Top 5 Gay-Nightlife Spots

The Duplex Piano Bar & Cabaret.Photo: Shanna Ravindra

The Duplex Piano Bar & Cabaret
61 Christopher St., at Seventh Ave.; 212-255-5438
Although the Duplex looks like a quiet West Village corner home, there’s a raucous world of great cabaret behind its French doors.

XL Nightclub
512 W. 42nd St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-239-2999
The latest muscle-boy hot spot is actually a reboot, both of a former club in Chelsea that closed in 2006 and of a concept: the sprawling, hedonistic danceterias of yore.

The Phoenix
447 E. 13th St., at Ave. A; 212-477-9979
A rock-and-roll bar where beer-gulping Popeyes chat each other up to Britpop and vintage punk.

The Cock
29 Second Ave., nr. 2nd St.;
This souped-up, freaked-out mainstay of the gay nightlife scene has been an institution since it opened in the late nineties.

Flaming Saddles
793 Ninth Ave., nr. 53rd St.; 212-713-0481
Don’t be afraid to bust out some chaps and a cowboy hat at this Hell’s Kitchen Western-themed gay bar.

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Top 5 Gay-Nightlife Spots