PHOTO ESSAY BY MICHAEL SHIREY | Ask someone you know about Suite Bar NYC, located at 992 Amsterdam Avenue on the corner of West 109th Street, and they are likely to snicker.
But any of the employees, talent, or regulars will tell you that it is one of uptown Manhattan's best kept secrets.
In fact, this neighborhood watering hole is one of the few gay bars on the West Side of Manhattan above Hell's Kitchen and works hard to keep their patrons — a mix of locals and Columbia students — happy.
The bar is known for its karaoke nights hosted by Glam Gavin and a variety of drag shows hosted by Jackie Dupree, Brenda Dharling, Miz Cracker, and Octavia Anyae, among others — and recently celebrated its 10-year anniversay on Sunday, March 29.
A large crowd turned up for the birthday festivities, hosted by Jackie Dupree and featuring performaces from all of the “Ladies” of Suite, including resident bartender Danielle Synera. Later on in the evening, the microphone was handed over to patrons to sing karaoke.
So Happy Birthday Suite — and here's to another 10 years!
Visit suitenyc.com for show schedule and additional information.
A very good looking crowd, indeed.
Smiles all around.
Brenda Dharling, Danielle Synera, and Jackie Dupree.
A karaoke hopeful.
Another karaoke singer.
A third karaoke braveheart.