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19 Fantastic LGBTQ Bars in NYC

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Pride Month, aka June, is a time for celebrating and empowering the many sexual and gender identities embraced by the LGBTQ community. It’s also when members of that group and their loved ones can simply be themselves while downing a tequila soda or beer in the sweltering heat. From dive bars to drag events to dance parties, here’s where to toast everything special about New York’s LGBTQ scene.

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1. Posh

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405 W 51st St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 957-2222
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Crowds at Hell’s Kitchen bars tend to run toward the white and upwardly mobile, but Posh is one of the more diverse queer establishments in the area, inviting all kinds into its tight, charmingly divey and discofied space. Grab a cheap after-work drink or join revelers voguing to Donna Summer and Madonna in the back area until 4 a.m., when everyone spills out front onto the small patio for a last smoke. Daily happy hour runs from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., when all beers are $3.

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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. The design is understated, no one takes themselves too seriously, and regular drag and DJ shows feature stars including Shequida Hall and Lina Bradford. Happy hour runs from noon to 9 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday and on Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 8 p.m. Deals include $5 well drinks, beer, and wine, as well as $6 Stoli. Saturdays and Sundays bring the “Skinny Brunch” drag show which features $5 margs, mimosas, and bloody marys, and $7 Long Island iced teas.

3. Barrage

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401 W 47th St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 586-9390

A lounge with ample seating and colorful decor, Barrage is a prime meeting spot for a cross-section of gays both older and younger. Drink specials are offered throughout the week, including $9 frozen margaritas and frozen cosmos on some nights. The bar also hosts regular Latinx-focused nights.

4. Vodka Soda & Bottoms Up

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315 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036

The name of this two-floor, centrally located Hell’s Kitchen watering hole seems like a joke, but it hosts some of the more raucous nights in the neighborhood. The narrow first-floor bar is easygoing, with friendly bartenders, while the second floor is where young (mostly) men rip off their shirts and shake their butts in the blue lighting. Drag shows up there are excellent, and the small balcony is a pleasant place for a break from all the sweat. The bar has regular rotating drink specials, including $4 cocktails on some nights.

5. 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. They may be catching a game, watching the latest RuPaul’s Drag Race with a drag queen MC, or simply chatting after work while enjoying the spacious environment and attractive bartenders wearing, yes, only red boxers. It’s known for its daily two-for-one happy hour, and the pub-style food is decent. There are additional locations in Hell’s Kitchen and Washington Heights.

6. 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 the most famous of such venues and promotes itself as accessible to lesbians, gay men, and straight people. 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 Saturday until 7 p.m. with half off well drinks, wine, and beer. Other specials run throughout the week, and expect a particularly big and rowdy crowd during “Margarita Tuesdays,” when margs are just $3. Note: Cash only.

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7. 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. The woody corner tavern looks like it’s hardly changed over the years, and elderly regulars who have seen it all frequently school newbies from their perch on the stools. Grab a cozy table in the back for a group and order the juicy, freshly griddled burger. Happy hour runs from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sunday has all-day beer specials with $2 off all taps and bottles. All day every day, Long Island iced teas, Sex On The Beaches, and Lemon Drops are $6. Cash only.

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8. 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.

9. 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 black and brown patrons that’s equally inviting to everyone else. Grab a beer and play pool surrounded by the whitewashed walls covered with a giant rainbow flag. There are regular drink specials. Cash only.

10. 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 kicking back or impromptu makeout sessions. The infamously risque Macho Monday Night parties ($5 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. Credit card minimums are high, so bring cash.

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11. 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 vibe is extremely makeout-with-a-stranger. Daily happy hour runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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12. No Bar

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The Standard, 25 Cooper Sq
New York, NY 10003
(212) 441-3555
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No Bar is a hip new inclusive LGBTQ bar from Angela Dimayuga. It hosts a slew of events, including various dance parties and karaoke, and the best way to stay in the know is to check the website or Instagram. It’s the queer bar to go for a complex cocktail or for souped-up bar eats like rock shrimp poppers or a dry-aged beef and mushroom burger.

