A sea of sailors at Oosh! By anonymous contributor
After hearing about the fun and games one month before, I decided to give HK party outfit Oosh a shot as they held their second SZ event, a sailor-themed dress-up party naughtily named Oosh Seamen on April 28.
I rocked up nice and early as the first show was scheduled for 10:30pm. After getting my name checked off at the door by the outrageous drag queen at the door, I walked in to find funky music playing to a dance floor almost empty save for some flashing lights and a couple of brave foreigners in whacky outfits and sailor hats. I could have just turned around and gone home as the metro was still running, but I’m so glad I didn’t!
I ordered myself a gin and tonic that was definitely more gin than tonic, and before I knew it I had a sailor hat on my head and was being introduced to some very handsome strangers. Not only that, but there was a steady stream of people arriving and the mood was getting much more like a party!
The shows were a combination of standard gogo boy dancing and some kinky interaction. First some guests were asked on stage by the crazy host in short shorts, to tie up the gogo, SM style. I think it was supposed to be about tying knots, but whatever, it was sexy af. They had more activities later and it seems everyone was getting at least a free drink for taking part, which made me wish the guy would choose me. Next time I’ll have to dress up better I guess.
By 12, the place was packed and the crowd ranged from tipsy to very drunk, the bar and dance areas were a writhing hot mess, and all the tables were taken by guests enjoying those seriously strong mixed drinks and a whole lot of tequila shots. Compared to what I had heard before, the venue, B1 in the OCT Loft area, was well decked out with party lights, mirror ball, video screens and smoke machine, but I think they went overboard with the smoke.
Well, venturing outside for a breath of fresh air, I found even more people out there, chatting and drinking, and even being served BBQ from the kitchen, which is something different from what you see at normal gay parties. And outside is where I really saw some amazing costumes. There were several glamorous drag queens and some very cute sailor twinks. Then there were those like me that didn’t have time to dress up, but not so lucky to be given a sailor hat. I guess they weren’t early like me!
The crowd was easily 90% gays, and about half Chinese I guess. The girls were definitely having a good time, but I doubt there were any lala connections made that night. Well, Shenzhen is a big city and there’s room for every type of party, and I’m happy I got to experience Oosh. I think I’ll be back again when they do their video game theme party on May 26. Will you join me?