The reasons given were the same as the Chicago Pride Fest, space limitations. The protocol for the cut was, among other protocol, was that Hunters Chicago was not located on Halsted Street. Not to mention the disappointment, I find it ironic that over the last 30 years Hunters Chicago has donated time and money as well as support to worthy charities and businesses like Chicago House, the Center on Halsted and Howard Brown, all located on or near Halsted Street. This news of being cut at two events on Halsted Street finds me almost speechless, especially since other non-gay, non-Halsted businesses have had booths at both events.  Without the intention of alienating or offending our city friends and customers, Hunters Chicago will again “make lemonade out of lemons”.  On the weekend of August 11th and 12th Hunters Chicago will be donating 20% of all receipts to a local charity.
To reach Special Events Management call Joe Persfull at 773-868-3010
Thank you for your support,
Mark Hunter

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

SUMMER PRIDE MIX by DJ Patrick Ryan @HUNTERS




^^^^^LISTEN UP^^^^^
Check Out My New Podcast! 
Fresh new tracks by Karmin, Kat Graham, Gossip, Gotye, 
White Party Palm Springs Headlining DJ's 
- NERVO, Afrojack, Calvin Harris, Rihanna and MORE! 
A full 80 minutes of music - ENJOY!
--Hunters Resident DJ Patrick Ryan--

Sunday, June 17, 2012

JOIN OUR PRIDE PARTY at Hunters Chicago


Dear friends, family, loyal patrons and fans,
I am deeply 
disappointed and saddened to bring you bad news. Hunters Chicago has been working very hard in the last year to be a part of the Chicago Pride Fest 2012 for the very first time. Thursday, one week before the Pride Fest, we were informed by the Special Events Management by email that, "The North Halsted Chamber has lost the right to have an open parking lot originally allocated for the festival to be used for this event.” Pride Fest has been downsized and our booth was cut from the event. Protocol for the cut was that Hunters Chicago was not located on Halsted Street and that we were a vendor booth and not a sponsor booth. Although this news is extremely disappointing, Hunters Chicago will not let this unfortunate situation brings us down, as someone once said, “we will make lemonade out of lemons”.

 -Mark Hunter-


Thursday, May 17, 2012

At The Heart of Hunters


AT THE HEART OF HUNTERS
At the heart of Hunters Nightclubs are not cocktails, drinks, music or videos. 
At the heart of Hunters Nightclubs are people.
People are our soul, give us our spirit and character. 
People breathe life into a room of barstools & glasses. 
People bring Hunters alive, saturate it with its exclusive, uncommon and, yes,
exceptional personality.

I am so very proud of our people!
I’d like to take this moment to personally thank each and every member of our Hunters team,
both in Palm Springs and Chicago. Your ongoing daily efforts, hard work, dedication and continual
professionalism mirror your own pride, loyalty and devotion to our Hunters family.
After recently studying what’s behind daily operations at both locations, I feel certain that we
currently employ the strongest, most compassionate and caring staff that we’ve had for many,
many years.

At Hunters Palm Springs, manager Jennifer Seymour (also a co-owner) 
deserves special mention
for working hard to bring the positive Hunters experience to every patron. Her entire team also
Patrick R., Rene G., Spike C., Thomas B., Tom W., Troy H., Troy T., and Wayne M. Jeff H., 
Jim G., John B., Jorge, Juan C., Kevin K., 
merits praise: Anthony B., Bob C., Brandon V., Chris W., Eddie M., Evette D., Heather K., Herbie M.,
Kristine W., Mary B., Miguel C., Mike D., Paris A.

In Chicago, our stellar manager Tom Cloutier, as well as the complete crew there, have also
certainly earned my grateful thanks and praise: Alex G., Amanda R., Bill L., Brad B., Brian A., Brook
A., Chris A., Emil B., Jack H., Jason C., Justine R., Matt L., Ron G., Russ E., Sean P., Steve Z., Tarah L.,
Trini G., Vince E.

On another note, you’ve noticed Hunters Nightclubs
has noticeably progressed this year in many
ways: publishing on our website our “Promise,” which strengthens the bond with our customers;
initiating a new tagline, “Spirits Elevated;” and affirming a renewed dedication from all of our staff
to every individual patron. These are all building blocks in our tower of success.

