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Your Guide to New York Pride 2023

Robyn Exton

May 16, 2023

Your Guide to New York Pride 2023

The city that never sleeps is no stranger to going big, and the New York Pride 2022 is no exception! 💃🏾 🌈 💃🏼

From protests and marathons to dance parties and variety shows, there’s something for everyone in NYC this Pride.

Have a look at our list and find the perfect place for you and your queer squad to celebrate Pride.

Manhattan Pride Destinations

Cubbyhole – West Village

Cubbyhole is the perfect spot to be surrounded by a welcoming queer community.

Whether you’re meeting new friends or bringing old ones, you’ll never feel alone. The colorful environment and welcoming atmosphere combined with lively music, dancing, and drinks will create an experience during and after Pride. Every Friday enjoy specials on well drinks, wine, and beer.

Henrietta Hudson – West Village

Henrietta Hudson is built by lesbians and made for queer people 🏳️‍🌈
The spacious, airy lounge is a safe space for the queer community to gather safely in a great atmosphere. A cross between a cozy living room and a cafe, you’ll be sure to feel relaxed in the cozy chairs, ottomans, and work areas available.

During Pride month, you can enjoy their Pride Dance Parties with various DJs including Tikka Masala, Vero-MA, and more.

The Stonewall Inn – West Village

Stonewall is an iconic landmark in queer history, so where better to celebrate Pride?

The birthplace of the modern gay rights movement, Stonewall is a pivotal part of the queer community. A place for the community to celebrate and enjoy themselves, the gay bar has a variety of events held every week.

Visit the weekly Piano Bar for guest pianists and singing waitstaff, Karaoke Fridays and the annual Tony Awards party, which includes a drag show and Stonewall Invasion: A weekly drag spectacular featuring a different queen and guests each week.

The Phoenix – East Village

The Phoenix, originally established as The Bar in 1999, has a strong tradition of catering to a diverse and trendy crowd and has become a gay institution in the east village.

The Phoenix has never closed its mind after opening its door. With new management, and a renovated interior, the bar has transformed from “go-to dive” to “be seen at destination”.

Surviving blackouts, hurricanes, and crises in between, the bar has never shuttered, striving to serve a community and neighborhood it holds more dear than the strong drinks poured every night.

Brooklyn Queer Pride Spots

The Bush – Bushwick

Nikke Alleyne and Justine LaViolette created the Bush, a dyke bar for queers, in New York this Spring 2023.

With no hospitality experience, they relied on friends and their network for guidance and hands-on help, debunking the myth that opening a bar requires a million dollars.

The DIY project resulted in a sick space with a curated DJ lineup, unique décor, and a drink menu featuring original cocktails and mocktails.

Gingers – Park Slope

Gingers is a space dedicated to queer women, trans and non-binary people. Chat, drink and relax in a community of like-minded people.

They announce their events on Instagram so hit that follow button and watch out for their next Pride Party announcement.

Oddly Enough – BedStuy

This cute spot in BedStuy is usually more of a date spot, but they turn up for Pride! Come through for DJ sets or even a beverage fest.

Good Judy’s – Park Slope

Good Judy, a lively queer bar in Park Slope, has been injecting life into the Brooklyn nightlife scene since 2020. Situated in the former Excelsior bar space, it honors Brooklyn’s queer legacy. With a packed event calendar featuring drag shows, cabaret, and karaoke nights, and an inviting atmosphere, it’s the perfect spot for a fun-filled night out. Sip on delicious cocktails in the Backyard, groove to the music, and experience the welcoming spirit of Good Judy.

Last year, Brooklyn Pride Parade ended in an amazing block party outside of Good Judy’s.

Metropolitan Bar – East Williamsburg

Metropolitan Bar in Brooklyn welcomes everyone LGBTQ+ and allies alike. Chill on their huge patio and garden, while enjoying their weekly Sunday BBQ held every weekend from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

You won’t be able to resist FREE food, rotating DJs, and backyard shows. Spending Pride here never sounded better.

The Sultan Room – Bushwick

Source: Jeff Brown

The Sultan Room is a sanctuary for our community of artists and revelers. Peaceful behavior is mandatory. Consent is sacrosanct.

Stay tuned to their site to check out the Pride events happening.

Other New York Pride Hotspots

It’s the Big Apple, baby. There’s no shortage of amazing lesbian bars and events to attend. Just don’t forget to rest up, hydrate, and put on some SPF before dancing all day & all night.

Robyn Exton

Robyn is the CEO & Founder of HER. Find her on Twitter.

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