Best Gay Bars in NYC: The Ultimate Guide
Detailed info on the best gay bars in NYC that you won’t find anywhere else. Discover the best New York gay hangouts that locals love.
Best Gay Bars in NYC: Top Picks
Top 2020 NYC gay bar picks are all here on wolfyy. Planning out your night in New York is easier. After the all star NYC gay bars, find out which ones you should skip, and why. When in NYC, you only have so much time to party!
REBAR Chelsea: #1 NYC Gay Bar
REBAR is my personal favorite and it’s hereby ranked number 1 of the best NYC gay bars! The crowd tends to be between 25 and 45 years old, with the majority in their 30’s. Bearded guys seem to love REBAR. Most guys here are on the muscled & hairier side.
REBAR Chelsea charges a cover fee of either $5 or $10 on weekend evenings. It seems to change every now and then. Bring $10 per person to be safe.
Rise Bar: Best Modern NYC Gay Bar
If you drop by, say hello to my good friend Jonathan, who works the lights! He loves to talk about gay nightlife in New York, as well as his favorite city of Berlin!
Pieces: The West Village Gay Favorite
If you’re looking for parties within the next week or so, I recommend checking upcoming events on the Pieces Facebook Page.
Hardware Bar: Best NYC Gay Bar for Dancing
Another local NYC gay favorite is Hardware. Every guy in the neighborhood stops by Hardware at some point. I love this Hell’s Kitchen gay bar for the classic gay bops, fun lighting and a constantly pumping fog machine. Hardware is definitely among the top five best NYC gay bars, so don’t miss it!
EAGLE NYC: New York's Best Fetish & Gay Cruising Bar
Other events include Monday foot fetish night and beer-blast Sundays. Plan your night with the Eagle NYC Event Calendar.
Industry: The Hell’s Kitchen Gay Staple
One of the best drag performances I’ve ever seen was at Industry. The talent here is unmatched. If you have the time, I recommend seeing a drag show at Industry while starting your night. They have a drag performance just about every single evening.
Therapy NYC: Top Drag Shows & Asian Favorite
Keep in mind that the bar layout isn’t very conducive to a large standing audience (the room is long and stairs are in the middle). If you want a closer view, then get there early. The immediate area in front of the stage is tables available by RSVP only. Check openings on the Therapy NYC Website and book a spot soon.
Barracuda Bar: Local NYC Gay Bar in Chelsea
Phoenix Bar: Best NYC Gay Bar of the East Village
On Saturday nights, check out the drag shows. The Phoenix Bar NYC Instagram page is super useful to see which night will best suit you. Their story highlights show the different nightly events and parties.
Nowhere Bar: Best NYC Gay Bar on Monday Night
Cozy NYC Gay Bars
For those of you who prefer a calmer vibe, perhaps with less dancing, check out these smaller NYC gay bars.
Pocket Bar: The Smallest NYC Gay Bar
Pocket Bar focuses mainly on craft beer and wine. It’s technically a wine bar, after all! Check out Pocket Bar’s Menu. You can also book Pocket Bar NYC for private events.
Cubbyhole: Famous NYC Lesbian Bar
If you’re a member of the queer or lesbian communities, you can’t miss Cubbyhole. See for yourself how fun and inclusive Cubbyhole is on their photo gallery page. If you visit, please leave a comment below this article and share your experience!
Macri Park: Brooklyn’s Gay Hangout
Macri Park is right around the corner from the Metropolitan gay bar. They’re always keeping Brooklyn fun with tons of weekly shows and Ru Paul Drag Race viewings.
The Stonewall Inn: A NYC Gay Bar Landmark
More NYC Gay Bar Options
DBL (Dive Bar Lounge) & Micky Spillane’s: Hell's Kitchen Local Hangouts
Metropolitan: Top Brooklyn Gay Bar in Williamsburg
Vodka Soda / Bottoms Up: Inexpensive and Unique
Boxers HK: A Popular NYC Gay Bar Rooftop
The Cock: NYC Gay Bar & Basement Sex Club
The Ritz Bar & Lounge: Gay NYC Latino Favorite
The Monster: West Village History
Stop by on a late Sunday afternoon between 5 and 9 PM for some stellar piano action. The Monster is well known for talented piano players as well as surprise appearances by local celebrities. Check out The Monster Official Website for more info on events and their history.