Hélène : Out of the closet . (October 2004)
: The complete transgender venue .. eat, drink and
in style in a safe environment ...
- 30 seat restaurant, Bar & Disco
This is a new venture from those
lovely caring ladies at Adam
Eve. , Terri, Lisa
This is my take on the opening night of Tootsies, 16th October 2004, I
went with Cassie and met some others from Cassie's Cassandras
group, Cassie and I got there about 45 minutes after it "opened"
got tickets numbered 10 & 11, so it was quiet when we arrived,
however at least 108 attended, as I know one girl who got that number
.. not sure how many more followed Joanne in ...
Sarah & Cassie @ Tootsies....
Well Tootsies has landed .. and how, and we have Josie, Lisa and Terri
(JLT) of Adam & Eve fame to thank for it .. THANKS GIRLS ...
It's great to have another class venue in London to give us another
night out on the town, and one that offers the chance to eat with
friends within the venue, though the down point here is that there
isn't a no smoking area to eat in. The food was not bad given the price
and being in London, however they did suffer some serious delays last
night due to one of two cooks being off, but that is just a glitch.
Getting a drink at times was also a problem , the bar seemed
understaffed at times, and the down stairs bar had a girl behind it
when I looked in a couple of times, but didn't serve drinks to anyone.
The music played was a far better mix for us middled age girls than
house/garage/clubmix" what you get pounded with at Transmission, and at
a lower more comfortable level, guaranteed not to give you a headache
and tinnitus like at Transmission. Kim Angel was scheduled to be DJ'ing
there according to www.tootsies.org.uk
site, but I didn't see her
there, and I know she plays some good stuff too, I heard from her later
and she apologised for the non show, she was not a very well bunny that
The venue itself appears to be good, spread over two levels, three if
you consider the loo's down in the sub basement where the kitchen is,
though the architecture is a bit industrial, and I'm not very sure how
the ventilation works , as there doesn't appear to be much in the way
of aircon and it got too smokey for me downstairs. I for one look
forward to smoking being banned at venues like this, I hate stinking
like an old ash tray, as I was left last night ... and I don't know why
any girl would, but so many inflict their smelly habit on us ... but
this is a problem at most venues .. except Mayflowers Lyndhurst venue
where smoking is banned !!!!!
Parking was easy, well it was when we got there and there is plenty of
nearby on street parking on single yellow lines that are "off" at
The big moan, for a "girlie" venue, is / was a lack of illuminated
mirror space, and the quality of the loos themselves, industrial by
design, though they were clean when I was there, sub basement ladies
had no soap, though the gents did. For a venue that can pack 250
reportedly, the loos for
the usually vain T*Girls are a bit of a let down, way short of the "
Reading Granby ( sadly now ex Stormes venue)" standard, but something
JLT are aware of and will be sorted I am sure. JLT could learn a trick
Transmission here who put a set of temporary well illuminated mirrors
out specially for us to use in their basement, that could be done in
the "quiet area" behind the disco on the basement floor area at
Tootsies too i suspect.
Safety ? Well the venue is safe for us as it's a t*girl venue. The
doorman is a real gent, polite humourous and a softy with the girls ..
wouldn't like to be on his wrong side though ... The surrounding area
is considered safe, though I was unsure about the surroundings outside,
and Cassie was a little nervous ( a feeling shared )about getting too
close to some of the local's as we drove round the area getting our
measure of parking opportunities.
Will I go again ... sure will, hopefully an every month affair, cause
knowing the way JLT try to look after their girls ... they'll have the
venue management doing things right real soon ...
Thanks again to Josie Lisa and Terri ... I'll be back to Tootsies and
update this page soon ... ( said with an unlike Arnie tone) ... :-)
JLT are aware of the issues I have mentioned and are going to deal with
If you are a "new" girl wanting to get out for the first time, and or
need changing facilities, JLT's day business, www.adamandeve121.co.uk ,
offers facilities on the night, including a diy changing area in their
shop about 25 yds down the road for as little as £5, could save
bundle, on renting a hotel room just to change .. that could pay for
another nice frock, bag or pair of killer shoes .... If it is your
first night out and want to look a "million dolars", JLT will do you a
complete change and makeover service for the night ...
The bar and seating area on ground floor, taken from the eating area,
street entrance door behind me.
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PS .. If you use the
link above to look at their site, make sure you use "Internet Explorer"
only .. as some of the coding is suspect and some pages won't display
properly in other browsers like Netscape, Opera and Firefox.
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