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.
The Boiler Room is a textbook dive bar: it’s cash only, has one beat-up pool table, lets guests choose the music with a jukebox, and doesn’t believe in signature drinks. What you see—an old-school East Village watering hole—aligns perfectly with the experience you get. Whereas many gay bars center their identity around queerness, The Boiler Room gives the impression of a classic low-key NYC spot. Sometimes it’s fun to ditch the pretentiousness, dress down, and order a PBR for old time’s sake.