The First Annual Repeal Day Party!

Wit’s End™ monthly parties are on hiatus, but there are plenty of Jazz Age goings on!

Dandy Dillinger, crowned Miss Art Deco NY at Wit’s End™, has announced The Repeal Society’s First Annual Repeal Day Party!!!

FILE PHOTO 1932 -- Speakeasy ( speak-easy ) patrons offer a farewell toast to Prohibition which took effect in December 1933.


Come to Hotel Chantelle to help us celebrate the end of Prohibition as we partner with HOOCH Cocktail App with drinks, live jazz, burlesque and sideshow, vendors, and more!!! For only $20!

Hot Jazz from Mike Davis and the New Wonders
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Burlesque and Side show!
Pearls Daily
Trick the Bastard
Rosie 151
Clara Coquette
Lewd Alfred Douglass

Hosted by Miss Art Deco Dandy Dillinger

If you download the HOOCH cocktail app you can get discounted tickets to the event, a free drink, and a $1 first month membership to HOOCH
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check back for drink specials and a list of vendors

The Green Fairy at the Red Room

Join us for live hot jazz by pianist Chris Johnson (from Gotham Easy) and songs by Countess Eden!And, of course, cocktails!

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Wit’s End™ will help promote a monthly showcase of absinthe tasting and entertainment, featuring a new brand of absinthe and a variety of risqué and bawdy performances each month, along with an edifying salon of what makes absinthe a unique and mysterious liqueur.
This month our sponsor is Zelda Magazine and Vieux Carré Absinthe Supérieure from Philadelphia Distilling! (http://www.vieuxcarreabsinthe.com)
Mr. Kellfire Bray will guide you through the complexities of absinthe’s history and rituals.
Special guest Lilin Lace will be enchanting guests with her tantalizing burlesque and Mr. Nelson Lugo will be up to his tricks, old and new!

The Red Room
85 E 4th St, New York
Thursday, October 6, Doors open at 9:30pm
$20 with Dress Code (suit and tie, cocktail attire)
$15 with Suggested Attire (vintage, evening wear, unmentionables or intimate attire)
Two drink minimum,NO photography during performances.

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Photos from April 30 at St Cloud

Kita, Dandy, and Clara.

Kita, Dandy, and Clara.

It was chilly but so fun on the rooftop of the Knickerbocker Hotel, as we held our April party at St. Cloud. We danced to Mike Davis and the New Wonders, after a super dance lesson by Jeri and Neal. Our hostess Kita St Cyr kept everyone on their toes. Special thanks to our indefatigable DJ Mike Will Cut You Haar, who’s fingers didn’t fall off in the spring chill. We have MANY special guests stop by, including Miss Art Deco Dandy Dillinger, Dandy Wellington, Eden Atencio, the Art Deco Society of New York, Robin Wallace, and enough burlesque performers to start a festival. The party continued until 1:30 AM!

Big thanks to our sponsors, Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur and Death’s Door Gin. We had wonderful service by the staff of St. Cloud, who treat us so well.

We don’t know when our next party will be, but it will be a super one. Thanks to all who came out.

The New Wonders

Mike Davis and the New Wonders on the Roof at The Knick April 30


Mike Davis and the New Wonders

Mike Davis and the New Wonders


Wit’s End™ presents Mike Davis and the New Wonders at St. Cloud in the Knickerbocker Hotel, Saturday, April 30, 2016. The first Wit’s End party in 7 years to be held outdoors! Advance tickets onsale.

Dance to 1920s jazz, enjoy cocktails, and wear your best vintage fashions as we move the party outdoors under the stars! Tonight the band and party take over the outdoor roof and roof bar at St. Cloud!

Led by Mike Davis, one of the city’s most renowned coronet virtuosos, The New Wonders are the living embodiment of a 1920s jazz band. This quintet brings the Prohibition era alive with a horn and woodwinds display of historic proportions. Inspired by the popular music of the Roaring Twenties, Mike Davis and the New Wonders perform at speakeasies all over the region. Tonight see them in a rare appearance outdoors under the stars on the roof the landmark Knickerbocker Hotel.

Tonight everyone’s favorite showgirl—and the party’s hostess—Kita St Cyr returns to our party to bring her million-dollar smile to Times Square.

We are hosting a special tribute tonight to the RMS Titanic on the 104th anniversary of the sinking. In addition to the ice cubes in our cocktails, we’ll raise our glasses to the man who built the Knickerbocker Hotel in 1906, the legendary John Jacob Astor IV, who lost his life in the disaster at sea. We’ll have special guests and surprises tied to the White Star Line.

Also on the bill tonight is DJ Mike Will Cut You, New York’s vintage music DJ who plays classic sounds from 80-year old recordings. He is the host of “Ragged But Right” on WFMU Radio and performs at the Jazz Age Lawn Party. The co-sponsor of the party is the Dorothy Parker Society, the drinking club with a book problem.

