Gay New York City
Bars & Clubs
Restaurants
Bathhouses
Hotels
Shops
Arts
Gyms
Beaches
History
Articles
Events

The Monster

(1779 Ratings)
A West Village institution

Walk in at street level to the piano bar/lounge which retains its historic charm. Don't let the vintage decor discourage you, pull up a stool and the friendly crowd and fun singers will have you hooked. For a change of pace, work your way downstairs to find drag shows and a dance floor.



Nominee for Best of GayCities '23

Your support makes our travel guides possible

We believe that LGBTQ+ people deserve safe vacations that allow them to be their authentic selves. That's why our City Guides aren't locked behind a paywall. Can you contribute today?

Cancel anytime · Proudly LGBTQ+ owned and operated

Reviews

BBwannabe
BBwannabe
1 year ago

A Monster of a Bar :-)

The Monster bar is across Sheridan Square from the Stonewall Inn. Monster has an oval bar (complete with beefy bartenders!) and open lounge area with a piano bar upstairs. Downstairs is a big dance floor area with a long bar along one wall. A stage for the go-go boys and a DJ booth are at one end of the room. Monster has all kinds-- bears, drag queens, women (real ones), queer punks, and muscle guys but mostly men. When I was there in the wee hours of 5/18/14 I paid $7.00 for a rum and coke, and the cover charge was ~$9. Two buff dancer guys were on the go-go stage. The only real problem with this bar is it only has one (unisex) bathroom. I think Monster would be a good substitute for the now-closed Splash Bar. Yes, I would go back. Aaaaand...I revisited on 6/21/22. I paid a $10 cover charge and $10-$12 for a _dinky_ rum and coke. Monster was crowded, especially downstairs where the stage, plinths, and dance floor are (and the lap dance area.) The piano player for karaoke was novel and enjoyable. The "Spunk" go-go boys were a diverse group of buff guys. I got a lap dance from the short but amazingly solidly built Latino musculoso ($70 but well worth it.) He was awesome! I will definitely go back next time I am in NYC.


eddieRN
eddieRN
Over a year ago

Unwelcoming bartenders

Some of the bartenders are very rude. I'm standing in the bar holding my money - which means I want to buy a drink. They look at me and as if i was invisible; they continued yapping with each other. I asked one of the customers their names , I was ( Patrick & Rodrigo) They should not work that involves people. I left & went to another gay bar and got welcoming reception from the staff.. if Monster does not want my business, I'll take it elsewhere... as simple as that..


johnnyc11228
johnnyc11228
Over a year ago

Nothing


JustynaK
JustynaK
Over a year ago

TERRIBLE PLACE

AGGRESIVE PEOPLE!! Stay away!!


DjChaunceyD
DjChaunceyD
Over a year ago

Thursday August 29th! SAINTHOOD in the basement disco with DJS Lorant, Chauncey D & Anjyl with a live performance by Sir Charles!! 10pm No Cover!


Mentioned In

New York City's hottest clubs have something for everyone

sip, sway, and celebrate

New York City's hottest clubs have something for everyone

Go-Go boys are back. And we couldn't be happier.

Go-Go boys are back. And we couldn't be happier.

Other Gay Bars in West Village

The Duplex

Historic piano bar and cabaret
West Village

The Stonewall Inn

Where it all began
West Village

Marie's Crisis

Home of show tunes
West Village

Playhouse

Great cocktails and service
West Village

Julius'

A landmark in the village with devoted regulars
West Village

Pieces

You want a piece?
West Village

Ty's Bar NYC

Historic Christopher Street institution
West Village

Hangar Bar (Closed Permanently)

Casually modern hole-in-the-wall
West Village

Restaurants in West Village

One if by Land, Two if by Sea

Food to seduce you
West Village

Mary's Fish Camp

Classic East Coast lobster rolls
West Village

John's of Bleecker Street

The original brick oven pizza
West Village

Rosecrans Florist & Cafe

Iced coffee and flowers
West Village

Morandi

A true taste of Italy
West Village

Moustache Pitza

Great dinner spot before hitting the West Village bars
West Village

Babbo

The West Village starlet
West Village

Gottino Enoteca e Salumeria

West Village hot spot
West Village

Gay New York City
Bars & Clubs
Restaurants
Bathhouses
Hotels
Shops
Arts
Gyms
Beaches
History
Articles
Events