yz250mxrida saidIm thinking about heading into NYC next weekend and was wondering what and where the good gay bars/clubs are? Are there any places I should stay away from?
My favorite area is Hell's Kitchen -- Ritz, Vlada, Therapy, Bartini and Posh are all good places to try almost any night. In Chelsea -- Splash is great on Thurs. and Sat. I also like XES (near Splash) and especially Barracuda. G-bar is good some nights too. Gym bar and Boxers are worth checking out if you want a "masculine" sports bar atmosphere. The Lower East Side can be nice too for dive-ier bars and a more alternative crowd... Boiler Room ($3.50 drinks), Eastern Bloc, Pieces and Phoenix. Stop into Stonewall and Duplex in the West Village if you want a taste of gay history (older crowd though). I find HK the youngest, but Chelsea is ok too.
If you want hardcore dance and a very clubby atmosphere, Club 57 is the place on Sat.; high cover and expensive drinks though. Rock It (now at Quo in Chelsea) is also a dance club standard. If you want an 18+ club on Sat., Rush is your only choice, although be warned it gets very crowded (and -very- young). And for Sunday, Hiro and Greenhouse are the most popular, although a bit clubby and crowded for me.
Try a few places if you can, and have a blast!