Best gay bars in New York City

The best gay bars in New York, as chosen by Time Out New York's editors. Drink and dance the night away at these gay clubs and pubs.

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Photograph: Liz Clayman

Atlas Social Club

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Photograph: Michael Kirby Smith

Cubbyhole

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Photograph: Jena Cumbo

Flaming Saddles Saloon

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Photograph: Zenith Richards

The Cock

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Photograph: Michael Alexander

The Eagle

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Photograph: Jolie Ruben

Fairytail Lounge

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Photograph: Grace Chu

G Lounge

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Photograph: Grace Chu

Barracuda Lounge

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Photograph: Jena Cumbo

Nowhere

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Photograph: Richard Burrowes

XL Nightclub, Cabaret and Lounge

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Photograph: Noah Fowler

Rockbar

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Photograph: Courtesy of the venue

The Duplex

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Photograph: Grace Chu

The Stonewall Inn

Fairytail Lounge

Critics' pick

This Hell's Kitchen watering hole packs a lot of glittery, pseudo-Victorian personality into a small space. Patrons can sip cocktails off the backs of sexy centaur mannequins, or park at the bar while bopping their heads to tunes from various DJs during weekly theme nights.

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Hell's Kitchen

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.

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Hell's Kitchen

Atlas Social Club

Gay nightlife honcho Josh Wood teamed up with veterans of Drom, Eastern Bloc and Splash to bring you this speakeasy-like homo haunt conveniently located in the middle of Hell's Kitchen's thriving gay strip.

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Hell's Kitchen

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.

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Chelsea

Henrietta Hudson

A can’t-miss combo of a Melissa Etheridge–heavy jukebox and strong drinks poured by cute chicks has kept this lesbian spot busy since 1991. Reggae and hip-hop spin most nights, inspiring a good bit of rump shaking among the young, flirty patrons. Weekends bring a higher bridge-and-tunnel quotient, but it’s nothing a Naughty Girl (blue curaçao, coconut rum and pineapple juice) can’t help you overlook.

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West Village

Cubbyhole

Cubbyhole is one of the Village’s more festive and hetero-friendly gay-and-lesbian bars. Chinese paper lanterns, tissue-paper fish and holiday decorations hang from the ceiling. Barstools are upholstered with glossy vinyl bearing pictures of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig. Eclectic? You bet. Best of all, drafts of Bass, Guinness, Miller Light and Stella are cheap.

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West Village

Barracuda Lounge

This classic, no-attitude gay lounge in Chelsea has outlasted many others due to its combination of cozy couches, awesome drag shows, cheap drinks and friendly bartenders.

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Chelsea

G Lounge

Critics' pick

The ’hood’s original slick boy lounge—a rather moodily lit cave with a cool brick-and-glass arched entrance—wouldn’t look out of place in an Ian Schrager boutique hotel. It’s a favorite after-work cocktail destination, where an excellent roster of DJs stays on top of the mood.

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Chelsea

The Cock

A self-described “rock and sleaze fag bar,” the Cock is just the sort of dark, sketchy dive where you can unleash your inner sexy beast. The dearth of uptown attitude (or any apparent concern for cleanliness) pulls artists, musicians, writers, fashionistos, tourists and closeted rebels in stiff polos, all of whom can appreciate a little dirty fun. Homeskool Mondays feature DJ extraordinaire Jon Jon Battles. Weekends get so crowded (midnight to 3am) that there’s often a cover charge. Stuff your pockets before coming here; it’s cash only.

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East Village

Nowhere

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.

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East Village
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Comments

2 comments
mcfutch
mcfutch

How about an update on this outdated post?  Last time I checked, New York City was comprised of FIVE boroughs, but you wouldn't know it based on this Manhattan-centric list,

Nunya B
Nunya B

How lazy was this article's author? They clearly haven't actually been to some of these places in years - Stonewall, for instance, hasn't had "Uncut Wednesdays" since the previous owner was in control of the place over seven years ago.