Lambda Lounge

New York

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Gay bars are scarce north of Hell’s Kitchen, which is why Harlem’s surviving queer jaunts are such important staples in NYC’s LGBTQIA+ community. Opened during the pandemic, Lambda Lounge aims to blend “downtown elegance” with “uptown swag.” The Black-owned bar achieves its goal with tufted leather sofas, exposed brick walls, and colorful mood lighting to complement its equally colorful signature cocktails. Happy hour from Tuesday through Friday offers buy one, get one drinks, and if you plan to arrive with a crowd, you can reserve a private section in advance to secure a space.

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When: Tue and Wed, 6 pm-11 pm, and Thu and Fri, 6 pm-9 pm
After launching the spirits brand Lambda Vodka together, the next joint venture for business partners and married couple, Charles Hughes and Richard Solomon, was opening Harlem’s only African-American owned lounge catering to LGBTQIA customers. Since debuting last July after a delay due to COVID-19, its lounge concept offerings have included video game consoles, photo booths, and Jumbo Jenga. Currently, on most weekdays, customers can kick back with a buy one, get one free drink deal for signature cocktails like The Hughes (cognac, cranberry, pineapple, cointreau) or the Stay A While (scotch, aperitif, apricot brandy, prosecco).
How to book: Reservations are available via website.

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