New York City's Best Gay Bars

Make the most of NYC's stellar gay nightlife scene with these top bar picks

Looking for the perfect spot for a night on the town? Whether you're in the mood for a relaxed drink or an evening of debauchery, you'll find just what you're looking for at one of New York City's best gay and lesbian bars and lounges. From the latest Chelsea hot spot to classic Manhattan gay bars, you'll find plenty of options to fit your every mood. 

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    The Stonewall Inn
    ••• The Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. Getty Images/Jemal Countess

    Gay activism was born at Stonewall in 1969 ​when a group of regulars made a historic stand against raiding police officers. The Stonewall Inn remains a favorite drinking and partying spot, featuring a bar and an upstairs dance floor. The crowd is mostly male, but everybody’s welcome. Pay tribute to a gay national landmark here and also enjoy weekly events like Drag Bingo and Karaoke Fridays.

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    Mingle with a pretty and diverse gay crowd at this hot nightspot in Hell’s Kitchen. The huge two-level lounge is a former warehouse (and whorehouse). Enjoy Therapy's therapeutic cocktails named after your favorite disorders -- from Delusions to Psychotic Episodes. Free entertainment includes comedy featuring queer-friendly comedians and nightly DJs.

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    GYM Sports Bar is New York City’s first gay sports bar. It’s a relaxed converted-loft space with comfy couches, pool tables, and flat-screen TVs for viewing athletic events from football to rodeo. Mingle with well-built athletic types in a laid-back atmosphere. GYM also sponsors leagues for sports.

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    Celebrating 25 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.