September 2nd, 2008


Gay bars - I love 'em

The subject heading really says it all. In the last year I've gone to more gay bars and clubs than "straight" ones. Why is this the case? A couple of reasons. For one, the music is usually superior. When dancing is on your activity-list, that's fairly key. In general, I also like the laid back atmosphere. Not to mention, there's no pressure on me. I'm not what most people are looking for. Sometimes you just want to go out with your girls, have a good time, dance, drink and not have to worry about some guy shoving his dick up against your ass.  

Last Friday I went to Henrietta Hudson's for the first time, which is easily the most well-known lesbian bar in New York City. Located in the West Village, Henrietta's boasts a fairly diverse clientele of women ranging in age from 20-something to 40-something that run the gamut from very fem girls and businesswomen to androgenous types (who are always the hottest bitches in the room) and those who'd fall into the butch category. It was a friendly, warm atmosphere with some very attractive bartenders, a dimly lit lounge perfect for make-out sessions (of which there were plenty to witness), a tiny cramped bar, and a modestly sized dance-floor that was bumpin' come 10:30 pm. It was very convivial with lots of group dancing, a few gay men to bring the fab, and a DJ who wasn't scared to try some interesting mash-ups, including Billy Jean/Sexyback. 

Some other venues I've gone to that I would recommend for anyone interested in plunging into gay NYC nightlife are:

Suite ~ located on the upper west side in Morningside Heights, this small, local gay bar/club is an incredibly good time. I used to regularly go when I was in school since it was so close to my apartment. The lack of cover and its proximity to Columbia University make it a popular place with the college crowd and 20-somethings. Expect drag karaoke, costume contests, live singing, cheap drinks and a lively dance floor. The decour of the place is also awesome for a hole in the wall. I have fond memories of being festooned with New Year's regalia when I went this past year, as well as jumping on stage and explaining what "two girls, one cup" was to an interested drag queen. It's a place where anything goes. 

Splash ~ is everything you'd expect from a chic NYC gay club: hot men, expensive drinks, and a lot of trolling - that is, if you're a gay man. If not, it sure is a great show. Located just northwest of Union Square in Chelsea, you can be sure they'll be plenty of eye candy to goggle at, not to mention the model good-looking bartenders and barely clad go-go dancers that strut their stuff and shake their junk on raised platforms scattered around the dance floor. It's a big place with two dance floors and two massively huge bars. Check your coats and jump in. The discoball awaits you.

Caddyshack ~ has the illest DJs I've ever had the pleasure of dancing to. You want to dance, you haul your ass out to Brooklyn's #1 lesbian bar. Of all the venues described, this is definately the only dive. It's cruddy, it's sleezy, but it's big and draws large crowds of both gay women and straight couples. I saw more than a few guys with their gals dancing. When asked why they were there, one guy told me it was because it had the best dancefloor. I totally agree with him. Caddyshack also boasts upstairs and downstairs bars, a lounge and a roofdeck for those not interesting in busting a move. Oh. And they have pole dancers. Chick pole dancers. Be still my heart.    

Posh ~ is a very laidback, gay lounge in Hell's Kitchen. It's perfect for the happy-hour, just-got-out-of-work crowd, which is how I was introduced to the place. The drinks are cheap and strong, the guys generally business-types and the black leather couches are certainly wonderful places to sink your ass into after 8 hours at work.

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