Daniel Nardicio and Alan Cumming took over the former Eastern Bloc bar in 2017 and reimagined it as a cabaret, comedy and party hub evocative of NYC's golden era of downtown nightlife. Count on Broadways singers belting out favorites by the piano, wild ’90s dance parties and stellar cabaret and comedy nights just about any time you drop in.
New York has played a major role in LGBTQ+ history, and it’s no wonder there are a slew of bars that have been community beacons (and prime party spots) for decades. The best gay bars in NYC range from dive bars to dance clubs, with historic spots like the Stonewall Inn anchoring them all. The West Village is a prime neighborhood for gay bars, but you’ll find them in pretty much any part of the city. And whether you're visiting during a major event like Pride — and NYC is the birthplace of Pride, after all — or on just any old night, you'll be sure to find hospitality that's warm, perhaps even a little spicy, and a place to be accepted.
You can check out the best drag shows or cabaret performances, but these gay bars all offer something unique, from cozy vibes and cheap drinks to high energy and brunch parties. Maybe your interests skew more trendy and urbane, or perhaps you're more of the down-and-dirty, "what happens on the weekends, stays on the weekends" type — we're not here to judge. There are plenty of LGBTQ+ things to do in New York, but these bars should be on your list of must-dos.
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