Dandy Dillinger

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

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.

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.

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 Dillinger Crowned Miss Art Deco by Wit’s End at the Knickerbocker Hotel

Miss Art Deco, Dandy Dillinger. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Miss Art Deco, Dandy Dillinger. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

NEW YORK — 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.

Miss Art Deco, Dandy Dillinger, and Meghan Weatherby. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Miss Art Deco, Dandy Dillinger, and Meghan Weatherby. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

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.

“I love being Miss Art Deco because I enjoy being a part of something so historic and beautiful,” Dandy said. “I’m happy to work on collaborations between the vintage scenes in New York City and in turn learn more about the era. Also, there’s the beautiful crown!”

The ADSNY is a non-profit organization for the study, preservation, and celebration of all forms of Art Deco. It brings together Art Deco enthusiasts with a variety of interests. Whether you are an Art Deco historian or just discovering your passion for the era, they host distinctive events that will inspire and delight you. Members enjoy activities that embrace the many aspects of Art Deco. These include lectures, private museum tours, film screenings, architectural tours, preservation awareness meetings, and vintage events with live music from the era. More information here.

Wit’s End is New York’s longest-running monthly vintage party, held the last Saturday night of the month, January through October, at St. Cloud. Wit’s End parties always feature live vintage hot jazz bands, swing dancing with free dance lessons, and delicious classic cocktails. All guests observe a strict dress code of vintage and vintage-inspired clothes. St. Cloud is a 9,000-square foot rooftop bar at the Knickerbocker, located in the heart of Times Square on Broadway and Forty-second Street. More information here.

Look for Dandy at many vintage events in 2016, including the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island, June 11-12. The next Wit’s End party is February 27, featuring Dandy Wellington and His Band. Advance tickets are available now.

Miss Art Deco ceremony,  Meghan Weatherby (left) and Kita St. Cyr. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Miss Art Deco ceremony, Meghan Weatherby (left) and Kita St. Cyr. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Kita St. Cyr and Dandy Dillinger. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Kita St. Cyr and Dandy Dillinger. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Miss Art Deco

Left to right: Kita St. Cyr, Miss Art Deco Dandy Dillinger, and Meghan Weatherby of the Art Deco Society of New York. January 30 at the Knickerbocker Hotel. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Our Year In Review 2015: Hot

Dandy Wellington, Feb. 2015, Wit's End

Dandy Wellington, Feb. 2015, Wit’s End


Wit’s End™ began in 2009, and in 2015 we managed to have 11 monthly parties. It was quite a year, with some of New York’s greatest jazz bands performing. We had wonderful nights at Flute Midtown, which was an actual speakeasy run by the legendary Texas Guinan. In November we squeezed in one more part at the new Fillmore Room in West Chelsea.

A big thank you to the staff of Flute this year, who were superb hosts and really helped us have so many fantastic nights.

Kita, Christine, and Mike

Kita, Christine, and Mike

We are very lucky to have such a great team. Everyone that comes to one of our parties meets Christine at the door. Our dance leaders, Jeri-Lynn and Neal, have been with us since 2009. Our hostesses this year were Kita St. Cyr, Dandy Dillinger, Miss Melody Jane, and Eden Atencio. We think we have the best hostesses around!

We were joined by DJ Mike Will Cut You, who performed at most of our events in 2015. A WFMU Radio Host, Mike plays select tracks from his collection of rare vintage songs.

The producers this year: Kevin Fitzpatrick, Michael Haar, and Don Spiro (founder).

We kicked things off on January 31 with our “Hot Time in Winter Party” with hot jazz from Jessy Carolina and the Hot Mess! Our hostess, Kita St. Cyr, spiced things up on a very cold night!

February 28 was our Sixth Anniversary party, and was the return of Dandy Wellington and His Band. It was fantastic (and crowded) night as we celebrated six years of being the longest-running monthly vintage party in New York. Dandy blew the doors off. Showgirl Kita St Cyr added the sparkles.

“A Night in Clover” was the theme of our March 28 party, with jazz from The Lady Bugs. Led by Martina DaSilva, it was one of the sweetest-sounding parties we’ve ever had. And with two ukuleleists in the house!

Melody Jane, DJ Mike Will Cut You, Dandy Dillinger

Melody Jane, DJ Mike Will Cut You, Dandy Dillinger

April 25 brought our annual “April Showers” party. Our period jazz was provided by Mike Davis and his Chicago Loopers. Our hostess was the lovely Dandy Dillinger.