13. 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 bogglingly cheap well drinks. The ambiance is nonexistent, but the pool table, photo booth, and digital jukebox provide all-night entertainment. Cash only.

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14. 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 house cocktails, including a $10 old fashioned.

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15. 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.

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16. The Rosemont

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63 Montrose Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(347) 987-3101
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This über-cool yet cheerful gay bar occupies a roomy, thoughtfully designed space with a backyard in South Williamsburg. Drag nights and karaoke are major draws, while top-notch bartenders can make a classic cocktail any night of the week. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. with $8 classic cocktails and $5 well drinks, wine, and beer.

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17. 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.

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House of Yes
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18. 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. The bathrooms are plastered with a collage of gay magazine clippings and posters from throughout history, and the only thing interrupting the bar’s throwback vibe is the fancy digital jukebox. 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. It’s cash only, and the bar allows outside food. With plenty of space, it’s great for large parties.

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19. Xstasy Bar and Lounge

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758 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11232
(718) 499-2348
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An escape from the usual Brooklyn gay spots, this clubby joint in the Greenwood area has a strong Latinx influence and retro decor. Join others in the salsa action during Rumbanation Fridays and the Saturday night dance parties. Tuesdays bring two-for-one drinks. Other events include karaoke and RuPaul’s Drag Race viewings. Expect nearly-nude young men to be dancing on a stage late at night.

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1. Posh

405 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019
Posh
Posh
Posh [Official]

Crowds at Hell’s Kitchen bars tend to run toward the white and upwardly mobile, but Posh is one of the more diverse queer establishments in the area, inviting all kinds into its tight, charmingly divey and discofied space. Grab a cheap after-work drink or join revelers voguing to Donna Summer and Madonna in the back area until 4 a.m., when everyone spills out front onto the small patio for a last smoke. Daily happy hour runs from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., when all beers are $3.

405 W 51st 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. The design is understated, no one takes themselves too seriously, and regular drag and DJ shows feature stars including Shequida Hall and Lina Bradford. Happy hour runs from noon to 9 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday and on Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 8 p.m. Deals include $5 well drinks, beer, and wine, as well as $6 Stoli. Saturdays and Sundays bring the “Skinny Brunch” drag show which features $5 margs, mimosas, and bloody marys, and $7 Long Island iced teas.

697 10th Ave
New York, NY 10036

3. Barrage

401 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

A lounge with ample seating and colorful decor, Barrage is a prime meeting spot for a cross-section of gays both older and younger. Drink specials are offered throughout the week, including $9 frozen margaritas and frozen cosmos on some nights. The bar also hosts regular Latinx-focused nights.

401 W 47th St
New York, NY 10036

4. Vodka Soda & Bottoms Up

315 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

The name of this two-floor, centrally located Hell’s Kitchen watering hole seems like a joke, but it hosts some of the more raucous nights in the neighborhood. The narrow first-floor bar is easygoing, with friendly bartenders, while the second floor is where young (mostly) men rip off their shirts and shake their butts in the blue lighting. Drag shows up there are excellent, and the small balcony is a pleasant place for a break from all the sweat. The bar has regular rotating drink specials, including $4 cocktails on some nights.

315 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036

5. 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. They may be catching a game, watching the latest RuPaul’s Drag Race with a drag queen MC, or simply chatting after work while enjoying the spacious environment and attractive bartenders wearing, yes, only red boxers. It’s known for its daily two-for-one happy hour, and the pub-style food is decent. There are additional locations in Hell’s Kitchen and Washington Heights.

