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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  355 West 52nd Street (8th & 9th Avenues)
646 – 476 2747

Barracuda extension in Hell's Kitchen at this inviting and popular spacious club.

104 Dykman Street
(Nagle & Post Avenues)
646 – 388 4067

Way uptown where music and Latino guys are caliente'.

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158 Bleecker Street
( Thompson & Sullivan Streets)
212 505 3474

Fun West Village place. Bingo on Mondays. Other theme nights.
Well run fun palace with mixed crowd and many events.

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American-Israeli actor/model Ran Danker

227 East 56th Street
(2nd & 3rd Avenues)
212- 675 7710

Brunch, bingo and bachelorette parties served by drag queens. Fun.

 “Taboo” at Lips

24 First Avenue
(1st & 2nd Streets)
212 – 473 0516

340 West 50th Street
(8th & 9th Avenues)
646 – 871 1730

Good lounge to hang before or after the show.

Nowhere Bar

 322 East 14th Street (between First Avenue & Avenue A)
 (212) 477-4744



Voila! Nowhere is here. This popular, laid-back, kind of East Village, kind of rustic dive has a pool table,
drink specials (two-for-one happy hour) and a diverse, young-ish clientele. Tuesdays are Bear Night.
Grab a Newcastle or Stella draft and just mingle. Big boys need to  watch the low ceilings.The welcoming
atmosphere makes this cozy hot club inviting. The crowd is diverse and always very interesting.

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447 East 13th Street
(Avenue A & First)
212 – 477 9979

Very popular East Village hangout with best jukebox and cheap drinks.

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8 Christopher Street (Near Greenwich Av & Gay St)

212 – 929 9291//

Lots of NYU fun peeps enjoy a good crowd, some karaoke or live shows. 

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 405 West 51st Street (at 9th Avenue)
212 – 957 2222 /
Popular local hangout with with good prices, smoking patio and sharp looking crowd.
Cozy Hell's Kitchen gay bar is not too posh hwich means it's also not pretentious like the name implies. Posh entertains a grab bag of neighborhood gays and their friends (many of whom are not gay.) On busy weekend evenings, the place is like the crowd one finds at  Fire Island. The lounge blends some trendy touches (chic lighting, black-leather couches, throbbing D.J.) with laid-back, friendly bartenders, affordable drinks, etc. The enclosed sidewalk tables allow one to people-watch, smoke. The brushed metal bar adds to the low-key, seductive vibe. Beer choices all basic, with limited wine options.Wednesday night's $5 cosmo or margarita specials. Bingo Mon, 9pm-11pm, with prizes and free pizza at 11pm.

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