Monday, March 28, 2011

New York's best hookup bars

The rainbow-hued, see-through bathroom doors at this sleek bar become opaque when locked—which of course encourages patrons to get up to all sorts of randy shenanigans. Bar manager Christopher Ferrante has seen two (and more) people exiting the unisex stalls together, and empathizes: “It’s a neat place to meet.” Loosen up at the long, curvaceous bar with a jumbo cocktail (like the $15 Tartini)—believe us, you’ll need it before tackling those Star Trek–ish love toilets. 89 Mercer St between Broome and Spring Sts (212-274-0989,
This go-to gay dive opened in 1996, and rumor has it the boys are easy (well, as easy as Chelsea gets these days). Proof of its slutdom comes in the form of homoerotic video screenings, $1 kamikaze shots every Wednesday, select two-for-one specials on weekdays and red-light-district-style lamps on the tables. But, says assistant manager David Serrano, “after a few of our strong drinks, everyone’s easy!” 275 W 22nd St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-645-8613,
Henrietta Hudson
With its stripper pole, dance cage and bar top doubling as a stage, most patrons at this lez bar at least reach second base. “These girls are sluts,” jokes owner Lisa Graziano. “Future ex-girlfriends is what you create here—and that’s a fact.” The $7 house drinks and two-for-one specials (weekdays 4–7pm, weekends 2–5pm) don’t encourage faithfulness either.438 Hudson St between at Morton St (212-924-3347,
Joshua Tree
This Murray Hill bar has been kicking around for 12 years and still attracts a predominantly young, postgraduate, ass-seeking crowd. With daily happy hours from noon to 8pm, ’80s music blasting from every speaker, 23 beers on draft and—oh, yeah!—singles making out everywhere, there’s a good chance you’ll end up leaving with a new friend. Confirms manager Gareth Fagan, “The success rate of people hooking up here is pretty high.” Score.513 Third Ave between 34th and 35th Sts (212-689-0058,
Miss Favela
Bem vindo a sesta! (That’s “Welcome to the party!” in Portuguese.) This cheery Brazilian bar combines seriously strong drinks (like ever-so-sweet caipirinhas, $8) with bumpin’ forromusic, ensuring that the dance floor stays sweaty and packed till the 4am closing time. 57 South 5th St between Kent and Wythe Aves, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-230-4040,
A perennial spot for horny hipsters, this bar boasts all the tools necessary for an easy hookup: an upstairs lounge, a downstairs bar, a showroom with live bands and performers, and a 2–7pm happy-hour special with $4 frozen margaritas to warm you up. 158 Ludlow St between Rivington and Stanton Sts (212-505-3733,
R Bar
“R Bar just oozes sex,” says manager Michelle Tanhoff; it’s hard to argue with gold-topped bars, glittering chandeliers, holograms of scantily clad women, walls covered in red and black leather mixed with velvet, and four stripper poles. Drinks are $1 off every Thursday and Friday from 7 to 11pm; Wednesday is lesbian night (8pm–3am); and there’s a gay-themed party with go-go boys in the works. 218 Bowery between Prince and Spring Sts (212-334-0484,
Village Pourhouse
Shoot and score in more ways than one at this frattastic hang spot, featuring sports on the telly, 25 beers on tap, and many a rowdy game of flip cup or beer pong. With any luck, you’ll leave here the same way you left every college party: in a drunken blur, and not at all caring about tomorrow’s walk of shame. 64 Third Ave at 11th St (212-979-2337,

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