37 W 20th St
New York, NY 10011

6. Cubbyhole

281 W 12th St A, New York, NY 10014
Cubbyhole
Cubbyhole
Cubbyhole [Official]

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 the most famous of such venues and promotes itself as accessible to lesbians, gay men, and straight people. 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 Saturday until 7 p.m. with half off well drinks, wine, and beer. Other specials run throughout the week, and expect a particularly big and rowdy crowd during “Margarita Tuesdays,” when margs are just $3. Note: Cash only.

281 W 12th St A
New York, NY 10014

7. Julius

159 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014
julius
Julius
Robert Sietsema/Eater

The longest-running gay bar in the city, this West Village institution proudly displays its history. The woody corner tavern looks like it’s hardly changed over the years, and elderly regulars who have seen it all frequently school newbies from their perch on the stools. Grab a cozy table in the back for a group and order the juicy, freshly griddled burger. Happy hour runs from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sunday has all-day beer specials with $2 off all taps and bottles. All day every day, Long Island iced teas, Sex On The Beaches, and Lemon Drops are $6. Cash only.

159 W 10th St
New York, NY 10014

8. 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

9. 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 black and brown patrons that’s equally inviting to everyone else. Grab a beer and play pool surrounded by the whitewashed walls covered with a giant rainbow flag. There are regular drink specials. Cash only.

115 Christopher St #1
New York, NY 10014

10. Nowhere

322 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003
Nowhere
Nowhere
Nowhere [Official]

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 kicking back or impromptu makeout sessions. The infamously risque Macho Monday Night parties ($5 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. Credit card minimums are high, so bring cash.

322 E 14th St
New York, NY 10003

11. Henrietta Hudson

438 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014
Henrietta Hudson
Henrietta Hudson
Henrietta Hudson [Official]

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 vibe is extremely makeout-with-a-stranger. Daily happy hour runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

438 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014

12. No Bar

The Standard, 25 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003

No Bar is a hip new inclusive LGBTQ bar from Angela Dimayuga. It hosts a slew of events, including various dance parties and karaoke, and the best way to stay in the know is to check the website or Instagram. It’s the queer bar to go for a complex cocktail or for souped-up bar eats like rock shrimp poppers or a dry-aged beef and mushroom burger.

The Standard, 25 Cooper Sq
New York, NY 10003

13. The Boiler Room

86 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003
The Boiler Room
The Boiler Room
Boiler Room/Facebook

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

86 E 4th St
New York, NY 10003

14. The Exley

1 Jackson St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
The Exley
The Exley
The Exley [Official]

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 house cocktails, including a $10 old fashioned.

1 Jackson St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

15. Macri Park

462 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Macri Park
Macri Park
Macri Park [Official]

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

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16. The Rosemont

63 Montrose Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206
The Rosemont
The Rosemont
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This über-cool yet cheerful gay bar occupies a roomy, thoughtfully designed space with a backyard in South Williamsburg. Drag nights and karaoke are major draws, while top-notch bartenders can make a classic cocktail any night of the week. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. with $8 classic cocktails and $5 well drinks, wine, and beer.

63 Montrose Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206

17. House of Yes

2 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
House of Yes
House of Yes
Brendan Burke for House Of Yes [Official]

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

18. Ginger's Bar

363 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Ginger’s Bar Photo via Amanda D./Yelp

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. The bathrooms are plastered with a collage of gay magazine clippings and posters from throughout history, and the only thing interrupting the bar’s throwback vibe is the fancy digital jukebox. 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. It’s cash only, and the bar allows outside food. With plenty of space, it’s great for large parties.

363 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

19. Xstasy Bar and Lounge

758 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232

An escape from the usual Brooklyn gay spots, this clubby joint in the Greenwood area has a strong Latinx influence and retro decor. Join others in the salsa action during Rumbanation Fridays and the Saturday night dance parties. Tuesdays bring two-for-one drinks. Other events include karaoke and RuPaul’s Drag Race viewings. Expect nearly-nude young men to be dancing on a stage late at night.

758 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11232

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