Le Bain's Pride On Top 2021 Party Was A Major, Celeb-Studded Affair
Text: Valerie Stepanova
There are a few things we all have missed during quarantine times: social gatherings, group fitness classes, dinner parties, concerts, safe, fuss-free travel — you name it. One of the major things you probably are excited about dabbling in all over again is dressing up for both work and play. (Sweatpants and lounge shorts are nice — but everyone wants to fancy up in finer, more sophisticated attire every once in a while.) Traditionally, the last weekend in June is reserved for major, flamboyant celebrations of the LGBTQ+ community and its culture. And if you were in New York City this past weekend, you have likely noticed a common thread amongst the activities the majority of the city's population indulged in: lots of dancing, dazzling performances, and other nightlife shenanigans. And, evidently, the entire NYC population was extra excited and raring to revel in all things lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer.
One of the most iconic nightlife-adjacent celebrations in NYC is Susanne Bartsch's Pride On Top at Le Bain — a dance event hosted by event producer Susanne Bartsch on the rooftop bar and discotheque of The Standard hotel. While last year's event was canceled due to the obvious, COVID-19 pandemic-related reason, the party returned in full force and taken the iconic venue by storm in 2021. Though the excited club-goers had to wait in a decently long line in order to get in, the celebration was very much worth the wait, as the enthused crowd looked extremely content while sipping on the house's signature drinks in the company of NYC nightlife icons, celebrities, and influencer attendees. In appearance were several RuPaul's Drag Race alums, including Gottmik, Kylie Sonique Love, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, and Kandy Muse. Alongside them were a mighty pack of influencers and creators like Linux, Ryan Burke, Remy Duran, Ian Padget, Serena Shahidi, Emely Moreno, and the Coyle Twins.
"Pride was the perfect time to kick-off ON TOP again and I’m so happy to have the community back together and on the dance floor again," Bartsch told V Magazine. "The magic all night long was everywhere! Come back every Tuesday for the time of your life.”
If you were not able to attend the event this year, it is definitely an occurrence worth checking out in the future (should you feel inclined to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride with a nighttime revelry.) In the meantime, relive the night's event and shenanigans (lensed by fashion/celebrity photographer Vincenzo Dimino) by clicking through the image gallery below: