For the past decade, queer communities around the country have lamented the death of the American gay bar. In , there were 2, gay bars nationally; today, there are fewer than 1, worldwide. Cue Eric Einstein and Justin Buchanan — the brains behind both Pieces and Hardware Bar — who did a gut renovation of the space, slapped on a fresh coat of paint the s-style street art is by Anthony Pugh , and got the old queen-club up and kicking as if no time has passed. With a spacious stage and dance floor, Playhouse feels like a throwback to a time when the West Village was still the epicenter of queer life. After watching one of the local drag shows, you may even be convinced that the American gay bar is alive and well after all. You can lick a Salty Pimp vanilla ice cream with dulce de leche, lightly salted and dipped in chocolate , eat out Strawberry Shortcake a vanilla sundae with strawberry sauce , or grab a fruity Rainbow Paleta and suck it on your way to the next bar.
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In the spirit of gay rights , I bravely squeezed into my tightest pants, chapsticked my lips, and dragged my whiskey sour-drinking ass to as many self-identifying queer bars as one lightweight gay boy can. I wanted to make going out easier for you, dear queer, by ruling out the spots with watery well drinks, exorbitant cover charges, and predatory creeps. Also impressive? The Rosemont Williamsburg Late-night dancing on a quiet Brooklyn street In a neighborhood once dominated by Metropolitan , The Rosemont sprouted as a trendier alternative for Brooklynites to get their freak on.
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The fashions and music here are among the most cutting edge in the city, but the vibe is generally relaxed, and all are welcome. In the mid- to late '90s, this dark but roomy dive reigned supreme on the East Village scene, then fell into a long lean spell in the aughts. Now the Boiler Room is back with a vengeance, often packed to the gills with one of the widest cross-sections of gays imaginable. Drink specials are common, and the crowd's mood is fittingly lively. The jukebox is amazing, but be forewarned: If the bad music you play lacks irony, the otherwise friendly bartenders reserve the right to skip to the next track.
The words appeared on the front page of a gay newspaper, heralding an article about bar patrons being gunned down where they stood. They were not written this week, but 36 years ago, describing a spasm of violence that fewer and fewer people now recall. Shortly before 11 p. The gunman then made his way to West Street, between 10th and Christopher Streets, a blockfront shared by the Ramrod, a popular leather bar, and Sneakers, a gay dive.