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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Nitey Awards: S.F. Nightlife Leaders Celebrate Each Other in a Boozy Party at the Castro Theatre

Posted By on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM


Last night, the folks in charge of San Francisco's nightlife industry gathered at the Castro Theatre for the Nitey Awards -- their unrepentantly profane, leather-daddy-and-drag-queen-filled, heavily intoxicated version of the Oscars.

In an atmosphere thick with glossy dance music and heavy with the smell of buttered popcorn, the awards -- overseen by Entertainment Commissioners Jocelyn Kane, Audrey Joseph, and event producer Negar Siadatnejad, distributed awards in 23 categories for the awards' second annual edition. All of them were judged by "industry professionals" during visits to the nominated places. Hosts Michelle Meow of Swirl Radio and Liam Mayclem of CBS 5 introduced the awards in a ceremony that lasted more than two hours, in no small part due to the popularity of cocktail jokes among presenters. One highlight was hearing S.F. Police Chief Greg Suhr expound on his and his officers' love of Irish bars -- and tell Mayclem (an Brit Irishman who speaks with an English accent) that his feigned actual (our mistake) Irishness was "bullshit." (Everyone cheered.)

Ragerlazer gave a light show to Avicii's "Wake Me Up"
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By the end, when former Chronicle music writer Joel Selvin was honored as the Iconic Person of the Year, much of the audience had already decamped to the Beaux to resume cocktailing at the official afterparty. But here are the nominees, and here's who won, plus a few funny things that were said:

Best Hotel Bar: Chambers at the Phoenix Hotel

Best Happy Hour: Mars Bar and Restaurant

Best Venue for Sound: Audio Discotech

Best Gay Dance Club: Club OMG

"I'd have a lot of competition for the best wiener in this neighborhood" -- Sup. Scott Wiener.

Best Irish Bar: O'Reilly's

Best Neighborhood Bar: The Riptide

Best Sports Bar: Hi Tops

Best Late Night Food: Golden Boy Pizza

Best Beer: Mikkeller Bar

Best Cocktail Lounge: Trick Dog

Best Adult Entertainment: Hustler Club

Best Wine Bar: Bluxome Street Winery

Best New Venue: Tie: Wild Hare and Beaux

Best Club Promoters: Sunset Promotions

"Thank god we're not fucking Arizona!" -- Parker Gibbs, aka DJ Foodcourt

Best Drag Queen: Donna Sachet

Best Mixologist: Kate Bolton of Maven

Best Gay Bar: The Lookout

Best Variety of Offerings: Madrone Art Bar

Excellence in Philanthropy, Individual: Gary Virginia

Excellence in Philanthropy, Business: The Lookout

Best Small Dance Club: Monarch

Best Large Dance Club: Mighty

"I hate it when I hear the journalists say it's a little dead right now. Things are very much alive." -- Jay Siegan, owner of the Red Devil Lounge, which recently closed after 19 years.

Best Small Live Venue: Bottom of the Hill

Best Large Live Venue: The Regency Ballroom

Iconic Person Award: Joel Selvin, SF Chronicle

"... the last of the real music reporters..." -- from the video introducing Joel Selvin.

-- @iPORT

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