A Toast To Debauchery At The Paper Nightlife Awards

DJs, drag queens, scenesters, and night owls came out to Webster Hall Wednesday night for Paper‘s Eighth Annual Nightlife Awards, a raucous evening honoring the best and brightest haziest of New York after dark.

Birthday boy Mickey Boardman kicked off the party with candles and cake on stage before of a crowd of admirers including Rita Ora, DJ Chelsea Leyland, Andrew W.K., Sam Ronson, and breakout actress Julia Garner. Then came the awards — but this definitely wasn’t your run-of-the-mill ceremony, and we’re pretty sure no one thanked the academy, least of all the winner of crowd-favorite category Best Night To Go Out, Thursday.

Other winners included Le Baron for Best Club, MDNR for Best DJ, and The Hole for Best Arty Party. The Best Nightlife Social Media Star category pitted notorious writer-cum-drug addict Cat Marnell against downtown scenester Cory Kennedy and the ever-quotable Brant Brothers.

But though we’re all for celebrating achievements (be they legitimate or somewhat questionable), true to form, most people were just there to party — and party they did, aided by a selection of potent Hennessey cocktails. Girls star Alex Karpovsky outlined the secret to a great night — that is, when he’s not having a quiet night at home in Greenpoint: “For me it’s important to nurture impulsivity and spontaneity. It has to be different from other nights.” The Citizens Band‘s Michael Camadias, meanwhile, had his ideal evening all mapped out: “A really inspiring movie, maybe some theatre and a nice dessert afterwards, go dancing for a bit, have a really stimulating intellectual conversation with your friends…and then everyone has sex.”

Well, at least dancing part a given when Ellie Goulding took the stage. We spotted model Jessica White taking in the tunes in one of our favorite party outfits of the night: a vintage YSL bustier paired with pants so glitzy that gave the disco balls in the house a run for their money. Goulding was up against some stiff competition — White’s last night out was in the VIP box at the Barclay’s Center opening: “When Jay performed at his area…oh my god, it was fucking amazing. The music was phenomenal, I was with all of my friends and we just had a blast.”

The secret to a fantastic New York night, it seems, is actually pretty simple: good drinks, great music, and a weird, wild mix of people to share it with.

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