The Scene

Editors' picks for the best parties, clubs and bars in NYC

If you missed the first edition in April, you’re in luck. Kate of lovergirlnyc, girlNATIONnyc, NYdreamgyrl, Cynthia Russo, Shameen and Las Reinas Ent are bringing it back again for May, and this one promises to be even more epic than the last. Beat destroying DJs 5-Star General Mary Mac, Charo Velecio and RosyQ will be rocking the sound system at XL Nightclub while you rock the spacious dance floor and party hard with a diverse group of gorgeous women! DJ RosyQ will be celebrating her birthday, so be sure to do it up right with her. Two-for-one drinks from 10pm to 11pm, with hookah available. Get your advance tickets!
We mentioned it before, but more room is required to explain the awesomeness that is Scissor Sunday. After four successful years at the Rusty Knot that turned it into a community favorite, this weekly Sunday tea dance is making its new home at Henrietta Hudson, starting May 22. Legends JD Samson and Amber Valentine will continue to host, bringing you incredible guest DJs from all over the world (Samson and Valentine will be spinning, as well)! This party is for everyone; nothing but good music and good vibes, with free Material vodka drinks from 4pm to 5pm. Hard to argue with that.
It’s been two years, and that’s far too long. Maggie C's epic, sexy, beloved outdoor Sunday party for women, Stiletto Sundays, returns for the season on May 29 at the stunning Park Penthouse/Rooftop! This will be THE place to party Memorial Day Weekend, with DJs shErOCK and Nasty on the decks, keeping hundreds of beautiful women moving. Enjoy a beautiful outdoor location, full food menu and killer drink specials. For more information and reservations, email Sponsored by GO?Magazine.
If you’re going to celebrate Queens Pride weekend, do it with a Queens-born party that has been rocking NYC nightlife for 20 years.  This special anniversary edition on the Friday before Queens Pride is not to be missed if you’re looking to do it right. Krash is presented by JR and Tommy, in association with Cynthia Russo and Mike Cruz, and takes place at the killer Queens hotspot, Amadeus. The music is sure to be on point, with beats by international DJs Mike Cruz, Mary Mac and Norty Cotto. Advance tickets are available now, so don’t miss out!
We are proud to co-host the return of one of Brooklyn’s most legendary parties, Laid, right in time for Brooklyn Pride! This party will be donating a portion of its proceeds to the Astraea Foundation in Ellie Conant’s name, so it is very important that you come out to celebrate Brooklyn Pride and party hard in honor of Ellie’s memory. In conjunction with Set It Off, Laid has thrown together a night of epicness like only they can, with DJs Mursi Layne, Abdu Ali, Oscar Nn, Roze Royze and Noa D taking care of the music while you dance the night away at the Bell House! Sponsored by Posture Magazine and GO Magazine.
With warm summer nights around the corner, New York’s cutest queers are waking up from their winter doldrums and getting ready to party. And on Friday nights, we know where they’ll be. Hot Rabbit is all moved in to its new location at Boots & Saddle, with fabulous rotating, queertastic DJs on the decks week after week, a packed dance floor, and some of the most exciting performers in the city werkin’ the stage. Once every two weeks, Saturday nights at Lot 45 in Bushwick become Bad Habit. Same amazing sound and performers, and a hoppin’ crowd of eye candy at one of Brooklyn’s sexiest venues. Don’t miss their 2nd Annual Gay Prom on May 14. On June 11, Bad Habit serves as the official after party for Brooklyn Pride; featuring a special pop performance by intl’ cover girl Madison Paige and a Lez Rap performance by Toylette; plus top Brooklyn-based DJs and vogue-go magic.
Under new management, the only lesbian bar in Queens is back and better than ever! Five nights a week, they’re bringing you nightly events that will make you excited to head out to the northeast borough. The full lineup consists of Wacky Wednesdays, Throw Back Thursdays, Social Fridays, Rumba Saturdays and Sunday FunDays. Enjoy the friendly, neighborhood atmosphere as you break it down on the dance floor. Your destination for a sexy night out.
Ask just about anyone in the community, and they’ll tell you that there’s something about this adorable West Village hole-in-the-wall that keeps them coming back again and again. It might be that “Cubby” has some of the friendliest patrons and staff in the city. Could be the variety of weekly parties (Hump Day Wednesdays are the best way to get over the mid-week lull). Might also be the cheap, yet delicious drinks (hellllooo $2 Margarita Tuesdays!). But whatever the reason, we couldn’t agree more that Cubby is a great place to be, any night of the week. Taking into account Cubby’s popularity and not-large square footage, the place is packed most nights. But sometimes, bumping into a cute girl “by accident” has a way of working out. 
Brooklyn’s only seven-day-a-week lesbian bar is known for its welcoming atmosphere and chill vibe. The garden out back is perfect for hanging out with a cold beer (drink specials every day of the week!), the pool table is always open for business, and every night of the week is a little bit different: Sing your heart out at Thursday’s Brooklyn Idol or meet someone special on Friday night during Singles Night. Even better, Brooklyn Pride is around the corner, and Ginger’s is always THE place to be! Located right on Fifth Ave, festival territory, the beer tent out front will be the perfect place to perch while enjoying the sights and sounds of Pride. Any night of the week, this Irish-lesbian-owned establishment is a must-visit when you’re in Brooklyn.
“Hen’s” has become synonymous with New York City lesbian and queer nightlife. For 25 years, this bar on Hudson Street has been thrilling our community with the hottest parties and coolest events. Ever-evolving, there’s a reason this place has been successful for so long. And this spring is no exception, with a variety of events and parties to kickoff the warm months. We’re always excited for weekly staples like Thursday’s Homotown with DJ Tikka Masala, or Turnt Up Fridays with DJ Nikki Lions and jaw-dropping performances, but we’re especially looking forward to the new additions. Sessions, an earlier, after werq Friday weekly party, features a rotating cast of NYC’s most notorious female DJs helping you relax and unwind after a long week. Perhaps most exciting, beginning on May 22, Scissor Sunday, hosted by JD Samson and Amber Valentine, will make its way to 438 Hudson!
Stonewall, “the birthplace of Pride,” is a good bet any night of the week, with LGBTQA’s from all over the world stopping by to enjoy a drink at the legendary watering hole. However, for all you lady lovers out there, we have a few specific recommendations. First is Anything Goes, a weekly Thursday night party hosted by Danielle, featuring karaoke, flip cup, pool and more attractive women than you’ll know what to do with. Also, it’s always free, which doesn’t hurt. The next night’s weekly option is Lesbo-A-Go-Go, one of the longest-running LGBT dance parties in the city, and for good reason. High energy go-gos rock the stage while rotating, kick-ass DJs keep the music going and you dance the night away with a packed room full of beautiful women. Nice way to spend a Friday, right? Speaking of Fridays, the first of each month features girlNATIONnyc taking over upstairs for a night of dancing and drinking with, you guessed it, tons of lovely ladies. Rotating DJs spin and sexy bartenders Mel and Poppi serve up delicious drinks on the cheap.

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