Greenwich Village is famed for its high concentration of gay bars, but a combination of rising rents, decreasing stigmas, and increased diversity in the LGBTQ scene has laid the foundation for unique gay bars to become neighborhood staples citywide. And though it may be a challenge to venture from the comfort of your neighborhood gay bar, these LGBTQ bars and clubs across the city offer some of the best queer nightlife in all five boroughs. Late-night dancing on a quiet Brooklyn street Manhattan may dominate the queer nightclub scene, but The Rosemont proves that some experiences are worth ditching the island for. The crowd often leans male, but unlike some gay-specific clubs, The Rosemont creates a welcome environment for all queer people -- enough so that their occasional Peggy parties have become a favorite in the lesbian community. The narrow dive is typically packed with female-identifying people playing the jukebox and ordering cheap drinks from happy hour until well after midnight.
Westgay , a frisky gay dance party in the West Village, ended last summer when the building was sold to condominium developers. PrettyUgly, a twink-filled dance party at the Diamond Horseshoe in Times Square, ended its run this year. New owners, new directions. And in February, Escuelita , a Latin-flavored gay dance club that throbbed for decades near the Port Authority Bus Terminal, shuttered its doors because of declining attendance. In this digital age, clubs have been usurped by the right swipe. Night life veterans point to a variety of reasons, including cultural shifts, real estate pressures and technology. Brandon Voss , 36, a club promoter and co-producer of several gay parties including Zoo, which ended last year, said that the demand for dance parties has declined.
Pull out your dancin' shoes and check out the famous NYC nightlife. Be prepared to pay! If you are under age, bouncers at almost any club in the city will take your fake ID and laugh at you. Call ahead for info which changes quickly.