New York City Gay Bars

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, the Big Apple has a gay bar for everyone.

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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.

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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

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Updated: 09-Jun-2021

355 West 52nd Street, New York

weekday: 17:00 - 04:00
weekend: 17:00 - 04:00

3.3
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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, 2pm-8pm (Monday-Friday).

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Updated: 09-Jun-2021

697 10th Avenue, New York

weekday: 12:00 - 04:00
weekend: 12:00 - 04:00

4.0
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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 maturer 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

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Updated: 09-Jun-2021

236 E 58th Street, New York


3.4
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From 71 votes Vote

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

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Updated: 09-Jun-2021

275 W 22nd Street, New York

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

4.0
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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

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Updated: 09-Jun-2021

605 W 48th St, New York


weekend: Friday and Saturday nights only

4.0
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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

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Updated: 09-Jun-2021

793 9th Avenue, New York

weekday: 15:00 - 04:00
weekend: 12:00 - 04:00

4.0
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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.

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Updated: 09-Jun-2021

405 W 51st Street, New York


3.3
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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

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Updated: 09-Jun-2021

859 9th Ave, New York

weekday: Mon-Thurs: 16:00-02:00
weekend: Fri-Sat: 15:00-04:00 Sun: 15:00-02:00

4.0
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From 51 votes Vote

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.

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Updated: 09-Jun-2021

742 9th Avenue, New York

weekday: 16:00 - 02:00
weekend: 12:00 - 04:00

3.3
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From 64 votes Vote

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.

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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

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Updated: 09-Jun-2021

447 E 13th Street, New York

weekday: 15:00 - 04:00
weekend: 15:00 - 04:00

3.9
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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

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Updated: 09-Jun-2021

505 E 6th Street, New York

weekday: 19:00 - 03:00
weekend: 19:30 - 04:00

4.9
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NO BAR is a new gay bar in the East Village with snazzy decor and artworks by Dachi Cole. The cocktails are pretty impressive. NYC has long been in need to of a gay bar that specialises in cocktails!

It was opened by Angela Dimayuga, an influential figure in NYC’s restaurant scene.

There are regular drag shows and club nights. You can eat, wine and dine, watch Drag Race… what more could you need?

nearest station : Astor Pl

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Updated: 12-Oct-2020

The Standard, 25 Cooper Sq, New York

weekday: Mon-Weds: 17:00-02:00 Thurs-Fri: 17:00-03:00
weekend: Sat: 17:00-03:00 Sun: 17:00-02:00

4.0
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From 55 votes Vote

Laid-back basement gay bar in NYC’s East Village. Nowhere has 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

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Updated: 12-Oct-2020

322 E 14th Street, New York

weekday: 15:00 - 04:00
weekend: 15:00 - 04:00

5.0
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From 61 votes Vote

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.

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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

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Updated: 09-Jun-2021

53 Christopher Street , New York

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

4.7
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The Hangar Bar is located on Christopher Street of the West Village in New York City. It’s a popular gay dive bar in the same district as the famous Stonewall Inn. They have frequent two for one drink offers.

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Updated: 09-Jun-2021

115 Christopher St #1, New York


The gay liberation movement may have begun at The Stonewall Inn but Julius’ is the oldest gay bar in New York. The bar has been open since the mid-19th century. It became gay-popular in the 1960s.

The Mattachine Society hosted a “sip-in” in 1966. Inspired by the civil rights movement, it was a protest against the State Liquor Authority’s policy of removing licenses from bars that served LGBT people. It was one of the events that led to gay liberation.

You can attend a Mattachine Night every Thursday at Julius’ and experience a taste of New York’s gay history.

nearest station : 9th Street

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Updated: 12-Oct-2020

159 W 10th St, New York

weekday: 11:00-04:00
weekend: 11:00-04:00 / 12:00-03:00

5.0
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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

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Updated: 22-Feb-2021

59 Grove Street, New York

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

5.0
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From 57 votes Vote

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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

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Updated: 09-Jun-2021

8 Christopher Street, New York

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

4.0
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From 56 votes Vote

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.

Today:  Atrévete Fridays @ Boxers ChelseaTomorrow:  2-for-1 Happy Hour from 1pm to 9pm

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

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

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Updated: 12-Oct-2020

37 W 20th Street, New York

weekday: 16:00 - 02:00
weekend: 12:00 - 04:00

4.0
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From 59 votes Vote

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.

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Updated: 09-Jun-2021

225 W 19th Street, New York

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

3.3
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From 65 votes Vote

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.

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If you’re looking for a drag show in New York, you can’t do better than Lips. There are nightly shows 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 Center.

nearest station : Lexington Av

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Updated: 12-Oct-2020

227 East 56th Street, New York City


2.5
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From 57 votes Vote

Washington Heights

Washington Heights is a large neighbourhood in northern Manhatten. It is bordered by Harlem.

The third outlet of America’s favourite gay sports bar, Boxers is the main gay bar in New York’s Washington Heights district. Expect hot shirtless bartenders and regular gay parties. You can watch a sports game, have a brick oven pizza and drink on the outside terrace.

If you’re in uptown Manhattan, it’s worth a visit. Happy hour is very happy and usually kicks off at 8pm – it’s currently 2 for 1 all week!

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Updated: 12-Oct-2020

3820 Broadway, New York

weekday: 16:00-02:00
weekend: 13:00-04:00 / 02:00

4.0
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From 54 votes Vote

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