This whole week is all about celebrating equality, and we’re here to tell you where all the fun is happening! Though the annual NYC Gay Pride Parade March happens June 28th, Pride Week kicks off today with plenty of options all week long. Celebrate with happy hours across the city, wild parties all night long, and much more! Below are our recommendations for activities to check out during the 2015 NYC Gay Pride Week.

Monday, June 22

Candle Bar

309 Amsterdam Ave (btwn 74th/75th Sts),
212-799-0062.
Why: New York City’s oldest gay bar is sadly coming to a close, cheers to all the good times we’ve had!

Broadway Sings for Pride

JCC Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave (@ W 76th St)
broadwaysingsforpride.com.
Why: This concert features Broadway performers and all proceeds will go towards the LGBT community. Special guest appearance from Orange is the New Black’s Dashca Planco!
8pm, $20-$35/$60
See more at NextMagazine.com

Tuesday, June 23

The Westway

75 Clarkson St (btwn Washington St/W Side Hwy)
westwaynyc.com
Why: Sadly, Westway is coming to an end after three years, but Frankie Sharp is making sure it goes out in style. Azealia Banks makes a special guest appearance, helping make the final moments at Westway the best ones yet.
10pm; $10.

Le Bain

444 W 13th St (btwn Washington St/10th Ave)
susannebartsch.com.
Why: Susanne Bartsch transformed The Standard’s penthouse into the most wild and fashionable pool party in the city.
11pm; free.
See more at NextMagazine.com

Wednesday, June 24

Hebro Pride

The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Ave (btwn 92nd/93rd Sts)
myhebro.com.
Why? There will be “Hot Hebrew Hunks” at this gorgeous museum for Jayson Littman’s queer jew party. Did I mention open wine and beer bar until 10pm?
6pm; $25 in advance/$35 general admission.
See more at NextMagazine.com

Thursday, June 25

Queer Music Festival

Rockbar
185 Christopher St (@ Weehawken St)
rockbarnyc.com.
Why: Great music all night long with performances from Sweet Tits, Rik Beach, 3Xs, The Paisley Fields, and Nick Deutsch
7pm; $7.

Lipsynk Karaoke

The Kraine
85 E Fourth St (btwn Bowery/Second Ave)
horsetrade.info
Why: Who says no to diva karaoke?
7pm; $8

Star Search Pride

Barracuda, 275 W 22nd St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves)
212-645-8613
Why?: Tina Burner and a vivacious cast of wannabe showbiz legends are throwing down and celebrating pride!
11pm; free.

And for those who can’t think of a better way to celebrate pride, than with a beer or two or three in hand, here are our top picks for bars:

Pride Week at Boxers Sports Bar

742 9th Ave.
New York, NY 10019
(212) 951-1518
www.boxersnyc.com
*Known as New York City’s gay sports bar, Boxers is the place to be this June.

 

Pride Week Event at Hudson Terrace

621 W. 46 St.
New York, NY 10036
(212) 315-9400
www.hudsonterracenyc.com
Hudson Terrace is the site of the VIP Rooftop Party that takes place on Saturday, June 27, part of the official festivities during Pride Week.

Ginger’s
363 Fifth Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 788-0924
www.gingersbarbklyn.com
Pride celebrations are strong in Brooklyn too! Check out Ginger’s Bar, located in Park Slope. Come here for special happy hour deals almost any night of the week!

Stonewall Inn
53 Christopher St.
New York, NY 10014
(212) 488-2705
www.thestonewallinnnyc.com
It’s said that gay pride began with the Stonewall riots in 1969, at the very site of the Stonewall Inn. Enjoy drag bingo, karaoke and singing competitions, happy hours, and DJ parties are popular events that take place here one a regular basis. Located in Greenwich Village, this is the perfect place to celebrate Pride Month.

Julius’
159 W. 10thSt
juliusbarny.com
Thought of as the oldest gay bar in the city, and still going strong (it was opened as a bar in 1864 and began attracting a gay crowd in the 1950s), this comfortable bar is populated by tourists and regulars alike. Hope you’re hungry, because there’s a grill right in the main room, where you can order cheeseburgers, grilled chicken sandwiches and hot dogs.

Flaming Saddles
A relatively new addition to the Manhattan gay bar scene, this rootin’ tootin’, country-themed saloon has already become a destination hangout for gay and lesbian folks who are in the mood for something with full-on western flare. The bartenders two-step in boots on the bar, and there are great tunes playing, along with hearty drinks and mouthwatering fare like Frito Pie (served the only way it should be: in a Fritos bag). Imagine Coyote Ugly with a big gay twist. Happy Pride, y’all! 793 9th Ave., 212-713-0481, flamingsaddles.com/nyc

Cubbyhole
The very definition of a neighborhood bar, Cubbyhole is known more as a lesbian hangout, though it’s very friendly to gay men and straight people of either gender. Eclectically decorated, with parasols, lights and underwater sea creatures hanging from the low ceiling, it can get crowded in here, but it’s a good kind of crowded: You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to strike up a conversation with a total stranger. During Gay Pride Week, that happy mood should be even more celebratory. There’s a half-off happy hour Monday through Saturday until 7pm, as well as nightly drink specials. 281 W. 12th St., cubbyholebar.com

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