Finally, I must comment on something we all have marveled at: how extraordinary our patrons
are! Friendly, respectful, warm, caring, fun-loving...what an unexpected pleasure in the nightclub
industry! We are indebted and grateful to them, for we would never have survived a single night,
much less 30 years in Chicago and 13 years in Palm Springs, without each and every one of them.
All these relationships occurring on both sides of the bar have meshed to create, quite amazingly,
one big and very happy family.
Last but not least, I want to thank my partner in life, Patrick. 
Without him nothing would be possible.

If you’ve seen me in person lately, you’ve definitely caught me smiling...and will continue to do so.
Why? Look in the mirror...it’s because of YOU, and because of all of our people.
I can only humbly thank you, as I embrace you all in my heart.

Warmly,
Mark Hunter

Monday, May 14, 2012

DMK Burger Bar



"TOP NOTCH" Burgers & Fries at DMK Burger Bar
2954 N. Sheffield Avenue Chicago, Illinois 773-360-8686 www.dmkburgerbar.com

MARK SAYS:
We had a big group of nine with us when we headed out to DMK Burger Bar around 5:00pm on Sunday afternoon. We were seated at a tall, communal table with barstools among a few other diners. The atmosphere was lively. So lively in fact that it was difficult having a conversation with the loud music and other diners trying to talk over the music. But the food and drinks were top notch and made up for the loud music. The burgers are handmade and cooked well done similar to The Five Guys burger only MUCH better. The burgers come with the most fabulous fries and homemade catsup. My fries were topped with parmesan cheese and truffle oil, yum! 
The food and service was great. 
I give the DMK Burger Bar a cool, hip, Chicago style:
Tips………. and……… Abs
       (young, great looking crowd)
(Friendly, proficient staff)………….and………….
By the way when we were leaving the line to get in was getting longer. Get there early for dinner!
 
PATRICK SAYS:
I want to say that DMK Burger Bar was a great burger spot especially with all the hype I heard before going but it just wasn't. The music was so loud you could not talk to the person sitting next to you. The burgers were just ok, they could only be ordered well done, making them tasteless. The saving grace with the food were the fries, they were seasoned with various spices and cheeses making them some of the best I've had. They also had the Best Sweet Potato Fries, my favorite. Their wide selection of bottled and draft beers, seemed very popular with the crowd. Overall it was a great afternoon with friends and coworkers but a zero as far as restraunts go. I give it three soggy fries.....

Friday, May 4, 2012

at Hunters // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



National Competition: Top Gay Bartenders Come to Palm Springs for Finale
 
Palm Springs, Calif. – May 3, 2012 Since February, Palm Springs has challenged top bartenders from fifteen LGBT clubs and restaurants across the nation to stir, shake and mix-up desert inspired cocktails for its 3rd annual “Palm Springs Summer Splash Cocktail Challenge,” presented by Here Media and Stoli Vodka.  A winner from each club is coming to Palm Springs to compete in the “Cocktail Challenge Finale” on May 31, 2012 at 6 p.m. at Hunter’s Nightclub in Palm Springs.
 
“This grass-roots promotion is a creative approach to raise awareness in direct flights and drive markets through audience participation,” said Mary Jo Ginther, Director of Tourism. “We bring Palm Springs to these cities to reach potential visitors and meet Palm Springs fans who rave about our destination.”
 
By the end of this campaign, Palm Springs Summer Splash Cocktail Challenges will be held in Chicago, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Las Vegas, Long Beach, New York City, Portland, Sacramento, San Jose, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver and the last one on May 13 in West Hollywood.
 
The finale on May 31 will be emceed by Bella de Ball, while the fifteen bartenders compete against each other to develop their city’s winning Palm Springs inspired cocktail using Stolichnaya vodka. Each bartender will be evaluated on taste, presentation and name. The bartenders will also be judged on creativity and attire, as well as presentation and audience participation. Contestants will receive bonus points if “Palm” or “Springs” is in the name of the signature drink. This year’s invited judges include Bob Bogard of Palm Springs Art Museum and Will Dean, editor of Desert Outlook Magazine.
 
For the Palm Springs Summer Splash Cocktail Challenge event schedule and participating bartender and clubs, visit www.PalmSpringsCocktailChallenge.com and follow “Martini Mike’s” blog to find out the inside scoop on the contestants, locations, sponsors  - as well as photos from the promotional nights.
 
