NYC venues for "men of a certain age" (and a free dance mix download)

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    Dec 02, 2011 7:07 PM GMT
    So my most frequent go-out buddies are a couple who are around my age (one younger, one older) we average out at 38. They go out more than I do and have been not-so-thrilled with the new places in Hell's Kitchen, mostly bc everyone is 20 years younger than us!

    We do like to dance and socialize though, wondering where the over-30 set hangs out. We're not into any particular scene e.g. bear/leather/drag and not looking for perfection... just wondering if anybody can suggest a good place to hang out. I was wondering if the EV places like Dick's, Boiler Room, Eastern Bloc are still fun or if we will feel like grandpas there too.
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    Dec 02, 2011 7:20 PM GMT
    Oh and here is a free download mix from one of our local DJs, Rico Alexis

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    Dec 02, 2011 7:31 PM GMT
    Have you tried Monster in the West Village? It's a good mix of everyone.
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    Dec 02, 2011 7:44 PM GMT
    adam228 saidHave you tried Monster in the West Village? It's a good mix of everyone.


    Yeah, I've been there a few times. It's not my favorite place. I don't know why; just don't feel it. Not a disco fan for one thing.
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    Dec 02, 2011 7:45 PM GMT
    I want to try Rock Bar but not on "underbear" night. Maybe on Saturday.
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    Dec 02, 2011 9:51 PM GMT
    njmeanwhile saidSo my most frequent go-out buddies are a couple who are around my age (one younger, one older) we average out at 38. They go out more than I do and have been not-so-thrilled with the new places in Hell's Kitchen, mostly bc everyone is 20 years younger than us!

    We do like to dance and socialize though, wondering where the over-30 set hangs out. We're not into any particular scene e.g. bear/leather/drag and not looking for perfection... just wondering if anybody can suggest a good place to hang out. I was wondering if the EV places like Dick's, Boiler Room, Eastern Bloc are still fun or if we will feel like grandpas there too.


    Dick's has been closed for years. Eastern Bloc is GREAT but it is a late-night venue and quite small (it is the old Wonder Bar). Boiler Room is everybody's favorite EV dive with a generally mixed crowd (age-wise) and usually has good music. It is also the cheapest bar on the planet (3.00 well drinks after 10:30).

    You may be better off with some of the offerings on Christopher Street. You may like Pieces. Stonewall has become more of a sideshow / tourist attraction for Straight gals from Peoria - so be warned. Rock Bar has great potential but I am not sure it will be yer speed. Give it a shot tho!

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    Dec 02, 2011 10:02 PM GMT
    I've been to Pieces but it was GagaKaraoke, jam packed, largely straight female and a million degrees.

    We should hit Boiler Room again, I do remember it being fun.

    Yea i remember Champs; that was a nice bar. I once had a hot guy come up dirty-dance with me to a dance mix "Desert Rose" then disappear without ever saying a word. Fun night!

    The other night we went to XES near Penn Station. I still like that place too, but no dancing.

    We went to a fun party in a bigger venue on a Saturday a while back, up around 57th and 8th. Forget what it was called but it was nice. Double-height, with a balcony etc.



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    Dec 02, 2011 10:15 PM GMT
    jpBITCHva saidI used to love Dick's (no single entendre, Cash).
    I also used to love South Dakota, but that's long gone (I think).
    Anyone remember Champs?


    Oh I can play this game!!!

    Remember The Works? Or Badlands? Ninth Circle for good ole fashion criminal activity? Candle Bar? Sneakers? Rounds for much more glamorous criminal activity?
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    Dec 02, 2011 10:19 PM GMT
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    jpBITCHva saidI used to love Dick's (no single entendre, Cash).
    I also used to love South Dakota, but that's long gone (I think).
    Anyone remember Champs?


    Oh I can play this game!!!

    Remember The Works? Or Badlands? Ninth Circle for good ole fashion criminal activity? Candle Bar? Sneakers? Rounds for much more glamorous criminal activity?


    Yea I remember the Works, that was up on Central Park West right?

    I heard of 9th Circle but don't remember if I was ever there.

    And Rounds! Shhh! Wasn't there like a passphrase you were supposed to say in front of the doorman or some such? I got thrown out of there for not being entrepreneurial enough. Isn't the Townhouse its replacement?
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    Dec 02, 2011 10:30 PM GMT
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    jpBITCHva saidI used to love Dick's (no single entendre, Cash).
    I also used to love South Dakota, but that's long gone (I think).
    Anyone remember Champs?


    Oh I can play this game!!!

    Remember The Works? Or Badlands? Ninth Circle for good ole fashion criminal activity? Candle Bar? Sneakers? Rounds for much more glamorous criminal activity?


    Yea I remember the Works, that was up on Central Park West right?

    I heard of 9th Circle but don't remember if I was ever there.

    And Rounds! Shhh! Wasn't there like a passphrase you were supposed to say in front of the doorman or some such? I got thrown out of there for not being entrepreneurial enough. Isn't the Townhouse its replacement?


    The Works was Columbus Ave.

    You would most likely remember being in the 9th Circle or at least still have a copy of the police report.