The best hot jazz musicians in the east (and some from the west) attended the Third Annual New York Hot Jazz Festival on May 3 at the Players Club. Wit’s End™ sponsored the after party at midnight. It was an amazing jam session led by David Ostwald and Gordon Au.

“Mischief in May” on May 30 was swell party with Glenn Crytzer’s Quartet! Our hostess, Dandy Dillinger, continued her tradition of providing some pretty awful jokes…

At our June 27 “Moonshine in Manhattan” party we welcomed The Gotham Easy. A fantastic horn section! Our sponsor was Manhattan Moonshine.

Our July 25 “Midtown Melodies” party featured Daria Grace and the Pre-War Ponies. Our new hostess, Miss Melody Jane, debuted. She’s a songstress and burlesque star, wanted in six states for her monkeyshines and outlaw ways!

Our annual “Wild Party” on August 29 saw the debut of Jason Benjamin and Lime Juice Jazz perform with us. It was such a big party we needed two hostesses, Dandy Dillinger and Miss Melody Jane

The Buck and a Quarter Quartet performed Sept. 26, at the annual “September Swing” party. Our hostess, the devil-may-care Eden Atencio, even sang with the band!

The Wit’s End  7th Annual Black Cat Masquerade with Gelber and Manning was held a week before Halloween, on Oct. 24. Our hostess Dandy Dillinger kept the party rolling.

We closed out the year in November, with a special party at the Fillmore Room: the Manhattan Harvest featuring two hot bands Jesse Gelber and The Astor Boys! Jessy Carolina and the Hot Mess! 

 Presented by Jesse Gelber, Lee Chappell, and Wit’s End™ the party also featured burlesque performances by Trixie Little, King of Boylesque Mr. Gorgeous, and Dandy Dillinger.

Wit’s End will return January 30, 2015, at our new venue. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @clubwitsend, and Like our Facebook page .

Wit’s End Presents the Manhattan Harvest at the Fillmore Room


West Chelsea is the location for the final Wit’s End party of 2015, a special event we’re calling the Manhattan Harvest and featuring two hot bands led by a Jesse or Jessy: Jesse Gelber and The Astor Boys! Jessy Carolina and the Hot Mess! 



Presented by Jesse Gelber, Lee Chappell, and Wit’s End™ the night of hot jazz, live burlesque, dancing and cocktails will be at The Fillmore Room on Friday, November 20, 2015. Enjoy vintage cocktails, a huge dance floor, and hot jazz all night long.

Also featuring burlesque performances by Trixie Little, King of Boylesque Mr. Gorgeous, and Dandy Dillinger.

The Fillmore Room occupies the old Moran’s building near the Highline, at the intersection of 19th Street and 10th Avenue.



Tickets: $15 each, available at the door and online.

Advance tickets available now via Eventbrite.

Date: Nov 20, 2015

Time: 8pm

Place: The Fillmore Room

Address: 146 10th Avenue (at 19th Street), New York, NY 10001

Dandy Dillinger (left) and Melody Jane. Photo: Don Spiro.

The Wild Party Returns Aug. 29

Dandy Dillinger & Melody Jane (Photo: Don Spiro)

Dandy Dillinger & Melody Jane (Photo: Don Spiro)

Saturday, August 29, 2015 in NYC, come to Wit’s End™ annual “Wild Party” and drink Prohibition era cocktails and celebrate the Jazz Age with music from Vintage Barber & Radio Host, DJ Mike Will Cut You and LIVE hot jazz from Jason Benjamin and Lime Juice Jazz!

Come in your most scandalous vintage inspired attire—or vintage lingerie–to drink specialty cocktails and dance to jazz age songs in an authentic 1920s speakeasy. Our party is at Flute Midtown, 205 W. 54th Street, formerly Texas Guinan’s Club Intime! Advance tickets here!

Our hostesses are Dandy Dillinger and Miss Melody Jane!

Our co-sponsor is the Dorothy Parker Society, the drinking club with a book problem.

About this month’s live band: Lime Juice Jazz is a New York City band lead by trumpeter and vocalist Jason Benjamin. The style is a unique mix of hot, classic jazz and swing with splashes of Latin jazz. The band plays regularly in NYC at various music venues, with an ongoing residency at Le Fanfare in Brooklyn since September, 2014.

Dress code: Jacket and tie, vintage or vintage-inspired, Jazz Age, evening wear, cocktail attire is encouraged!

