Gay clubs in New York are a thing of the past, having vanished in the 1990s when iconic spots like the Roxy and Twilo closed up shop to make room for things like high-rise condos and Sleep No More. XL at the OUT NYC is the city's only remaining big gay room, and even that stands empty several nights a week. These days, gay club nights are centered around gay bars—where you'll find world-class drag queens every night of the week—or nights in mixed spaces like Stage 48. But the demise of the megaclub hasn't diluted queer clubbing. If anything, the slacking velvet rope has resulted in a more mixed and democratic scene, from the basement discos of the Village to loft parties in Brooklyn.
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Sex, sexuality, gender. Travel back in time through a curated experience highlighting the historical “third gender” of Edo society. Explore the development of Japan’s culture through illustrations, artifacts and historical documents of regional LGBTQ history.
Bears, wolves, and otters, oh my! This multi-room bar and club has every caniform you can cruise your way into. You’re guaranteed to find a furry partner at this bondage party, where your wildest fantasies and fetishes come to life. A strict dress code of leather, rubber, belts, and jocks is enforced on the second floor, but the rest of the club is open to any piece of clothing (or lack there of).
Join your three goddesses for a viewing of the Olympic-level gay series, with plenty of sharp-tongued commentary along the way. After the episode, gag to jaw-dropping performances from Surburbia, Havokk and Harajuku (plus special guests), and get down to jams from DJs Kristine Barrilli and Dario Magenta.
Have you ever wanted to dress up like a character from Xanadu, The Great Gatsby or the “Thriller” video and go dance in a park with other like-minded people? Join the insanity at this party, where you’ll need to unleash your inner Roller Blade vixen to keep up with the crowd as Coney Island icon Lola Star is back with another season of her famous Friday-night skating series in Prospect Park. Costumes are highly encouraged at this kitschy adults-only skate, so be sure to dress to impress.
Meet your new girl crush on the dancefloor at this beloved lesbian nightlife institution. The fun and flirty bunnies of Hot Rabbit take over Bushwick's Lot 45 with drink specials, bites, club bangers from DJs Illexxandra and Rosyq, and vogue performances by Omar Mizrahi and the House of Olympus.