    You got booted from Rounds?!?!?!?! LOL!!!!!!!!!! Were you quoting prices too high or too low?

    Townhouse is a bit more WASPY Clubby Pseudo-respectable. Rounds took it's cues from Regine's and was more blatant Euro-trashy.
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    Dec 02, 2011 10:35 PM GMT
    Cash saidYou got booted from Rounds?!?!?!?! LOL!!!!!!!!!! Were you quoting prices too high or too low?


    I was neither selling nor buying, which apparently made them nervous.
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    Dec 02, 2011 10:41 PM GMT
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    Cash saidYou got booted from Rounds?!?!?!?! LOL!!!!!!!!!! Were you quoting prices too high or too low?


    I was neither selling nor buying, which apparently made them nervous.


    They WERE very committed to free commerce and capitalism...
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    Dec 02, 2011 10:44 PM GMT
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    Cash saidYou got booted from Rounds?!?!?!?! LOL!!!!!!!!!! Were you quoting prices too high or too low?


    I was neither selling nor buying, which apparently made them nervous.


    They WERE very committed to free commerce and capitalism...


    yea, so it seemed. I was only there the once, being given a tour of various haunts by a former, um, entrepreneur.
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    Dec 02, 2011 10:46 PM GMT
    What about Candle Bar?

    309 Amsterdam Ave
    (between 74th St & 75th St)

    Small bar, not much of a dance floor, has drag queen entertainment every now and then, decent music no DJ. Crowd is mixed 20 through 60.
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    Dec 02, 2011 10:55 PM GMT
    ayer2009 saidWhat about Candle Bar?

    309 Amsterdam Ave
    (between 74th St & 75th St)

    Small bar, not much of a dance floor, has drag queen entertainment every now and then, decent music no DJ. Crowd is mixed 20 through 60.


    I saw you mentioned that for a potential meet-up. Will have to give it a spin. Being B&T's we usually stay downtown because of the PATH, but if they drive in we could do that.
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    Dec 02, 2011 10:55 PM GMT
    ayer2009 saidWhat about Candle Bar?

    309 Amsterdam Ave
    (between 74th St & 75th St)

    Small bar, not much of a dance floor, has drag queen entertainment every now and then, decent music no DJ. Crowd is mixed 20 through 60.


    LOL - I just assumed that place was gone!!! I had no idea it was still open!!! I remember it from High School back in the 80's!!!!!! I went to school a couple blocks away!!!
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    Dec 03, 2011 12:34 AM GMT
    I'm going to have to check out Broiler Room. $3 for a well drink? Sold.
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    Dec 03, 2011 12:40 AM GMT
    jpBITCHva saidMy friends used to refer to the Townhouse as "Jurassic Bar".

    Well, we were young then. We never imagined we'd be grazing on the treetops ourselves one day.


    Julius I believe remains the all-time classic Wrinkle Room.

    They DO have very good cheeseburgers though!!!!
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    Dec 03, 2011 12:45 AM GMT
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    jpBITCHva saidMy friends used to refer to the Townhouse as "Jurassic Bar".

    Well, we were young then. We never imagined we'd be grazing on the treetops ourselves one day.


    Julius I believe remains the all-time classic Wrinkle Room.

    They DO have very good cheeseburgers though!!!!


    Isn't Julius now the longest continuously operating gay bar in the city now, since Stonewall moved down the street?
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    Dec 03, 2011 12:54 AM GMT
    Julius is one of the best bars in the city. As for dancing, the jukebox is hit or miss, but at least you can put together a playlist.
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    Dec 03, 2011 1:00 AM GMT
    jpBITCHva said
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    Cash said
    jpBITCHva saidMy friends used to refer to the Townhouse as "Jurassic Bar".

    Well, we were young then. We never imagined we'd be grazing on the treetops ourselves one day.


    Julius I believe remains the all-time classic Wrinkle Room.

    They DO have very good cheeseburgers though!!!!


    Isn't Julius now the longest continuously operating gay bar in the city now, since Stonewall moved down the street?

    Stonewall moved?
    Good heavens, I've been gone like forever.


    Only a few doors down the street. It still faces Sheridan Square.
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    Dec 03, 2011 1:02 AM GMT
    MurphyMalone saidJulius is one of the best bars in the city. As for dancing, the jukebox is hit or miss, but at least you can put together a playlist.


    Hmm, you don't look Jurassic at all.
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    Dec 03, 2011 1:08 AM GMT
    njmeanwhile said

    Isn't Julius now the longest continuously operating gay bar in the city now, since Stonewall moved down the street?


    Wonder when Julius's became gay? I have a book listing speakeasies from 1932 which lists Julius's in the same location but says nothing about unusual clientele. It also lists a place called The Stonewall at an address on Seventh Avenue not on Christopher Street.
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    Dec 03, 2011 1:12 AM GMT
    How about Uncle Charlie's? Or Billy's? 20/20?
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    Dec 03, 2011 1:17 AM GMT
    jpBITCHva saidNo one remembers South Dakota on Third Avenue? Maybe I was the only gay on the whole east side.


    I remember it. I lived on 34th and First for a while.