Just $15 at the door! Advance tickets on sale via Ticketweb.

Table reservations are available and encouraged; telephone Flute Midtown reservation line at 212.265.5169 to reserve a table.

Doors open at 7:00 PM. Free dance lesson at 8:30 with Jeri Lynn Astra Turner-Barnes and Neal Groothuis!

Tell your friends. Visit our new Facebook Page.

Melody Jane steps in to Hostess, Sits Down with Dandy Dillinger for Tips

Dandy Dillinger (left) and Melody Jane. Photo: Don Spiro.

Dandy Dillinger (left) and Melody Jane. Photo: Don Spiro.

The July 25 Wit’s End party at Flute Midtown, with the Pre-War Ponies performing, will also see the debut of our newest hostess, Melody Jane. She’s a performer and singer, most recently in the revival of the Marx Brothers show, I’ll Say She Is, which is coming back in 2016 at the Connelly Theatre. Melody is stepping into the ruby-encrusted shoes this month of her pal, Dandy Dillinger.

We conducted an interview with these two charming ladies in their bathtub.

Dandy, you’ve been hostess for the party for a few months now. What’s a secret you can share with Melody, to help her make her debut?

Always have fun, you are there to bring the room together and keep the party going. If you’re not enjoying yourself how do you expect anyone else to.

Melody, what’s something you bring to the party that no other hostess can bring?

I am a Vaudevillian American Sweetheart that will sing, dance, and charm any crowd into the wee hours of the morning.

Melody, any questions for Dandy?

How on earth do you always manages to look so stunningly beautiful?!

Melody Jane (left) and Dandy Dillinger. Photo: Don Spiro.

Melody Jane (left) and Dandy Dillinger. Photo: Don Spiro.

Dandy, does Melody have your sense of style?

Melody has her own since of style and its one of the things I love most about her. She doesn’t care what people think, and she has a nice mix of a little bit of every era along with her own touch but can morph into the parts she plays very well.

Melody, what can we expect to see on July 25?

This July I will be hosting the greatest vintage-style champagne party in New York City! In addition to the fantastic live jazz music and vintage cocktails, you can expect me to sing a tune or two and dance the night away.

Dandy, any advice for this woman?

Just be you girl.

Advance tickets are available via Ticketweb, or get them at the door for $15. More information here.

Gotham Easy and Manhattan Moonshine Together on June 27

Moonshine in Manhattan

Moonshine in Manhattan

Saturday, June 27, 2015 in NYC, come to Wit’s End™ “Moonshine in Manhattan” and drink Prohibition era cocktails and celebrate the Jazz Age with music from Vintage Barber & Radio Host, DJ Mike Will Cut You and LIVE hot jazz from The Gotham Easy.

Come in your finest jazz age or vintage inspired attire to drink specialty cocktails and dance to jazz age songs in an authentic 1920s speakeasy. Our party is at Flute Midtown, 205 W. 54th Street, formerly Texas Guinan’s Club Intime! Advance tickets here!

Meet our hostess, Dandy Dillinger. She looks sweet but this salty vamp can spice up any party. A 21st Century flapper with a dash of Jazz Age gangster.

This month our sponsor is Manhattan Moonshine, Prohibition-Style Whiskey. Try a vintage cocktail made with Manhattan Moonshine, you won’t forget it!

Our co-sponsor is the Dorothy Parker Society, the drinking club with a book problem.

About this month’s live band: The Gotham Easy members are Janelle Reichman (clarinet) Chris Cortier (trombone), Chris Johnson (banjo & piano) and TubaJoe Exley (tuba). While being completely at ease playing classic standards in the time-honored New Orleans tradition, the band brings a brash vitality to music that is all too often treated as a delicate museum piece. The Gotham Easy’s members have been playing together since 2006. Whether revitalizing the traditional jazz canon with their excitement and energy, or whipping an audience into a frenzy with their raucous original compositions, the Gotham Easy brings the music of the early 20th century into the early 21st century with a fresh style and attitude. Visit their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.

Dress code: Jacket and tie, vintage or vintage-inspired, Jazz Age, evening wear, cocktail attire is encouraged!
Just $15 at the door! Advance tickets on sale via Ticketweb.

Table reservations are available and encouraged; telephone Flute Midtown reservation line at 212.265.5169 to reserve a table.

Doors open at 7:00 PM. Free dance lesson at 8:30 with Jeri Lynn Astra Turner-Barnes and Neal Groothuis!

Tell your friends. Visit our new Facebook Page.