Tickets:
Early Bird (through April 10): $15
Advance Tickets: $20
Tickets available at the door unless sold-out: $20
Eleven O’Clock Frolic (entry 11pm): $15
Questions? Click here

About the Wit’s End Party:

Doors open at 8:00 pm. At 9:00 pm is a free dance lesson, taught by professional instructors Jeri Lynn Astra and Neal Groothuis. Learn classic steps such as Balboa and Lindy Hop that will be useful once the live music begins. The band begins at 10:00 pm.

Wit’s End serves cocktails made with fresh ingredients and premium spirits following the classic cocktail recipes of the Prohibition Era. St. Cloud will present a classic cocktail menu to transport you back to the speakeasy era, when guests such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Florenz Ziegfeld were on the premises. Table service is available and reservations are highly recommended. After you buy tickets, email Wit’s End to reserve a table at St. Cloud (minimum: $150).

About the Wit’s End Pre-Party Dinner:

The pre-party dinner is served at Charlie Palmer at The Knick, on the 4th floor. The pre-fixe dinner menu is $45 for a delicious three-course meal. Wit’s End will have tables reserved beginning at 6:00 pm. (Cost of dinner is separate from the party admission). After you buy tickets, call 212-204-4983 to make a dinner reservation (singles are welcome).

The Wit’s End Dress Code:

Vintage and vintage-inspired clothing is recommended. Gentlemen must wear coat and tie. Not permitted: Denim, tennis shoes, flip-flops, T-shirts, shirts with graphics, tank tops, baseball caps.

Photos From March Party With $1.25 Quartet

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We had a wonderful party on March 25, 2016, at St Cloud at the Knickerbocker Hotel. We welcomed back the Buck and a Quarter Quartet, sipped classic cocktails, and had a full house for dancing.

Our hostess Eden Atencio organized a Spring/East Hat Contest with Miss Art Deco Dandy Dillinger. Special celebrity guest judge Voon Chew and the beautiful Kat MonDieu chose who sported the best Easter bonnet styles. Here are photos from the parties, thanks to Nishell Falcone for the photography. Advance tickets are on sale now for April 30 with Mike Davis and The New Wonders.

Buck and a Quarter Quartet

Wit’s End Turns Back the Clock to 1920 at the Knickerbocker Hotel with the Buck and a Quarter Quartet


Buck and a Quarter Quartet

Buck and a Quarter Quartet


Wit’s End™ presents the Buck and a Quarter Quartet at St. Cloud in the Knickerbocker Hotel, Saturday, March 26, 2016.

This “quartet and a quarter” has made its mission to play forgotten gems—as well as favorites—of the golden age of American popular music. The Buck and a Quarter Quartet also play vintage-inspired originals, all on strings, with some additional instruments like C-melody saxophone, clarinet, temple blocks and bell tree.

Tonight chanteuse—and the party’s hostess—Eden Atencio, the raven-haired beauty with the mischievous smile, will join them.

For those in the dark, Wit’s End is New York City’s longest-running monthly vintage dance party. Since 2009, the soirée has been held faithfully the last Saturday each month January-October in speakeasies around New York.

Eden Atencio

Eden Atencio

The party is in the Knickerbocker Hotel, opened in 1906 by the legendary John Jacob Astor IV on the corner of Forty-second Street and Broadway. In 2015, following a $225-million renovation, it reopened to glowing reviews. Wit’s End will be ensconced in St. Cloud—called “New York’s greatest rooftop lounge” with sweeping views of Times Square—sixteen stories above Broadway.

Also on the bill tonight is DJ Mike Will Cut You, New York’s vintage music DJ who plays classic sounds from 80-year old recordings. He is the host of “Ragged But Right” on WFMU Radio and performs at the Jazz Age Lawn Party. The co-sponsor of the party is the Dorothy Parker Society, the drinking club with a book problem.

Tickets:
Early Bird (through March 7): $15
Advance Tickets: $20
Tickets available at the door unless sold-out: $20
Eleven O’Clock Frolic (entry 11pm): $15
Questions? Click here

About the Wit’s End Party:

Doors open at 8:00 pm. At 9:00 pm is a free dance lesson, taught by professional instructors Jeri Lynn Astra and Neal Groothuis. Learn classic steps such as Balboa and Lindy Hop that will be useful once the live music begins. The band begins at 10:00 pm.

Wit’s End serves cocktails made with fresh ingredients and premium spirits following the classic cocktail recipes of the Prohibition Era. St. Cloud will present a classic cocktail menu to transport you back to the speakeasy era, when guests such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Florenz Ziegfeld were on the premises. Table service is available and reservations are highly recommended. After you buy tickets, email Wit’s End to reserve a table at St. Cloud.

About the Wit’s End Pre-Party Dinner:

The pre-party dinner is served at Charlie Palmer at The Knick, on the 4th floor. The pre-fixe dinner menu is $45 for a delicious three-course meal. Wit’s End will have tables reserved beginning at 6:00 pm. (Cost of dinner is separate from the party admission). After you buy tickets, call 212-204-4983 to make a dinner reservation (singles are welcome).

