Bachlor and Bachlorette Party
|New York City is definitely a homoe sexual metropolitan paradise. HUndreds of gaybars, restaraunts, hotels, establishments and more await you in this jungle of concrete and steel. Unless you live there, I highly doubt you could do everything in a week, so my goal in the Gay New York City section of gayweddinggear.com is to provide you with different trips I have taken to New York and hopefully give you a guide as to what is good and fun in gay New York.
Trip on 4-11-07 to 4-13-07 Midtown Manhattan.
This was a business trip the the lovely lady Manhattan. I was attending a conference, but luckily I sitll had plenty of time to go exploring Midtown as I had not been to New York in a few years. Midtown is great, it not only is the home to Broadway, 5th Avenue, Borders Central Park, but it is also the home to new and vibrant Gay bars, hotels, and establishments all around. The one thing you will have to remember though when you go to Midtown or New York City in general is that the rooms will be small. Well, unless you can afford a suite for like $700 a night or if you stay at a major chain, and even then you might get stuck in a space the size of a regular persons bathroom. But when you think about it, when your on vacation or a honey moon, all you are really in your room for is sleep, showers and shags. With this in mind, the size shouldn't matter or get you down, well unless its shagging, then of course size matters, ;-). The important thing is that you are in the middle of everything and you are going to have a fabulous trip. Anyways, onto my reviews. The hotels are from my room as well as the rooms my friends stayed in and the way they helped describe them to me. The bars and restaraunts on the other hand I definitely enjoyed first hand on this trip and if you plan on staying in Midtown Manhattan, you have definitely found the right webpage to findout what there is to do for a gay man or lesbian in Midtown Manhattan.
The Paramount Hotel on W. 46th Street and Times Square
The Paramount Hotel is the hotel I decided to stay at. There were multiple reasons for this choice, however the one that settled my decision was that I got an amazing deal on it with Travelocity.com . Only 600.00 for my flight and hotel with only a 6 day advanced notice. It wasn;t even a lastminute package deal. Anyways, the other reasons which make the Paramount hotel a great place to stay are:
1. It is an extremely modern hotel with luxorious high ceilings and down conforters. The lobby is breathtaking, lit with multiple colors. The chairs are all unique form one another and the trees are branches with orchid baskets and bags hanging from the branches. The desks and counters for the people at the check in are made of a nice white marble and there is a huge stone and metal staircase which has a sort of wavy flow to them as none of it is semetrical or level. Well accept for the stairs.
The Hilton on the Avenue of The Americas
The Hilton Hotel is exactly like other hiltons. They overdid the lobby, and the staff there tries to sell you everything from time shares to the stores. It gets really old really fast. The prices are high, however the rooms are large for NYC. The location isn't good for most gay bars or Broadway shows, however, if your goal is to have a nice sized room and you do not mind $12-$16 cab rides or 15 to 30 minute walks to some more fun areas, this is the place for you.
Gay Nightlife in Midtown and Broadway shows
Thrapy is a fun gaybar to hangout in. It is fairly modern and decorated to be upscale and modern. Almost everything inside is very modern and underneath the stairs is a pebble and candle garden. All of the bars on both floors are made of metal and the tables are made of polised wood. The drinks are very reasonably priced and on the second floor you can watch American Idol and other trendy programs on their large screen projection.
Posh is one of the worst bars I have ever been to. It is small, cramped and very annoying. The drinks are weak and try to avoid drinking rail. There is only one toilet for the entire bar and the seating area was pretty foul. I honestly cannot say this bar was a good time at all and cannot reccomend it. However, just because I don't like it doesn't mean you wont like it. Give it a shot because having a good time can be dependent on who you are hanging out with. Maybe it will be a better experience for you. =0).
If you like the color red, you are going to love Barrage. Everything is red, I swear if you are an apple you are going to dissapear in this place. Anyways, it is one of the smallest bars I ahve ever been to, but the drinks are cheap and the bathrooms are nice with plenty of room. The one creepy thing about the bathrooms though is that they have mirrors above the urinals pointed down so that when someone looks at the mirror they can see your &^TU. Other than that the bar was a good time. They have a dj playing cds and the music is a fun and eclectic mix.
Vlada is set down a short flight of stairs and when you get in you will see an orangish curved ceiling which makes you feel slightly trapped. The bar is huge but the alley way inbetween the bar and the sitting area is tiny. Towards the back you will find the bathrooms and to the right you will find the staircase to take you to the upper floor.
So Splash isn't in Midtown, however it was still part of this trip and is definitely worth a mention. It has always been one of my favorite spots to go dancing and have fun in NYC.
The Drowsey Chaperone
The Drowsey chaperone actually ended up being fabulous. It is campy, dancy, bouncy and the songs are absolutely fun. The show starts int he dark but I won't ruin the rest. The plot starts with a man in his room talking about being gay, divorcing his wife, getting drunk, ehhhh the usual.