West Village and Christopher Street.
The first to be mentioned is legendary Stonewall where the history of gay pride begins. Next door, the Duplex, one of the oldest cabarets of the city has daily shows. The same across the street, at The Monster, a piano bar with famous drag shows in basement. We loved Boots & Saddle, small but packed, Pieces and its Sunday bingo, Cubbyhole and its crazy decor. A favourite is The Hangar where GoGo boys are hot. It is very popular with the New York black community. Finally, let’s not forget Rockbar and Ty's for the bear & daddy atmosphere.
You will need to walk a little more to get from bar to bar. There is The Cock with its dark basement, the very cosy the Stairs, the Boiler Room which dates from the 70's with its pool and its cocktails, the Eastern Bloc, with its famous Ass Juice and Gogos, and a little further north the popular Phoenix or the Nowhere with its young hipsters/punks.
Gym Sportsbars is the first gay bar specialising in sport. Happy hour and crazy supporters! Boxers NYC joined on the same theme with its big screens and its DJ's. We loved the incredible drag show at the Barracuda, before going to G Lounge with its gogo’s & shows or to Xes Lounge which has a karaoke on Sunday. Finally, for ultra virile leather and jean cruising The Eagle NYC holds it great reputation!
Hell's Kitchen and Midtown West and East
On 9th Avenue, between the 50th and 51, let’s start our tour with Boxers HK (same atmosphere as in Chelsea), then opposite the street, Atlas Social Club, Posh, which was the first gay bar of the neighbourood, before encountering the atmosphere of the Flaming Saddles. Exiting the saloon, a stop at Industry or Therapy, very trendy with bricks and wood. Further south between the 48th and 47th, Fairytail, Hardware, Barrage, Bar-Tini Lounge or the very cosy 9th Avenue Saloon. In Midtown East, Townhouse is a superb piano bar with live shows as from 6.00pm on week days. The place is rather chic and the hotspot for mature gentlemen and young guys enjoying being invited. The famous cabaret Lucky Cheng’s, which had left the East Village for Midtown is moving again.