What ’s the Buzz? Elixir Lounge

Elixir Lounge opened in May 2013, and rapidly became the sexy AND chic spot in Astoria, Queens, for the LGBT community!

It is a cozy, friendly, nice, spot for a night out in Queens with a Manhattan feel and style; and most importantly, it is LGBT owned and operated.

It is fast becoming the neighborhood’s “it” spot to meet up and spend some quality time. With a capacity for 120 guests, the lounge offers a nice space area to enjoy the sounds of in-house main DJ Willie Dutch and jump around to his dancing beats.

Open seven days a week now, Elixir Lounge offers nightly events long needed in the neighborhood for the LGBT community.

As stated by its owners: “We are part of the community. We’re ‘trannypreneurs.’ We are emotionally invested because we understand very well our community from the inside – we don’t just assume! Many straight venues try to please our community by having ‘gayfriendly nights,’ but we feel as though that is just their way of capitalizing on a market they know is out there, and which we are part of. We are a 100% LGBT establishment, but we are also straight friendly, you know. Astoria needs more LGBT establishments; we are totally comfortable with having other business around! A cross-marketing between LGBT venues is a great way to build our presence in Astoria, Queens. We are here, we exist as a whole, and we deserve our own venues, not just friendly spots!”

Lidia Jimenez and Marilyn Sulay are the owners of Elixir Lounge. They’re two professional transgender women with a background in documentary production and business administration. Michael Madrid (an experienced manager with ample administrative knowledge and marketing skills) and Jason Lugo aka Willie Dutch (an audio recording artist with plenty of knowledge of the NYC nightlife industry and a supervisory background from UBS) are the managers of Elixir Lounge.

For more info on daily and special events, follow Elixir on Twitter & Instagram @ElixirLoungeNYC,
and on Facebook at facebook.com/elixirloungeny.

Elixir Lounge
43-03 Broadway
Astoria, NY 11103

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