Hey guys! I had the most exciting weekend! First, I ducked out just a little early on Friday so I would be on time for the grand opening of Cristino’s Coal Oven Pizza in Ybor City. Afterwards, I took pictures at Hamburger Mary’s Friday night show starring Dena Cass, and then I attended Esme Russell’s birthday performance at Bradley’s on 7th! On Saturday I was at Liquid Tampa’s second anniversary, where Shangela was the special guest. (See the photo…notice she’s holding up Hotspots!) Then on Sunday I attended the very beautiful and elaborate Sugar Party at The Honey Pot. It’s times like these where I love my job! Lots of love to you all!
Thursday April 24
An Orlando nightclub is getting a facelift under new ownership. The former Revolution is now RBARR. Their opening weekend is May 15. Entertainment is provided by a group of local luminaries headed by mistress of ceremonies Danielle Hunter. Check my twitter (@HotspotsMike) for an invitation; print it out and you get in for free!
Have you visited City Side in Tampa recently? If you haven’t, you should! Go on over there, relax, order a drink, and pick the bartender that’s going to be your go-to guy (or girl)! You can see pictures of all of their bartenders in action by liking City Side on facebook!
Friday April 25
Were you there when Esme Russell got roses for her birthday? If not, you can tip her double as a belated birthday present! She will be performing with the First Lady of Ybor, Joey Brooks, tonight at Bradley’s on 7th in Tampa. The special guest this evening is Kathryn Nevets. Showtimes are at 11:30 and 1:15!
Saturday April 26
You don’t have to wait until Halloween to wear a toga! Parliament House in Orlando is throwing a toga party and they are promising $100 for the best toga in their toga contest! The acclaimed Footlight Players will perform in two shows, at 10 p.m. and midnight.
Leather night, hosted by Master Stephen, will go on this evening (as it does the last Saturday of every month) at BarCodes in Orlando. If you’re a fan of fetish and kink, you will fit in just fine tonight. Also be sure to visit The Store @ BarCodes.
The Tampa Bay Bears are looking for the sexiest bear at Sawmill Resort in Dade City! Sawmill and the Bears are putting on their special Bear and Leather Weekend, and $250 will go to the hottest bear in attendance!
Sunday April 27
Nicole Monet gives up her crown to the next Miss GaYBOR tonight at The Honey Pot in Tampa. The pageant starts at 7 p.m.; general admission is $10 at the door.
Monday April 28
I went to the GaYBOR Coalition meeting earlier this month and they let us know about a special event that I will now pass on to you! If you’d like to support them, go to Hamburger Mary’s Tampa for bingo tonight. The games start at 7:30 p.m. and proceeds from the bingo go straight to the GaYBOR Coalition!
WAIT JUST A MINUTE…
Now wait just a minute…did you know that Pro Shop Pub in Clearwater is the oldest gay bar in Tampa Bay? Yes, the Pro Shop Pub opened all the way back in 1976, and the same owners still run the place today. On that note, it may very well hold the distinction of being the oldest gay bar in Florida that has been under the same ownership the entire time!
They will be celebrating their 38th anniversary on Saturday, April 26. Bob Moore will be the emcee for the evening, Natasha Richards will be hostess and DJ Stormin’ Normie will be playing all of your favorite songs. If you’d like to become a fan of Pro Shop Pub on Facebook. And more importantly, go to their anniversary party on Saturday night! Pro Shop Pub is located at 840 Cleveland Street in Clearwater.