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Mon–Thu, Sun 4pm–4am; Fri, Sat 4pm–5am
50 W 17th St (between Fifth and Sixth Aves) Chelsea

You know those ridiculously stereotypical ideas born-again preachers harbor about the “gay lifestyle”? 
Chances are they look something like SBNY (a.k.a. Splash Bar)…
Don Hill’s, Tomorrow 9pm. Ending: Sun Apr 03 9pm 511 Greenwich St (at Spring St)

If you want to start your week off with a massive hangover, may we suggest this sexually mixed rock & roll party at the resuscitated 
Don Hill's? Bands, DJs, burlesque, art stuff, scenesters, hipsters, club kids and their admirers—
its all here to facilitate your Monday-morning shakes…
Gay & Lesbian
Vlada Lounge, Mon 10:30pm. Ongoing 331 W 51st St (between Eighth and Ninth Aves)

This new weekly performance fest, inspired by Weimar cabaret acts, 
brings burlesque, magic, song and special guests to an intimate setting.
Gay & Lesbian; Nightlife
322 E 14th St (between First and Second Aves) Downtown

A friendly, spacious bar, Nowhere attracts attitude-free crowds—and the place is filled with everyone from dykes to bears, 
thanks to a fun lineup of theme nights. The pool table’s also a big draw…
135 W 41st St (between Sixth Ave and Broadway) Midtown West

This could be the set for Moulin Rouge: miles of red velvet and satin, an enormous stage for live performances and 
even two strip-club–style poles. Parties include Sunday night’s house-music Asseteria and a weekly homage to Cabaret…
Mon, Tue, Sun 5pm–midnight; Wed, Thu, Sat 5pm–2am; Fri 2pm–2am
251 W 48th St (between Seventh and Eighth Aves) 
Midtown West

Lording over Times Square hoi polloi is this 16th-story lounge ideal for chillaxing on shaded daybeds while sipping summery 
cocktails, like the sweet champagne-and-cachaça Gisele, named after the supermodel, of course.
Tue–Sat 10pm–4am
37 W 26th St (between Broadway and Sixth Ave) Chelsea

Owner Tommy Tardie closed his lounge Ultra in August to reinvent the space as this “Fellini-esque”
nightclub, where black-and-white pictures from fashion photographer Fadil Berisha grace the walls and
Victorian-style wallpaper depicts tiny images of brass knuckles, razor blades and gold chains…
150 Varick St (at Vandam St) Soho

Opened with much fanfare as the city's first eco-friendly club, Greenhouse managed to quicly biodegrade into 
just another hangout for wanna-be players and Jersey Shore aficionados…
431 W 16th St (between Ninth and Tenth Aves) Chelsea

This West Side club, next to a Western Beef grocer, is perfect on paper: The sound is top-of-the-heap and sight lines are pretty good. 
The bookings are also impressive, from a club appearance by the Arctic Monkeys to the great drag performer Justin Bond…

Mon, Tue 11pm–4am; Wed, Sun 9pm–1am; Thu 6pm–4am; Fri 9pm–4am; Sat 10pm–4am

In a clubbing era that’s long gone, the Pyramid was a cornerstone of forward-thinking queer club culture. In what could be
considered a sign of the times, the venue’s sole remaining gay soirée is Friday night’s non-progressive ’80s dancefest, 1984…
Daily 2pm–4am
53 Christopher St (between Seventh Ave South and Waverly Pl) West Village

The birthplace of gay liberation says “yes!” to empowerment and “hell, yes!” to go-go boys. The high-energy dance
music draws a mixed, flirty crowd. Drink at one of two bars, or shake your groove thing on the dance floor upstairs…
Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, Mon 7:30pm. Ending: Mon Apr 04 7:30pm 425 Lafayette St (between Astor Pl and E 4th St)

The hilariously grumpy Jackie Hoffman is a throwback to the golden age of nightclub acts, 
when performers overflowed with larger-than-life personality…
The Wild Project, Today 8pm. 195 E 3rd St (between Aves A and B)

The multitalented Amber Martin, a familiar face at such downtown free-for-alls as Our Hit Parade, wears many hats 
(and wigs, and frocks, and personae) in this multicharacter solo show at Joe's.
Music + Nightlife; Club; House, techno & electro; Music; Disco
530 W 28th St (between Tenth and Eleventh Aves) Chelsea North

This massive club has endless cozy corners and sprawling dance floors, and often hosts several parties at once.
125 E 11th St (between Third and Fourth Aves) East Village

This more-intimate space under the boisterous Webster Hall plays host to suitably downscale events, though you'll also find the 
occasional celebrity promotional gig. It now plays home on Tuesdays to Lach's Antihoot, nexus of the city's celebrated antifolk scene.
Music + Nightlife; Rock, pop & hip-hop; Reggae, world & Latin; Club; House, techno & electro; Music; Disco
302 Broome St (between Eldridge and Forsyth Sts) Chinatown/Little Italy

This Chinatown bar hosts the monthly "How I Learned" reading series.
Nightlife; Music; Dance
88 Ninth Ave (at 17th St) Chelsea

