sip, sway, and celebrate

New York City’s hottest clubs have something for everyone

Four guys at a gya bar
photo via VERS

New York: A city that has always loved a drink. Every mood can find its elixir in the city’s multitude of gay-friend drinking establishments. Whether cruising on the dance floor at New York’s hottest club or pulling up a stool with friends at a historic haunt, the Big Apple’s bar scene has something for everyone in the LGBTQ+ community. Cheers, queers!

VERS – Hell’s Kitchen


New and shiny gay paradise 714 9th Ave · New York, NY 10019
((91) 7) -300-

In the heart of Manhattan, this wonderful club is taking the queer scene of Hell’s Kitchen by storm. Enjoy its innovative cocktails, elevated snacks, and an ever-rotating lineup of incredible performers and themed nights.

The psychedelic lighting and sharp decor are reminiscent of a clean and upscale 80s dance club. I mean, who doesn’t love a good karaoke night where your pianist looks like Freddy Mercury? 

Booking some of the most unique and entertaining drag acts in the city, VERS has ensured that every night is jam-packed with talent, laughter, and a tuck or two.

Do yourself a favor and try the ‘Frozen Painkiller’ cocktail. What has been described as a more vivacious Mai Tai, this little baby will have you singing and dancing in no time!

HUSH – Hell’s Kitchen


Wild and welcoming nightclub 348 W 52nd St · New York, NY 10019
(646) 833-7174

With high vaulted ceilings and a dark brick interior, this fabulous space makes us feel like we’re partying in a gothic cathedral. The stunning stained-glass windows only add to this majestic and mysterious effect. 

Considered to be one of the safest and friendliest queer clubs in the city, HUSH has built a strong reputation as a welcoming environment to let loose, laugh, and express yourself fully. 

An incredibly diverse and wild crowd brings energy and vibrancy to the dance floor and the sexy bartenders will have you getting refills all night long.

Friend’s Tavern – Queens

Friend’s Tavern

Muscles on muscles on muscles 78-11 Roosevelt Ave · Jackson Heights, NY 11372
(718) 397-7256

Friend’s Tavern, the oldest active gay bar in Queens, offers a sense of community and acceptance. It has been an institution since before anyone had heard of a Chelsea boy. This cruise bar is constantly packed with local talent.

Industry Bar – Hell’s Kitchen

Industry Bar

After-work delights 355 West 52nd Street · New York, NY 10019
(646) 476-2747

Industry Bar is one of the Hell’s Kitchen go-to hotspots for queens. With stiff cocktails, incredible entertainment, and plenty of eye candy, Industry has become a true NYC nightlife landmark.

Ritz Bar and Lounge – Hell’s Kitchen

Ritz Bar and Lounge

Get ready for some close quarters dancing 369 West 46th Street · New York, NY 10036
(212) 333-4177

The premiere queer space in Hell’s Kitchen on Restaurant Row. Ritz is a multi-tiered venue with a street-facing patio, a vibrant dance floor, and a packed bar area. It also hosts drag shows, private parties, and bear nights!

The Lambda Lounge – Harlem

The Lambda Lounge

Sexy, sultry and oh so classy 2256 Adam Clayton Powell blvd · Manhattan, NY 10027
((64) 6) -669-

The Lambda Lounge has dance floors, a hookah area and strong drinks. The low-lit ambiance and welcoming crowd create a flirty atmosphere. You are sure to find an abundance of coy smiles across the room. 

Drink, dance, and meet some new friends because there is never a shortage of cuties at this club. 

Although this is primarily a spot where the Black LGBTQ+ community of Harlem comes to let it down or turn it up, this space is welcoming to all who are kind, loving, and ready to have a crazy good time! 

Rockbar NYC – West Village

Rockbar NYC

Fun bear/leather crowd 185 Christopher St · New York, NY 10014
(212) 675-1864

Christopher Street’s famous bar row in the West Village caters to a mostly scruffy, masculine crowd. Rockbar is no exception, though it’s also becoming the place where younger guys seeking a low-key haunt mingle with the bears and leather lovers. Rockbar features hot bands like Deluka and Reckless Place every Saturday night.

Boxers NYC – Chelsea

Boxers NYC

Chelsea sports bar 37 West 20th Street · New York, NY 10011
(212) 255-5082

With two levels, pool tables, brick oven pizza, beer on tap, full bar, and plasma screens, Boxers NYC offers the longest-running Happy Hour in Chelsea. The perfect spot for an after-work delight.

Barracuda – Chelsea


Legendary bar and lounge in Chelsea 275 W 22nd St · New York, NY 10011
(212) 645-8613

Barracuda has been a Chelsea institution for years with frequent drag performances and regular guys enjoying the strong drinks at the long bar in the front and just hanging on comfy sofas in back.

Gym Sportsbar – Chelsea

Gym Sportsbar

A genuine sports bar in the heart of Chelsea 167 8th Ave · New York, NY 10011
(212) 337-2439

If the real gym’s too crowded, leave your manly Daisy Dukes and tank on and grab a beer with the other gym bunnies. You’ll never miss the game at this Chelsea favorite (in every sense of the word).

Eagle NYC – Chelsea

Eagle NYC

Classic leather bar 554 W 28th St · New York, NY 10001
(646) 473-1866

The Eagle in NYC attracts a wide variety of men for cruising and all around fun. Head to the roof for all kinds of debauchery.

Eagle NYC hosts an annual leather contest Mr. Eagle NYC. It also hosts a variety of themed parties throughout the week. Check its official website for more details. 

The Toolbox Bar – Upper East Side

The Toolbox Bar

A Fun Gay Bar in the Upper East Side Neighborhood 1742 2nd Ave. · New York, NY 10128
(212) 348-1288

The Toolbox is a neighborhood gay bar offering happy hour specials catering to the local crowd, but is welcoming to all. If diversity, no-attitude, and clique-free environment is what you’re looking for, you will find the Tool Box to be right up your alley.

Nowhere – East Village

Nowhere Bar

Edgy basement bar with boys, bears, and beyond 322 E 14th St · New York, NY 10003
(212) 477-4744

Delve a few steps below street level into this cozy neighborhood lounge. You’ll find a mixed gay & lesbian crowd of all ages, a large number of hipster/punk college kids, and perhaps a go-go boy that just doesn’t seem to fit in.

The Cock – East Village

The Cock

Long-standing hole-in-the-wall gay bar 93 2nd Ave · New York, NY 10003
(212) 777-6254

The Cock is one of the few remaining cruising spaces in New York City. It offers a two-level interior with a dark room in the basement. The venue is known for its backroom scene, while the main room hosts themed parties, go-go dancers, and DJs, all under a discreet neon rooster sign. 

The Monster – Hell’s Kitchen

The Monster

A West Village institution 80 Grove St · New York, NY 10014
(212) 924-3558

The Monster has been a West Village institution since 1982. Walk in at street level to the piano bar/lounge which retains its historic charm.

Don’t let the vintage decor discourage you. Pull up a stool – the friendly crowd and fun singers will have you hooked.

For a change of pace, work your way downstairs to find drag shows and a dance floor.

Walk in at street level to the piano bar/lounge which retains its historic charm. Don’t let the vintage decor discourage you, pull up a stool and the friendly crowd and fun singers will have you hooked. For a change of pace, work your way downstairs to find drag shows and a dance floor.

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