What to do in queer NYC January 26-29

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Looking for some queer activities to keep the chill away? There are plenty of events – from comedy to drag to speed dating – happening across town.

So True, Bestie

When: Thursday, January 26, 7 p.m.

Where: Parkside Lounge, 317 East Houston Street, New York, NY

Nika Lomazzo and Anya Volz host a queer comedy show and social hour on the last Thursday of every month. Discounted tickets via Eventbrite.

Figure Drawing with Doable Guys

When: Thursday, January 26, 7 p.m.

Where: Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 8th Avenue, New York, NY

Join Doable Guys for an evening of figure drawing with some of the city’s most “doable” of male models! Tickets are available via DoableGuys.com.

Queer Tag: Laser Tag & Bowling Night

When: Thursday, January 26, 8:30 p.m.

Where: Bowlmor Chelsea Piers, Pier 60, New York, NY

Queer Social invites you to turn off the apps and join them at Queer Tag, a night of unlimited laser tag, bowling, drink specials, and more. Discounted tickets via Eventbrite.

Dirty Thursday: Chromatica

When: Thursday, January 26, 10 p.m.

Where: House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

House of Yes presents Dirty Thursday every Thursday with music by Dirtyfinger! This week’s theme is Lady Gaga’s Chromatica!

No Cover Thursdays @ The Eagle

When: Thursdays, starting at 10 p.m.

Where: 554 West 28th Street, New York, NY

Free admittance to the Eagle every Thursday night; DJ Bram spins at 10 p.m.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 15 Viewing Parties

When: Friday, January 27 and February 3; show airs at 8 p.m.

Where: Multiple Locations

The fifteenth installment of RuPaul’s Drag Race has begun and bars across New York are hosting viewing parties every Friday across the city. The show kicks off at 8:00 p.m., but many of the bars across town will have shows and drink specials beforehand. See below for more details.

Pieces (8 Christopher Street): Former Drag Race contestant and host of Bootleg Opinions Yuhua Hamasaki is hosting at Pieces! Arrive early for prime seating.

Playhouse (100A Seventh Avenue): Boudoir LeFleur and Kimmi Moore give you a viewing party to die for. Stick around after Drag Race for their weekly show, Assassins.

Hardware (697 10th Avenue): Catrina Lovelac and Lola Michele-Kiki host; pre-show at 7:30 p.m.

Good Judy (563 5th Avenue, Brooklyn): Hosted by Ma’am She and Roqu in the Blue Room at Good Judy’s; showtime @ 8 p.m.

Phoenix (447 East Thirteenth Street): Hosted by Giardia the Parasite; showtime at 7:45 p.m. 

Toolbox (1742 Second Avenue): Hosted by Janae Sais Quoi. Happy Hour until 8 p.m.

Suite (992 Amsterdam Avenue): Join Victoria Chase for a viewing party, followed by karaoke! 

The Wallace (3612 Broadway): Head uptown for drink specials and drag numbers before and after the show. Hosted by Kiki Ball-Change! Doors at 7:30 p.m.

C’mon Everybody (3612 Broadway): Catch Drag Race in the main bar & lounge – get there early for happy hour from 5-7 p.m.

Albatross Bar (3619 24th Avenue): Hassan hosts in Astoria every Friday at 8 p.m. Karaoke following the show. 

Lunar New Queer

When: Friday, January 27, 10 p.m.

Where: 3 Dollar Bill, 260 Meserole Street, Brooklyn, NY

Celebrate the Year of Rabbit and the Lunar New Year with a nonstop party featuring music and shows by incredible Asian drag queens and DJs, including: Shia Ho, Digna, Angel Au, Beijing, Mannie Petty, and more! Tickets are available at SeeTickets.us.

Finding Your Voice Through Self-Publishing

When: Saturday, January 28, 2:30 p.m.

Where: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, 208 West 13th Street, #210, New York, NY

Join fashion photographer Mikael Shultz and illustrator Anthony Amiewalan, who will discuss their experiences with self-publishing. This in-person event will also be livestreamed on the Bureau’s YouTube channel.

Haus Party Anniversary

When: Saturday, January 28, 8 p.m.

Where: The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Zach Teague & Drew Lausch celebrate the 4th anniversary of their hit queer variety show, featuring a live band, comedians, and drag queens. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.


When: Saturday, January 28, 10 p.m.

