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The Music Box

40-08 74th St., Queens, NY 11377 40.746649 -73.891562
nr. Broadway  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-424-8612 Send to Phone

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    8 out of 10


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  • Scene: After Work, Billiards, Gay Bar, Neighborhood Bar

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Happy Hour

Daily, 4pm-9pm; $3 well and domestic beers, $4 top shelf

Nearby Subway Stops

E, F, M, R at Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Ave.

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa


This venue is closed.

Local gay-club impresario Nestor Romero opened the Music Box in 1993, three years after he introduced his across-the-way favorite Friend’s Tavern. Because the layout is identical and the congenial bartenders are similarly inclined to greet you with a handshake and a smile, patrons freely amble between one bar and the other, interrupting their chatter only for the looming rumble of the elevated train overhead. Such is gay life in the well-traversed southwest pocket of Jackson Heights. Like all doppelgangers, the bars do have minute differences: The marginally younger sibling sports a pool table and five TV screens and assumes the character of a backstage drama as performers in the brazen Thursday drag show alternately fight their nervousness or ham up their showgirl charisma.