The Townhouse Bar of New York

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Midtown East
Don’t think twice about the sign requesting proper attire. Baseball caps, cutoffs and tank tops (for guys) are the only truly verboten apparel at this gentleman’s gay bar: The older, designer-suited patrons, however, do appreciate a tony sense of style. First-timers to this converted brownstone may think they’ve entered a hotel lobby: Soft music plays in the front room, which is decorated with prim-and-proper furniture and oil paintings. The scene all but demands the slow sipping of top-shelf Scotch. For a less sedate affair, wander into the back-room piano bar, where a show-tune sing-along might erupt at the stroke of a piano key.
Venue name: The Townhouse Bar of New York
Address: 236 E 58th St
New York
Cross street: between Second and Third Aves
Opening hours: Sun–Wed 4pm–3am; Thu–Sat 4pm–4am
Transport: Subway: N, Q, R to Lexington Ave–59th St; 4, 5, 6 to 59th St
Price: Average drink: $7. Cash only
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