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The Monster

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80 Grove St., New York, NY 10014 40.733373 -74.00234
nr. 4th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-924-3558 Send to Phone

  • Reader Rating:

    7 out of 10

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    3 Reviews | Write a Review

  • Scene: Latin, After Work, Cabaret, DJ, Gay Bar, Live Music, Lounge, Neighborhood Bar, Singles Scene
Photo by Shanna Ravindra

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Official Website

manhattan-monster.com

Hours

Mon-Fri, 4pm-4am; Sat-Sun, 2pm-4am

Happy Hour

Mon-Fri, 4pm-9pm; Daily Specials
Sat-Sun, 2pm-9pm; Daily Specials

Nearby Subway Stops

1 at Christopher St.-Sheridan Sq.; A, B, C, D, E, F, M at W. 4th St.-Washington Sq.

Cover Charge

$6-8

Payment Methods

Cash Only

Profile

If you've been wondering whatever came of your forty- to fiftysomething gay friends, then a good place to start the hunt might be the Monster. Cheerfully decorated with playbills, movie posters, and other classic gay ephemera, the sprawling ground floor draws large happy-hour crowds, which line up along both sides of the large bar and then hit a nearby buffet station for free hot hors d'oeuvres. Farther in, a piano player draws lusty showtune-belters during the early evening. A bit later, the basement opens up. Heading down the spiral staircase, you'll find a dance floor that's been in place since the 1930s, when this was El Chico nightclub. On the other side, beyond a smaller set of stairs, is a small lounge for chatting and decorated with a long fish tank. Later still, the underground space heats up with a crowd that's younger and more racially mixed than the happy-hour shift. Frequent drag shows and go-go boys shaking their stuff almost nightly help keep the basement pumping.

Latin Night

Mon, 10pm-4am; Latin drag show with Barbra Herr

High Voltage
Wed, 10pm-4am; drag show act with Jesse Volt

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