The Boiler Room

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69 Not Terrible

The original East Village gay dive bar still packs ‘em in.

86 E. 4th St., New York, NY, 10003


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The lowdown

So what if you’re gay? Such is the attitude at this friendly, unobtrusive, post-gay gay bar that helped put the queer East Village bar scene on the map. Come early for happy hour (but don’t even think about ordering a mixed drink, or you’ll be severely disappointed), where discreet sitting areas provide a respite from the heavy cruising in the main room, with cozy nooks and crannies where randy patrons can fumble toward ecstasy before splitting for clammier climes. And remember it’s a dive bar, which only takes cash, and where on busy evenings, fresh-faced NYU students flock to in droves.

What you need to know

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelBring earplugs!