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.