Gay nights are popping up all over town, so what makes Indulge Wednesday stand apart? Well, for starters, it’s at Whiskey Blue, the ultra-chic bar at the W Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach.
The weekly event began last fall, shortly after Whiskey Blue’s grand opening. Steven Crutchfield, manager of Whiskey Blue tells SFGN that Indulge has become “A success both in the hospitality industry and throughout the LGBT community.”
On a recent visit to Indulge, I experienced a fun, sophisticated, well-dressed group of people sipping specialty cocktails while talking amongst friends. A patron named Mike told me that he comes every week, “Whiskey offers something I cannot get on the Drive.”
Celebrity sightings at the ultra-chic lounge have included Blake Lively & Penn Badgley of Gossip Girl as well as the entire cast of the Real Housewives of Orange County. But don’t let Whiskey’s celebrity appeal fool you. The venue is very welcoming, there is never a line to get in and it is a great spot to enjoy a martini after work or bring a date.
Since its launch, Indulge Wednesday has been gaining in popularity. Crutchfield attributes its success to grass roots and social marketing. “We are excited to be a part of the community and open our doors for such a great night. In every city we enter, Whiskey Blue revolutionizes the nightlife experience, and we are doing the same in South Florida and are happy to provide an opportunity for the LGBT community to mix and mingle.”
Resident DJ Danny Stern begins spinning at 8pm every Wednesday and keeps the party going until 2am. One of the hot bartenders told SFGN the bar starts getting busy at about 10pm, but it never gets uncomfortably crowded.
Each week, Indulge offers guests a variety of drink specials. “We change them up weekly to keep it fresh and keep our guests coming back to see what we have to offer. You never know what specials we’ll offer each Wednesday,” states Crutchfield.
“With high energy and excitement Indulge Wednesdays is the perfect opportunity for the LGBT community meet and mingle each week,” explains Crutchfield.
Crutchfield is no stranger to the hospitality industry. He began working in his mother’s Wilmington, NC restaurant at the young age of 9. After graduating high school, he relocated to New York City, where he attended NYU.
While living in New York, Crutchfield became Assistant General Manager of BONDST, a well known sushi restaurant. Twelve years after relocating to the Big Apple, Crutchfield decided it was time for another change so he and his boyfriend relocated to South Florida.
“My boyfriend and I moved together to help out some family. We ended up helping ourselves because we really both enjoyed the change of pace and different scenery.”
The move seemed to be great for Crutchfield’s career as well. Within two weeks, he was the manager of what would become one of Fort Lauderdale’s hottest nightspots.
For more information visit Whiskey Blue.