Out and Proud for Pride Weekend in Wilton Manors
The Stonewall Street Festival is just a few days away and you know what that means: thousands of out-and-proud gays and lesbians of all flavors will be converging on Wilton Manors for one of the biggest weekends of the year.
In conjunction with the festivities, area bars and clubs are also planning one of the biggest weeks of the year, with plenty of special parties and promotions leading up to the main event Sunday on Wilton Drive. Here’s a look at some of the highlights:
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16
Everybody loves a cheap drink, and Stable on Oakland Park Blvd has a way for many local guys to save some $$$ all night long. Just show bartender Mike your tattoo—wherever it may be and whatever it may be—and get happy-hour pricing from open to close.There’s no reason anymore to be ashamed of a cute little butterfly tramp-stamp, guys!
THURSDAY, JUNE 17
School may be out for the summer, but college boys are still welcome at Cozmos Lounge on Thursdays.The retro ’80s party features DJ maximus 3000 and special
guest artists.Tonight’s drink specials are 2-for-1 cocktails and $10 you-call-it beer buckets. Cozmos Lounge is located at 2674 E. Oakland Park Blvd.
FRIDAY, JUNE 18
Friday is a big night with several events kicking off the weekend. Living Room, the swanky downtown nightclub on the Las Olas Riverfront, is bringing in New York DJs Dave and Gerardo for their big event,“Return to Egypt.” Living Room is located at 300 SW 1st Ave. on the upper level. Meanwhile, on Wilton Drive, The manor is presenting its official Gay Pride dance event featuring a performance by Tatiana from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in the Epic Nightclub—and there’s no cover.
Or, you might check out the “man Dance” at Ramrod, South Florida’s popular leather-and-Levi bar, located at 1508 NE 4th Ave. (the stretch that becomes Wilton Drive). One of our favorites, DJ Herbie James, will be providing the beat, but we wonder just how much dancing will be going on in the dark corners of the bar.
And if you’re feeling really nasty, Atomic Boom in the Shoppes of Wilton Manors is hosting “Sin,” a Pride leather event from Hard Core Leather Productions. Gio will be performing live on stage, and if you wear your leather, the drinks are cheap, cheap, cheap, not unlike many of the men on the prowl later that night.
SATURDAY, JUNE 19
The Mustang Lounge in Bill's Filling Station salutes an icon of gay pride, Judy Garland, with a performance by Ann Marie Olson and Jeff Hess. Olson is a recent graduate of the New World School of the Arts (Hess is on the faculty) and not only bears an uncanny resemblance to Judy, but also brings the same magic to the entertainer’s signature songs. She’s sure to offer a rendition of “Over the Rainbow” that will put the magic in our pride weekend.The duo will perform between 6 and 9 p.m.