“We were able to expand our efforts to reach potential LBGT traveler in all of these cities with the support of our many sponsors, both on the local and national level,” added Ginther.
 
The Palm Springs Summer Splash Cocktail Challenge is sponsored by the following:
 
  • Here Media – Presenting Media Sponsor
  • Stoli – Presenting Spirits Sponsor
  • Alaska Airlines – Official Airline Sponsor
  • GayCities – Online and Social Media Sponsor
  • Desert Gay Tourism Guild – Platinum Sponsor
  • Palm Springs Pride – Gold Sponsor
  • IGLTA – Gold Sponsor
  • GLBT Travel Store – Silver Sponsor
  • Go Softwear – Official Apparel Sponsor
  • EDGE Palm Springs – Regional Media Sponsor
  • Desert Outlook Magazine – Regional Media Sponsor
 
Palm Springs is home to nearly 30 gay and lesbian-owned and/or operated resorts and guesthouses, including many that are clothing optional. Palm Springs is located within two hours from Los Angeles. Gay travel and hot deals online at www.VisitGayPalmSprings.com

Sunday, April 15, 2012

"WHY I LOVE HUNTERS"



"WHY I LOVE HUNTERS"
As soon as I walk in the door to begin my shift at HUNTERS PALM SPRINGS, I am immediately in a good space.  It doesn't matter the time of day just having the customers say hi and ask how everything is going puts me in a good mood.
Many times I have dreaded going to work but since starting here at Hunters two years ago this has never been the case .  Hunters is always a fun atmosphere and the staff are like a large family for many of us.  We try to work together as a team to keep the bar running smoothly.  

We have great managers and upper management who are easy to work for.
So to sum it up the great customers and friendly hard working staff make Hunters bar a great place to be.  As a bartender or as a customer I always enjoy my time at Hunters. I usually enter the bar with a smile and leave laughing.

Mary Bongard

Proud Member
of TEAM HUNTERS,
Palm Springs

Thursday, April 12, 2012

IN EDDIE'S WORDS | April 2012


IN EDDIE'S WORDS
Well what a great spring we have had here in Palm Springs, Hunters was Jumping the last three weekends, Dinah Shore and White Party, but the weekend before was awesome too, must be this beautiful spring weather.  We had a great Spring Break Party at Hunters Palm Springs with an outside beer garden with DJ ChubJim pumping out the tunes under that beautiful blue sky and moonlight nights! We also had our DJs Patrick, Rene and special guest DJ Luke keeping the club dancing all day and night. Please join us for some great upcoming events this spring and early summer; Tax relief day April 17th with drink specials, Dining out for Life with a 33% of all Ketel One products going to the 
Desert AIDS Project on Thursday, April 26th, and Cinqo De Mayo. We are also happy to announce that Hunters Palm Springs has been chosen as the Official Host Sponsor of the Palm Springs Cocktail Challenge grand finale on Thursday, May 31st with 15 contestants from all over the USA. 
http://www.palmspringscocktails.com/info.html.
Please don’t forget our Annual Golf Fundraiser for Orphan Pet Oasis on Sunday, June 10th and please watch for our fundraiser's for OPO, like our Studs and Suds car washes. We would like to wish our loyal employees for this quarter of the year a very Happy Anniversary with Hunters Palm Springs, Jeff 12 years, Spike 12 years, Troy Hay 4 years and Mary 2 years. Also happy birthdays to Kristine, Mike, Thomas (our new sexy cocktail server) and yes me, but I will be holding at age 29 for the 27th year!! So until next month be happy and cheers!!

Thursday, April 5, 2012



DJ RON of HUNTERS CHICAGO ELEVATES SPIRITS with hisPOWER PARTY DANCE TRACKS.Now He's Giving You His 
TOP 10 DANCE TRACKS
FOR APRIL 2012
1. Calvin Harris - Feels so Close
2. Madonna - Girl Gone Wild (Justin Cognito)
3. Guetta ft Sia - Titanium
4. J-Lo ft Pitbull - Dance Again
5. Guetta ft Nicky Minaj - Turn Me On
(Sebastien Drums Remix)
6. Neon Hitch - F*ck U Betta (Dave Aude)
7. Havana Brown ft. Pitbull-We Run The Night (Static Revenger Mix)
8. Rihanna - Where have you Been (Edson Pride Reconstruction)
9. Sin Morera ft Bianca - Heartbeat (The Cube Guys Remix)
10. Sebastien Drums and Niles Mason - French Rules (Muzzaik Remix)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

BAR HOPPING | 2 Tea Dancing Delights!




