Sun-Thu, 5pm-2am; Fri-Sat, 5pm-4am
5pm-8pm; $2 off all drinks
Daily, 11pm-midnight; $2 off all drinks
C, E at 50th St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Barrage is one of several gay lounges to descend upon midtown—before, the only real option was Stella's (a randy collision of theater queens and in-your-face go-go boys). On the heels of Hannah's Lava Lounge (working for a kooky, it's-cool-to-wear-your-fez-in-here East Village feel), Barrage's lack of any discernible identity works in its favor: The crowd doesn't know whether to be bitchy (Chelsea) or wacky and off-kilter (East Village). Stripped of these options, the people at Barrage usually err on the side of friendliness—which means it's a great place to go if you actually want to meet people, and a very bad place to go if you want to brood over a Stoli raspberry.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.