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New York City Gay Bars

New York City has one of the hottest gay bar scenes in the world. From Greenwich Village to Hell’s Kitchen, there’s a gay bar for everyone.

We’ve sorted our New York gay bars by area: Brooklyn | Queens | New York Lesbian Bars |

We have separate pages for New York’s Gay Dance Clubs and Gay Cruise Clubs.

Hell’s Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen is a supremely cool district near Broadway that is home to many of NYC’s best gay bars, including Therapy and Industry.

Therapy
Therapy

348 West 52nd Street, New York | map

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+1 212 397 1700 |

weekday: 17:00 - 02:00

weekend: 17:00 - 04:00

Therapy

audience rating: 4.3 stars from 3 votes - click to vote

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This gay show bar in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen has fast become one of New York’s hotspots, attracts a large crowd of beautiful gay men.

Therapy hosts karaoke, special events and themed nights, though it is best-known for the weekly drag shows by some New York’s top drag divas including residencies from RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Yes, a few drinks, a good show and lots of eye candy can be very therapeutic!

nearest station : 50th Street

features: bar, music, live music, drag shows, karaoke | Updated: 04-Dec-2018

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Industry
Industry

355 West 52nd Street, New York | map

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+1 646 476 2747 |

weekday: 17:00 - 04:00

weekend: 17:00 - 04:00

Industry

audience rating: 4.3 stars from 3 votes - click to vote

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A good place to visit after Therapy, Industry is one of Hell’s Kitchen’s hottest gay venues. With nightly shows, this bar is cash only though there are 2 ATM’s onsite.

Industry has a busy after-work scene as well as a nightly happy hour. Particularly busy at the weekends, this 4,000 ft² gay bar is usually full of handsome gay men.

nearest station : 50th Street

features: bar | Updated: 19-Jan-2019

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HARDWARE Bar
HARDWARE Bar

697 10th Avenue, New York | map

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+1 212 924 9885 |

weekday: 12:00 - 04:00

weekend: 12:00 - 04:00

Gay-owned & managed bar & lounge in Hell’s Kitchen. HARDWARE features some of the best DJ’s in NYC and entertaining drag queens, both local and guests.

Located in midtown Manhattan. Open 7 days a week. Happy hour, noon-9pm (Monday-Friday).

features: bar, music, dancing, drag shows | gay-owned | Updated: 03-Jan-2019

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Townhouse Bar
Townhouse Bar

236 E 58th Street, New York | map

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+1 212 754 4649 |

Townhouse Bar

audience rating: 4 stars from 2 votes - click to vote

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This classy gay cocktail bar that has been at the heart of New York’s gay scene for 25+ years.

The Townhouse has 3 bars and features nightly piano shows by New York’s best performers. There is regular live music and events, often centred around Broadway tunes.

The bar attracts mostly 30-something mixed crowd and the ‘Men At Work’ type – so don’t show up in leather shorts and a vintage Madonna vest. Dress smart casual, though a jacket is not required.

nearest station : Lexington Ave / 59th Street

features: bar, live music | Updated: 04-Dec-2018

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Barracuda Lounge
Barracuda Lounge

275 W 22nd Street, New York | map

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+1 212 645 8613 |

weekday: 16:00 - 04:00

weekend: 16:00 - 04:00

A much loved gay bar in New York since 1995. Back then, Barracuda was known as a den of Bohemia – the kind of place where you’d see Eartha Kitt or Nathan Lane and where Broadway celebs would jump onstage and sing a cappella.

Today, Barracuda is still going strong, with very friendly and welcoming atmosphere, hosted by some New York’s drag luminaries like Sherry Vine and actress Candis Cayne.

Note: The place is small, but that’s part of its charm.

nearest station : 23rd Street

features: bar, music, drag shows | Updated: 04-Dec-2018

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Lucky Cheng’s
Lucky Cheng’s
Lucky Cheng’s
Lucky Cheng’s
Lucky Cheng’s
Lucky Cheng’s

605 W 48th St, New York | map

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weekend: Friday and Saturday nights only

Lucky Cheng’s is the original home of the drag dinner. It’s been going since 1993 and it’s something of an establishment on New York’s gay scene. Enjoy a three-course meal as top drag queens lip-synch for their lives.

You can also try their famous high heel shoe desert, the world’s campest sweet. There’s nothing quite like a pink chocolate shoe filled with strawberries and cream.

Lucky Cheng’s is only open at weekends in the evenings.

nearest station : 50 Street Subway

features: bar, music, drag, dancing, restaurant | Updated: 16-Jan-2019

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Flaming Saddles NYC
Flaming Saddles NYC

793 9th Avenue, New York | map

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+1 212 713 0481 |

weekday: 15:00 - 04:00

weekend: 12:00 - 04:00

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audience rating: 4.5 stars from 2 votes - click to vote

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A fun gay bar in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. This cowboy-themed bar was designed to look like a Wild West saloon – think “Coyote Ugly” but with male bartenders.

