With a wide variety of gay bars in NYC, it can be tricky to decide where you want to go for your next night out. Luckily, the city that birthed Pride offers so many different options - from cocktail dens to dives to nightclubs to karaoke bars! In this article, we’ve rounded up some of our favourites.
Chelsea is home to several popular LGBTQ bars, including Rebar - famous for its gay Latin parties and caliente atmosphere, which attracts a younger crowd of 25-40 year olds. Another hot spot is Rise Bar & Lounge, a more relaxed and modern space that’s great for meeting new people - especially during event nights.
Brooklyn is home to a handful of great gay bars, too. Check out Flex in the former Excelsior bar, which has a large warehouse floor to dance on and is full of eye-catching artwork (including a hand-sculpted mural of shirtless gay bikers). And for a more refined experience head to The Dickens - a beautiful and upmarket space where you can eat dinner and have cocktails in the opulent Genie's Lounge, or catch a drag show and RuPaul’s Drag Race viewing night.
Located in Hell's Kitchen is Therapy, which features drag shows and nightly happy hours. It’s cash only but there are 2 ATMs onsite. Another must-visit is Icon, which has a sexier crowd than most NYC gay bars and plays upbeat pop music for the dancefloor. And if you’re in the mood for a more intimate space, be sure to head to Playhouse on a Friday night when Jan Sport hosts her weekly show for a huge crowd of sexy, sexy locals.