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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

Written by
Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner
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. 

And when Pride rolls around, these bars and clubs will be celebrating in a big way after the Pride March.

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Gay hook-up spots in NYC

2. Hot Rabbit

This long-running queer dance party is well known as a very good spot to find a one-night stand (or more). The party roves between Manhattan and Bushwick and attracts a younger crowd eager to stay out until dawn.

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3. Bubble T

One of very few dedicated queer Asian parties, Bubble T’s monthly event is about unwinding, finding community, and more, if you’re down. Asian DJs and entertainers power the dance floor at this party that frequently changes locations to keep it fresh.

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  • LGBTQ+
  • Hell's Kitchen

Backed by a team of investors that includes gay celebs Billy Porter, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Carver and Jake Shears, the Q NYC opened in the summer of 2021, just in time to help fill some of the vacuum from the LGBTQ+ nightlife spots that closed during the pandemic. The spacious complex includes three differently themed floors, the ground floor includes a small stage for live performance. Buzzwords like “Hell’s Kitchen nightclub” should tip you off that this multilevel dance venue is indeed a hookup spot. Visit for Babylon Saturdays which harken back to “Queer as Folk” to keep everyone happy and dancing.

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6. Ritz Bar and Lounge

Popular with locals, this multi-level, multi-DJ dance bar just West of Times Square is also a haven for tourists, i.e. the perfect place to drop in if you want to meet someone briefly in town. 

  • LGBTQ+

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.

  • Bars
  • Beer bars
  • East Village
  • price 1 of 4

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.

  • Bars
  • Lounges
  • Chelsea
  • price 2 of 4

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.

  • 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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