Aside from the hot barmen dancing on the bar top, Flaming Saddles also serves great cocktails with regular drink deals – Happy Hour 3pm-9pm. Only cash is accepted.

If you’re in Los Angeles, check out its sister branch – Flaming Saddles WeHo.

nearest station : 50th Street

features: bar, music | Updated: 04-Dec-2018

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POSH Bar
POSH Bar
POSH Bar
POSH Bar
POSH Bar
POSH Bar

405 W 51st Street, New York | map

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+1 212 957 2222 |

POSH Bar

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Hell’s Kitchen’s longest-running gay bar. POSH Bar & Lounge is more intimate affair than some of its rowdier counterparts in New York.

The bar hosts weekly themed events, including Frisky Fridays to Sexy Saturdays, with nightly DJ’s and regular drag shows. If you’re hungry, the pizza is pretty good, too. Happy hour 2pm-9pm.

features: bar, music, dancing, dj, drag shows | Updated: 11-Dec-2018

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Rise Bar
Rise Bar
Rise Bar
Rise Bar
Rise Bar
Rise Bar

859 9th Ave, New York | map

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+1 646 892 3313 |

weekday: Mon-Thurs: 16:00-02:00

weekend: Fri-Sat: 15:00-04:00 Sun: 15:00-02:00

Rise Bar

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Rise is a laid back gay bar in Hell’s Kitchen a few blocks away from Flaming Saddles and Industry. The space is fairly small and the decor is understated. A swirling glitterball does, however, add rather a dash of camp.

Rise Bar is proof that you can’t have enough gay bars in Hell’s Kitchen. It’s usually busy and the crowd is mixed though mostly gay men.

There are regular events such as karaoke nights, Drag Race screenings and late night dancing at weekends. If you’re feeling thirsty head to Thirsty Thursdays for an evening of hot men and hot music.

nearest station : 50 Street Subway

features: bar, music, karaoke, dancing | Updated: 16-Jan-2019

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BOXERS – Hell’s Kitchen
BOXERS – Hell’s Kitchen

742 9th Avenue, New York | map

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+1 212 951 1518 |

weekday: 16:00 - 02:00

weekend: 12:00 - 04:00

BOXERS – Hell’s Kitchen

audience rating: 2.7 stars from 3 votes - click to vote

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New York’s favourite gay sports bar. BOXERS is usually packed, always fun and noted for having hot barmen serving drinks in their boxers – in keeping with the name.

The bar has pool tables, brick oven pizzas, 2-for-1 happy hours. During Drag Race season, you can pop in for a drink and watch the queens on plasma TV’s. In the summer, the rooftop bar opens up.

BOXERS has two locations in NYC: one in Hell’s Kitchen and another in Chelsea.

features: bar, music | Updated: 04-Dec-2018

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East Village

Adjacent to Greenwich Village, East Village is known for its nightlife and trendy restaurants. It’s the former stomping ground of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

The Phoenix
The Phoenix

447 E 13th Street, New York | map

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+1 212 477 9979 |

weekday: 15:00 - 04:00

weekend: 15:00 - 04:00

A gay institution of New York’s East Village for two decades. The Phoenix bar & nightclub (formerly called “The Bar”) attracts a youthful, trendy crowd.

The Phoenix hosts regular events, themed nights, live music, dance parties with DJ’s and go-go dancers. The bar’s jukebox is packed with banging pop hits. Check their Facebook for event details.

nearest station : 1st Avenue

features: bar, music, dancing, live music | Updated: 04-Dec-2018

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Club Cumming
Club Cumming

505 E 6th Street, New York | map

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+1 917 265 8006 |

weekday: 19:00 - 03:00

weekend: 19:30 - 04:00

Club Cumming

audience rating: 5 stars from 1 votes - click to vote

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Gay-popular bar & entertainment venue, Club Cumming, owned by actor Alan Cumming, features a range of disreputable performance artists every night of the week.

This former gay dive bar has been refashioned as a Weimar cabaret joint for the 21st-century, and still still attracts a large ‘alternative’ queer crowd.

As quirky venues in New York begin to disappear, it’s nice to see some remnants of Bohemia. The bar gets busiest around midnight. Check their website for event details.

nearest station : Broadway-Lafayette

features: bar, music, dancing, cabaret shows, live music | Updated: 04-Dec-2018

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Nowhere Bar
Nowhere Bar

322 E 14th Street, New York | map

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+1 212 477 4744 |

weekday: 15:00 - 04:00

weekend: 15:00 - 04:00

Laid-back basement gay bar in NYC’s East Village. Nowhere has a an unpretentious vibe and serves reasonably priced drinks.

The crowd is mixed though mostly gay. If you describe yourself as “non-scene” on Grindr, you’ll do well here. It’s a no attitude, no ageism bar.