BAR HOPPING
NIGHTCLUB & BAR REVIEWS FROM MARK & PATRICK of HUNTERS

I really don’t know if “T” or “Tea” is the correct spelling for a gay afternoon of music, fun, frolic and dancing. All I know is that back in the day the “Tea” dance was a Sunday event that most gay men never missed. In resort places like Provincetown, Fire Island, Rehoboth Beach, and Ft. Lauderdale the Sunday phenomenon was all the rage. Ah, does anyone remember the Marlin Beach on Ft. Lauderdale beach, The Blue Whale and The Pavilion on Fire Island? Sometimes set on the beach or near the beach, muscled, shirtless men were barely clad in Speedo’s. Caution was thrown into the wind as cocktails flowed and the music boomed on. The hedonistic, ceremonious dance was usually started at 4:00pm the same time as the English “High Tea”. That is why I am going to spell it “Tea” for the rest of this article. After an afternoon at the beach there was the prep time before the actual “Tea” that was just as important as the dance, if you catch my drift. All of us of a certain age can fondly remember the weekly pilgrimage to the local “beach-y” watering hole for the place to be seen and hook up.
Fast forward to 2012.

717 BREAKERS AVENUE. FORT LAUDERDALE BEACH FLORIDA. 954-564-6444

MARK SAYS:
The Royal Palms Resort of Ft. Lauderdale hosts an updated version of the traditional “Tea” Dance once a month. The gay resort is a three story, brilliant white, upscale resort steps from the beach with the most fabulous rooms. With two sparkling pools and two DJ’s pumping out the latest songs, this IS the place to be seen on a Sunday afternoon in Ft. Lauderdale. Although you might find it difficult to actually see anyone dancing at this Sunday afternoon party, the look and feel is totally, truly “Tea”.  I give The Royal Palms Resort the coveted five palms award plus a tanned, muscled pool boy with a big smile and extra time on his hands.
PATRICK SAYS:
It does not have “Tiny Tina” entertaining from the end of the diving board and you can’t dance in the “Poop Deck” while watching people swim in the pool but the T-Dance at the Palms is the closest anyone has come to recreating the Sunday T from the past. The staff is great, the venue is Fun, Clean, large and inviting. We have been a couple of times and it seems to be getting busier.  The only thing that would make it better for me and guys my age would be for the DJ to play Older, more relaxed afternoon type dance music.  This would hopefully start the guys around the pool to start dancing….. I give the “Palms T”  Five buff box boys.


Boom
2234 WILTON DRIVE. WILTON MANORS FLORIDA. 954 630 3556

MARK SAYS:
Although this “Tea” Dance doesn’t take place at 4:00pm or take place near the beach, this “Tea” is probably the truest replica to the iconic “Teas” of the past. DJ Richie Rich turns Boom into a time machine playing retro songs like:
“I Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet (Gonzales),
Lay All Your Love on Me (Abba),
No More Tears (Donna Summer),
Come to Me (France Joli),
It’s Raining Men (The Weather Girls),
Star Love (Cheryl Lynn),

The Boss (Diana Ross),
Disco Heat (Sylvester),
So Many Men So Little Time (Miquel Brown), and
Souvenirs (Voyage). 
It is no wonder this weekly party is so well attended. Once you’re on the dance floor, you find yourself surrounded by sweaty box boys, platform shoes, rhinestone shirts, tambourines, whistles, glow sticks, finger lights, flashing batons, and hand fans. This is true “Tea” magic at its best! Thanks Boom! If you ever find yourself in Ft. Lauderdale on a Sunday, the “Tea” at Boom is a MUST, there is no equal. I give the “Tea” at Boom a pair of platforms, a sparkly shirt and an Afro wig. Simply the best!

PATRICK SAYS:
I think my partner says it all.  The music is addicting and the sites take you back to a less serious time in our lives.  Then venue is a far cry from the my idea of T, but with DJ Ritchie Rich and bartender Sal they seem to transport my dancing legs back to time when I could dance all night. If I could have my perfect T it would be to combine the best qualities of both the “T at Boom” and the “Palms T”. Until my fantasy becomes a reality I will continue to support both venues and dream of the past when I too was young, tanned and dancing the weekend away.