There are many contenders in this competitive category, but Cherry Pop at Ultra Suede in West Hollywood stands out. Created by gay-nightclub promoter Tom Whitman, this Saturday-night party is something of a throwback to the hard dancing nights of the '70s and '80s. Rather than just stand inside some bar and maybe play some pool, Cherry Pop features a large dance floor with beautiful go-go boys and nonstop grooves from the '80s to the present. What sets this party apart from other gay nightlife scenes is the populist feel. Attitudes seem to be checked at the door, and boys of all ages — from the 20-something crowd to men in their 40s — hang out, dance and mingle.

—Patrick Range McDonald

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