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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236 East 58th Street (2nd & 3rd Streets)
212 – 754 4649 /

 From Broadway show tunes  to the dirtiest martini's, this popular upscale club/lounge mixes the old
and the new in classy style. Fun sing-alongs, great piano men & assorted singers  belt away as guests
gather round the always jumping grand piano in the back lounge.The front room is always jumping with what
may well be Manhattan's most interesting, well-heeled crowd. Don't wear torn clothes or a tank top!  

Rick UnterbergMichael Ferreri

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  348 West 52nd Street (Between 8th & 9th Avenues)  
  212 – 397 1700  /

  Chic hot spot that attracts local professionals in mod setting to meet and greet.
  This cavernous bi-level lounge is a great place to congregate in style. This queer circus abounds arounds an open central     staircase like a  runway beneath a lush vaulted skylight.The ground floor has a comfy seating area facing a long standing-height communal table behind.
  Upstairs, find more sitting areas, a la cabaret-style, with intimate bistro tables and low-lying sofas facing a small stage. There are slickly cocktails like the Freudian Sip and Oral Fixation! And, there's bar food like Thai wings, chicken and steak skewers -and burgers.  The hottest dish and biggest attractions and the real "therapy" on hand -  the hot boys. 

1742 Second Avenue
(90th & 91st Streets)
212 – 348 1288

Cruisey crowd at video bar. Daily happenings.

Tys logo  114 Christopher Street (Bleecker & Hudson)
  212 741 9641 /

  Welcoming and loyal crowd at this Christopher Street weathered mainstay with   an old village flavor. Casual, friendly gay bar and a West Village institution since 1972.
With a self-described
“bearish” crowd, Ty’s is a low-key establishment where jeans, baseball caps and t-shirts
are the norm.In business since 1972, Ty's is a well-worn survivor amid the current mix of NYC gay bars. Inside, comfort rules with friendly bartenders, wood tables and chairs, a TV tuned to sports events, and a bulletin board covered with ads and local event flyers.  Come down for a drink. You'll feel comfortable and always welcome.

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139 East 45th Street (Between Lexington & 3rd Avenues)
646 – 476 9532 / www,

Most welcoming piano bar and friends with benefits at Michael Ng's comfy club.
Uncle Charlie's  is the only full-time gay bar located in Midtown East, NYC.
HOURS: Open daily, 4 p.m. – 4 a.m. HAPPY HOUR: Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Main Bar & Lounge ia a welcoming area with plenty of comfortable bar seating and banquettes.
The Piano Lounge: A separate room where their stars shine.
Outdoor Piano: A true rarity for New York! An outdoor patio for smokers or a place with quiet conversation
- under the stars!  Open until 11 p.m.

33 Second Avenue (At 2nd Street)
212 533 5757 /

The hot go-go boys and their fans wallow in this welcoming arena.

331 West 51st Street
(8th & 9th Avenues)
212 – 974 8030

Railroad layout. Good drinks. Two levels, chic club, vodka varieties and New York's only ice bar.

512 West 42nd Street (Between 10th & 11th Avenues)

Since the closure of Roxy, some have squawked about  no more crazy, loud,  wild, gay clubs in New York
that was once a necessary part of Gotham gay nightlife. Well, for all intended purposes, XL has filled the
void. The mega-club event is sure alive and thriving with a bullet at this circus. 

XL Extravaganza: July 2012
Photo:Courtesy Next Magazine

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 Kim Smith - Joey Arias







Monster Pride banner over bar

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