Where to party after the Pride March
The Stonewall Inn will be the "mecca" of Pride March after-parties, according to its manager. (Getty)
By Amanda Lindner and Allie Rolnik
Special to amNewYork
Sundays NYC Pride March ends at Christopher and Greenwich streets. And the thousands of people crowding the West Villages streets need somewhere to party afterward. Here are our top picks in the neighborhood.
53 Christopher St., at Seventh Ave. S., 212-488-2705
This month marks the 40th anniversary of the event that birthed the modern gay rights movement the riots, which occurred on June 28, 1969, outside the Stonewall Inn after police stormed the venue and kicked out gay patrons. Hence, the famed establishment is the mecca of Sundays celebration, according to manager Kurt Kelley, who said everybody and anybody is welcome to join in the festivities. Were where it all started and where the parade ends so everybody, and I mean everybody, is going to be here, Kelley said.
8 Christopher St., btwn Greenwich Ave. and Gay St., 212-929-9291
Glitter and rainbow decorations are the backdrop for Pieces gigantic dance party. The parade passes right in front of us, so our customers can watch for a while, grab drinks inside, then go back out, all day long, said manager Eric Einstein. Its become a Christopher Street institution. The bars $7 cover charge includes a free shot.
80 Grove St., btwn Waverly Pl. and W. Fourth St., 212-924-3558
Put a piano bar upstairs and a club downstairs, and you get a guaranteed fun night at this Village classic. Cover charge is $10.
159 W. 10th St., at Waverly Pl., 212-243-1928
Dating back to 1867, Julius is one of the oldest bars in the city and a landmark for the gay rights movement. On April 21, 1966, a sip-in was staged to protest people who wouldnt serve alcohol to gay patrons. Today, Julius is the oldest operating gay bar in New York, and preserves its historic status by keeping things classy. Were a more traditional, older kind of bar, so theres no go-go dancers, but itll be a great time, bartender Gary Gura said.Henrietta Hudson
438 Hudson St., at Morton St., 212-924-3347
This lesbian bar hosts an all-day, all-night party Sunday with a variety of contests every hour, everything from wet T-shirt competitions to a rainbow clothing challenge. The back bar includes a sidewalk cafe, beer pong and flip-cup. For those looking to bring out their inner stripper, a pole is cemented on the stage.
115 Christopher St., btwn Bleecker and Hudson sts., 212-627-2044
Located directly on the parade route, The Hangar is sure to be jam-packed after the parade. Its going to be the DJ going and booze flowing all night, manager Steve Kramer said. Its just going to be a crazy fun night with everyone stopping in from the parade.
76 Christopher St., btwn Bleecker St. and Seventh Ave. S., 212-633-1986
Western-themed bar Boots & Saddle has some of the best drink prices around. After the parade Sunday, beer and house drinks are $3 until 9 p.m., and $4 from then until 4 a.m. Patrons can also participate in karaoke.