Club News

    Friday 16th November

    Too Funky: A Night of George Michael

    Breathe in that Freedom. Can you believe it’s been 20 whole years since the release of George Michael’s Ladies & Gentlemen? Time flies when, well, you’re listening to George Michael. In his honour, the music-crazed folks at Rhythm of the Night are throwing a bash to commemorate the landmark moment in pop music history. Come down and you’re sure to fall in Fastlove with some guy at the bar, then find A Different Corner in which to Careless Whisper some sweet nothings into his ear, and start Kissing a Fool. He may look like more of a Father Figure, but we know you’re into that… You’ll have him screaming “I Want Your Sex”, and after if he’s up for it you can give it One More Try.

    Eagle London, 349 Kennington Lane, SE11 5QA. 9pm – 4am. £8 advanced tickets available on OutSavvy.com

     

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    Le Fil: 24/7 Live

    Come and have your Fil of some of the freshest pop beats out there. Le Fil is the British-Chinese pop sensation that always serves it 24/7, flipping their hair across that Glory stage. Exploring a world of gay-straight men, desire and objectification through a kaleidoscopic mingling of gender-shattering performance art, hip-thrusting and twisting their way through their autobiographical Nightlife EP. This is not your moody indie band gig, this is a pop-gasmic extravaganza that’s packed to the brim with cruising toilets, bad romances and those pesky arbitrary gender roles. Armed with killer hooks and queer looks, LE FIL is ready to smash gender stereotypes one song at a time. This is a multi-media high octane music and performance show, not to be missed.

    The Glory, 281 Kingsland Road, E2 8AS. Show at 8pm. £10 tickets available on OutSavvy.com

     

    Beefmince

    Did someone say BEEF? No, it’s not Cardi B and Nicki Minaj getting into it again. It isn’t even 50 Cent buying more of Ja Rule’s concert tickets. This beef is fuzzy, and is all about spreading the love. Taking up its monthly residency at the iconic RVT is Beefmince, the night for your sophisticated bear to get their tops off and rub up against some other (not as sophisticated) bears to some phat tech-house beats. We love a bear, be they of the cub, muscle or daddy variety, there’s nothing like snuggling up to one now that the temperatures are plummeting. Looking for one to be your hot water bottle this winter? Then Beefmince is where you’ll find him. Resident DJ’s Silverhook and Cactushead are on hand, as always, to serve up big chunky baselines from some quality dance music.

    The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY. 10pm – 4am. £5 advanced tickets/before 11pm, £7 after. 

     

    Odbhut – UK’s First Queer Bangla Night

    Not with a fizzle, but with a Bangla! Bursting onto the scene this week is the UK’s first ever queer Bangla night, promising a desi spectacular with dancing ‘til late. Topping the bill will be composer-producer, multi-percussionist RENU, fresh from her UK album tour, with DJs Ritu and Irusu keeping the party going with some fresh beats, a dash of Bengal and a healthy dollop of Drum n Bass. Odbhut will be opening its doors to the strange, weird and queer, welcoming everyone, however they identify, to come and bask in the glow. There’ll be special guests, prizes for the most fabulously dressed, and plenty of space to get your Odbhut on across that dance floor.

    Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, 42-46 Pollard Row, E2 6NB. 9pm – 2am. £5 advance tickets available at TicketTailor.com, £8 OTD. 

     

    Saturday 17th November

    The London Horse Fair

    Are you one of those people who goes on about how the gay scene has lost its EDGE? How it’s just not GRITTY enough anymore? Well get. A load. Of this. Horse Fair is a role-play fetish night where you can pick one of two roles; “mare” or “stallion”. The stallions are dominant and choose their mares from a lineup, while the mares wear blindfolds and not much else; they never see their dominators. The night of course is conscious of consent and safety, and has “stable boys” on hand to supervise. NOT EXACTLY THE POP ROOM AT HEAVEN IS IT? This is why we love the London scene, because stuff like this is thriving. Debauched! Loves it.

    The Covent Garden Health Spa, 29 Endell Street, WC2H 9BA. 9pm – 3am. To sign up, head to jamiehp.co.uk 

     

    XXL Lumberjack

    There comes a time in every man’s life when he hears the world ‘lumber’ and instantly thinks ‘support’. This Saturday night, throw out that desk-chair accessory, and go back to a time when Lumber was always followed by ‘-jack’, and ironically Jack was the guy in the flannel shirt you crushed on when he came over to trim your bushes.  Always ones to get all up and personal with some wood and sweaty workmen, XXL bring you this forest of bears in check-shirts. With Fat Tony at the helm, you know it’s going to be a heavy evening of big fat beats, and some house bops. You would think the lumberjack would be the bear’s natural enemy, but recent studies have indicated that despite the effects of deforestation, the brown bear is in fact lumber-sexual. So slip into those blue jeans and head on down.

