February 2014 Upcoming Events

Hey folks, if you missed our January mixer at Icon, not to worry we have plenty of goodies coming up this month.  First off, join us for an after work cocktail at Out Astoria’s first Queer Happy Hour at Elixir Lounge.  The event is on Wednesday, February 19th.

RSVP on Facebook or Meetup.com:




And if you haven’t had your fill of booze and revelry, come join us for our February Mixer on Friday, February 21st at  Static Lounge.

We’ve got an OPEN BAR just for OA members!

This event is free for up-to-date dues paying members and $5 for general members.

2014 dues are only $10 and you will receive discounts for local businesses and special pricing for upcoming events. 

To join, please click on the PAYPAL button on the main page, Donate $10 and add your full name and “Out Astoria 2014 dues” to the comment field.

Check out our MIXER here for more details:





The Last Out Astoria Events for 2013!

Yes, we’re fast approaching the closing of the year, and before we all start skipping town every other week for whatever holiday it is you’re celebrating, we here at OA wanted to let you all know the last events we’ve got planned for 2013!

Starting tomorrow, Friday, November 22 – we’ll be returning to Veronica’s Bar on 36th Avenue - Monika will be bar-tending and Veronica herself will be chatting up the patrons this mixer.  As usual our friends at Veronica’s Bar will have $4 well vodka drinks and $4 will also get you “The Ronnie Como” (a shot and a PBR served separately of course)!

It’s these drink specials that always make for a great crowd for this mixer, so feel free to bring anyone else along too – the more the merrier!

And for the rest of the year we have a few “save the date” line items for you:

Sun., November 24 at 4:30 PM – Queens Pride Mixer at Pride Lounge Forest Hills

Weds., December 4 at 7:00 PM – Out Astoria Dinner at The Thirsty Koala

Friday., December 13 at 8:00 PM – Out Astoria’s Holiday Party at Elixir Lounge

You’ll also want to keep one more date on your calendar:

Saturday, January 25 – Winter Pride at Astoria World Manor:  Out Astoria will be taking a table (again) for this fabulous event – we’ll be posting more information about attending and/or buying an ad in the event program in the coming week, but if you want to sit at our table(s) just drop a line to me directly and we’ll arrange it!  You don’t have to make your choice now, but you’ll certainly want to think about it right after the holidays!

That’s everything for now!  See you all tomorrow at the mixer!

October Mixer at Hell Gate Tiki!

Hey there everyone:

Most of you probably remember our mixers at Hell Gate Social back when it was George and his brothers running the place but new majority share owner (and gay Astorian) Justin has brought in his own fun design and ideas!  Whatever you remember about Hell Gate Social – just know that the name is being changed to Hell Gate Tiki and the place is going to look very different since the last time we were all there!

So make sure you make some time to come by our monthly mixer at Hell Gate Tiki tomorrow night starting at 8pm - there’ll be a $5 hurricane special as well as a few food items discounted for our group should you get the munchies after a few hurricanes.  We’re all terribly excited to see what Justin and his team have done with the space!

See you all then. :)


September Mixer on Friday and Upcoming Events in October

Hi everyone!

So coming up this Friday, September 27 starting at 8pm we’ll be having our monthly mixer at Elixir Lounge on Broadway!  Come on out and enjoy 2-4-1 well drinks form 8-11pm and $5 drinks for the rest of the night.  This time we’ll be joining forces with the Elixir friday night crowd as well as the friendly folks from the “Queer in Queens” meetup group!

Also you may want to note a few dates on your calendar in October:
Out Astoria Dinner on Weds., October 9 at Hinomaru on Ditmars – 7pm
Out Astoria Mixer on Friday, October 25 at Hell Gate Tiki – 8pm
Also, for all of you local culture addicts out there, the fantastic Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) will be mounting their new fall comedy, The Cottage - and you can use the discount code OUTTC for $12 tickets (for the first 4 performances only)!  
And don’t forget that Out Astoria is on the web and Meet Up for those of you trying to stay off Facebok.
See you all Friday night at Elixir!
2013 President
Out Astoria

August Prix Fixe Dinner and Member’s Event

Hi all,

We’re just a few days from the August Dinner and our 2nd Members Prix Fixe Dinner at everyone’s new favorite restaurant The Shady Lady this Wednesday at 7PM!

We’ve got a table reserved for 10 attendees and there are still a few spots left but in case we have an 11th or 12th we’ll find a way to squeeze you all in!

As I’m sure you all know this dinner is a prix-fixe with a set price of $30 that includes one signature cocktail, one appetizer, one entree (yes, there are vegetarian options), and of course a dessert – it also includes tax and tip!  (And of course we know many of our members used to/still do wait tables – so if you want to leave a few extra dollars for your server, nobody is going to say you can’t!)

Also, because we’re limited with space for this event – we ask that everyone RSVP here and pre-pay via paypal – this way we can let the folks at Shady Lady the precise number of attendees they need to prep for and we can settle the bill with them easily.


1. Go to www.outastoria.com
2. Click on the Donate button on the right side of the page
3. Make a $30 donation
4. Click on “add special instructions to seller”
5. Write in “SHADY LADY (and your name)”
6. Send payment
7. Print receipt
8. Show up for event!

It’s that simple!

Here’s the menu choices (as if you need more enticing):


Shady Lady, Basil Julep, Strawberry Bourbon Fix, Ginger Kick, The Girl Upstairs, A Lovely Pear, Bourbon Bliss


Crabby Cakes-jumbo lump, brandy remoulade, roasted corn
Thai Glazed Chili Buffalo Wings- ginger, cilantro, red chilis-mild, spicy or DIABLO
Falafel Wraps-chick peas, boston lettuce, harissa yogurt
Pork Belly Taquitos-guajillo chilis, cotija cheese, tomatillo salsa

Roasted Beets-with gorgonzola mousse & candied walnuts (vegetarian)


Prime Beef Sliders- roast garlic and peppercorn aioli, bourbon ketchup, smoked cabot cheddar, LT, brioche bun

Meatloaf Meatballs-tomato demi glaze, chive mashed potatoes
Wiener Schnitzel-veal cutlets, spaetzle, baby arugula
Shrimp n Grits-andouille sausage, crispy hominy grits

Grilled Vegetable Pot Pie-with goat cheese and roasted tomatoes (vegetarian)


NY Style Cheesecake-strawberry, balsamic & black pepper reduction

Chocolate Praline Bites-blackberries, vanilla anglaise


And also just a reminder for our First Annual Member’s Party on August 24 at a private rooftop venue in Astoria!  Make sure your membership dues are up to date and paid and come enjoy an open bar and some nibbly bits out doors on a roof with a great view of the city so nice they named it twice.


Obviously if you’re unsure about your membership status or when it expires just shoot an email to membership@outastoria.com and Aaron will let you know!  Of course we can take “walk in” membership applications and renewals at the event, but we’re trying to avoid any delays getting people into the party – so register/renew now!


See you all very soon!



President, Out Astoria – 2013