The Monster

99% love it
A West Village institution

Walk in at street level to the bar/piano lounge piano bar which looks like it hasn't changed in 30 years. But don't let the 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.

2nd place in Best of GayCities 2022 - Nightclub


    • BBwannabe
      BBwannabe 5 months ago
      Loves it

      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
      Hates it

      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
      Loves it


    • JustynaK
      JustynaK Over a year ago
      Hates it

      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!

    • JackNNJ
      JackNNJ Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Cute place
      Show tunes on the piano upstairs - legendary. Dance lounge intimate.

    • Jipsta
      Jipsta Over a year ago

      This place has become a super fun hangout again! Downstairs club is *alive* on Saturday nights!

    • GlenT
      GlenT Over a year ago
      Hates it

      I have never been to a bar anywhere in the world (including the UK, Australia, Asia, America) where the bar staff have been so rude, vile and unwelcoming - avoid like the plague!! I will never go back. If I want to be treated like a piece of shit on a shoe I'll visit the Westborough Baptist Church)! Fuming and disgusted with this excuse for a gay bar! Yeauch!!

    • BrentW
      BrentW Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great Happy Hour!
      The Monster is a great place to spend happy hour. 2for1 drink specials, friendly hunky bartenders and a lively piano bar area.

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

      Great Evening
      I know this is going to age me, but I loved walking into a bar and recognizing all the music that was being played. It was a fun night.

    • stpaulie
      stpaulie Over a year ago
      Loves it

      piano tunes
      I met a friend there tonight and sang tunes around the piano. It was tons of fun. I didn't like having to surrender my bottle of water as I entered though. I understand the two drink minimum but let me have my water!

    • Alanogray1214
      Alanogray1214 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      I understand why they call it The Monster. Scary group of regulars from the day it opened. Not sure they ever left. Really gross.

    • nycasper28
      nycasper28 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great place and variety of music
      fantastic staff good music on both floors I highly recommend it if you're visiting New York Mondays is Latino night

    • nicolas.dorval
      nicolas.dorval Over a year ago
      Loves it

      I had so much fun ! but...
      I had so much fun but I didn't give 5 stars because of the attitude of the doorman because someone in the line told me the password to get it. We were a group of tourists and I think they could have been more welcoming.

    • jkinlaca
      jkinlaca Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Sunday Time Travel
      Sunday afternoon happy hour at The Monster is like traveling back in time. Terrific DJs such as Lady Bunny play a variety of '70s dance favorites and it's a blast to just sip a cocktail and watch men of a certain age take over the dance floor and relive their glory days at Studio 54.