Friends Tavern

Jackson Heights
Gay Bar
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When Eddie Valentin opened Friend’s in 1989, one objective was to provide the existing gay Latino community with a safe space. That goal is still critical as ever, as many of the city’s POC-friendly bars have been forced to close their doors—a disheartening trend that was worsened by COVID-19. Jackson Heights is home to a concentration of LGBTQIA+ establishments, and a naughty night on Roosevelt Avenue should make every queer’s bucket list. Friend’s is the venue that started it all, and today the place frequently runs drink specials, brings in DJs, and hosts exotic male dancers.

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