New York pulses with nightlife, from dinner and a show to dancing till dawn. And of course, there are scores of gay and lesbian nightclubs and bars from Long Island to Buffalo, and just about everywhere in between.
When in New York City, it's worth making a pilgrimage to the historic Julius', New York's oldest gay bar and the oldest bar in Greenwich Village. Nearby, the Stonewall Inn is the 1969 birthplace of the modern gay rights movement. Today, it hosts dancing, drag bingo, singing competitions and and a dedicated lesbian night. Step into Barracuda Lounge for cozy couches and amazing drag shows. Cubbyhole and Henrietta Hudson welcome all, but definitely cater to the ladies. For those who lean butch, Boxers offers a sporty scene at two locations.
Since nightlife is constantly changing in New York City - even night to night - you might want to check out nycgo.com/gay, or Time Out New York, Next or Go magazines--all available for free at locations around the city--with their regular coverage of LGBT culture and the best places to party.
Blanche has long been a favorite neighborhood bar on Long Island, and the Veranda at the Long Island Eagle in Bay Shore brings in a friendly mixed LGBT crowd. On Fire Island, Cherry Grove and The Pines are home to numerous bayside bars and discos where you can twirl into the night all summer long.
Up in the Hudson Valley, there are lots of LGBT nights and events throughout the region. Check out biggayhudsonvalley.com to stay up to date.
A little further north in Albany, Waterworks Pub and dance club is Albany's oldest gay night spot, Rocks is a friendly neighborhood gay bar/nightclub, and Oh Bar has a popular outdoor patio and garden.
Rain Lounge in Syracuse was rated one of the world's 200 best gay bars by Out magazine. A couple hours west, 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 Avenue Pub--a Rochester institution--offers a place to chill and mingle with the locals in the heart of the eclectic Monroe neighborhood.
The night is always young in Buffalo for the LGBT community. Fugazi is a cool and classy martini bar. Cathode Ray bar and nightclub is in the fun and funky Allentown neighborhood. Nearby Funky Monkey features dancing, karaoke and trivia nights. Club Marcella on Main is for serious dancers--men and women alike--and those who appreciate great drag performances.