Looking Good: XL Gears Up To Cater To A Rich, Handsome Crowd?
Gay nightlife veteran promises cute guys, bottle service, swanky VIP area at new Manhattan club
January 26 2012 11:41 AM EST
February 05 2015 9:27 PM EST
Looking for a gay bar where people won't judge you on your looks at style? Well, your time has arrived. Kinda.
Today, the New York Times profiled gay nightlife icon John Blair, whose new club XL is soon to open in midtown Manhattan's very gay sounding Out NYC hotel. And while Blair's star rose with stints at clubs like Limelight, Splash, Roxy and The Palladium--not to mention some cruisey early gyms--he says that his old habit of comping entry for the best looking guys isn't exactly going to be the case anymore.
"You have to put fish in the pond to bring the fishermen," he said of his early days, inviting the best-looking members of his L.A. health club to parties.
Blair's partner in XL, Beto Sutter, said the new spot's not quite the same.
"We've evolved from that," Sutter told the Times. "If you're not cute but spending money, you should be rewarded."
Blair wasn't quite positive that would be the case. "Tell the truth, Beto," he said. "Tell the truth."
No matter how well the beautiful people are treated, the club sounds like it's going to be an epic addition to New York's gay nightlife scene, including Thursday night parties from Susanne Bartsch, 4,000 square feet of space (including a VIP room with a two-way mirror) and light-up railings, surely tweaked to make everyone look his best.
Yes, we said his. After all, Blair told the paper, "A lot of gay guys still don't want to be around women all the time."