After Dark Select Manhattan Gay Bar Listings

Club scene - trendy crowd

La Cages au Manhattan... 

By Byron Bohl, Johnny Ramos & John Hoglund

In, out or almost there, if you're of the gay persuasion, you won't be bored in the city where gays never sleep. Manhattan after dark pulsates with the gay bar nightlife scene where many lifestyles blend and oddly dominate everywhere from the East or West Village to Chelsea, Hell's Kitchen, the Upper West Side - and beyond. Once confined to a handful of hidden watering holes scattered mainly in West Village dives or a handful of classier uptown bars, today they are as common as pizza and pedicure parlors. It really starts at Happy Hour. From all the variables today that include: dance bars, muscle clubs, piano bars, homo-style bistros and ladies' lounges, gay Gotham is explosive, vivid and overwhelmingly trendy at times.. Boring its not!

For a plethora of tourists and visitors, the gay bar scene today has expanded but still predominantly focused on a few neighborhoods. Naturally, it begins with the venerable Stonewall Inn (now a NYC landmark!) located on Christopher Street (opposite Sheridan Square) in the quasi-trendy West Village and extends into more upscale, uber-trendy Chelsea and red hot Hell's Kitchen area. The East Village still retains a funky, more bohemian flavor and clientèle. The majority of clubs in Manhattan are free-spirited and are either at borderline or full-scale raunchy or more sophisticated havens for the young and restless. Age doesn't matter. Anything goes.

Whatever you taste, here are some select hot spots recommended by AfterDark-NYC where you will find the queer set on in their natural habitat:

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656 Ninth Avenue  (Between West 45 & 46th Streets)
 212 – 307 1503 /
  Popular Hell's Kitchen cruising dive. Friendly local crowd and mostly polite staff.

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   Happy hour or Sunday through  Wednesday is definitely worth a visit. It's affordable, hot jukebox and they even have a  photo booth!
  This can   be a  welcoming, friendly, fun, neighborhoody place to chill out and meet guys.


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753 Ninth Avenue (Between West 50th & 51st Streets) 
TEL: (212) 262 8527 / www,  

New Hell's Kitchen Bar. Long and thin but gives appearance of being large and crowded.
Initial reviews from customers mostly good but no raves.  Anderson Cooper has been
in a few times and that has helped draw attention to this pretty calm place with an eclectic
mix most days. Clears out early. 

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Bamboo 52 logo  344 West 52nd Street (8th & 9th Avenues)
  212 315 2777 /

 Some say it's not  gay bar per se. However, the crowd is decisedly mixed most nights.And,
Bamboo gets a large gypsy, show-biz crowd throughout the day and night. The popular Happy
Hour is a big drawing card here.Generally, very favorable reviews here with few complaints. 

"Prettyawesome happy hour spot! I was genuinely sad to leave, " said one customer recently. Half
price drinks go til 9:00. The geisha mojitos are popular and potent and complement the great rolls!
The dinosaur and dragon rolls also delicious and the special roll was super as well. Many like chicken  roll and the full menu. Service is generally excellent. 

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Bar 13
35 East 13th Street (Between 5th Av & Park Avenue So.)

(212) 979 6677/

  A good place to hang out.

  Bar 13 is well known among locals and visitors alike as a lounge, a club and an oasis from the everyday.
  Sit down among the rooftop palms or lay low in the James Bond style martini lounge. Sip a bit before you
  shake your troubles away on one of our two dance floors. Internationally known DJs spin techno and house
  for an intimate dance experience all but disappeared from downtown. Just off the historic Union Square,
  turn the corner and weekly parties, drink specials and hip hop classics beckon. Nightly events.

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642 Tenth Avenue
(45th &46th Streets)
917 – 388 2897

Slick lounge for cool martinis and nightly shows in Hells' Kitchen.

Barracuda - Best Bar imnage  275 West 22nd Street (at Eighth Avenue)
  212 – 645 8613

  A hot Chelsea staple!

  This consistently fun, Chelsea landmark, underwent some cute renovation. Known for its inviting crowd   and hilarious performances by most of NYC’s
 Drag superstars including Sherry Vine and Dallas Dubois, Barracuda has transformed into camp-chic retro-lounge with new furniture, lighting and a stage backdrop that is made up of velvet paintings of  bizarre public figures and exotic animals. The upgrade adds a warm, cozy, kitschy feel to the space that remains a favorite haunts.
Barracuda was Voted HX Magazine’s Best Bar 2006, 2007, & 2008  and named Best Gay Bar by The Village Voice, New York Magazine and NY Press.It's Barracuda - yes. But this "dive" has npthing to do with fish. It's a divey gay bar! It is too glittery to be a real "dive." No real dancefloor so don't come here to get yo freak on.The front area gets incredibly crowded. Go to the back or the middle area.. The music is mixed like from some gay boy's iphone. Come here with low expectations and you'll be very pleasantly surprised. Nice staff. Watch the security guards - they can be tough.     

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Boxers nyc logo  BOXERS
  37 West 20th Street (5th & 6th Avenues)
  Tel: 212 – 255 5082

  Hot gay sports bar with pizza and nightly special events. Well run club. Great staff.

  Boxers Chelsea is the original. And in an area that seems to be dipping as far as gay  bars, Boxers is still busy most nights.  It's spacious, has a small outdoor patio for smokers and in the few years it's been open has really made a name for itself.  With plenty of seats at the bar (usually full,) it's often difficult to get a drink. Boxers NYC, however, has two areas for patrons to come up to the bar and get that drink and it's easier for bartenders to come to you and you to the bartenders.Great happy hour - from 4-9pm - 2 for 1 drinks.  Your second happy hour drinks are distinguished by cards they give you noting the price of the drink you buy. They have multiple TVs and big screens, sometimes showing live sports or RuPaul's Drag Race.  Of course, the obligatory pool table. There's a pizza bar towards the back.  You can request Whole Wheat dough (a must at a gay barl). Also: prosciutto, basil, and make most pizzas with extra virgin olive oil. With great bartenders wearing nothing but red boxer shorts, some of whom have been around since the beginning, Boxers NYC is a Chelsea mainstay, and will hopefully keep the neighborhood alive for years to come.

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29 West 36th Street
(5th Avenue – Broadway)

Mark Nelson's parties with hot DJs.

254 Eighth Avenue
(7th & 8th Avenues)
212 – 352 0075

Good crowd always. No cover.

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