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Best Gay Bars abd Clubs in New York City

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New York Gay Bars in Chelsea

 
 Barracuda
Still popular Chelsea meeting place. Buff bartenders. Unpretensious good times. 2-4-1 happy hours 4pm-9pm. Younger crowd, drag queens, it’s all good.
Chelsea – 275 W 22nd St, New York,

 Brite Bar
Mixed gay/straight crowd enjoys this hip new lounge.
Chelsea – 297 10th Ave, New York, NY
 
 g Lounge
The lounge bar that started the trend. Sleek and modernist, chic and minimal. Clean-shaven Chelsea boy cruising.  Cocktail specials all start with the letter “g”.
Chelsea – 225 W 19th St, New York, NY
 
 Gym
A genuine gay sports bar in the heart of Chelsea. Well built guys and lots of flat screen’s.
Chelsea – 167 8th Ave., New York, NY 
 

Limelight / Avalon
Keeps changing hands and names! Great old church converted to nightclub. Certain nights gay.
47 W. 29th St., 212-807-7850  New York, NY
 
 Rawhide
Small and dark cruise bar. Dark, dirty, and go-go boys that work hard for their money! 10am-10pm happy hour!    Chelsea – 212 8th Ave., New York, NY
 

 Secret
Nice new space with a popular Saturday night. This swanky and gay-friendly lounge can hardly remain a secret when it’s hiding in Manhattan’s trendiest nightlife neighborhood. A sexy hangout with soft plush pink seats! Early happy hour is busy with after work crowds.
Chelsea – 525 W 29th St, New York, NY
 

 Splash (SBNY)
Large video bar / dance spot. 2 levels. Splash still reigns as Chelsea’s only exclusively gay dance club. Hot sexy shirtless staff! And the hottest bathrooms I have ever seen, in the lower level! Peek-A-Boo! Downstairs offers naughtier goings-on, from showers where go-go boys show their go-gos (and accept tips) to a lounge area where hookups happen and friendships are sealed with a kiss.
Chelsea – 50 W 17th St, New York, NY
 
 The Eagle
Very popular leather bar. 2 Levels. Lots of chainlink!
Chelsea – 554 W 28th St, New York, NY
 
 View Bar
Chelsea nightime hangout, “Java Boy” coffee bar during the day
Chelsea – 232 8th Ave., New York, NY
 
 XES Lounge
Casual lounge for your weekend bar hopping. Great happy hour. Huge outdoor patio.
Chelsea – 157 W 24th St, New York, NY

 

New York Gay Bars in East Side

 
 O.W. (Oscar WIlde) Bar
Contemporary lounge feel. Bitchy Bingo, Karakee, and an outdoor patio.
East Side – 221 E 58th St., New York, NY
 
 The Web
Dance club/cabaret with a mostly Asian crowd
East Side – 40 E 58th St , New York, NY
 
 Tool Box
Cruisy bar, on-screen porn, need we say more?
East Side – 1742 2nd Ave., New York, NY
 

Townhouse
A formal lounge in a  beautifully restored townhouse in Holly Golightly’s neighborhood. Young go-getters, businessmen, older gentleman and their admirers.
East Side – 236 E 58th St, New York, NY
 
 Uncle Charlie’s Piano Bar & Cocktail Lounge
Come upstairs to this quaint piano bar popular with professionals in the neighborhood.
East Side – 139 E. 45th St., New York, NY

 

Gay Bars in the EAST  VILLAGE
 
 Boiler Room
East Village institution with a great jukebox
East Village – 86 E 4th St., New York, NY
 
 Eastern Bloc
East Village hot-spot with hot east village boys and go-gos
East Village – 505 E 6th St., New York, NY
 
 Nowhere
Edgy basement bar with a varied crowd.
East Village – 322 E 14th St, New York, NY
 
 Phoenix
Hang with friends, make new ones. Laid-back bar. Spacious.
East Village – 447 E 13th St, New York, NY
 
