- Cubby Hole
281 W. 12th St.; 212-243-9041
The first thing you’ll notice is the inordinate amount of stuff hanging like stalactites from the ceiling. A huge collection of Chinese lanterns, model airplanes, and polka-dotted fish has been amassed over the past thirteen years, and though it’s completely over-the-top, it somehow works. Inside, you’ll see a mix of (mostly) women and men—gay and straight—sipping beers and vodka cocktails and singing along to “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” on the jukebox. But that’s the thing about Cubby Hole: Since it opened in 1994, it’s garnered a reputation as not just a great lesbian bar but also a cool neighborhood bar. So, lesbian or not, you’ll undoubtedly find yourself freaking out with excitement when your song finally rolls into rotation on the jukebox.
Best Lesbian Bar
From the 2007 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).