Gay parties: The best gay nightlife in New York

Gay parties in New York offer something for everyone, from relaxed, mixed-queer shindigs to sweaty dance throwdowns.

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    Scissor Sundays

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While the age of jumbo weekly gay parties in New York came to an end with the closure of iconic spots like Twilo and the Roxy, the city still offers a staggering variety of queer nightlife options, from Daniel Nardicio's raunchfests to Whitney Day's classy lesbian mixers. The arrival of XL Nightclub, Cabaret & Lounge last year ushered in a new one-stop space for reliably fun weekly dance throwdowns (albeit on a smaller scale than in the Giuliani era), including Rockit and JB Saturdays. Downtown, mixed gay parties including Scissor Sundays and Hot Rabbit offer the city's queers a chance to mingle with folks from all points on the gender and sexuality spectrums, while kinksters convene at the ever-popular Eagle. Check back here often as we add more great gay parties, and for a deeper look at the scene, be sure to check out our galleries of gay party photos.

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Gay parties in New York

Le Bingo

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Join wisecracking host Linda Simpson and her rotating cast of lovely spokesmodels at this weekly bingo throwdown featuring wacky prizes and a cash jackpot. Full bar and food menus are available throughout.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Sat Sep 20
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High Homodays

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Hebro honcho Jayson Littman invites gay Jews and bagel chasers alike to party down in celebration of the year 5775 at this pre–Rosh Hashanah and –Yom Kippur dance party.

  1. Hudson Terrace 621 W 46th St, between Eleventh and Twelfth Aves
  2. Sat Sep 20
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Viva Saturdays

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Nightlife vets John Blair, Beto Sutter and Ric Sena present this man-heavy big-room Saturday night dance featuring an ever-changing cast of DJs. Shirtlessness is encouraged, but not required.

  1. Stage 48 605 W 48th St, between Eleventh and Twelfth Aves
  2. Sat Sep 20
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El Ring

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  • Free

Scenester and shutterbug Marco Ovando presides over this wrestling-themed party soundtracked by local and visiting DJs.

  1. Atlas Social Club 753 Ninth Ave, between 50th and 51st Sts, 10019
  2. Sat Sep 20
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Scissor Sundays

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  • Free

JD Samson's beloved weekly tea dance features a friendly, mixed crowd grooving to tunes by a rotating cast of local and visiting DJs, plus deliciously strong drinks and gorgeous sunsets over the Hudson.

  1. Rusty Knot 425 West St, at 11th St
  2. Sun Sep 21
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Buddies

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  • Free

DJ Damian Cote reigns at this casual weeknight get-together, spinning an eclectic set of underground dance, funk, punk, ’80s and rock.

  1. Nowhere 322 E 14th St, between First and Second Aves
  2. Tue Sep 23
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On Top

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  • Free

Susanne Bartsch's weekly soiree goes down every Tuesday night, in which she and her phantasmagoric, outer-limits-of-clubland crowd gather in the Standard's top-floor lounge.

  1. Le Bain 444 W 13th St, at Washington St, 10014
  2. Tue Sep 23
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Dirt Cheap

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Downtown nightlife survivors Daniel Nardicio, Sammy Jo and Sweetie come together for a night of inexpensive fun. For this edition, burlesque queen the World Famous *BOB* and "rock-bottom" dancers round out the bill.

  1. The Monster 80 Grove St , at Seventh Ave South
  2. Wed Sep 24
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Fire in the Hole

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  • Free

Got a thing for carrottops? You'll find plenty of them at this monthly soiree for gingers and their friends. DJ Sean McMahill (guess what color his hair is) presides while you knock back $2 pints and $3 whiskey gingers.

  1. Nowhere 322 E 14th St, between First and Second Aves
  2. Thu Sep 25
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Code

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  • Free

Get decked out in your kinkiest gear—or at least don't show up in an ironic tee and orange Pumas, hipster—for the city's biggest weekly fetish bash. Barbers help you achieve that sexy buzz-cut look, and bootblacks keep your kicks glossy while you chug cheap beer. Acceptable attire includes leather, rubber and uniforms. Check the website for more extensive info. And don't fuck it up—the doorman's decision is final.

  1. The Eagle 554 W 28th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Thu Sep 25
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Desilicious Sparkle

  • Price band: 2/4
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Put on your most glittery duds and head out to this Bollywood party, featuring music from Ashu Rai (with an opening set by RuBot), visuals courtesy of Neeraj, a drag performance by Asifa Lahore and the go-go stylings of Shazad.

