Pride hits NYC this weekend, and West Village is primed to celebrate a fun filled day of love and equality. As the party train rolls on, check out our recs for the perfect post-Pride festivities.
The Stonewall Inn: Home of the gay rights movement.
“If you are LGBT or a gay ally, going to the Stonewall Inn is a rite of passage. Site of the Stonewall riots of 1969, this place is just soaked in such rich history for the NYC gay community.”
Julius: First opened in 1864 and is the oldest gay bar in the city.
“What really makes Julius special is the history that permeates its walls. They say this place is older than the original Stonewall, which gives some sense of the breadth of gay history you can encounter here.” -David P.
The Center: LGBT center of NY.
“This place is essential for any lgbt person or people who want to support them. They have great programs for gay and questioning youth, terrific mental health programs, and there are bazillions of support groups and fun events.” -Gail D.
The Shubert Theater: Where A Chorus Line premiered, one of Broadway’s longest-running shows and the first musical to highlight a gay narrative.
“I love the Shubert Theatre…it’s one of my favorite Broadway houses. Take the time to notice the beautiful detailing on the ceiling. They don’t make them like they used to!” -Tony L.
“The vibe is super relaxed and fun. Very small space so not somewhere to bring a huge crowd, but definitely somewhere to start or end the night with some cheap drinks and flirtation.” -Lina D.
“This is possibly one if my most frequented spots in Hell’s Kitchen when it comes to hanging with friends. the ambiance is so chill and laid back.” -Evian D.
“Look for talented bartenders who will leave their post to serenade the room, as well as regulars who’ll arrive with their own sheet music in-hand.” -Caitlin C.
“I believe it’s the only designated leather bar in Manhattan, but if you aren’t into the leather scene, don’t let that discourage you from checking it out.” -Jonathan W.
“The Boiler Room is not a fancy venue but it has the advantage of having a crowd as unpretentious as it comes in terms of gay bars in New York. Both guys and girls of any type should feel welcome here.” -Adrien M.
“Buff bartenders wearing boxers and serving me strong drinks with a coy wink? Awe yeaaaaaaa.” -Elyssa B.
“If you’re out with your friends and wanna party away without the hassle of overpriced drinks, high heels and bottle service….this is a definite contender for a Saturday night!” -Mary C.
“One of my favorite bars in New York, and it’s not just because I live in the neighborhood! It’s vibrant, yet casual. It’s sophisticated, yet a little wild. Chatty, friendly bartenders. Strong drinks.” -Mike N.
“The multi-talented queens were our servers and our performers and entertained us the entire night. For a good price we got a meal and a hilarious show.” -Mia K.
“Therapy has had a long reputation of being a hot gay bar in Hells Kitchen. A bit hidden outside with a wood exterior, it looks more like a spa with a doorman.” -Scott L.
“They have shows every night and different artists, so regardless of the time you show up, you’ll have a good time!” -Juliane L.