There are way too many bars in Hell’s Kitchen to list here (16 at last count), but you can get a taste at this hangout, directly across the street from another HK mainstay, Therapy.
The city’s last leather-and-Levis bar carries on the tradition of low lights, busy bathrooms, beer and bears. In warm months, the Sunday rooftop beer blast gets a hot crowd, as do weekend nights. Just don’t wear madras or penny loafers.
The theme is the Wild West, both tribute and send-up of the macho cowboy icon. The music is Country & Western and there's a snack made from frying Frito's in the bag.
The über Chelsea bar, home to the frozen cosmo, just keeps getting more popular. The round bar facilitates cruising; the back lounge areas, conversation. The open, unisex bathrooms are not for the pee shy.
Right across from Stonewall, one of the last of the old-style piano bars and dance clubs stands as a testament to Greenwich Village before it became chic.
The Catholics have the Vatican; the Jews, the Wailing Wall; and we have Stonewall, the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement. You’ll find a friendly, diverse crowd.
If you want a taste of the East Village, this is the place: cute, young guys, a laid-back atmosphere and plenty of carnal, libidinous fun.