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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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

Europhoria

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Check out some eye-popping videos and dance to over-the-top pop anthems at this homage to that international acid trip known as the Eurovision Song Contest.

  1. Hardware Bar 697 Tenth Ave , between 47th and 48th Sts
  2. Wed Apr 23
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Brooklyn Community Pride Center Founders' Ball

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

DJs Robi D Light and JD Samson spin at this fund-raiser for the Brooklyn Community Pride Center, which also honors Stormé DeLarverie and Edie Windsor.

  1. The Dumbo Loft 155 Water St, at Pearl St
  2. Thu Apr 24
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Homo Erectus

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

At this edition, performers include Jacques Patriaque, Guerrilla Bear Chauncey, Mister Fahrenheit, Paco Fish, Dew Lily, Wrong Note Rusty, James and the Giant Pasty, Mahogany Storm, El Toro and special guest Lewd Alfred Douglas.

  1. The Stonewall Inn 53 Christopher St, between Seventh Ave South and Waverly Pl , 10014
  2. Thu Apr 24
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Third Annual New York Boylesque Festival

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The always-explosive combo of Daniel "King of Queer Sleaze" Nardicio and Thirsty Girl Productions' Jen Gapay is behind this yearly showcase of XY-chromosomed bumpers and grinders from around the world.

  1. B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 237 W 42nd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves, 10036
  2. Fri Apr 25 - Sat Apr 26
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Sholay Birthday Bash

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Sholay Productions, the company behind the popular Desilicious dance parties, was formed by friends Ashu Rai, Atif Toor and Rajesh Parwatkar in the months following 9/11 to offer a safe party space for LGBT South Asians. On Apr 25, they celebrate 13 years of Bollywood-inspired fun with Toor and Rai on the decks, performances by Rajiv Purohit's Haveli Dancers, the go-go stylings of model and activist Shazad Hai, and much more. Part of the proceeds goes to the South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association of New York City.

  1. Pachita (at Pacha) 618 W 46th St, between Eleventh and Twelfth Aves
  2. Fri Apr 25
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The Prom You Always Wanted

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Get decked out in your finest finery and get your sweetie to awkwardly attach a corsage to your person for this ambitiously named fund-raiser for the Center for Anti-Violence Education. Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and music from DJ Tony Lee help make the evening magical.

  1. Motivo 915 Broadway, at 21st St, 10010
  2. Sun Apr 27
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Linda Loves Bingo

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Linda really does love bingo! The delightful drag hostess is the city's undisputed champion ball-puller, and on Tuesdays you can find her doing her thing at this cozy Gramercy lounge. Prizes range from kitschy trinkets to a big cash jackpot.

  1. Cibar 56 Irving Pl, between 17th and 18th Sts, 10003
  2. Tue Apr 29
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Roots

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

House heroes Louie Vega (of Masters at Work) and Kevin Hedge (of Blaze) have kept New York dance music alive and kicking for more than ten years with their long-running midweek dance party.

  1. Cielo 18 Little W 12th St, between Ninth Ave and Washington St
  2. Wed Apr 30
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After Dark

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Michael Formika Jones and the DL bring you this sprawling, tri-level shindig populated by nightlife stars and party people who are unafraid of Thursday mornings. DJs, hosts and performers are ever-changing, so check the Facebook page for the latest scoop.

  1. The DL 95 Delancey St, between Ludlow and Orchard Sts, 10002
  2. Wed Apr 30
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Urban Bear Weekend

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Hibernation season is over! Burly, fuzzy dudes take to the streets to strut their stuff during this incredibly popular annual celebration of all things ursine, brought your way by the Urban Bear honcho Robert Valin. Events range from screenings and comedy shows to dance parties and the requisite beer blasts. Check the website for specifics as they're planned.

  1. Various locations
  2. Thu May 1 - Mon May 5
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Hairy Happy Hour

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Urban Bear king Robert Valin and DJ Damian, the guys who bring you Piggy Bear at the Eagle, serve up this weekly party featuring cheap booze and bearish boys.

