One of the city’s last surviving lesbian bars, Cubbyhole holds far more customers than square feet without losing its local feel. The ladies are friendly at this long-standing dive, and if you’re new to the scene, you’ll get to know everyone pretty damn quick. The beauty of this iconic gem transcends its gaudy ceiling decor; after undergoing some minor renovations earlier this year, Cubbyhole remains a multigenerational playground where strangers become friends, MUNA rules the jukebox, and straight men enter at their own risk.
Cubbyhole is NYC’s quintessential lesbian hot spot and located just a short walk from Henrietta Hudson (also on this list) on a charming stretch in the West Village. When the bar first opened in 1987, it was actually named ‘DT’s Fat Cat’ but thirty years and a very welcomed name change later, it remains constantly packed and draws a crowd that often leans young but still spans across a wide age range. Take note that it’s cash only here, so prepare both your bills and your vocal chords to get the bartender’s attention before heading into the cozy space. Also, be ready to socialize since it’s a notoriously great place to meet new people—both friends and potential new flames.