Food & Drink

The 10 Best Gay Bars and Clubs in NYC

Published On 08/12/2015 Published On 08/12/2015
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1. The Stonewall Inn 53 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014 (Greenwich Village)

Considered the birth place of the gay rights movement, Stonewall Inn is still a popular watering hole for members of the LGBT community today. Whether you’re looking for drag, bingo, karaoke, or just a good ole dance party, this spot has something for everyone.

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2. ACME 9 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

This Noho bistro headed by Chef Mads Refslund serves up tasty Nordic-meets-American dishes. Plus, there's a kick-ass cocktail club downstairs with Dj's every night after 11pm.

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3. Bedlam 40 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

Since 2010 Bedlam has had people waiting in lines down the block to get in to i's packed dance floor, complete with the best throwback jams, and a majestic taxidermied moose head. For the full experience, come by on a Saturday night.

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4. The Boiler Room 86 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

Not much has changed at this East Village mainstay since it opened in the late '90s, with pool tables a jukebox, no windows, and $4 well drinks after 10pm every night of the week.

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5. Happy Ending 302 Broome St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Located in a one-time massage parlor, this appropriately named bistro now has a Michelin-starred chef serving up hearty French dishes like steak tartare au couteau with "Mediterranean and Japanese flavors", plus lamb two ways: tandoori style and roasted chop.

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6. Henrietta Hudson 438 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014

The self-proclaimed number-one lesbian bar in Manhattan, Henrietta Hudson has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere that offers events and happy hours. They have received over 100 GONYC Magazine Reader's Choice Awards, including Best Bartenders and Best Door People.

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7. Cubbyhole 281 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

Cubbyhole has been a staple on the NYC scene since 1994, and proudly boasts being gay, lesbian, and straight friendly. It's decor is as colorful and eccentric as it's atmosphere, so make sure to get a good look at the ceiling when you arrive!

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8. LoveGun 617 GRAND ST, New York, NY 11211

This fish market turned gay hot spot features guest DJ party nights and two dollar vodka hump day specials. On top of those perks, the bar is owned by Anderson Cooper's boyfriend, Benjamin Maisani, owner of Eastern Bloc and Bedlam.

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9. Phoenix 447 East 13th Street, New York, NY 10009

This gay hot spot has withstood hurricane, blackouts, and everything else you could possibly imagine. Still, it has managed to remain a go-to bar for New York's creative elite, hosting editors, artists, and designers.

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10. Metropolitan 559 LORIMER ST. , Brooklyn, NY 11211

Cheap drinks and a casual vibe are just two of the many perks you can expect at the Metropolitan. Their outdoor patio is open all year, and they offer two different fireplaces to cozy up to in the colder months.

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11. Boxers 37 West 20th St., New York, NY 10011

New York's premier gay sports bar offers pool tables, outside terraces, plasma screens, brick oven pizzas and beer on tap. They have a great 2 for 1 happy hour Monday through Thursday and the bartenders wear nothing but...you guessed it...boxers!

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