You could call Susanne Bartsch a club icon.
She’s been on the scene since the ’80s, long before South Beach became a mecca for hip-hop artists, rock stars, models and LeBron.
“It’s like a child to me, and I knew it as a baby,” she said.
The New York City promoter, known for her lavish parties at Big Apple staples like Copacabana, Bentley’s and the Hudson Hotel, is hosting a star-studded New Year’s Eve bash at the Delano.
The swanky spot is home to one of her favorite New Year’s Eve memories.
Back in 2000, Bartsch was headlining a bash with former Miami club owner Chris Paciello but “just before the party, he was arrested. I didn’t really know anything about him so you can imagine it was a very upsetting and scary time,” she recalled. “All these people had bought tickets, and there was no place to go.”
Luckily, “the Delano bailed me out, and we ended up with a sold-out event. People were outside throwing money at me, trying to get in.”
Bartsch, a full-time mom (her son Bailey, with David Barton, is 16) is in her 50s now, but don’t expect her to retire anytime soon. “I’m still waiting, but I never get tired of dancing!” Or dressing up. From her wig that’s cutely named “Babe” to her elaborate costumes, she enjoys the hair and makeup routine as much — if not more than — the soiree itself. “It’s art.”
Smiling faces at the door count, too.
“To give people a few hours to let their hair down and not worry about anything is magical.”