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Best LGBT Bars in New York

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Henrietta Hudson

This relaxed neighborhood bar draws a mixed group of lesbians, most of who seem more interested in making friends than meeting lovers. The jukebox plays Melissa Etheridge, Janis Joplin and the Indigo Girls and there is always a wait for the pool table. Many straight woman stop by, knowing they can enjoy a drink without being bothered by an annoying drunken man (or woman). Henrietta Hudson's hosts live music every Wednesday and Sunday.

New York, NY, United States
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The Boiler Room

This spacious and mellow gay bar also attracts a fair share of straight people. Some say it is past its prime, but others claim it has never been better. Like the neighborhood it is housed in, Boiler Room is an attitude-free alternative to Chelsea's fussiness. It has a great jukebox, a pool table and a pinball machine, and the price of alcohol is low by New York City standards. Although this place does not accept credit cards, an ATM is housed within the bar for your convenience.

New York, NY, United States
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Ty's

Unassuming from the outside and low-key on the inside, Ty's is a friendly gay bar and a great place to party every day of the week. Add to this the frequent drink specials and the Firemen's Night (held on the second Tuesday of each month) and you are bound to have a good time. Beers are cheap and the crowd is laid back, so feel free to come here even if you are straight.

New York, NY, United States
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Marie's Crisis Cafe

Marie's Crisis Cafe has been in existence since the 1850s. Its life began as a place for "infamous women" (also known as a brothel.) It was rechristened Marie's Crisis after the "Crisis Papers" by Thomas Paine. Nowadays, every night the public joins the regulars or performers that sing showtunes with the piano and creating a nostalgic atmosphere. Beer and cocktails are served here, but watch out for the beautiful mirror work that depicts the scenes of the French and American Revolutions placed on the wall near the bar, whose origins remain unknown to this day.

New York, NY, United States
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The Monster

Launched in 1971, The Monster has seen many celebs gracing its premises and also has been a location for many television series. Spread across two levels, the first one is a piano bar while downstairs is the nightclub where you can dance away till wee hours of the morning. This affable gay spot is done up with movie posters and advertisements. From drag shows and go-go boys to happy hours, there is plenty of entertainment going on at this dual establishment.

New York, NY, United States
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The Stonewall Inn

In the dark of night on June 28th 1969, several police officers entered the Stonewall Inn to harass and arrest patrons at this gay bar. This type of harassment and persecution was common practice in New York and throughout the U.S., however that night the 200 or so denizens at the bar decided to fight back. Mayhem ensued when the cops tried to bring in reinforcements and the melee continued for another three hours when the tactical police came in and arrested anybody they could. The riots in the Village and around the Inn continued for the next three days, and though many people realized that things might change subsequent to the riots in the Village, few would hardly imagine that this little bar on Christopher Street would become one of the most important catalysts in the modern LGBT movement.

New York, NY, United States
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Pieces Bar

Pieces Bar opened in 1993, and is still going strong today. The bar is always thinking of fun and creative events to engage the community and its visitors. Some of these events are karaoke nights, live performances, costume parties, drag shows and contests, and many more. The staff at Pieces are also a unique bunch from a variety of different backgrounds, and it's no trouble at all to get accustomed to the friendly ambiance at this gay bar.

New York, NY, United States
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Julius'

Follow the yellow brick road, or at least follow the yellow brick exterior wall to this landmark gay bar. It has been around for ages, having survived many turbulent times for the gay population of New York City. The mature, good-natured crowd seems content to relax and enjoy beer and pub food. The rustic decor includes sawdust on the floor and giant, wooden spools that serve as tables.

New York, NY, United States
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Cubbyhole

Despite the name, this bar sometimes confuses Chicago Cubs fans when they saunter inside. Nonetheless, Cubbyhole is a West Village watering-hole that suits less bourgeois tastes in the trendy and expensive neighborhood. It is mostly considered a lesbian bar, but everybody is always welcome and there is constantly a mix of characters walking in and out. The bar also serves some cool martinis and it even has its own beer, the Cubbyhole Light Lager. Additionally, the decor is eclectic and there are specials every night of the week.

New York, NY, United States
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Gym Sports Bar

Gym Sports Bar is the only gay sports bar in the city and always has the latest games live on screen along with a plethora of games and activities. There are foosball tables, dartboards, arcade games and loud blaring music. With really cheap drinks and food, you're bound to have a great time at this bar. Happy hour provides a further discount on the prices, increasing the fun even more. Smoking is restricted to the outside patio.

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Barracuda

Despite the intimidating name, Barracuda is actually a friendly, mainstream gay bar with two comfortable rooms. In the dimly lit front, guys cruise and mingle at the bar, looking to meet that special someone. In the back, groups of friends can lounge on couches, dance or play pool and pinball. Check the schedule for the legendary drag shows and other entertainment, as well as the list of DJs.

New York, NY, United States
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The Eagle

The Eagle is a dream come true for the LGBT community with funky DJs playing cool music and hunky barmen doling out drinks. It is a leather bar and is highly acclaimed as one of the best in New York City. The ambiance is comfortable and friendly, with really hot men (gay mostly) drinking and dancing. The venue also boasts a rooftop bar called The Rooftop Deck that is great in summer. There are pool tables too for those in the mood for games. Cigar events take place regularly.

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