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Greenwich Village is famed for its high concentration of gay bars, but a combination of rising rents, decreasing stigmas, and increased diversity in the LGBTQ scene has laid the foundation for unique gay bars to become neighborhood staples citywide. And though it may be a challenge to venture from the comfort of your neighborhood gay bar, these LGBTQ bars and clubs across the city offer some of the best queer nightlife in all five boroughs. Late-night dancing on a quiet Brooklyn street Manhattan may dominate the queer nightclub scene, but The Rosemont proves that some experiences are worth ditching the island for.
Billyburg cuties can call this place their own. The cozy, s ski-lodge—inspired space, with two fireplaces and exposed-brick walls, is home to a friendly crowd of guys and gals chilling with nightly drink specials at the weekly DJ parties. Count on subversive drag shows all week long.
Here is a list of gay clubs in New York Manhattan. NYC gay nightlife is very vivid. Bars and clubs come a go, so the scene changes somewhat per month. Nighttours tries to be as up to date a possible.
Docked on Restaurant Row, the nautical-inspired Ritz comprises 2 bars, bi-level backyard patio plus a street-facing patio space. Natural wood sets the stylish mood at this bi-level lounge. Exciting nightly shows and renowned DJs make for an unparalleled dance club experience.
The City that Never Sleeps has plenty of time for nightlife, and its gay scene is one of the most prominent in the United States. Get to know the local LGBT community at one of these eight spots — and don't forget your dancing cowboy shoes. The skilled pianists at this low-ceilinged West Village basement bar play classics by Sondheim, Lloyd Webber, and Gershwin, while patrons harmonize.
Westgaya frisky gay dance party in the West Village, ended last summer when the building was sold to condominium developers. PrettyUgly, a twink-filled dance party at the Diamond Horseshoe in Times Square, ended its run this year. New owners, new directions.
While social media and dating apps have perhaps reduced the perceived need for in-person socializing and meeting new people, platforms like Instagram have also allowed us to discover new venues and parties in real time. From intimate velvet-roped lounges to outdoor dance clubs and rooftop hideaways, here are the 13 absolute best nightclubs and lounges to party at in New York City. Opened by DJ and nightlife impresario Paul Sevigny yes, brother to actress Chloe Sevigny as a follow-up to his shuttered Beatrice Inn, this hibiscus wallpaper-clad cocktail lounge and club remains one of the most exclusive doors in Manhattan. Arrive on the earlier side if you want a better chance of getting in—and be aware that getting the up-and-down from longtime doorman Ludwig is all part of the experience.
Battle Hymn Flash FactoryW. Eighth Ave. Huge, vivid, and all about dancing, Battle Hymn is brashly flouting all those naysayers who complain that the city is lame and lost in luxury.
Among those who frequented the Mineshaft were Jack Fritscher who was present at its opening night and attended hundreds of times Fritscher's lover Robert Mapplethorpe who took many pictures of the Mineshaft and was at one point its official photographer There was no sign on the entrance; the exterior has been described as "grimy". The door was manned by someone who rejected anyone wearing preppie clothes or cologne, and this was a widely known part of what made the bar influential. Originally the Mineshaft was on that one floor and with a scat room, which was soon abandoned as too extreme.