Lesbian bars are on life support. Blame the internet, which made it easier for LGBTQ people to meet potential partners without a dedicated physical space. Yes, things have gotten much better.
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.
Gay nightlife is an art form, a refuge for those who crave freedom of self-expression and reinvention. It is here you will find peace and acceptance among people who have struggled to find the same. Located on Christopher Street, the heart of the gay rights movement in New YorkThe Stonewall Inn attracts both locals and tourists from all over the world.
Lesbian Travel Guide New York City New York is a giant city with numerous neighborhoods filled with different people, cultures, and experiences. You could stay for a year and never see all the city has to offer. Imagine how many hotels, activities, tours, and stores there are?
While their significance is often underestimated or dismissed by heterosexual society, bars and other establishments played a pivotal role throughout the 20th century — but particularly in the pre-Stonewall era — as centers for LGBT activism and community. These spaces, whether always gay friendly or only during certain times of the day or week, gave LGBT people the freedom to be themselves in a way they usually could not be in their personal or professional lives. This curated collection largely reflects the bar and nightlife scene of downtown Manhattan; as we research more sites we encourage you to reach out to us with suggestions in upper Manhattan and the outer boroughs.
For 25 years, the lesbian-owned and operated Henrietta Hudson has been a West Village staple, slinging drinks for a large and eclectic crowd. Come early for the half-priced Happy Hour drinks 4 to 7pmand come often, because every weeknight has a different theme. One of our favorite parties in NYC continues its total domination of Friday nightlife with a twice-monthly residency at Drom.
Although it was Mafia-owned, the constant police raids were not targeted at bringing down the Genovese Crime Family. Instead — well, you know the story. This year, finally, the police apologized.
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier. What can be difficult, though, is choosing which to hit up. While all are welcoming, maybe you're looking for a cozy neighborhood spot where everyone knows your name.
Log in via Facebook to save your favorites so you can see them anytime, from anywhere. Cubbyhole W. Its popular happy hour Monday to Saturday, until 7pm is packed with regulars, and drink specials continue late into the night most days of the week.
Verdict: Solid alright; definitely worth checking out at least once, but not worth much after that. Located literally across the street from Stonewall, The Monster is a good time. Boots and Saddle was a fun gay-dive-bar experience — but unfortunately it closed down just last month. Phoenix is a little on the small side, featuring just a decent sized area for dancing and a back area with a pool table, but sometimes the most important thing about size really is how you use it.