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The historic Stonewall Inn.
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17 Stellar LGBTQ Bars to Celebrate Pride in NYC

The happy hours, dance parties, drag shows, and queer bars to seek out during Pride — and the rest of the year

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The historic Stonewall Inn.
| Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Pride Month, aka June, is a time for celebrating and empowering the many sexual and gender identities embraced by the LGBTQ community. It’s a part of the year when New York City’s queer bars and clubs ramp up their parties and promotions — happy hours, drag shows, drink specials, and all sorts of events to toast the city’s vibrant LGBTQ scene. From dive bars to newly opened clubs, these safe spaces for NYC’s queer community are worth seeking out year round.

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1. Hush

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348 W 52nd St
New York, NY 10019
(646) 833-7174
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Hush, which opened during the pandemic in the former home of Therapy, is one of NYC’s newest gay bars. The bi-level space is home to a happening dance club, especially on weekends, and ticks off all the boxes of a night out: dancers, shots, and DJs blasting a playlist until late.

2. Hardware

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697 10th Ave
New York, NY 10036
(212) 924-9885
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Venture to this cavernous 10th Avenue bar in a former electrical-supply store for a hip scene where no one takes themselves too seriously. The design is industrial-inspired and serves as a backdrop for regular drag and DJ shows, which in the past has featured stars including Shequida Hall and Lina Bradford. Happy hour runs from 2 to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. Deals include $6 well drinks, beer, and wine. Saturdays and Sundays feature a drag show with $6 margaritas, mimosas, and bloody marys, and $8 Long Island iced teas.

3. Friend's Tavern

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78-11 Roosevelt Ave
Queens, NY 11372
(718) 397-7256
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A number of gay bars in Jackson Heights have a big following in Queens, but Friend’s Tavern is one of the most popular. It’s often a gathering point for a groups of friends looking for a night out. Another bonus to its prime location (besides easy access to the 7 train) is that it’s just steps from the crowd favorite Birria-Landia truck and a slew of well-reviewed restaurants.

4. Boxers

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37 W 20th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 255-5082
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This mini-chain of sports-centric LGBTQ bars draws a diverse group of folks through its doors — sports fans or not. They may be catching a game, watching the latest RuPaul’s Drag Race with a drag queen MC, or simply chatting after work over happy hour as bartenders often wearing, yes, red boxers serve up drinks. According to recent social media posts, a Hell’s Kitchen location will reopen.

5. Cubbyhole

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281 W 12th St A
New York, NY 10014
(212) 243-9041
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Lesbian bars are all too rare in New York and the rest of the country, cementing their importance in the queer bar scene. Dating back to 1994, Cubbyhole is one of the most famous of such venues and promotes itself as accessible to the entire LGBTQ+ community and allies. It’s a very tight space, and the ceiling is adorned in random, bright decor that gives it a funhouse feel. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday 2 to 6 p.m. with half off well drinks, wine, and beer.

Inside a bar with Disney and stuff animal decorations hanging from the ceiling.
Inside the bar at Cubbyhole.
Cubbyhole

6. Julius

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159 W 10th St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 243-1928
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The longest-running gay bar in the city, this West Village institution proudly displays its history. A woody corner tavern, it looks like it’s hardly changed over the years, and longtgime regulars will mingle with newbes while perched on the stools. Grab a cozy table in the back for a group and order the juicy, freshly griddled burger. Cash only.

A facade of a gay bar called Julius with stucco walls and a large window with lettering in green.
Julius is one of the oldest gay bars in NYC.
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7. The Stonewall Inn

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53 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 488-2705
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Ground zero for the 1969 riots that helped launch the gay rights movement, Stonewall is still a rousing, if now slightly sleeker and occasionally touristy, Village destination to pay tribute to the movement. Downstairs, there’s a pool table and large bar area with bar seating and tables. Upstairs, there’s another bar plus a dance floor and stage that hosts various events, including drag shows, 90s karaoke, and more.

8. Hangar Bar

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115 Christopher St #1
New York, NY 10014
(212) 627-2044

Queer people of color can rightfully feel excluded by many of the gay hotspots dotting the city. Hangar is an under-the-radar neighborhood bar filled with a diverse crowd that’s equally inviting to everyone. Grab a beer and play pool surrounded by the whitewashed walls covered with a giant rainbow flag. Cash only.

9. Nowhere

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322 E 14th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 477-4744
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This subterranean East Village queer dive features a draft beer selection that’s a step above the standard dive, doled out by personable, knowledgeable bartenders. There are seemingly endless dark nooks for hanging out — or impromptu makeout sessions. The infamously risque Macho Monday Night parties ($10 cover) aren’t for the faint of heart. There are happy hours, and after 10 p.m., the dance parties begin. Check the website for specific events.

