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The Townhouse

236 E. 58th St., New York, NY 10022 40.760285 -73.965741
nr. Third Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-754-4649 Send to Phone

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  • Scene: After Work, Gay Bar, Lounge, Singles Scene
Photo by Michelle Rial

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Sun-Wed, 4pm-3am; Thu-Sat, 4pm-4am

Happy Hour

Daily, 4pm-8pm; $2 off all drinks

Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6 at 59th St.; N, Q, R at Lexington Ave.-59th St.

Payment Methods

Cash Only


Like most of its patrons, the venerable Townhouse has been around the block; its longevity is guaranteed by its clientele—a section of the gay population often ignored or underserved at most other bars. Serving over-40, wealthy-seeming men from points east of Central Park or reachable only via Metro-North, The Townhouse steers clear of disco balls, dance floors, and DJs. Instead, the three tidy bars here resemble those found in grand-dame hotels and gentlemen's clubs. The décor of hunting prints, dark fabrics, large couches and wood chairs manages to be cozy without crossing the line to stuffy; the bartenders' monogrammed Oxford shirts come off as cute, not pretentious; and, the dress code, while strict, isn't overbearing or hard to achieve. The front bar, usually the busiest, comes alive during happy hour while a second bar, reached through a small annex, is anchored by a piano on which proficient ivory-ticklers croon standards for an appreciative crowd. A more private lounge can be found downstairs, where slightly risqué photos hang above dark couches and men tend to sit together in pairs ready to cruise.

Dress Code

No hats, no torn clothing, no sleeveless t-shirts or cutoff shorts, no workout clothing or gym gear.