Go Magazine’s 4th Annual Readers’ Choice Nightlife Awards at M2 Ultralounge, April 20, 2010
The next event almost didn’t happen. Rain is one thing. A girl can model through it with a fresh stash of makeup in her purse and an umbrella, but there really isn’t anything you can do when the NYPD storms through your door and shuts you down. On Friday, April 16, the po po padlocked Chelsea megaclub M2 Ultralounge for being a wild west of party drugs. The nationally circulated New York City based lesbian interest, entertainment and events magazine Go Magazine was slated to throw its annual Readers’ Choice Nightlife Awards, the highest profile lesbian nightlife event in New York City of the year, at M2 on April 20th.
The future of the event hung in limbo for a couple of days, but miraculously, the padlocks were removed just in time for 1000+ lesbians to file past the velvet rope into the massive two floor club. Providence? Or is this proof that the lesbian mafia exists and is in cahoots with the NYPD? We may never know, but we do know that even the party pooping NYPD did not prevent the event from being a huge success.
Amy Lesser, editor-in-chief of Go Mag was pleased at the turnout. “Considering that our venue was still closed by the city only 24 hours before the event, I think we pulled off a miracle. 1100 of NY’s sexiest nightlife aficionados in one incredible club. I’m still receiving compliments about the production itself, our performers and our guests,” she said. “This was in the truest sense a celebration of New York nightlife.”
The Go Mag Readers’ Choice Awards is an annual event that ushers all of the players in the New York City lesbian nightlife scene — including promoters, performers, deejays, bar owners and bar staff — under one roof to vie for 48 categories of awards. While The L Word portrayed lesbian joints SheBar and The Planet as dueling fiefdoms ready to pop off at each other at a moment’s notice, having all the cooks under one roof did not pose a problem at the awards. Everyone was too busy partying and sucking down the complimentary Voli Vodka to realize that it was a competition. It was sort of like a big group hug with lots of thumpa thumpa and vodka and Red Bull.
Awards ranged from Best Party Citywide to Best Bartender/Therapist to Sexiest go-go to Best Pick-up spot to Best Local band. Here is a small sampling of the winners: Best Party Citywide — Eden, Best Alternative Party — Snapshot, Sexist Vibe — Stiletto, Best Drink Deals — Cubby Hole, Best Emcee — Sarah Jenny of Hey Queen!, and Best Restaurant for Dinner/Cruising — Cowgirl. A full list of winners will appear in the May issue of Go Mag.