The sprawling, Japanese-themed event space within the Maritime Hotel hosts a wide array of bands and DJs; 
Sundays are given over to the gay-leaning Cuckoo Club.
Tue–Sun 7pm–1am
236 E 3rd St (between Aves B and C) East Village

At this 30-year-old joint, poetry is a contact sport especially on Friday’s slam night (there are occasional matinees as well). 
Lyricists from the boroughs and beyond square off, and the winner is decided by an animated, jam-packed house. Arrive early…
Daily 4pm–4am
235 E 84th St (between Second and Third Aves) Upper East Side

If a beer-soaked watering hole doesn’t relax you after a long week at the office, this UES piano bar just might. 
The exuberant musician on the creaky upright bangs out favorites ranging from Bette Midler to Les Miz, while 
the weathered cocktail waitress darts between the bar and cramped tables…
33 Second Ave (between 1st and 2nd Sts) East Village

Forget Chelsea. You can satisfy your bulging-bicep fixation at an 
East Side bi-level haunt for muscle queens and downtown hipsters alike

Mon–Sat 4pm–4am; Sun noon–4am
536 Driggs Ave (between North 7th and North 8th Sts) WilliamsburgBrooklyn

A catholic-with-a-small-c flock congregates nightly at the Abbey, which calls out equally to hipsters, punk rockers and problem 
drinkers. Old-fashioned pub decor is bathed in red light, the jukebox is solid, and the entertainment is no-frills: Deer Hunter, Ms…
Daily 2pm–4am
309 Amsterdam Ave (between 74th and 75th Sts) Upper West Side

Aglow for nearly 40 years, this Upper West Side bar is not about candles. Rather, it’s one of the neighborhood’s 
go-to gay bars, where boys in the ’hood drop by to meet, play pool or just catch up…
Mon–Thu, Sun 4pm–2am; Fri, Sat 4pm–3am
401 W 47th St (at Ninth Ave) Midtown West

Hell’s Kitchen’s most popular gay bar is a regular pretheater stop, and it offers 
$5 martinis during Friday’s happy hour (5 to 9pm). The walls are lined with fashion ads featuring gorgeous 
male models who make the patrons seem a little longer in the tooth than they actually are.
Mon–Thu 4pm–4am, Fri–Sun 2pm–4am
281 W 12th St (at 4th St) West Village

Cubbyhole is one of the Village’s more festive and hetero-friendly gay-and-lesbian bars. 
Chinese paper lanterns, tissue-paper fish and holiday decorations hang from the ceiling. 
Barstools are upholstered with glossy vinyl bearing pictures of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig. Eclectic? You bet…
Mon–Fri 3pm–4am, Sat 2pm–4am, Sun 1pm–4am
115 Christopher St (at Bleecker St) West Village

Ever wonder why we can’t all just get along? At Hangar Bar, we can. Men of all ethnicities harmoniously mix, mingle and cruise. 
One bar, with a DJ area, stretches halfway across the room; another anchors the back. Music videos play overhead…
Daily 2pm–4am
135 Christopher St (between Greenwich and Hudson Sts) West Village

The amenities are scant but the scene is very social, particularly if you’re black and gay. 
There are board games and playing cards available from the bartender, billiard tournaments and karaoke on
Monday nights, and two-for-one drinks from 5 to 9 every night and all day Sunday…
Mon–Wed, Sun 5pm–2am; Thu–Sat 5pm–4am
348 W 52nd St (between Eighth and Ninth Aves) Midtown West

Drinks like the Freudian Sip (Ketel One Citron, fresh ginger and lemonade), served in a nice big tumbler, 
are sure to leave you feeling blissfully worry-free at this cocktailcentric space…
Mon 9pm–4am, Tue–Sun 10pm–4am
29 Second Ave (between 2nd and 3rd Sts) East Village

A self-described “rock and sleaze fag bar,” the Cock is just the sort of dark, 
sketchy dive where you can unleash your inner sexy beast…
Daily 9pm–4am
343 W 46th St (between Eighth and Ninth Aves) Hell's Kitchen

What good is singing alone in your room when you can sing along with show tunes at a Theater District cabaret? 
Cabaret performers often congregate in the bar area before and after their numbers, 
and best of all, there’s no cover charge there, just a two-drink minimum.

Showtimes vary. Piano bar 9pm–4am
61 Christopher St (at Seventh Ave South) Downtown

This cozy, brick-lined room, located upstairs from a piano bar in the heart 
of the West Village, is a good-natured testing ground for new talent…
Daily 11am–4am
68 Second Ave (at 4th St) Downtown

The owners of East Village gay bar the Boiler Room have opened another 
queer-friendly drinkery, this one styled as an English pub…
Daily 4pm–4am
603 Vanderbilt Ave (at Bergen St) Central BrooklynBrooklyn

Cowboy culture may make a comeback thanks to this Prospect Heights bar from Deb Bicknese (Beast), 
Gerard Kouwenhoven and Alex Savoie. Antique trappings—like a foot-powered player piano 
(stocked with scores of ragtime and Western) and a tiger-oak bar from a Montana saloon—add an authentic touch