136 Gay Bars & Clubs in New York

New York City is saturated thick with options for nightlife. Unlike most cities, the action is spread across town and the options can seem overwhelming. In all neighborhoods there are options for clubbing, circuit parties, cruising, live music and entertainment. Here are some of the best gay bars and clubs in New York City:

West Village claims New York’s gay heritage

Have a drink at the most historical gay bar in the city. The Stonewall is the spot where the modern Gay Rights movement began. It has weekly events like the Drag Spectacular and stripper karaoke. The Monster is gay entertainment preserved. The bar is loved for its dedicated cabaret acts and titillating gogo shows.

Hell’s Kitchen flirts and lounges

Hell's Kitchen has evolved as the queerest of the city's gayborhoods over the past decade, and the scene keeps growing. Therapy is a tasteful alternative to more riotous alternatives. The small round tables are perfect for flirting and budding new friends-with-benefits. Each night there’s live music (house, techno and pop), a cabaret, or comedy show.

Chelsea clings on…

At The Eagle there’s always the daddy of your dreams waiting in his harness and jeans. This bar is popular for its cruising area and large terrace. Alternatively, kick back with a cocktail in hand in the back lounge of the Barracuda and take in the city's longest-running drag competition.

Grungey, East Village vibes

New York City's original alternative hub, the East Village is home to “sleaze fag bar” The Cock and The Phoenix, which boasts the city’s best queer jukebox.

Biggin' up Brooklyn

Away from Manhattan, Ginger’s in Brooklyn is a landmark lesbian and gay bar, affectionately called “the G-Spot.” This casual bar has a special event going on every evening, and all sexual persuasions are welcomed.

With incredible lineups and queer-specific parties, Output (74 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn) is one of the best clubs in NYC. Go for events like Horse Meat Disco and Trade, where the ripped hipsters start out in flannels but end up shirtless.

Boxers NYC

4 reviews

37 West 20th Street, NY 10011, New York, United States

Gay-owned and operated Sports bar in the heart of NYC. Two locations: Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen. Drink specials and brunch/piz...

GYM Sportsbar

5 reviews

167 8th Avenue , (Between 18th and 19th) NY 10011 , New York, United States

GYM Sportsbar is NYC's original gay sports bar. Only drink (no food). Two-for-one happy hours Monday to Friday, 16:00-21:00.

Industry Bar

3 reviews

355 West 52nd Street , NY 10019 , New York, United States

Hell's Kitchen bar heavy on pop and gay anthems (think Cher, Madonna, Robyn). Nice design over 4,000-square-feet. Sometimes hos...

Stonewall Inn

2 reviews

53 Christopher Street, NY 10014, New York, United States

The place where Pride began! The Stonewall Riots started here in 1969 and lead to the gay rights movement in the United States....


2 reviews

New York, United States

Occasional house party for muscle boys and their buddies.

The Ritz

1 review

369 West 46th Street , NY 10019 , New York, United States

Nautical-themed spot, great place for a drink pre- or post-theater. Saturdays is KiKi party, 19:00pm-22:00pm.


2 reviews

275 West 22nd Street, NY 10011, New York, United States

Long-running and classic Chelsea bar and lounge. Great happy hour and live entertainment daily.

Henrietta Hudson

1 review

438 Hudson (at Morton), New York, United States

NYC's longest-running lesbian bar. Happy hour: 16:00-19:00pm, seven days a week. Gay-boy friendly!


2 reviews

348 West 52nd street, NY 10019, New York, United States

Laid back and more sophisticated atmosphere compared to other bars in Hell's Kitchen. Still a must in your NYC visit. Daily Hap...

Atlas Social Club

1 review

753 9th Ave, NY 10019, New York, United States

In Hell's Kitchen since 2013. Retro athletic club décor, hot men and good music.

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