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Best Midtown Gay Bar
Barrage
401 West 47th Street
212-586-9390


Barrage is one of several gay lounges to descend upon midtown recently—only a year ago, the only real option was Stella’s (a randy collision of theater queens and in-your-face go-go boys). On the heels of the recently unveiled Chase (aiming for Chelsea-esque upscale pretension) and Hannah’s Lava Lounge (working for a kooky, it’s-cool-to-wear-your-fez-in-here East Village feel), Barrage’s lack of any discernible identity works in its favor: The crowd doesn’t know whether to be bitchy (Chelsea) or wacky and off-kilter (East Village). Stripped of these options, the people at Barrage usually err on the side of friendliness—which means it’s a great place to go if you actually want to meet people, and a very bad place to go if you want to brood over a Stoli raspberry.
 
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