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A Gay New Time


From left, This N That and The Dalloway.  

The Subterranean Disco:
Sweet Fox at Lit Lounge

Dancing, singles scene, fun for straight people
When Boy Wonder Events moved its East Village lesbian-leaning party, Hot Rabbit, to the Monster in the West Village last summer, it left a void in the old neighborhood—one the production team filled with Sweet Fox. Held weekly in the basement of Lit Lounge, the lady-centric gathering has an international roster of techno, pop, and dubstep D.J.’s, a late-night happy hour starting at 1:30 a.m., and good-looking revelers clad in neon and leopard print. Thursdays at 10 p.m.; 93 Second Ave., nr. 6th St.; 212-777-7987.

The Uptown Bro-Down:
F#%K It at No Parking

Drag queen, go-go boys, dancing, singles scene
“A downtown dance club meets an uptown gay bar” is how promoter Kedwin Zapata describes this Monday-night party when promoting it via Facebook. A mix of guys from nearby Washington Heights and not-so-nearby Bedford-Stuyvesant head there for two-for-one cocktails, weekly themes (tribal house, say, or “glow in the dark”), and nearly naked go-go boys turning it out under the pulse of neon lights. Mondays at 5 p.m.; 4168 Broadway, nr. 176th St.; 212-923-8700.

Bars & Clubs

The Occasionally Dancey Dive Bar:
This N That

Drag queens, dancing, singles scene, fun for straight people
Brooklynites already have Metropolitan for lounging and Sugarland for dancing. The latest joint from those spots’ co-owners opened last summer as an in-between option: a gay-and-lesbian Cheers where regulars casually flirt, swill PBR (yes, still), and dance to M83. The vibe is low-key and notably welcoming toward heterosexuals. 108 N. 6th St., nr. Berry St., Williamburg; 718-599-5959.

The Campy Crowd-Pleaser:

Drag queens, dancing, singles scene, fun for straight people
Absurdism reigns supreme at this ten-week-old bar, located in a former electrical-supply store and retooled with clubby décor by the owners of Village mainstay Pieces. Near-nightly D.J. sets and performances by drag divas like Peppermint and Porsche draw large crowds, while periodic Monday parties play mostly artists from the Eurovision Song Contest. 697 Tenth Ave., nr. 47th St.; 212-924-9885.

The Chic Lesbian Lounge:
The Dalloway

Singles scene, fun for straight people
The former Lani Kai space, which opened in November, routinely packs in fashionable lesbians for dinner and after-work drinks but reaches critical mass on Thursdays around 10 p.m. That’s when reality stars turned co-owners Kim Stolz and Amanda Leigh Dunn (of America’s Next Top Model and The Real L Word, respectively) herd their lipstick-lesbian friends—many of them models—into a small VIP area, while everyone else vies for space at the basement bar. 525 Broome St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-966-9620.

The Casual Sports Bar:

Drag queens, dancing, singles scene, fun for straight people
The happy-hour crowd at this new-this-week watering hole can be found watching the NFL playoffs, Stella in hand. The only indication that this isn’t your average-Joe drinkery are the bartenders—clad in little more than the nightspot’s namesake. What distinguishes the Hell’s Kitchen outpost from the Flatiron original is an expansive rooftop terrace, an in-the-works fire pit, and a basement venue, the Dog Pound, which opens as a club around 10 p.m., with D.J.’s, strobe lights, and a 30-foot music-video wall. 742 Ninth Ave., at 50th St.; 212-951-1518.

XL at the Out NYC   

The Modern Megaclub:
XL at the Out NYC

Tough door, drag queens, go-go boys, singles scene
When this “straight-friendly” hotel opened off Times Square last year, the first floor was converted into an eighties-era discotheque, complete with three bars, a stage for performances by the likes of Cher Lloyd and Carmen Electra, and an impressive Dan Flavin–esque bathroom. At 14,000 square feet, though, even muscled-out Chelsea men and their bulging tees have trouble filling Friday’s pop-and-top-40-heavy Rockit party; Sunday’s Latino Night is more popular. 512 W. 42nd St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-239-2999.


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