Nowhere hosts regular themed nights with DJ’s, go-go dancers and cruisey dark room. Not really a place for dancing, but great for socialising.

nearest station : 1st Avenue

features: bar, music, dancing | Updated: 04-Dec-2018

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Greenwich Village

Greenwich Village was once the Bohemian and artistic hub of New York. Soaring property prices now have made it far more upmarket. Home to ‘The Stonewall Inn’, possibly the most famous gay bar on earth, the area remains a favourite hangout for the local LGBT community.

The Stonewall Inn
The Stonewall Inn

53 Christopher Street , New York | map

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+1 212 488 2705 |

weekday: 14:00 - 04:00

weekend: 14:00 - 04:00

The Stonewall Inn

audience rating: 4 stars from 1 votes - click to vote

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Iconic gay bar in the heart of Greenwich Village. The Stonewall Inn was raided by police in June 1969, but the patrons that night fought back, kickstarting the gay liberation movement.

As the birthplace of gay Pride, The Stonewall remains the most famous LGBT bar in America. The venue hosts themed parties, karaoke nights, drag shows and various weekly/monthly events – check their Facebook page for details.

nearest station : Christopher Street Station

features: bar, music, live music, drag shows, karaoke | Updated: 07-Dec-2018

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Marie’s Crisis

Marie’s Crisis

59 Grove Street, New York | map

| facebook | +1 212 243 9323 |

weekday: 16:00 - 04:00, weekend: 16:00 - 04:00

audience rating: 5 stars from 1 votes - click to vote

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One of Greenwich Village’s legendary gay venues. Marie’s Crisis is known for its fun laid-back vibe where customers sing along to classic Broadway show tunes, accompanied by a live pianist.

Frequented by musical theatre students and the occasional celebrities like Jimmy Fallon. Great place to enjoy music from Mary Poppins, The Lion King, West Side Story, Mamma Mia, Aladdin, etc.

The space is limited inside, so expect a queue.

nearest station : Christopher Street

features: bar, music, live music | Updated: 07-Dec-2018

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Pieces Bar

Pieces Bar

8 Christopher Street, New York | map

| website | facebook | +1 212 929 9291 |

weekday: 14:00 - 04:00, weekend: 14:00 - 04:00

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Gay bar in Greenwich Village (since 1993). Pieces Bar features drag shows, competitions, games, sexy bartenders, party nights with DJ.

Open daily 2pm-4am. Happy hour Monday-Friday (2pm-8pm). 21+ only.

nearest station : Christopher Street / Sheridan Square

features: bar, music, dancing, drag shows | Updated: 03-Jan-2019

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Chelsea

Chelsea was New York’s biggest ‘gayborhood’until it was usurped by Hell’s Kitchen. It’s still, however, home to many of NYC’s gay inhabitants, with fewer exclusively gay venues than it did in the past.

BOXERS – Chelsea
BOXERS – Chelsea

37 W 20th Street, New York | map

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+1 212 255 5082 |

weekday: 16:00 - 02:00

weekend: 12:00 - 04:00

Chelsea branch of New York’s favourite gay sports bar. BOXERS features large TV screens, pool tables and a rooftop terrace (open in the sumer).

The hot bartenders (often shirtless) serve up drinks and pizzas in their boxers (as the name might suggest). The other BOXERS bar is located in Hell’s Kitchen.

nearest station : 14th Street

features: bar, music | Updated: 04-Dec-2018

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REBAR Chelsea
REBAR Chelsea

225 W 19th Street, New York | map

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+1 646 863 2914 |

weekday: 16:00 - 02:00 / 04:00

weekend: 16:00 - 04:00 / 02:00

REBAR Chelsea

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Popular gay bar & nightclub in Chelsea. REBAR (formerly called “G Lounge”) is a great place to drink, chat and dance the night away. There are two bars with plenty of seating areas.

REBAR hosts various themed events, featuring drag shows, diva theatrics every weekend, Showtune Sundays, live DJ’s and dance parties including the popular “BOYS” night.

features: bar, music, dancing, events | Updated: 04-Dec-2018

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Midtown

Midtown is the epicentre of Manhatten. Here you’ll find many of New York’s major hotels and top tourist attractions like The Rockefellers Centre and The Museum Of Modern Art.

Lips
Lips
Lips
Lips
Lips
Lips

227 East 56th Street, New York City | map

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+1 212 675 7710 |

If you’re looking for a drag show in New York you can’t do better than Lips. There are nightly performances and dining experiences. The show changes every night. You can tuck into lobster ravioli while being served and entertained by the fiercest queens in town.

You’ll get a bit of everything, from Bitchy Bingo to Dinner with the Divas and celebrity impersonators.

There’s also an everything you can drink Broadway boozy brunch.

It’s located in Midtown East five blocks away from the Rockefeller Centre.

nearest station : Lexington Av

features: bar, music, drag, | Updated: 16-Jan-2019

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