Ah… The famous Hell’s Kitchen, probably the most prominent “gayborhood” in NYC at the moment! Over the past decade, gay bars have been popping up all over the place, and for a good reason – the demand has been super-crazy lately. If you are looking to go wild and paint the town red on the growing and ever-so evolving gay scene that is Hell’s Kitchen, you definitely came to the right place.
It doesn’t matter if you are using a night club app or you like to wander around the city not knowing where you might end up during your night out, here we have some of the craziest and most flamboyant gay bars Hell’s Kitchen has to offer.
Ninth Avenue Saloon
Rating: 4.7 stars
This legendary 30-year-old gay venue (once known as Cleo’s) is practically THE clubhouse for local gay population. Even though the iconic and beloved in-house drag-queen-barkeep Ginger is no longer the main character there, plenty of other entertainment is available at the Ninth Avenue Saloon. Their karaoke parties are extremely popular, as well as their famous happy-hours, and since the drinks are available at extremely low prices, reservations are a must!
Flaming Saddles Saloon
Rating: 4.3 stars
For all you party people out there who like to get your freak on honky-tonk-style, Flaming Saddles Saloon is a country-western gay bar that will meet all your expectations. This 74-seat spot party factory is designed to look like a true Wild West bordello. Red velvet drapes? Check! Antler sconces? Check! Rococo wallpaper? Check! Bartenders dancing in cowboy boots? Check!
You can drink shots and wrangle yourself some mates like there’s no tomorrow, or you can treat your taste buds with some hearty grub like Texas red chili or Angus beef burgers. Don’t miss out on all the cowboy fun, visit the famous Flaming Saddles Saloon.
Rating: 4.3 stars
Rise Bar is another must-experience gay club where you can see live performances and drink without breaking the bank, especially during their many happy hour specials.
Rating: 4.0 stars
Therapy offers eclectic drinks like the Freudian Sip (Ketel One Citron, fresh ginger, and lemonade) served in a nice big tumbler, which is a surefire way to leave all your feelings of stress and trouble behind. This blissful and worry-free cocktail-centric gay bar is among the most popular venues within Hell’s Kitchen, where you can dance to various music genres from mellow pop, house to techno and rave.
It really does sound like therapy!
Rating: 3.9 stars
Posh lives up to its name with a down-to-earth bar and a cozy back-room lounge that attracts an attitude-free people who like to groove until early hours, especially when DJs spin. A seat at the bar provides a view of the frozen-margarita machine that will keep you and your gang busy and relaxed throughout the night, while drag shows and/or cheap drink specials happen rather often as well.
Atlas Social Club
Rating: 3.8 stars
NYC gay nightlife simply wouldn’t be the same without Atlas Social Club, conveniently located right in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen’s thriving gay strip. Beware though, lines at the entrance can get quite long when popular DJs take over the back room on the weekends.
Ritz Bar and Lounge
Rating: 3.8 stars
This famous Restaurant Row staple is the perfect venue to belly up to the bar with locals and theater queens for happy hour or nightly themed soirees.
Rating: 3.7 stars
It’s hot, it’s crowded, it’s action-packed, it’s sultry – it’s Industry Bar, baby! This crazy fun gay bar is a sprawling, high-ceilinged venue featuring a massively long concrete bar behind which hunky and shirtless bartenders are waiting for you to order your favorite poison. It also offers a nice stage hosting drag, many lively music performances, and a sizeable dance floor for you to go wild upon.
As far as those who seek a more intimate action are concerned, there are also plenty of private nooks and comfy couches in the famous Industry Bar.