From the latest Chelsea hotspot to classic New York gay bars, you'll find plenty of options for a night on the town.
1. TherapyMingle with a pretty and diverse gay crowd at this hot nightspot in Hells Kitchen. The huge two-level lounge is a former warehouse (and whorehouse). Enjoy therapeutic cocktails named after your favorite disorders from Delusions to Psychotic Episodes. Free entertainment includes an open-mike night, a comedy hour featuring queer-friendly comedians, and nightly DJs.
Therapy, 348 W. 52nd St. between 8th and 9th Ave., 212-397-2814
Take the C,E to 50th St. & 8th Ave.
2. Eastern Bloc
At Eastern Bloc, the drinks are strong and (relatively) cheap, bears are beautiful, and the house assumes no attitude. The decor is early Communist nostalgia and DJ Josh Sparber runs the show at the Good Times parties on Wednesday night, where it's easy to strike up a conversation with a bearded stranger.
Eastern Bloc, 505 East 6th Street between Avenues A and B, 212-777-2555
Take the L to 1st Ave. or F, V to 2nd Ave.
3. XES LoungeXES Lounge is the place to go for a great happy hour, a night of serious karaoke, or a laid-back evening of cruising and watching Desperate Housewives. The staff is friendly and attitude-free and XES gets rave reviews from HX, Citysearch, and The New York Blade. Happy hour drinks are 2-for-1 weeknights until 9PM and a beautiful outdoor patio offers a refuge for smokers.
XES Lounge, 157 W 24th St. between 6th and 7th Ave., 212-604-0212
Take the 1, the F,V or the A,C,E to 23rd St.
GYM Sports Bar, 167 8th Ave at 18th St., 212-337-2439
Take the 1 to 18th St. or the A,C,E to 14th St.
Celebrating almost 20 years as one of New York’s most popular lesbian bars, Henrietta’s is a casual hangout spot with a jukebox, a pool table, and a back room conducive to making friends. Bands and DJs play Wednesdays through Sundays and the place gets packed with some of New York’s hottest girls who like girls.
Henrietta Hudson, 438 Hudson St. at Morton St., 212-924-3347
Take the 1,9 to Houston St. or the A,C,E,F to West 4th St.
6. StonewallGay activism was born at Stonewall in 1969, when a group of regulars made a historic stand against raiding police officers. Stonewall remains a favorite drinking and party spot, featuring a smoky bar and an upstairs dance floor. The crowd is mostly male, but everybodys welcome. Pay tribute to a gay landmark and enjoy weekly events like Tuesday Bingo and Uncut Latin Wednesdays.
Stonewall, 53 Christopher St. at 7th Ave South, 212-463-0950
Take the 1,9 to Christopher St.