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10 Gay Bars for Celebrating Pride in NYC

WorldPride is coming fast, and it’s set to be the most outrageous Pride celebration in history. When you come to New York for the March in June, you’ll want to know some of the LGBTQ bars around town where you can keep the party going. Find ten of them below!
 

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  1. Boxers

    A gay bar with a remarkable four locations in the city, Boxers is named for the bartenders’ attire. That’s right, hot guys in red shorts and no shirts will be serving your drinks. If you need added incentive, the bars encourage sports fans to gather and watch the game over a few beers. Happy hours vary. Chelsea: 37 W 20th St., 212-255-5082; Hell’s Kitchen: 742 9th Ave., 212-951-1518; Upper East Side: 1664 3rd Ave., 646-869-1420; Washington Heights: 3820 Broadway, 917-675-6884; boxersnyc.com

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  3. Flaming Saddles Saloon

    A neighborhood institution in gay-friendly Hell’s Kitchen, Flaming Saddles isn’t shy about embracing its over-the-top country-western theme. The bartenders line dance on the bar like an all-male Coyote Ugly, and it’s always a high-energy good time. As a bonus, there’s the famous Frito Pie, a chili nacho concoction served inside a Fritos bag. Happy hour every day, 3-9pm, with additional daily specials. 793 9th Ave., 212-713-0481, flamingsaddles.com/nyc

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  5. Posh

    A longtime fixture of the Hell’s Kitchen gay bar scene, Posh retains its disco glam and risque fun in its tight quarters on West 51st Street. There’s also a more diverse crowd here, who flock to Go-Go Tuesdays, Drag N’ Beats Wednesdays, and Sinful Saturdays. Happy hour is every day, 2-9pm. 405 W 51st St., 212-957-2222, poshbarnyc.com

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  7. Cubbyhole

    Among the handful of lesbian bars in the city, Cubbyhole stands out for its convenient location and great vibes. Lesbian, gay, and straight folks are encouraged to come mingle at this small, fun-loving space in the West Village. Its ceiling is filled with paper lanterns and other quirky ephemera, and outside food is welcome if you get peckish. Happy hour is Monday through Saturday until 7pm, offering half-off well drinks, wine, and beer. 281 W 12th St., 212-243-9041, cubbyholebar.com

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  9. Julius’

    Julius’ is the oldest continuously operating gay bar in the city. Definitely a dive, it’s frequented by an older crowd, and the throwback burgers are $6, greasy, and delicious. Expect DJs during late-night on weekends. Fun fact: John Cameron Mitchell (the creator of Hedwig and the Angry Inch) throws monthly parties here. Happy hour specials 4-9pm, Monday through Saturday. Cash only. 159 W 10th St., 877-746-0528, juliusbarny.com

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  11. The Stonewall Inn

    This one’s a given, and it’ll be packed to the gills around the weekend of the Pride March. Still, we’d be remiss not to mention Stonewall, the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ rights movement, revived in the site of its former iteration on Christopher Street in the West Village. Stonewall welcomes everyone to events like drag bingo and Big Gay Happy Hour (Sunday through Friday, 2-7:30pm). And if you’re into hunky guys, come see the go-go dancers on the dancefloor upstairs. 53 Christopher St., 212-488-2705, thestonewallinnnyc.com

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  13. The Phoenix

    The Phoenix strikes a perfect balance between friendly neighborhood bar and a scene-y spot for a young, hip crowd. Predictably, it skews toward the latter vibe on weekends. Come for RuPaul’s Drag Race viewing parties and trivia at this staple of the gay bar scene in the East Village. Happy hour is every day, 4-8pm. 447 E 13th St., 212-477-9979, phoenixbarnyc.com

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  15.  The Boiler Room

    The Boiler Room has no flash or spangle to speak of, but it has a loyal following of LGBTQ patrons who come for cheap drinks. There’s also a pool table, pinball machine, lots of dark corners, and a friendly crowd at this busy East Village dive. Daily happy hour is 4 to 8 pm. Cash only. 86 E 4th St., 212-254-7536

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  17. Metropolitan

    Metropolitan has held down the fort in Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 2002. Pride month is an especially great time to head over, as the bar has a spacious outdoor patio and free barbecue every Sunday during the warm months. The pints of beer are cheap and served quickly, and the vibe stays pretty relaxed. Events like comedy, drag bingo, and karaoke are fairly common, and you might see some go-go boys on Saturday nights as well. 559 Lorimer St., 718-599-4444, metropolitanbarny.com

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  19. House of Yes

    While not a formally LGBTQ space, House of Yes is definitely queer-friendly. This massive club and event space in Bushwick, Brooklyn hosts events like Dirty Circus, Funk You, and Glitter Unicorn Sparkle Spectacular, to give you an idea of its penchant for all things outrageous and strange. All the more incentive to go, of course; this place is always crowded, and lines run long on weekends. There’s usually a cover charge as well. 2 Wyckoff Ave., houseofyes.org

 

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