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The best lesbian bars and lesbian parties in NYC

Looking for the best lesbian parties in NYC? Dance the night away with these great gatherings for queer women.

By Tolly Wright

New York’s offerings of LGBT club nights and parties are nothing short of spectacular, but in recent years the city has seen a shortage of lesbian bars. (NYC gay bars are a different story.) For women looking to have a date night or just hang with the community, here are excellent bars, along with regularly occurring events, where you can grab a few beers, shoot some pool and dance the night away.

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Henrietta Hudson

Bars West Village

For 25 years, the lesbian-owned and operated Henrietta Hudson has been a West Village staple, slinging drinks for a large and eclectic crowd. Come early for the half-priced Happy Hour drinks (4 to 7pm), and come often, because every weeknight has a different theme. If your jams aren’t playing when you arrive, they very well might be by the next night—the weekly parties include Latin-music inspired Bodega Wednesdays, dance-heavy Turnt Up Fridays, live rock music on Sundays and, if those options aren’t doing it for you, there’s karaoke where you can sing your favorites on Tuesdays.

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One of our favorite parties in NYC continues its total domination of Friday nightlife with a twice-monthly residency at Drom. Step into a wicked, wild arena for women-identifying revelers and their queer buddies, featuring aerialists, dope DJs, late-night food and drink specials and go-go dancers of different genders ready to entice you. 

Bum-Bum Bar
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Bum-Bum Bar

LGBTQ+ Woodside

A long trip on the subway might keep some other-borough chicas away, but this old-school Latin lesbian bar in Woodside has a loyal following. For Queens queens and those willing to travel, grab a drink and hit the dance floor; you’ll be shaking your boom-boom (the correct pronunciation of “bum-bum”) to salsa and merengue music in no time.

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Bars Dive bars West Village

In a neighborhood with no shortage of LGBT options, the Village’s Cubbyhole charms us out of the water with its flying polka-dotted fish motif. While the kitschy decorations are certainly welcoming—paper Chinese lanterns, ornaments and the aforementioned fish hang from the ceiling and the stools are covered with cartoon characters—the bar’s main draw is the friendly gay and lesbian customers singing along to the top-notch jukebox tunes. Oh yeah, the cheap drink specials, like $2 margaritas on Tuesdays, are pretty rad, too.

Ginger’s Bar
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Ginger’s Bar

Bars Sports Bars Park Slope

Women rule this Kings County lesbian-owned establishment, but the full rainbow of gender and sexual identities are welcome to brighten the door. During warm months, visitors strolling over from Prospect Park continue to enjoy the weather in the beautiful back garden of the Park Slope bar, while indoor kids can shoot pool in the back room or play DJ at the jukebox. Happy hour lasts until 8pm, but Ginger’s house brew is $5 all night long if you choose to stay for bingo, karaoke, dancing or other fun events.

The Deep End

Bars Ridgewood

This Ridgewood bar serves homestyle favorites for brunch and dinner, and hosts queer-skewing parties and performances later into the night. Bear parties, otter throwdowns and queer womens' bashes go down just about every week, so get ready to sweat on that dancefloor. 

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