Many people embrace the gay or lesbian lifestyle, and consider themselves to be gay and lesbian. Like everyone else, they want to meet at places where they have something in common with the other patrons.
New York City has a number of bars that cater to gays and lesbians. Some of them are very laid-back, while others have a more upscale atmosphere. If you embrace this type of lifestyle, you should have no trouble finding a bar that you will enjoy visiting.
, 50 W. 17th Street
This bar has been open since 1991, but that doesn't mean that it has stood still since that time. Instead, the owners make constant changes and improvements to ensure that this bar remains one of the best gay and lesbian bars in New York City.
The bar is open seven nights a week, and is always hopping. On some nights, you'll rock out to the music that is spun by some of the best DJs you can find. Other nights, you may find yourself listening to a major star such as Cyndi Lauper, Brittney Spears, or even some of New York City's own Broadway stars.
Brandy's Piano Bar
, 235 E. 84th Street
You literally have to be looking for this bar to find it, because it's tucked away on a side street. (Here's a hint: that's an Upper East Side address). Once you do find it, though, you'll find an intimate but fun bar that encourages guests to sing along with the performers who are belting out a variety of classic hits and show tunes.
There is no cover charge at Brandy's Piano Bar, but there is a two-drink per person minimum per set. Don't worry, though, the entertainment and atmosphere is well worth it.
Gyms Sports Bar
, 167 8th Avenue
Gay gentlemen, this is the bar for you. The first and only gay sports bar in New York City, the establishment has two levels; one has a regular sports bar while on the other one, the Locker Room offers a different form of entertainment.
The Locker Room actually resembles a frat house more than it does a sports bar. The atmosphere is more intimate and personal, and the jukebox, foosball table, vintage Ms. Pac-Man game machine and others accoutrements only add to this. Thursday nights can be especially rowdy, so if you're in for a rocking good time, come on by.
Townhouse of New York
, 236 E. 58th Street
This is a very upscale bar that caters to professional and executive gay men. In fact, the owners stress that this club is a cocktail lounge, not a dance club, so you should keep that in mind.
In keeping with this mindset, Townhouse of New York does have a dress code. Your business attire is fine when you drop by after work; otherwise, you should dress as if you were attending a dinner party with friends. You will be denied entrance if it is felt that you are not in keeping with the dress code.