 Pyramid (1984 Fridays)
East village dance club home of 1984
East Village – 101 Avenue A, New York, NY
 
 The Cock
Dive bar at its best. Down and dirty!
East Village – 29 2nd Ave., New York, NY
 
 The Urge
Neighborhood hangout. Urge is something of a gay cabaret noir . Throughout the night a large scrim descends in front of the stage, behind which buff boys bare their wares, giving new meaning to the phrase “shadow play.”
East Village – 33 2nd Ave., New York, NY

 

Gay Bars HELL’s   Kitchen

Barrage
Loud and loungy midtown / theater district spot.
Hell’s Kitchen – 401 W 47th St, New York, NY
 
 Escuelita
Dance club with a different crowd each night.
Hell’s Kitchen – 301 W 39th St, New York, NY
 
 Ninth Avenue Bistro
“It’s Porno, It’s Bingo.. It’s.. Porno Bingo!”
Hell’s Kitchen – 693 9th Ave., New York, NY
 
 Ninth Avenue Saloon
“A Genuine Bar”
Hell’s Kitchen – 656 9th Ave. , New York, NY
 
 Posh
Hip, comfortable and crowded lounge in Hell’s Kitchen.
Hell’s Kitchen – 405 W 51st St, New York, NY
 
 The Ritz
Popular bar & lounge spot on midtown’s restaurant row
Hell’s Kitchen – 369 W 46th St., New York, NY 
 
 Therapy
Hell’s Kitchen hot spot –  great looking bar! 2 level former warehouse.
Hell’s Kitchen – 348 W 52nd St, New York, NY
 
 Vlada
Sleek, Upscale midtown lounge. Vodka, broadway, drag. No cover, nightly shows. Lots of infused vodkas.
Hell’s Kitchen – 331 W. 51st St., New York, NY

 

New York Gay Bars in Upper West Side

 
 Candle Bar
Upper West Side’s cruise bar with new management.
Upper West Side – 309 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY
 
 Suite
“Awesome bar”
Upper West Side – 992 Amsterdam Ave , New York, NY

 

New York Gay Bars in West Village

 
 BSNY
A popular stop for your West Village visit
West Village – 76 Christopher St, New York, NY
 
 Chi Chiz
“Place to Go For the Brothas and Respectful Othas”
West Village – 135 Christopher St , New York, NY
 
 Henrietta Hudson
New York’s most popular lesbian bar for 15 years.
West Village – 438 Hudson St , New York, NY
 
 Julius’
A landmark in the village with a devoted set of regulars
West Village – 159 W 10th St, New York, NY
 
 Marie’s Crisis
Long time home of showtunes. Usually crowded. Mixed crowd. But a favorite!
West Village – 59 Grove St, New York, NY
 
 Pieces
Longstanding West Village spot that seems a little stuck in the 80s – wear your pride rings and you’ll blend into the woodwork.
West Village – 8 Christopher St, New York, NY
 
 Stonewall
They are called the Stonewall riots for this reason. The original!
West Village – 53 Christopher St, New York, NY
 
 The Cubbyhole
Casual neighborhood bar
West Village – 281 W 12th St, New York, NY
 
 The Dugout
New York’s butch bear bar. No muss, no fess, no ferns! Peanuts on the bar and a CD jukebox.
Sunday beer bust blast!
West Village – 185 Christopher St, New York, NY
 
 The Duplex
Come sing along to the piano bar downstairs or a show in the upstairs theater.
West Village – 61 Christopher St, New York, NY
 
 The Hangar
Gunmetal-gray aviation-inspired decor, long dark bar that opens up into warehouse proportions in the back.    West Village – 115 Christopher St, New York, NY
 
 The Monster
A West Village institution / dance / piano bar, 2 levels
West Village – 80 Grove St., New York, NY
 
 Ty’s
This friendly bar has been a part of Christopher St. since the early 70s.
West Village – 114 Christopher St., New York, NY

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