- The Hose
225 Ave. B, nr. 13th St.; 212-979-8506
The Hose, upstairs and unmarked on Avenue B, is the sort of secret, cozily decadent New York bar that all but disappeared amid the slick mixology of the last decade. Until recently, as a matter of fact, the space was one of those sanctums of privilege: Uncle Ming’s, which catered to the youth of Wall Street. Now, humbled by the recession, it’s become just a bar, albeit one with a fantastically suggestive name. It’s got all the elements of a classic gay hangout: go-go dancers, rock music, big drinks, tatty chandeliers, dirty retro pictures on the wall, and a discernible amount of body odor. Conveniently, it is only a short walk from more established establishments like the Phoenix, Nowhere, Section 8, and Eastern Bloc.
Best Gay Bar
From the 2009 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).