“This year’s winners are a diverse group, reflecting the range of concepts and innovation on today’s nightlife scene,” says Donna Hood Crecca, publisher and editorial director of Nightclub & Bar. “Each of these winners combines innovation with great execution, which is the secret to success, especially in the recent challenging economy. These bars and clubs won the respect of our judges and of the entire industry, and we look forward to celebrating their accomplishments in Las Vegas.”
The latter was a reference to the March 7 awards event at at Caesars Palace during the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas.
The major award winners, two of which are located in NYC (you can find more here):
- Mega-club of the Year: The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City
- New Club of the Year: FLUXX, San Diego
- Nightclub of the Year: Webster Hall, New York
- Ongoing Promotion/Party/Event of the Year: Fashion Industry Nights at Baja Sharkeez, Hermosa Beach, CA.
- Resident DJ of the Year: Chris Garcia at Playhouse, Los Angeles
- Single Promotion/Party/Event of the Year: Moulin Rouge Anniversary Party at Kiss & Fly, Austin, TX
- Ultralounge of the Year: SL, New York
I was particularly struck by the blog comment from one of the judges, a Steve Lewis of BlackBook. He writes (I have bold-faced some words for emphasis):
“It should be noted that SL picked up the award for ‘Ultralounge of the Year.’ A couple of weeks ago, I offered up my top eleven relevant joints around town but I did not list SL, despite numerous protests from readers. My reasoning was this: For what SL offers, venues like Avenue, Provocateur and 1Oak are better. I have not been to SL more than a few times, as I have found the crowd to be very white, very 20-something, and very straight. None of those three things are acceptable to me when I go out. I want a mixed crowd. I guess that for the 20-something, Caucasian, hetero set it is heaven, and so be it, as a panel of my peers has pronounced it victorious.”
So, Lewis finds it “unacceptable” to socialize with too many white, straight 20somethings. What some might describe as the majority of the population in the U.S. Nice case of reverse snobbism — or worse.
Oh, by the way, take a look at this video of Mary J. Blige at SL and, if you have nothing else to do, count the various ethnicities.
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