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The best gay hook-up spots in NYC

Here are the best gay parties, events and bars in the city to go to if you just want to get laid tonight

By Evan Ross Katz

There's nothing better than ending a night out (or not ending) with some late-night fun. So here’s a handy list of the best clubs in NYCLGBT events, NYC gay bars, events and goings-on where the odds are good that you won't be going home alone. 

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Gay hook-up spots in NYC

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1. Papi Juice


This monthly celebration—billed as a dance party and kiki celebrating queer and trans people of color and the folk who love them—is the ultimate if you’re looking for great music and great fashion amongst a sexy, upbeat, no frills crowd.

2. NYC Inferno Party

If you want you a distinct hook-up, perhaps within the company of other hook-ups, which then become one big hook-up, try Inferno. There's an official and very strict “be chill” policy allowing for uninhibited pleasure within a safe space.

Third Saturday of every month at 10pm
“Secret” location in Park Slope
Join FB group for location details


3. Nowhere Bar

Bars Beer bars East Village

As close to a Cheers-esque gay bar that you’ll find, this beloved local hot spot boasts a truly mixed crowd from various walks of life. It's much more unassuming earlier in the night but turns more debaucherous once the dark room in the back opens later in the evening.

4. The Eagle

Bars Lounges Chelsea

Whatever your kink, this fetish bar will satisfy with its array of beer blasts, foot-worship fêtes and leather soirees, plus simple pool-playing and cruising nights. In warmer months, the roof deck is a surprisingly lovely oasis.


5. Icon

Nightlife Astoria

If you’re looking for a crowd that’s less frilly than what you might find in Manhattan, head to Icon, which fosters a mixed crowd of locals with more of an age range and size range than many other gay bars you’ll find. Definitely check this spot out on a Friday when Jan Sport is hosting her weekly show, which draws a big, sexy crowd.


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