XES Lounge (Closed Permanently)

95% love it
GayCities Members report that XES Lounge has closed
Casual lounge for your weekend bar hopping.
The drinks are strong and the crowd is friendly at this newer Chelsea spot. Pop and dance music plays on the TVs (when they aren't playing the latest gay fave TV shows) and there's a nice patio out back. Come here for happy hour or later on weekend nights to catch a bigger crowd.


    • rick.flynn
      rick.flynn Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Fun Bar
      This was a fun bar right near the hotel. And the drinks...WOW that was a strong vodka and soda. :-)

    • MarkWIII
      MarkWIII Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Bad smells and rude service!
      My main compliant is that the odors from the bathroom travel into the main area of the bar. The patio in the back should be great, but these metal structures were put in to divide the smokers from non smokers, but the powerful smell on the cigarette smoke, and combined with the bathroom odor (and I do mean the smell of urine and intense smell of human crap when the door is open for patrons to go into the back. The drinks aren't bad when you finally get them. While waiting for them I had to deal with the smell. The waiter also seemed bored and made no eye contact with the patrons. He then brought me the wrong drink. When I asked him to bring back the right drink, he rolled his eyes at me. At that point, I just left. Why I didn't leave earlier, I don't know. It you like smells and rudeness, , this place is for you.

    • DansingDaryck
      DansingDaryck Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Love it!
      Almost divey, but cheap and fun, Christian is hilarious and the Luis is a sweetie; great for friends with an open patio in the back - closes "early" to respect neighbors.

    • jasonvincik
      jasonvincik Over a year ago

      BOGO drinks every day 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Great outdoor patio.

    • Barfly101
      Barfly101 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great Place to Start the Night
      This place has slowly become one of my favorite gay bars in NYC. It is way less pretentious, very friendly, and has great drink specials/happy hour.Love the exposed brick walls. Sinks and bathrooms are very cool, and clean and music is always fun. A great mixed crowd (old, young, mized races, even women at times). Fantastic place to start the night before going to other bars that will be far more bitchy.

    • cmatty24
      cmatty24 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      awesome happy hour
      Two for one top shelf !!!

    • Thad4Phila
      Thad4Phila Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Fun Chelsea spot
      I hadn't been to XES for a while, but there I was in Chelsea late on a Thursday night needing a drink...This is a good choice. Even on a quiet night it's comfortable and fun. If I was a New Yorker I'd be a regular.

    • peteorius
      peteorius Over a year ago
      Hates it

      not too bad
      definitely worth stopping in if you're bar hopping up through chelsea

    • sweeb
      sweeb Over a year ago
      Hates it

      it's a nice place
      it's a nice place to share some drinks with good friends

    • zygster
      zygster Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Worst door person ever!
      Came in with a friend in a wheel chair and the odious door queen just sat there and did not even hold the door for me. He just rolled his eyes and went back to his blackberry. Thankfully some nice patrons helped me as i guided the wheel chair and my friend up the stairs. Also when we left he just say on his stool and looked over then went back to his phone. Its a shame because i liked this bar and the bartenders are nice. Shame there isnt a professional at the door. Goodbye.

    • Akash1NY
      Akash1NY Over a year ago
      Loves it

      The BEST Happy Hour in town. The drinks are so strong here, and you get 2 for 1 until 9 PM on weekdays at an avg price of $7. Also, gotta love that you can have a drink AND a smoke on the back patio.

    • markdonovan
      markdonovan Over a year ago
      Loves it

      great crowd
      I visited the Xes lounge and i love the engery. I enjoy being there. You must visit!

    • cas34
      cas34 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      A Must!
      Stopped in this past weekend and had a surprisingly great time. Good crow, great bartenders and great prices. Definitely going again!

    • superboialiks
      superboialiks Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Doesn't really stand out
      A very nice place, and great outdoor space, but nothing really that makes it stand out from others.

    • deke52
      deke52 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Younger Crowd
      I'm in my fifties and was clearly out of my element here, with everyone else pretty much in their twenties and thirties. That said, it was a lively, friendly place. And a terrific outdoor patio area. Well worth a visit for those in their thirties and twenties, especially.