Comfort Inn Central Park West
31 West 71st St.
New York, NY 10023-4103
Phone: (212) 721-4770
Fax: (212) 579-8544
Despite a healthy gay population on the Upper West Side, there are surprisingly few locations in the area catering to gay men. Candle Bar is one of the rare ones, a cozy spot dominated by a crowd of local, older guys. It offers pool, a generous happy hour from Monday to Friday, and daily drink specials. Service is friendly and professional. In other words, it fits right into the neighborhood. Only cash accepted.
Do you love listening to jazz? If yes, then Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola is the place to be at. Hosting several jazz concerts, this club has witnessed performances by numerous well-known jazz players. Offering educational programs on understanding the art of jazz, this theater has carved a niche for itself by encouraging the emerging musicians interested in playing jazz. To know more about this venue, please check the website.
Half & Half is an arcade and a dance club at the exquisite Hudson Hotel. The theme is influenced by the art and music setting New York's downtown area during the early 1980's. It is focused around interesting art installations that change every month, giving the decor a completely different vision to the space and enhancing the total experience. The gourmet fare is from Morgans Corporate Executive Chef Tien Ho, impressing with his trademark dishes of Cold Cheese Pizza, Signature Half & Half Sub and S'Mores In A Jar. To accompany the appetizing food, cocktails are served straight from the famous mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana. For upcoming artist's installation check the website.
If God were a DJ, then Providence might be his/her choice. This former church and famed recording studio turned classy restaurant/club is a celestial space. But heavenly atmospheres also mean lofty prices. American and European fare is served for dinner. Their price fixe deal is a good option. On the weekends, head down to the Triumph Room to dance off the calories. Unless there is divine intervention, Providence will cost you. Sharp dressers are encouraged. Go all out and see where it leads you. Perhaps you'll meet someone named Yahweh or another stranger.
Situated on 55th Street in the Dream Hotel, Rm Fifty5 is a dreamy lounge full of fantasy, like the talented waitress is actually interested in what you have to say, Mr. Out-of-Towner. The vibe is trippy and relaxed in this darkly lit, somewhat gaudily decorated space. Bottles of bubbly pop along with a range of cocktails like the Poolside and the Tiger Lily. They also serve bottled beer at a reasonable price for the setting. Definitely worth a gander to escape reality for a bit, but someone should tell the owner the name is stupid rather than pure fantasy.
Located on the second floor of the famous Studio 54 in New York, Upstairs is a bar and a nightclub and a venue for hosting private parties too. What was once termed as a high-tech bar and hosted the ultimate parties in town, Studio 54 was unceremoniously closed down by its owners and re-opened as a theater venue later. Upstairs at Studio 54, is a form of tribute to legendary Studio 54. The captivating atmosphere of the club and the rocking music that it features, make it the perfect venue for a great night out. The club also provides great food and drinks and you can also see live bands performing occasionally. A number of concerts and musicals are also staged at this place.
Iguana New York is a Mexican food paradise right inside the hep city of New York. While you will be amazed to just dive into a myriad flavors of Margaritas and Mojitos here, Chicken Taquitos and Quesadillas are some dishes that would totally put you on an altogether another high. Iguana has splendid decor with separate levels for dining and dancing so you can enjoy both in their exclusive zones respectively. The club also hosts parties and events upon request.
A search for the perfect venue for rock out concerts drives you to Midtown Manhattan, where you'll find Terminal 5. This colossal venue is a facility with many levels, allowing multiple events to take place at the same time. Stellar sound and light technology and a design that allows unobstructed views of the stage makes this place a favorite entertainment hub among locals. Winning accolades for the almost flawless technical support, the venue also receives a thumbs up for its capacity of up to 3000. Terminal 5 has the same box office number as Mercury Lounge, so do call ahead for more details.
The Flaming Saddles Saloon, voted as the best country gay bar, offers a world of fun with cute dancing bartenders performing to the music and to the crowds. This nightclub has a Western theme, hence the country music. The food consists of chili and sliders, and beer makes up most of the beverage list, though cocktails and sangria also feature on the menu. The happy hour deals drive one crazy with their cheap prices. The ambiance is one of a never ending party with everyone dancing to the grooving music, and heart-stoppingly handsome gay men hanging out together.
Therapy is the cool and chilled out lounge set in a former carriage house, but it surely exudes style and warmth. After a day filled with traffic woes and office deadlines, all you need is good music, delicious food and your favorite drink. Gorge on the chicken sandwich or the Therapy Burger and enjoy the shows. Catch the 'Comedy Hour' show and you will forget all your tensions and worries. Truly a hip and happening place always buzzing with enthusiastic crowd.
New York is indisputably the hub of jazz music. It's the ideal place where jazz lovers meet and exchange ideas. Iridium Jazz Club, located in the glitzy Upper West Side, offers unlimited soothing music to patrons. Live concerts by versatile performers from around the world make the experience especially interesting. What's more, the bar provides guests all kinds of drinks that helps them jazz the night away.
The Tonic Bar is a fantastic restrobar located in the city of New York. Though a little on the loud side, with bold red and brown making up the interiors coupled with the blaring music from the plasma tv's; this place is a good spot to hang-out after work. The bar serves Italian, Cajun and American cuisine, while there is an extensive list for drinks which spans wines and interesting combinations of cocktails. Sports fans regularly throng the place, enjoying a game on the large screen plasma tv's and it is also a great place to host a party. Try to get in early on weekends, as the place is a popular haunt for tourists visiting Manhattan.