  1. Pachita (at Pacha) 618 W 46th St, between Eleventh and Twelfth Aves
  2. Fri Sep 26
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Hot Rabbit

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  • Free

This long-running weekly party draws a reliably cute mixed crowd to the basement of West Village dive the Monster. Widely varying DJs from NYC and beyond ensure that you'll never encounter the same scene twice.

  1. The Monster 80 Grove St , at Seventh Ave South
  2. Fri Sep 26
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Bear Yourself Underwear Party

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Bear booster George Hains presents this monthly skivvy party for big boys. Attendees are encouraged to frolic in their boxers, briefs or—if they're feeling literally cheeky—jock straps. Cheap booze and jiggly beats courtesy of DJ Chauncey D will help reduce inhibitions.

  1. Rockbar 185 Christopher St, at West St
  2. Fri Sep 26
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Le Bingo

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Join wisecracking host Linda Simpson and her rotating cast of lovely spokesmodels at this weekly bingo throwdown featuring wacky prizes and a cash jackpot. Full bar and food menus are available throughout.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Sat Sep 27
More info

Viva Saturdays

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Nightlife vets John Blair, Beto Sutter and Ric Sena present this man-heavy big-room Saturday night dance featuring an ever-changing cast of DJs. Shirtlessness is encouraged, but not required.

  1. Stage 48 605 W 48th St, between Eleventh and Twelfth Aves
  2. Sat Sep 27
More info

El Ring

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Scenester and shutterbug Marco Ovando presides over this wrestling-themed party soundtracked by local and visiting DJs.

  1. Atlas Social Club 753 Ninth Ave, between 50th and 51st Sts, 10019
  2. Sat Sep 27
More info

Scissor Sundays

  • Critics choice
  • Free

JD Samson's beloved weekly tea dance features a friendly, mixed crowd grooving to tunes by a rotating cast of local and visiting DJs, plus deliciously strong drinks and gorgeous sunsets over the Hudson.

  1. Rusty Knot 425 West St, at 11th St
  2. Sun Sep 28
More info

Buddies

  • Critics choice
  • Free

DJ Damian Cote reigns at this casual weeknight get-together, spinning an eclectic set of underground dance, funk, punk, ’80s and rock.

  1. Nowhere 322 E 14th St, between First and Second Aves
  2. Tue Sep 30
More info

On Top

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Susanne Bartsch's weekly soiree goes down every Tuesday night, in which she and her phantasmagoric, outer-limits-of-clubland crowd gather in the Standard's top-floor lounge.

  1. Le Bain 444 W 13th St, at Washington St, 10014
  2. Tue Sep 30
More info

Code

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Get decked out in your kinkiest gear—or at least don't show up in an ironic tee and orange Pumas, hipster—for the city's biggest weekly fetish bash. Barbers help you achieve that sexy buzz-cut look, and bootblacks keep your kicks glossy while you chug cheap beer. Acceptable attire includes leather, rubber and uniforms. Check the website for more extensive info. And don't fuck it up—the doorman's decision is final.

  1. The Eagle 554 W 28th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Thu Oct 2
More info

Oktoberfist

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Sleazemeister Daniel Nardicio brings you this annual raunchfest with Teutonic go-go men, music by DJ Scott Ewalt and a live fisting demo at 1am. Oompah!

  1. The Cock 29 Second Ave, between 2nd and 3rd Sts
  2. Thu Oct 2
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Hot Rabbit

  • Critics choice
  • Free

This long-running weekly party draws a reliably cute mixed crowd to the basement of West Village dive the Monster. Widely varying DJs from NYC and beyond ensure that you'll never encounter the same scene twice.

  1. The Monster 80 Grove St , at Seventh Ave South
  2. Fri Oct 3
More info

Le Bingo

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Join wisecracking host Linda Simpson and her rotating cast of lovely spokesmodels at this weekly bingo throwdown featuring wacky prizes and a cash jackpot. Full bar and food menus are available throughout.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Sat Oct 4
More info

Viva Saturdays

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Nightlife vets John Blair, Beto Sutter and Ric Sena present this man-heavy big-room Saturday night dance featuring an ever-changing cast of DJs. Shirtlessness is encouraged, but not required.

  1. Stage 48 605 W 48th St, between Eleventh and Twelfth Aves
  2. Sat Oct 4
More info

El Ring

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Scenester and shutterbug Marco Ovando presides over this wrestling-themed party soundtracked by local and visiting DJs.

  1. Atlas Social Club 753 Ninth Ave, between 50th and 51st Sts, 10019
  2. Sat Oct 4
More info


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