167 Eighth Ave., New York, NY, 10011
nr. 18th St.
By MySlant on 11/20/2012
I don't recommend this place. The Bar's management opposes any display of affectionate behavior among the patrons. To wit, my buddy was asked by the management to stop giving me a foot rub (the sneakers were off but the socks remained on). It should be noted that this is not an upscale establishment where more discreet conduct would be expected. It is, rather, a no-frills, casual attire, smallish neighborhood gay bar. So, after we finished our drinks and were on our way out of the bar, I stopped before the exit and confronted the apparently not-so-intelligent, middle aged, heavy set, Irish looking door person who followed up on the request made to my buddy by a bar hand. I told him that he has a bad attitude. His response was that "this is a sports bar." Presumably, his concept of a sports bar is one that should be patronized only by heterosexual males whose sole purpose is to watch and discuss sports. I told him how incredibly ridiculous and out-of-touch with reality his comment was, that my buddy's and my behavior was benign compared to other acts of affection commonly engaged in by patrons in gay bars, that his bad attitude does not make business sense (not only losing my business but that of friends who would meet me there) and that we will never patronize that bar again.
By Gone4good on 2/26/2011
Even after reading the bad reviews I decided to give Gym Sports Bar a try. BIG MISTAKE. The other bad reviews given to this bar were deserved. The service was poor and drinks over-prices. Also my drink was mixed horribly. If you're looking for a chill sports bar for guys who like guys, I would go to Boxers a few blocks away.
By cm2822 on 4/29/2010
after being ignored by the bartender for no clear reason (it wasn't busy) and then getting the weakest drink I've ever had at a bar, the bartender had the nerve to be bitchy when I didn't leave a tip. sorry, bad service doesn't deserve a tip. i don't get the attitude here - why be rude to paying customers in these trying economic times? There are so many other, much better bars, so why drive your customers away? Oh, and don't let the "gym" name fool you - I went here expecting a sports bar atmosphere. You can't hear any of the games (when they showed any at all) for the loud dance music, and the bartenders and customers (for the most part) are about the b*tchiest queens this side of Chelsea! It's funny, b/c it's almost like they're doing straight-guy drag - you know, they're pretending to be "sporty" and laid back, when in reality it's the most attitude-filled gay bar I've been to in NY. I've lived here 3 years now and will never go back to gym. Dealing with such b*tchiness reminds me of why I avoid some gay bars like the plague! For truly laid-back, chill places, try almost any of the bars in the East Village - Boiler Room, Easternbloc, Phoenix, Nowhere - just to name a few.
By Adguy35 on 2/13/2010
Wow. Ya gotta love Gym bar. Such a simple concept--executed very well. I'm not quite understanding the previous bad reviews. I love Gym bar and have loved it for years. The staff is top notch and very friendly. The atmosphere is always jumping. Thursdays tend to be a great night in the fall and spring due to the fact Gotham volleyball players take over the place from 8-11 PM. And the Water polo boys make it their haunt on Tuesday nights. The music is always fun and inspiring...not the same old redundant bass thumping shenanigans. And big sporting events make for a great time: NFL games, tennis, World Cup four years ago was incredible. It's pretty much my favorite place to hang out. Laid back and always good, sporting fun.
By duder on 5/12/2009
I have to agree that Gym is not that great of a bar. The bouncers and bartenders are less than friendly and the vibe leaves much to be desired. As a native New Yorker I much prefer the atmosphere of Baraccuda or Xes if you're going to be in Chelsea. Those bars are alot more chill. Or try Barrage if you're willing to go to Hell''s Kitchen. They have great $3 cosmos on Monday nights. I personally think the bars I listed are a lot friendier and have a neighborhood feel to them.
By DJ212 on 5/9/2009
I went to this bar one Friday night and the bartenders were rude and snapped at me for no reason. Also my drinks are weak and over priced. It claims to be a "sports bar", but it has none of the friendly, laid back atmophere of any sports bar I've ever been to. Go to one of the other 50 bars on Eight Avenue instead. You'll be treated better and have alot more fun.
By hendecam on 5/19/2008
the bouncers here have a sketchy policy when it comes to kicking ppl out. they might kick you out, then give you a free drink chip since you just got a beer, and then the bartender will yell at you for not leaving a tip when you already tipped the first time (why on earth would you tip again when they're so rude?). w/all the awesome places in NY to go, don't bother with this one. For a "sports" bar, I ran into more attitude here than any other bar I've ever been to.
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