Bear bars

You're sure to find friendly fuzzballs at these local watering holes

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Rockbar

This reincarnated Christopher Street watering hole has a queer rock & roll theme, with frequent special events and a lively local crowd.

  1. 185 Christopher St, (at West St)
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Nowhere

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A friendly, spacious bar, Nowhere attracts attitude-free crowds—and the place is filled with everyone from dykes to bears, thanks to a fun lineup of theme nights. The pool table’s also a big draw.

  1. 322 E 14th St, (between First and Second Aves)
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The Eagle

Whatever your kink, this fetish bar will satisfy with its array of beer blasts, foot-worship fêtes and leather soirées, plus simple pool-playing and cruising nights. In summer, it hosts rooftop barbecues.

  1. 554 W 28th St, (between Tenth and Eleventh Aves)
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Flaming Saddles Saloon

City folk can party honky-tonk-style at this country-western gay bar. The 74-seat spot is outfitted to look like a Wild West bordello, complete with red velvet drapes, antler sconces and rococo wallpaper. Throw back a shot and wrangle yourself a mate, or chow down on hearty grub like Texas red chili or Angus beef burgers. Don't miss the entertainment—performances by bartenders dancing in cowboy boots add to the raucous vibe.

  1. 793 Ninth Ave, (at 53rd St), 10019
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The Monster

A dance floor, show-tune-playing pianist and cabaret acts add up to the ultimate gay package at this long-standing haunt. The diverse crowd assembles for happy hour (get a buck off well drinks Mon–Fri 4–9pm and Sat 2–9pm) and sticks around for shows in the spacious basement. Drag queen Jesse Volt hosts High Voltage on Wednesday nights at 11pm, and Barbara Herr fires up another drag show, Sabor Latino, at midnight on Mondays. On weekend nights, the frisky go-go boys and upbeat atmosphere make the low cover charge ($3–$7) a steal.

  1. 80 Grove St , (at Seventh Ave South)
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Ninth Avenue Saloon

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The 30-year-old Hell’s Kitchen fixture (once known as Cleo’s) is practically a clubhouse for the area’s gay population. Though beloved in-house drag-queen-cum-barkeep Ginger has left her post, other entertainment comes in the form of karaoke (Wed 10pm–1am). During happy-hour (Mon–Fri 4–10pm; Sat, Sun noon–8pm), well drinks cost $4.50, so seats can be hard to come by.

  1. 656 Ninth Ave, (at 46th St)
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Boots and Saddle

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This old-school, Christopher Street landmark has a cowboy-leatherman theme and a newly renovated interior. It's a neighborhood watering-hole sort of spot that has a few nice perks: karaoke, DJs, go-go dancers and 30 kinds of bottled beer. It's a festive mob scene on Gay Pride weekend.

  1. 76 Christopher St, (between Seventh Ave South and Bleecker St)
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Gym Sportsbar

This popular bar is all about games—of the actual sporting variety, that is. Catch theme parties that revolve around gay sports leagues, play at the pool tables and video-game machines, or watch the pro events, from rodeo competitions to figure skating (everyone’s favorite), shown on big-screen TVs. The new Locker Room basement lounge has a more intimate vibe.

  1. 167 Eighth Ave, (between 18th and 19th Sts)
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Boxers NYC

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Pool tables, plasma-screen TVs and pizza give this LGBT sports bar a sexy-athlete vibe. Nightly events in the sprawling bi-level space include sports-league gatherings, ’80s parties and jock parties.

  1. 37 W 20th St, (between Fifth and Sixth Aves)
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Boxers HK

The popular gay sports bar expands to Hell's Kitchen with a three-level spin-off, featuring a 1,500-square-foot roof deck. Head downstairs to catch deejayed techno sets on the weekends, and go for one of the 13 beers on tap (Guinness, Budweiser). Watch the latest game—playing on the 20 TVs—from a brown-leather banquette, and look for the Michelangelo-inspired mural.

  1. 742 Ninth Ave , (at 50th St), 10019
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Ty’s

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ISO pretty pinup boys? Search elsewhere. This veteran spot specializes in a different crowd hairier, more mature, soft-bodied men. Hey, bears like people (and drinking), too! The amiable, flannel-clad, bearded staff keeps the dinky saloon in tip-top shape and offers drink specials galore throughout the week. Wednesday nights are for charity, so raffle proceeds benefit local churches and the like; on the second Tuesday of every month, gay firefighters gather for drink, free food and a raffle.

  1. 114 Christopher St, (between Bedford and Bleecker Sts)
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