    Pulse, 1 Invicta Plaza, SE1 9UF. 10pm – 7am. £10 members, £15 guests. 

     

    Sunday 18th November

    Jason’s Jukebox @ Orange

    LAUNCH ALERT. Coming to you weekly from this Sunday night is Jason’s Jukebox at Orange, so throw on that leather jacket and flip up those thumbs, Fonzie-style. They’re giving you some kewl pop tunes, with those classic floor-fillers that’ll have you two-stepping into Monday lunchtime. To crack the champagne bottle on this ship’s bow are special guests Lady B and Laura Harding, with DJ Matty B giving you that funky music, white boy. Sure to be packed with cute boys and hardcore party people who know they’ll be pulling a sicky on Monday morning.  With drink deals and free shots, there’s no excuse for you NOT to throw caution to the wind on a Sunday evening, and show those church-going folks what worshiping really looks like.

    Lightbox Entrance, 6 South Lambeth Place, SW8 1SP. 11pm-6am. £5 with NUS/Concession/Flyer, £8 OTD. 

     

    SBN & NBN

    SBN stands for “Stark Bollock Naked” and it does what it says on the tin. It’s a naked cruise party on a Sunday afternoon. Which, we’d say, is the perfect time for a naked cruise party. You can cast off all those weekend desires, ready to emerge fresh-faced and satiated for work on Monday. Hurray! They always have a live XXX show, and this time round it’s the turn of Italy’s superstar Nicola Antonio and the enormous Ronnie English. It’s at Fire, with cruise zones and special equipment provided by fetish experts UK Red. Stay on for NBN “Near Bollock Naked” from 6pm, where guys join in their pants.

    6A South Lambeth Road, SW8 1SP. 2pm – 10pm. Members £14, guests £17. 

     


    Bar News

    Halfway To Heaven

    Halfway To Heaven is, as the name suggest, HALFWAY…TO HEAVEN! It’s halfway down a road, which leads to the well-known nightclub, Heaven! Very clever of them to name it that. We see what you did there guys! It’s a great location, near enough to the hustle and bustle of Trafalgar Square that it draws in a diverse clutch of clientele, but far enough away from the seething streets of Soho that it’s never uncomfortably packed. It’s an old-school cabaret bar in the best way, with a cosy, oaky interior and raucous drag every night of the week.

    7 Duncannon Street, Charing Cross, WC2N 4JF 

     

    Comptons

    Ooh Comptons is one of our absolute faves. It’s dark and clandestine, and always full of grinning men with hairy forearms and a twinkle in their eye. It’s a VERY welcome mix of unthreatening and also a bit cruisey. We love when places are a bit cruisey! Bring it on! They’ve got screens that show sports, when sports things are happening (we wouldn’t know) and lots of great beers on tap. Their upstairs bar overlooks Old Compton Street with comfy armchairs in the window, the perfect place to sit and flirt and watch the world go by.

    51-53 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 6HN 

     

    BJ’s White Swan

    The White Swan is an INSTITUTION. It’s one of the city’s oldest and most well established gay venues, providing a safe, affable space for thousands of gay men over the decades. They’re still going strong, and crashing into 2018 with gusto, and a host of fab LGBTQ inclusive nights, like Cybil War’s popular cult smash hit Cybil’s House! Get down there for no frills late night partying, cheap drinks, and great conversation.

    556 Commercial Road, Limehouse, E14 7JD 

     

    Ku Lisle Street

    Ku has a few venues, but their most frequented is probably their Lisle Street venue, a big glittery gay mecca perched on a street corner in deepest Chinatown. We say “deepest Chinatown”…it’s basically Soho. But with the pleasing wafts of hoisin duck. We love a hoisin duck…with the pancakes and the spring onion….mmm! We also love Ku, whose bar staff are so gorgeous, they’ve actually won AWARDS for it! From a magazine called Boyz that we’ve never heard of or read.

    30 Lisle Street, Chinatown, WC2H 7BA 

     

    Two Brewers

    Clapham’s biggest gay venue needs no introduction! Everyone knows the Brewers. But just in case you somehow DON’T, here’s what it’s like. It’s got a big camp glittery cabaret bar in the front, and a debauched dance club in the back. One in the front and one in the back, just how we like it. Sorry, the joke was there, so we went for it. That’s not even what we like. The Brewers is great for a super nuts Friday or Saturday night, but they’ve also got loads of fun stuff going on during the week, from panel talks to drag shows and everything in between

    114 Clapham High Street, Clapham, SW4 7UJ

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