One of the few strictly straight places in Chelsea, Flight 151 seems more than a little out of place on the Eighth Avenue strip. In comparison to its hyper-designed neighbors, for instance, this aeronautically themed bar never quite gets off the ground aesthetically with its random airport signs and model airplanes. Sure, there’s a fairly eye-catching, Art Deco-y mural of a plane flying through the skyscraper canyons of Manhattan in the back table area, but not even that makes up for the feeling that you could be in a generic sports bar in any city in America. (Yes, there are several strategically placed overhead TVs tuned to different games, and the patrons actually pay attention to them.) And though there’s a trivia night on Thursdays—plus, $4 margaritas on Mondays, shot specials on Wednesdays, and a flip-for-your-drink contest on Tuesdays—it pales in contrast to any of the raucous drag-hosted versions elsewhere in the neighborhood.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.