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

NYC Inferno

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The experimental-queer-film boosters in Dirty Looks NYC take over the Eagle's beautiful roof deck for a rare screening of this documentary-style skin flick from French filmmaker Jacques Scandelari (a.k.a. Marvin Merkins), which serves as an evocative snapshot of pre-AIDS gay life in NYC—complete with a soundtrack by the Village People! Derek and Clive man the decks the party that follows the unspooling.

  1. The Eagle 554 W 28th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Wed Aug 27
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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 siren Julie Atlas Muz and "rock-bottom" dancers round out the bill.

  1. The Monster 80 Grove St , at Seventh Ave South
  2. Wed Aug 27
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Homo Erectus

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Matt Knife serves up a night of all-boy (or mostly boy) burlesque at this recurring show.

  1. The Stonewall Inn 53 Christopher St, between Seventh Ave South and Waverly Pl , 10014
  2. Thu Aug 28
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Fire in the Hole

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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 Aug 28
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Code

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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 Aug 28
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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 Aug 29
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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 Aug 29
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Le Bingo

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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 Aug 30
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Viva Saturdays

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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 Aug 30
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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 Aug 30
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Sea Tea

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This weekly boat party makes for a mellow end to summer weekends in the city. Spectacular views; a rotating roster of DJs, guest hosts and performers; plus several bars and free food are all part of the floating fun.

  1. Pier 40 W Houston St, at the Hudson River
  2. Sun Aug 31
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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 2
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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 4
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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 5
More info

Le Bingo

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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 6
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Fairgrounds

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Buses ($40) depart from Seventh Ave South at 13th St at 2, 3 and 4pm. For one night each year, Six Flags Great Adventure closes to the general public and opens its doors to LGBT folks (along with their friends and family). Some 10,000 revelers will invade the amusement park for an evening of rides, games and music courtesy of DJs Grind and Jared Conner, plus live performances from Zelma Davis and G-Pow.

  1. Six Flags Great Adventure 1 Six Flags Blvd, at Monmouth Rd
  2. Sat Sep 6
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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 6
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 6
More info

Sea Tea

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

This weekly boat party makes for a mellow end to summer weekends in the city. Spectacular views; a rotating roster of DJs, guest hosts and performers; plus several bars and free food are all part of the floating fun.

  1. Pier 40 W Houston St, at the Hudson River
  2. Sun Sep 7
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 9
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 Sep 11
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Finally!

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  • Free

DJ Sean McMahill (of Fire in the Hole) spins ’90s pop anthems at this monthly shindig for those who yearn for the (Bill) Clinton era. For more information, go to facebook.com/finally.newyork.

  1. Nowhere 322 E 14th St, between First and Second Aves
  2. Thu Sep 11
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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 Sep 12
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 Sep 13
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 13
More info


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