  1. Ty’s 114 Christopher St, between Bedford and Bleecker Sts
  2. Thu May 1
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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 May 1
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Stache Bash

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Show off your Fu Manchu, handlebar or other creative lip covering at this Urban Bear Weekend party, featuring happy-hour-priced drinks till 9pm and cheap grub all night.

  1. Julius 159 W 10th St, at Waverly Pl, 10014
  2. Fri May 2
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Drenched

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Bear herder Joe Fiore brings you this wet party for ursine boys. Swimwear is required in the pool; shenanigans are sure to unfold in the sauna and steam room. Josh Sparber is the evening's DJ.

  1. RoomMate Grace Hotel 125 West 45th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves, 10036
  2. Fri May 2
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Ünderbear

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Wear your freshest and sexiest skivvies to this Urban Bear Weekend panty party for furry fellows. Cheap drinks, DJ Chauncey D and a clothes check all contribute to a sweaty good time.

  1. Rockbar 185 Christopher St, at West St
  2. Fri May 2
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Honey

  • Critics choice

Bearish boys are invited to get sweaty to tunes from NYC's own Bill Pfeiffer at this Urban Bear Weekend "dance party of epic proportions."

  1. The Space 50 North 3rd St, between Kent and Wythe Aves, 11211
  2. Sat May 3
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Linda Loves Bingo

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Linda really does love bingo! The delightful drag hostess is the city's undisputed champion ball-puller, and on Tuesdays you can find her doing her thing at this cozy Gramercy lounge. Prizes range from kitschy trinkets to a big cash jackpot.

  1. Cibar 56 Irving Pl, between 17th and 18th Sts, 10003
  2. Tue May 6
More info

Roots

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

House heroes Louie Vega (of Masters at Work) and Kevin Hedge (of Blaze) have kept New York dance music alive and kicking for more than ten years with their long-running midweek dance party.

  1. Cielo 18 Little W 12th St, between Ninth Ave and Washington St
  2. Wed May 7
More info

After Dark

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Michael Formika Jones and the DL bring you this sprawling, tri-level shindig populated by nightlife stars and party people who are unafraid of Thursday mornings. DJs, hosts and performers are ever-changing, so check the Facebook page for the latest scoop.

  1. The DL 95 Delancey St, between Ludlow and Orchard Sts, 10002
  2. Wed May 7
More info

Hairy Happy Hour

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Urban Bear king Robert Valin and DJ Damian, the guys who bring you Piggy Bear at the Eagle, serve up this weekly party featuring cheap booze and bearish boys.

  1. Ty’s 114 Christopher St, between Bedford and Bleecker Sts
  2. Thu May 8
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 May 8
More info

Linda Loves Bingo

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Linda really does love bingo! The delightful drag hostess is the city's undisputed champion ball-puller, and on Tuesdays you can find her doing her thing at this cozy Gramercy lounge. Prizes range from kitschy trinkets to a big cash jackpot.

  1. Cibar 56 Irving Pl, between 17th and 18th Sts, 10003
  2. Tue May 13
More info

Roots

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

House heroes Louie Vega (of Masters at Work) and Kevin Hedge (of Blaze) have kept New York dance music alive and kicking for more than ten years with their long-running midweek dance party.

  1. Cielo 18 Little W 12th St, between Ninth Ave and Washington St
  2. Wed May 14
More info

After Dark

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Michael Formika Jones and the DL bring you this sprawling, tri-level shindig populated by nightlife stars and party people who are unafraid of Thursday mornings. DJs, hosts and performers are ever-changing, so check the Facebook page for the latest scoop.

  1. The DL 95 Delancey St, between Ludlow and Orchard Sts, 10002
  2. Wed May 14
More info

Hairy Happy Hour

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Urban Bear king Robert Valin and DJ Damian, the guys who bring you Piggy Bear at the Eagle, serve up this weekly party featuring cheap booze and bearish boys.

  1. Ty’s 114 Christopher St, between Bedford and Bleecker Sts
  2. Thu May 15
More info


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