The Wit’s End Dress Code:

Vintage and vintage-inspired clothing is recommended. Gentlemen must wear coat and tie. Not permitted: Denim, tennis shoes, flip-flops, T-shirts, shirts with graphics, tank tops, baseball caps.

Photos From February: Dandy, Dandy, and the Snake

Our party on Feb. 27 at the Knickerbocker Hotel, on the rooftop St. Cloud lounge, was the second-biggest party in the 7 year history of Wit’s End. It was also our Seventh Anniversary party, headlined by Dandy Wellington. There was a second Dandy in the house: Dandy Dillinger, Miss Art Deco herself. Our two special performers were Zoe Ziegfeld with her boa, Fantasia, and the tap-dancing star Gin Minsky. We also celebrated the birthdays of DJ Mike Will Cut You and Jeri Lynn. Our next party is March 26, with the Buck and a Quarter Quartet performing. Get tickets here.

Zoe Ziegfeld

Zoe Ziegfeld

Miss Art Deco Dandy Dillinger

Video: Dandy Dillinger Crowned Miss Art Deco

Wit’s End is the monthly party at St. Cloud rooftop of The Knickerbocker Hotel in Times Square. Dandy Dillinger was crowned Miss Art Deco by the Art Deco Society of New York and Wit’s End at the Knickerbocker Hotel on January 30. Dandy represents Wit’s End, the monthly speakeasy party held at St. Cloud, on the rooftop of the landmark 1906 hotel.

Dandy was crowned by Meghan Weatherby, the society’s director of operations, and Kita St. Cyr, Wit’s End host. Dandy is a performer, baker, and model.

The last Saturday night of the month January-October is Wit’s End: cocktails, dancing, and hot jazz. This month we had Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra. Michael is the creator and bandleader of the Jazz Age Lawn Party.

Each month we have classic cocktails, a different jazz band, and dancing. We offer a free dance lesson before every party.

Visit clubwitsend.com for monthly party information. Videography: Emily Geraghty.

Our next party is February 27 at St. Cloud. Advance tickets available now.

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Zoe Ziegfeld Charming Our Seventh Anniversary Party

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Zoe Ziegfeld

For the Wit’s End™ Seventh Anniversary Party on Feb. 27, we are adding a special guest with a secret tie to the history of our new venue, The Knickerbocker Hotel. We are pleased to announce that snake charmer Zoe Ziegfeld—the long-lost descendant of legendary showman Florenz Ziegfeld—will perform at St. Cloud, on the rooftop of The Knick.

The Ziegfeld name has been absent on Forty-second Street since 1932, when Flo took his final curtain call on planet earth. Zoe will bring it back to Times Square for Wit’s End after an eighty-four year absence. When Flo ran his ground-breaking Ziegfeld Follies next door at the New Amsterdam Theatre, he was a frequent visitor to The Knick.

Zoe self-identifies as an Existential Feminist Performance Art Stripper. She is an award-winning burlesque performer, an unapologetic strip-club stripper, and a snake charmer at the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. She has performed all over the country and is one of the most exciting and dynamic entertainers on the scene today. Zoe dazzles like an old school circus performer, and will be travelling (and charming) with her silent partner.

Don’t miss this party. Advance tickets are available now for $20. Tickets are also available at the door, and there is a special Eleven O’Clock Frolic ticket at 11 p.m. at the door for $15. The Knickerbocker is located at 6 Times Square, on the corner of Broadway and 42nd St.

Our headliner is Dandy Wellington and His Band, the best-dressed performer in New York. Our hostess is the showgirl with the million-dollar smile, Kita St. Cyr. With vintage music coming from DJ Mike Will Cut You, host of “Ragged But Right” on WFMU Radio and performs at the Jazz Age Lawn Party.

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Don Spiro)

Kita St. Cyr, St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Don Spiro)

About the Wit’s End Party:

Doors open at 8:00 pm. At 9:00 pm is a free dance lesson, taught by professional instructors Jeri Lynn Astra and Neal Groothuis. Learn classic steps such as Balboa and Lindy Hop that will be useful once the live music begins. The band begins at 10:00 pm.

Wit’s End serves cocktails made with fresh ingredients and premium spirits following the classic cocktail recipes of the Prohibition Era. St. Cloud will present a classic cocktail menu to transport you back to the speakeasy era, when guests such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Florenz Ziegfeld were on the premises. Table service is available and reservations are highly recommended. After you buy tickets, email us to reserve a table at St. Cloud (first-come, first-served).

The Wit’s End Dress Code:

Vintage and vintage-inspired clothing is recommended. Gentlemen must wear coat and tie. Not permitted: Denim, tennis shoes, flip-flops, T-shirts, shirts with graphics, tank tops, baseball caps.