10. Henrietta Hudson

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438 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 924-3347
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On a stretch of the West Village near the Hudson River, this bar primarily caters to lesbians and queer women and is one of the longest continuously running lesbian bars in the country. The funky brick-walled space decorated with stained glass and a disco ball hosts rotating DJs spinning tunes. There’s a pool table, and some nights are no-cover. The bar is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

A crowded bar with patrons dancing, including a dancer on a bar with a purple lit backdrop.
Henrietta Hudson is one of the few lesbian bars in NYC.
Henrietta Hudson

11. The Boiler Room

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86 E 4th St
New York, NY 10003

A long-running and homey dive, Boiler Room is where laid-back East Village residents go to simply hang out and guzzle gently priced well drinks. The ambiance is nonexistent, but the pool table, photo booth, and digital jukebox provide all-night entertainment.

12. The Exley

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1 Jackson St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 599-2430
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Though not formally gay, this tiny, adorable Williamsburg bar in a renovated garage near the BQE is a frequent way station for hip queer locals. Go for the packed RuPaul’s Drag Race viewing nights, when a projector screen covers the large oil painting behind the bar, or visit on a low-key night for the smartly curated cocktails, including a $10 old fashioned.

A bar backdrop with bottles of alcohol in front of a colorful yellow, orange, and blue wall.
The Exley is popular for viewing episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
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13. Macri Park

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462 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 599-4999
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This sister bar to nearby Metropolitan in Williamsburg is less crowded and way more laid back. Sit back in the booths of the tunnel-like space or head to the quaint backyard. There are drag shows, weekly karaoke, and more events, usually posted on Instagram.

14. The Rosemont

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63 Montrose Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(347) 987-3101
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This popular and cheerful gay bar occupies a roomy, thoughtfully designed space with a backyard in South Williamsburg. Drag nights and karaoke are major draws, while themed parties bring crowds to the dance floor on weekends.

15. House of Yes

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2 Wyckoff Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(646) 838-4937
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A nightclub for those who can’t stand nightclubs, Bushwick’s House of Yes packs costumed and adventurous patrons into its massive, elegant indoor-outdoor compound with multiple bars. Covers can get steep for events including queer dancing and drag performances, but they’re almost always worth it. Gaze at the talented acrobatic dancers contorting themselves from the ceiling any time of the week.

Two people in silver and pink costumes at nightclub House of Yes.
House of Yes often lures patrons who dress up.
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16. Ginger's Bar

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363 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 788-0924

While Ginger’s in Park Slope is a lesbian hangout at its core, the bar welcomes all members of the LGBTQ+ community and attracts bargoers of all ages and genders. It’s a legit dive with low-lighting, cheap drinks, kitschy decor, and a pool table. There’s an enclosed garden out back, and the bar never feels clubby, so it’s an ideal spot for a chill night of pool and music. With plenty of space, it’s great for groups.

17. Good Judy

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563 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Good Judy in Park Slope feels like a good balance between a dive bar meets a disco with a loyal local following. Patrons can easily swing by for a pint, a Eurovision viewing, or dance party on any given night.

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1. Hush

348 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

Hush, which opened during the pandemic in the former home of Therapy, is one of NYC’s newest gay bars. The bi-level space is home to a happening dance club, especially on weekends, and ticks off all the boxes of a night out: dancers, shots, and DJs blasting a playlist until late.

348 W 52nd St
New York, NY 10019

2. Hardware

697 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Venture to this cavernous 10th Avenue bar in a former electrical-supply store for a hip scene where no one takes themselves too seriously. The design is industrial-inspired and serves as a backdrop for regular drag and DJ shows, which in the past has featured stars including Shequida Hall and Lina Bradford. Happy hour runs from 2 to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. Deals include $6 well drinks, beer, and wine. Saturdays and Sundays feature a drag show with $6 margaritas, mimosas, and bloody marys, and $8 Long Island iced teas.

697 10th Ave
New York, NY 10036

3. Friend's Tavern

78-11 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372

A number of gay bars in Jackson Heights have a big following in Queens, but Friend’s Tavern is one of the most popular. It’s often a gathering point for a groups of friends looking for a night out. Another bonus to its prime location (besides easy access to the 7 train) is that it’s just steps from the crowd favorite Birria-Landia truck and a slew of well-reviewed restaurants.

78-11 Roosevelt Ave
Queens, NY 11372

4. Boxers

37 W 20th St, New York, NY 10011

This mini-chain of sports-centric LGBTQ bars draws a diverse group of folks through its doors — sports fans or not. They may be catching a game, watching the latest RuPaul’s Drag Race with a drag queen MC, or simply chatting after work over happy hour as bartenders often wearing, yes, red boxers serve up drinks. According to recent social media posts, a Hell’s Kitchen location will reopen.

37 W 20th St
New York, NY 10011

5. Cubbyhole

281 W 12th St A, New York, NY 10014
Inside a bar with Disney and stuff animal decorations hanging from the ceiling.
Inside the bar at Cubbyhole.
Cubbyhole

Lesbian bars are all too rare in New York and the rest of the country, cementing their importance in the queer bar scene. Dating back to 1994, Cubbyhole is one of the most famous of such venues and promotes itself as accessible to the entire LGBTQ+ community and allies. It’s a very tight space, and the ceiling is adorned in random, bright decor that gives it a funhouse feel. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday 2 to 6 p.m. with half off well drinks, wine, and beer.

