Williamsburg’s long overdue first gay bar. I know, with hipsters sometimes it’s hard to tell. And this joint certainly is nothing like Chelsea’s gay scene, but rather uberly mixed. The perfect place to bring hetero gay-shy friends. Regardless of your sexual or social preferences, you can have a fun time here. And what’s not to love, there’s a friendly dancefloor, 2 fireplaces and even video bowling. For the warmer months there is a good-sized backyard with free barbecues on summer Sundays.
Happy Hour: Daily, 3pm-8pm; two-for-one well drinks and domestic beer
559 Lorimer St., btwn Metropolitan & Devoe, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211 tel. 718.599.4444
Fridays are gay night, which is probably their best and least cheesy nite. The bar has a sister bar in the Hamptons with the same name. It was once hard to get into, but now the scene is pretty lame. However if you want to get on the list here is the trick as my treat to you: call them a day before and say you are getting a bottle, that will get your name on the list. The thing is that once you get in, no one checks to see if you actually go to your table. Anyways, what makes the Star Lounge blogworthy, especially around the Halloween season is their VIP, called room 101, which is supposedly directly under the original room 101 of the legendary Chelsea Hotel. So what happened in that hotel room ? Well, that is where Nancy Spungen was found stabbed to death October 12, 1978. Yes Nancy, as in Sid and Nancy. And for those born in the late 80’s or 90’s that is Sid as in John Simon Ritchie aka Sid Vicious, the Sex Pistols’ pretty-bad-boy bassist and “singer”. Ritchie was arrested in connection with the murder, but was later released on bail. To this day it is still not clear who killed Nancy. Sid himself died of a drug overdose on February 2, 1979. R.I.P. Sid & Nancy
Hours: Daily, 11pm-4am
222 W. 23rd St. nr. Seventh Ave.NY 10011 212-255-4646
First opened in the 1850s as a prostitutes’ den, which lasted through Prohibition. The “Crisis” came from “The Crisis Papers,” which laid out why America had to break from England, written by Thomas Paine, who died in the same building. Feel free to inquire about the alleged ghosts, you will get an ear full. For the past 35 years, it’s been a super fun piano bar, where Broadway performers and wannabe Broadway performers sing the night away. “Do you your hear people sing?” yes “Guys and Dolls” alike all sing along. So “Tonight”, “Tomorrow” or whenever you go, “Make them hear you” when you sing along. Great place! Gets a bit overcrowded by middle aged gay men on the weekends, but always tons of fun!
Happy Hour: Daily, 4pm-9pm; drinks $3-$5
Piano Bar: Daily, 5:30 p.m.–4 a.m.
Hours: Daily, 4pm-4am
59 Grove St., nr. Seventh Ave., NY 10014 212-243-9323