There’s never a shortage of LGBT things to do in New York, whether you’re looking for talks, film screenings, drag show or world-class gay bars and gay clubs in NYC. And the city’s queer scene isn’t confined to the established gayborhoods in Manhattan either. Nowadays, you’ll find LGBT events throughout the boroughs every night of the week. With so much to choose from, there’s no excuse not to get out there and have a gay old time.
The best LGBT things to do
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).
For the fifth year in a row, this hardcore drag arena welcomes the city's toughest queens to sinc, dance and lip-sync their way to eternal glory. Head to Metropolitan Room to witness Constance Busti-ae, Shuga Cain,Diana Carfire, Florence D’Lee, Celah Doore, Jenna Fitz, Emi Grate, Bella Lemay, Easy Mac, Bella Noche, Cherry Poppins and Mildred Scrodum.
Meet at the statue of the Sphinx and let professor Andrew Lear whisk you through eons of queer history immortalized in the famed museum's halls. Learn about same-sex rituals in New Guinea, inspect homoerotic vases from ancient Greece, and get to know major artistic forces from Caravaggio to Gertrude Stein. After the tour, the group heads to the one of the Met's bars for drinks and discussion.
Join a spectacularly campy escapade as Gay Trippers takes you on a boozed-out bus ride (with some drag accompaniment) to Little Neck NY, where you'll get to dig into an over-the-top murder mystery performance over a stacked dinner at the Beardlee Castle. We're guessing the open bar will only make the show better.
Best gay clubs and parties in NYC
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.