281 W 12th St A
New York, NY 10014

6. Julius

159 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014
A facade of a gay bar called Julius with stucco walls and a large window with lettering in green.
Julius is one of the oldest gay bars in NYC.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

The longest-running gay bar in the city, this West Village institution proudly displays its history. A woody corner tavern, it looks like it’s hardly changed over the years, and longtgime regulars will mingle with newbes while perched on the stools. Grab a cozy table in the back for a group and order the juicy, freshly griddled burger. Cash only.

159 W 10th St
New York, NY 10014

7. The Stonewall Inn

53 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014

Ground zero for the 1969 riots that helped launch the gay rights movement, Stonewall is still a rousing, if now slightly sleeker and occasionally touristy, Village destination to pay tribute to the movement. Downstairs, there’s a pool table and large bar area with bar seating and tables. Upstairs, there’s another bar plus a dance floor and stage that hosts various events, including drag shows, 90s karaoke, and more.

53 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014

8. Hangar Bar

115 Christopher St #1, New York, NY 10014

Queer people of color can rightfully feel excluded by many of the gay hotspots dotting the city. Hangar is an under-the-radar neighborhood bar filled with a diverse crowd that’s equally inviting to everyone. Grab a beer and play pool surrounded by the whitewashed walls covered with a giant rainbow flag. Cash only.

115 Christopher St #1
New York, NY 10014

9. Nowhere

322 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

This subterranean East Village queer dive features a draft beer selection that’s a step above the standard dive, doled out by personable, knowledgeable bartenders. There are seemingly endless dark nooks for hanging out — or impromptu makeout sessions. The infamously risque Macho Monday Night parties ($10 cover) aren’t for the faint of heart. There are happy hours, and after 10 p.m., the dance parties begin. Check the website for specific events.

322 E 14th St
New York, NY 10003

10. Henrietta Hudson

438 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014
A crowded bar with patrons dancing, including a dancer on a bar with a purple lit backdrop.
Henrietta Hudson is one of the few lesbian bars in NYC.
Henrietta Hudson

On a stretch of the West Village near the Hudson River, this bar primarily caters to lesbians and queer women and is one of the longest continuously running lesbian bars in the country. The funky brick-walled space decorated with stained glass and a disco ball hosts rotating DJs spinning tunes. There’s a pool table, and some nights are no-cover. The bar is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

438 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014

11. The Boiler Room

86 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003

A long-running and homey dive, Boiler Room is where laid-back East Village residents go to simply hang out and guzzle gently priced well drinks. The ambiance is nonexistent, but the pool table, photo booth, and digital jukebox provide all-night entertainment.

86 E 4th St
New York, NY 10003

12. The Exley

1 Jackson St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
A bar backdrop with bottles of alcohol in front of a colorful yellow, orange, and blue wall.
The Exley is popular for viewing episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
The Exley

Though not formally gay, this tiny, adorable Williamsburg bar in a renovated garage near the BQE is a frequent way station for hip queer locals. Go for the packed RuPaul’s Drag Race viewing nights, when a projector screen covers the large oil painting behind the bar, or visit on a low-key night for the smartly curated cocktails, including a $10 old fashioned.

1 Jackson St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

13. Macri Park

462 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

This sister bar to nearby Metropolitan in Williamsburg is less crowded and way more laid back. Sit back in the booths of the tunnel-like space or head to the quaint backyard. There are drag shows, weekly karaoke, and more events, usually posted on Instagram.

462 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

14. The Rosemont

63 Montrose Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206

This popular and cheerful gay bar occupies a roomy, thoughtfully designed space with a backyard in South Williamsburg. Drag nights and karaoke are major draws, while themed parties bring crowds to the dance floor on weekends.

63 Montrose Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206

15. House of Yes

2 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Two people in silver and pink costumes at nightclub House of Yes.
House of Yes often lures patrons who dress up.
Brendan Burke/House Of Yes

A nightclub for those who can’t stand nightclubs, Bushwick’s House of Yes packs costumed and adventurous patrons into its massive, elegant indoor-outdoor compound with multiple bars. Covers can get steep for events including queer dancing and drag performances, but they’re almost always worth it. Gaze at the talented acrobatic dancers contorting themselves from the ceiling any time of the week.

2 Wyckoff Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237

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16. Ginger's Bar

363 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

While Ginger’s in Park Slope is a lesbian hangout at its core, the bar welcomes all members of the LGBTQ+ community and attracts bargoers of all ages and genders. It’s a legit dive with low-lighting, cheap drinks, kitschy decor, and a pool table. There’s an enclosed garden out back, and the bar never feels clubby, so it’s an ideal spot for a chill night of pool and music. With plenty of space, it’s great for groups.

363 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

17. Good Judy

563 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Good Judy in Park Slope feels like a good balance between a dive bar meets a disco with a loyal local following. Patrons can easily swing by for a pint, a Eurovision viewing, or dance party on any given night.

563 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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