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Friend's Tavern

78-11 Roosevelt Ave., Queens, NY 11372 40.747282 -73.887549
nr. 78th St.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-397-7256 Send to Phone

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    8 out of 10


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  • Scene: After Work, Gay Bar, Karaoke Nights, Neighborhood Bar
Photo by Patrick Siggins

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Daily, 4pm-4am

Happy Hour

Daily, 4pm-9pm; most cocktails half-price

Nearby Subway Stops

E, F, M, R at Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Ave.; 7 at 74th St.-Broadway

Payment Methods

Cash Only


Opened in 1989, Friend’s Tavern was well into its second renovation when most Chelsea gay bars were slapping on their first coat of paint. However, Jackson Heights’ oldest homo hangout is certainly not its dullest. The long, narrow space brims warmly with the usual curio of gay life—white-painted ionic columns and more smoke-and-mirrors glitz than a Marlene Dietrich talkie—and gets an added shot of charisma when it’s filled with Latin American pop music. True to Jackson Heights, the bar maintains a diverse mixture of smiling locals and full-bellied, muscled and sleeveless gay Manhattanites stopping off for a drink after dinner at one of the nearby ethnic eateries. The happy hour—presided over by bartenders who greet you with a handshake—lasts from 4pm–9pm every day.