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Release

161 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10011 40.74366 -73.994507
between Sixth and Seventh Aves.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-633-6113 Send to Phone

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  • Scene: After Hours, DJ, Gay Bar, Lounge, Nightclub, Private Party Space, Singles Scene

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Official Website

releasenyc.com

Nearby Subway Stops

1 at 23rd St.

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American Express, MasterCard, Visa

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A logo of a silhouetted torso sets the toned tone for the first club from Aaron Tanner, the gay porn star turned party promoter. Between paintings of rock-solid nudes (a new gay/lesbian artist shows every three weeks) and shirtless men behind the prodigious bar serving David Barton gym members in fitted T-shirts multiplied by a mirrored ceiling, the narrow blue-gray front area holds more six packs than an overstocked bodega freezer. Whatever a four-hour, two-for-one happy hour and a few loungy leather booths do to set back your workout will be counteracted by the gonna-make-you-sweat house of guest D.J.s like Eddie Baez, and John Lauderdale whose circuit-party reputations exceed the meager square footage of the boxy, hardwood dance floor at rear. Though blue lights, black mirrors, a concrete floor, and steel finishes make the space feel like Queens’s idea of industrial cool, the tiny, candlelit basement lounge (with its separate bar and DJ booth) provide unexpected warmth.

Extra

Increased Options: Thanks to the bar’s wireless internet access, you can now cruise Craigslist and your fellow drinkers at the same time.

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