Hell’s Kitchen is right in the center of New York’s gay scene, and its community ensures that PRIDE is more than just a party. But after two years of closures, masks, Zoom calls, and COVID, it’s time to support gay-owned and LGBTQIA+-focused bars and restaurants in the neighborhood in person! Here are some W42ST recommended places to visit in June (and July, August, September, October…)
Atlas Social Club — 753 9th Avenue — corner of W51st Street
Designed to look like a glamorous lounge that meets an athletics club, Atlas Social is a place where you can whip up delicious cocktails in good company. Open for nearly a decade, ASC has opened its doors to stars like Anderson Cooper, Whoopi Goldberg and Andy Cohen, and remains a favorite among locals and visitors alike!
DBL — 667 10th Avenue — corner of W47th Street
Another newcomer to the block, DBL is the perfect place to enjoy a happy hour margarita on their patio. For sports enthusiasts, DBL is also a favorite spot for some of the New York Gay Football League players!
Flaming Saddles Show — 793 9th Avenue — between W52nd and W53rd Street
Come for the beautiful dancing bartenders, stay for the famous Frito Pie! A neighborhood institution for over 20 years, Jacqui Squatriglia and the crew of Flaming Saddles have made their modest gay country western bar a Hell’s Kitchen landmark. Look for the team at the annual 9th Avenue Food Festival and NYC PRIDE Parade!
hardware bar — 697 10th Avenue — between W47th and W48th Street
Talk about practicality – this former hardware store is now a hip, glamorous gay bar designed to evoke the industrial remnants of its former tenant. Take advantage of their six-hour (!) happy hour every day from 2-8pm and a weekly lineup of performances, contests and Super Size Queen Fridays!
Silence bar — 348 W52nd Street between 8th and 9th Avenue
A lively dance floor (replacing former tenant Therapy) open seven days a week, Hush features a rotating schedule of exclusive guest DJ sets, weekly drag performances and the sexiest bartenders on the block – proven by their recent appearance as Patricia Arquette’s birthday-streakers on Bravo Watch what’s happening live!
industry bar — 355 W 52nd St between 8th and 9th Avenue
Voted “New York’s Best Gay Bar” by New York Magazine and the Village Voice, this disco ball-laden venue is a longtime favorite for its late-night happy hour and wide variety of drag performers, including a night out. loud and interactive weekly viewing of RuPaul’s Drag Race and a decades-long drag review, Queen!
At Mickey Spillane’s — 350 W49th Street — corner of 9th Avenue
Mickey Spillane’s is well known as a popular PRIDE hangout, specializing in specialty frozen $4 margaritas and alcoholic popsicles. Beat the heat with an icy cocktail and hit the bar before weekend brunch or a RuPaul’s Drag Race viewing party!
Mr. Biggs Bar and Grill — 596 10th Avenue — corner W43rd Street
Perfect your Texas Hold ‘Em at Mr Biggs, where you can partake in a weekly “Hell’s Poker” night, or keep the stakes slightly lower with regular bingo drag games while sipping a spiked popsicle cocktail at their sidewalk cafe.
The Q — 795 8th Avenue between W48th and W49th Street
There are multiple floors of fun at The Q, a year-old drag, cabaret, comedy venue in Hell’s Kitchen! Don’t miss their Broadway drag tributes (recent tributes include SIX) and their weekly musical theater quiz!
riser bar — 859 9th Avenue — corner W56th Street
Known for its weekly brunches, piano bar nights, and nightclub dance floor, Rise Bar is also a great community fundraiser, frequently throwing parties for causes like Broadway Bares and Aid for Ukraine. Also, don’t forget to stop by for their crazy karaoke nights!
Ritz Bar and Lounge — 369 W 46th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue
Easily spotted during Pride thanks to its well-known rainbow canopy, The Ritz is a popular bar and dance venue featuring weekly drag performances, DJ sets and a lively annual weekend PRIDE party. !
thirst bar — 692 10th Avenue — between W48th and W49th Street
The only bar that can rightly lay claim to the name Thirst Trap Thursdays, Thirst Bar has taken over the space that once occupied the famous neighborhood joint Perdition. With funky murals, flowers climbing up the walls, and a neon sign asking “anyone thirsty?”, this is the best place to stay hydrated all summer long.
TOWARDS — 714 9th Avenue — between W48th and W49th streets
Seen it all? Why not stop by the brand new VERS, which opens early next week for cocktails and clubbing. Drop by and check out a new joint that’s “Up and Down: Food to Drink, Stage to Stage, Stare to Dance, We’re Changing That Seven Days A Week”!
Restaurants with Drag Brunch or After Hours Clubbing
42 Gold — 512 W42nd Street between 10th and 11th Avenue
An all-in-one, one-stop-shop for dining, drinks, and dancing, the 15,000-square-foot (!), glammed-out, 42 D’Or (taking over what was once the Playboy Club) plans to open in Hell’s Kitchen this summer. As a special preview, attend a PRIDE party in space on Friday, June 24, organized by hot bunny and with multiple mini-parties filled with guest DJ sets, burlesque performances, vendor giveaways and, of course, plenty of room to dance!
Pulperia 44 — 623 9th Avenue — corner of 9th Avenue
A neighborhood staple for their lively weekend brunch, La Pulperia serves up all-you-can-eat mimosas, dulce de leche toast, and top-notch empanadas every weekend. Looking for a nightcap? Head around the corner to NxtRoom, Daniel Villanueva’s whiskey and mezcal tasting room, specializing in bespoke and crafted cocktails like the ‘Jersey Boy’.
The Laurie Beechman at the West Bank Cafe — 407 W42nd Street between 8th and 9th Avenue
Hunger? Head to the Laurie Beechman Theater where you can catch shows like the feature film Distorted Diznee drag show while dining on seared salmon or steak frites from the West Bank Cafe upstairs!
Did we forget your favorite place? Let us know where you like to celebrate and why, and enter to win a $100 gift card for the Kashkaval Garden.