New York pulses with nightlife excitement, from casino gambling to dinner and a show. And of course, there are scores of LGBT nightclubs and bars from Long Island to Buffalo, and just about everywhere in between.
New York City has so many choices for going out, just deciding can be an adventure. Julius' has the distinction of being New York's oldest gay bar and also the oldest bar in Greenwich Village. Nearby, The Stonewall Inn is the 1969 birthplace of the modern gay rights movement and, with two floors of fun, there's dancing, drag bingo, happy hour specials, karaoke and shows to keep everyone amused. Step into Barracuda Lounge for cozy couches and amazing drag shows; The Cubbyhole for a festive friendly vibe, especially with the ladies; Henrietta Hudson for a powerful lesbian rock quotient; or The Dalloway for your choice of Virginia Woolf inspired cocktails. Or, try a slick place, like G Lounge; the country-western themed Flaming Saddles Saloon; or XL Nightclub, Cabaret & Lounge, a 14,000 square-foot dance club with LED wall and cabaret theater seating.
Since nightlife is constantly changing in New York City - even night to night - you might want to check out Time Out New York, NEXT or GO magazine and their regular coverage of LGBT culture and the best places to party.
Blanche has long been a favorite neighborhood bar in Long Island's South Farmingdale gay community, and so have the Veranda at The Long Island Eagle in Bay Shore and The New Bunk House, a Patchogue dance club. On Fire Island in Cherry Grove and The Pines, you'll find numerous bars and discos where you can twirl until dawn.
Up in the Hudson Valley, The Out Bar (Poughkeepsie), B Lounge (Valhalla) and Primetime (Highland) are all dance-oriented clubs, with theme nights, karaoke and happy hour specials too.
Waterworks pub and dance club is Albany's oldest gay night spot, Rocks is a friendly neighborhood gay bar/nightclub, and Oh Bar - voted "Best Gay Bar" by Metroland - has a popular outdoor patio and garden.
In Binghamton, Merlin's is a dance club, wine bar and lounge with drag shows and musical performances, and Squiggy's is a low key neighborhood bar. In Syracuse, try Rain Lounge and Trexx.
The Bachelor Forum is Rochester's oldest gay owned and operated club, Tilt keeps its guests dancing all night, and 140 Alex has a casual pub downstairs and a lively dance floor upstairs. The night is always young in Buffalo, where Q and other LGBT hotspots enliven historic Allentown, and other venues like Club Marcella, Roxy's, Undergroundand more go to the wee hours of the morning!
Or, how about a date night with Lady Luck? At New York's casinos, racetracks and gaming resorts, nightlife means more than just dancing and drinks (though you'll find those too)! Beyond the slots and thoroughbred racing, many resort casinos feature the winning combo of A-list entertainers, fine dining and even soothing spas.
ClubFly – NYC gay bars and clubs with map
Flaming Saddles Saloon
The Stonewall Inn
Time Out New York: “The Best Gay Bars in NYC” (January 2013)
XL Nightclub, Cabaret & Lounge