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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.

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.

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.

Video: Michael Arenella at the Knickerbocker Hotel

Wit’s End monthly party at St. Cloud rooftop of The Knickerbocker Hotel in Times Square. The last Saturday night of the month January-October: 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.

Don’t You Want to Be on the Roof at St Cloud?

Sixteen-floors above Times Square is the new home of Wit’s End™ at St. Cloud in the Knickerbocker Hotel. Nobody else has outdoor space for a vintage Jazz Age party like this in New York. Plus there is a cigar lounge stocked by Nat Sherman’s. Look at these views from our January party. Our next one is Feb. 27!

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

St. Cloud

St. Cloud, the rooftop of the Knickerbocker Hotel. Photo: Jane Kratochvil.

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

Dandy Dillinger, St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

Mr. and Mrs. Gotham, St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Don Spiro)

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

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Don Spiro)

DJ Mike Will Cut You, St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Don Spiro)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Don Spiro)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Don Spiro)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Don Spiro)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Don Spiro)

Wit’s End™ presents Dandy Wellington and His Band, at the 7th anniversary party at St. Cloud in the Knickerbocker Hotel, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. This is the fourth straight year that Dandy has performed at our anniversary party: He’s played February 2013, 2014, and 2015. Order Tickets Online Via Brown Paper Tickets

Tonight 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 hostess is glamorous showgirl Kita St. Cyr, channeling Mae West, Yma Sumac, and a dash of Lili St. Cyr. The co-sponsor of the party is the Dorothy Parker Society, the drinking club with a book problem.

Advance Tickets:
Order Online Via Brown Paper Tickets
General Admission: $20
11 O’Clock Frolic (doors open 11pm): $15
At the Door
General Admission (doors open 8pm): $20
11 O’Clock Frolic (doors open 11pm): $15

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.

Video: Wit’s End at the Knickerbocker Hotel

Wit’s End monthly party at St. Cloud rooftop of The Knickerbocker Hotel in Times Square. The last Saturday night of the month January-October: 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.

Advance Tickets on Sale for Dandy Wellington Feb 27 Party

Dandy Wellington

Dandy Wellington at the Knickerbocker Hotel. Photo: Don Spiro.


Wit’s End™ presents Dandy Wellington and His Band, at the 7th anniversary party at St. Cloud in the Knickerbocker Hotel, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. This is the fourth straight year that Dandy has performed at our anniversary party: He’s played February 2013, 2014, and 2015. Order Tickets Online Via Brown Paper Tickets

Tonight 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 hostess is glamorous showgirl Kita St. Cyr, channeling Mae West, Yma Sumac, and a dash of Lili St. Cyr. The co-sponsor of the party is the Dorothy Parker Society, the drinking club with a book problem.

St. Cloud

St. Cloud, the rooftop of the Knickerbocker Hotel. Photo: Jane Kratochvil.

Advance Tickets:
Order Online Via Brown Paper Tickets
General Admission (after Feb 5): $20
11 O’Clock Frolic (doors open 11pm): $15
At the Door
General Admission (doors open 8pm): $20
11 O’Clock Frolic (doors open 11pm): $15

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).

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 5:00 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 January Debut at Knickerbocker Hotel

Wit’s End had a fantastic debut at St. Cloud at the Knickerbocker Hotel on January 30, 2016. Michael Arenella performed a sublime show of authentic jazz. We saw the crowning of Miss Art Deco, Dandy Dillinger. We raffled off a dinner at Charlie Palmer at the Knick. The rooftop was open for the cigar lounge. Our professional dance instructors, Jeri and Neal, wowed the crowd. And we saw the return of our hostess, Kita St. Cyr, after too-long absence. Thanks to our sponsor, Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur. And where would we be without the Dorothy Parker Society? It was an incredible debut party at St. Cloud. Enjoy the photos by Jane Kratochvil, and we’ll see you on Feb. 27 for Dandy Wellington and His Band.

Michael Arenella. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Michael Arenella. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

On the rooftop at St. Cloud. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

On the rooftop at St. Cloud. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Jeri & Neal dance lesson at St. Cloud. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Jeri & Neal dance lesson at St. Cloud. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Dancing at St. Cloud. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Dancing at St. Cloud. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Countess Eden at St. Cloud. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Countess Eden at St. Cloud. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Dandy Wellington and His Band Return Feb 27


Wit’s End™ presents Dandy Wellington and His Band, at the 7th anniversary party at St. Cloud in the Knickerbocker Hotel, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. This is the fourth straight year that Dandy has performed at our anniversary party: He’s played February 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Dandy Wellington

Dandy Wellington at St. Cloud. Photo: Don Spiro.

Inspired by the Big Band Era of Jazz, Dandy Wellington and his Band have taken the sounds of the pre-World War II era and created a world of well-dressed music. With a passion for obscure songs steeped in the Jazz tradition, Dandy Wellington has assembled a catalog of music that invokes an atmosphere of class. From the golden age of cinema, to the bounce of New Orleans, each song is hand selected and played to perfection by a band cut from the cloth of elegance.

Tonight 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.

postcard-4.25inx6in-h-frontAlso 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 hostess is glamorous showgirl Kita St. Cyr, channeling Mae West, Yma Sumac, and a dash of Lili St. Cyr. The co-sponsor of the party is the Dorothy Parker Society, the drinking club with a book problem.

Advance Tickets:
Order Online Via Brown Paper Tickets
Early Bird (until Feb 5): $15
General Admission (after Feb 5): $20
11 O’Clock Frolic (doors open 11pm): $15
At the Door
General Admission (doors open 8pm): $20
11 O’Clock Frolic (doors open 11pm): $15

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).

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 5:00 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.

Cocktails With Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur at January Party

barrows-intense-ginger-logoThe sponsor of our first party of 2016 is Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur. Enjoy a cocktail made with fresh ginger that has no extracts. Barrow’s Intense is made in Brooklyn. A recipe we like:

Intensely Stormy
2 oz Barrow’s Intense
1 oz Dark Rum
Splash soda
Shake well and serve in a highball glass over ice.

About the party: Wit’s End presents Michael Arenella, creator and founder of the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island, at the debut party at St. Cloud in the Knickerbocker Hotel, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. The party is at the Knickerbocker Hotel, 6 Times Square, opened by the legendary John Jacob Astor IV on the corner of Forty-second Street and Broadway. After a 95-year break, it reopened in early 2015 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 hostess is glamorous showgirl Kita St. Cyr, channeling Mae West, Yma Sumac, and a dash of Lili St. Cyr. The co-sponsor of the party is the Dorothy Parker Society, the drinking club with a book problem.

Ticket Prices:

$15.00: in advance online via Brown Paper Tickets (entry 8 pm)
$20.00: at the door
$15.00: 11 O’Clock Frolic (entry 11 pm) at the door
Must be 21 to attend.

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. Table service is available and reservations are highly recommended. After you buy tickets, call 212-204-4980 to reserve a table at St. Cloud.

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