Where: 3 Dollar Bill, 260 Meserole Street, Brooklyn, NY

New York’s best monthly club party returns — and she’s gone punk! Get ready for a night of the best punk fashion, music, and more! Tickets are available at SeeTickets.us.

Let Them Eat Cake

When: Sunday, January 29, 6 p.m.

Where: 3 Dollar Bill, 260 Meserole Street, Brooklyn, NY

Drag Race isn’t the only drag competition this week. Don’t miss the grand finale of the second season of Cake Boy’s Takes the Cake! All 12 competitors are returning for a chance to win! Tickets are available at SeeTickets.us.

54 Sings Glee

When: Sunday, January 29; doors at 9 p.m., show at 9:30 p.m.

Where: 54 Below, 254 West 54th Street, New York, NY

Calling all Gleeks! Grab your slushees and celebrate the chaotis-yet-iconic hit TV show. The evening will feature your favorite covers from the show, performed by Fernell Hogan, Bryson Jacobi Jackson, Nicole Lamb, Justin David Sullivan, Nina White, and more! Tickets are available at 54below.com.

Sunday Sqool Comedy

When: Sundays, starting at 8 p.m.

Where: Sour Mouse, 110 Delancey Street, New York, NY

Ashley Gavin hosts a diverse line-up of comedians every Sunday at the Sour Mouse.

U Host?

When: Monday, January 30, 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Rosemont, 63 Montrose Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Griffin Leeds hosts a biweekly evening of queer comedians at the Rosemont. This week’s lineup includes Mary Beth Barone, Dash Turner, Drew Anderson, and Kari Burt. Register on Eventbrite.com.

Drink & Draw @ REBAR Chelsea

When: Tuesdays, from 7-10 p.m.

Where: Rebar, 225 West 19th Street, New York, NY

Rebar Chelsea and Richard Burrowes invite you to get in touch with your artistic side every Tuesday. New models every week. Tickets are $20, which includes 2 free drinks.

A New Queer Musical

When: Thursday, February 2; doors at 5:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m.

Where: 54 Below, 254 West 54th Street, New York, NY

Get a sneak peek of We Start In Manhattan, a new musical about how a one-night stand turned month-long road trip. Written and performed by real-life couple Ariella Serur and Sav Souza, the show also features the cast of the recent Broadway revival of 1776. Tickets are at 54below.com.

Star Search @ Barracuda

When: Thursdays, starting at 11 p.m.

Where: 275 West 22nd Street, New York, NY

Kizha Carr and DJ TK host New York City’s longest running drag competition, featuring new up-and-coming queens every week. So head over to Chelsea to grab a drink, have a laugh, and discover your new favorite drag performers.


When: Thursday, February 2, 7 p.m.

Where: Caveat, 21 A Clinton Street, New York, NY

Max Gross and Clara Olshansky present Flamethrowers, a monthly queer comedy roast competition. Tickets available at Caveat.nyc.

Alotta Stuff Auction

When: Thursday, February 2, 8 p.m.

Where: Metropolitan Bar, 559 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn’s longest-running drag auction returns. Come snatch up some vintage, couture and costume clothes — all items start at $1. Stick around after for a drag show featuring Thorgy Thor, Alotta McGriddles, and more!

Dirty Thursday: 90s Edition

When: Thursday, February 2, 10 p.m.

Where: House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

House of Yes presents Dirty Thursday every Thursday with music by Dirtyfinger! This week’s theme is 90’s nostalgia: Hairspray, baggy pants, boy bands, spice girls, MTV, and more! 

Queer Play

When: Friday, February 3, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Slate NY, 54 West 21st Street, New York, NY

Queer Social invites you to kick off the weekend with a gaming happy hour featuring retro, classic, and new board and video games. Get tickets via Eventbrite.

Queer Museum Launches “Interventions” Series

When: Beginning Friday, February 3; open Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5 p.m.

Where: Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, 26 Wooster Street, New York, NY

“Coyote Park: I Love You Like Mirrors Do” is the inaugural project of the Leslie-Lohman Museum’s “Interventions” series, which invites guests to discover new narratives and interpretations of the museum’s extensive collections. The exhibit runs through July 16. Visit leslielohman.org for more information.

Welcome to the Stage: Willow Pill

When: Friday, February 3, 9:30 p.m.

Where: C’mon Everybody, 325 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Willow Pill, the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 14, gets weird in Brooklyn at “Welcome to the Stage,” hosted by Chiquitita with special guests Julie J and Serena Tea. Tickets at Dice.fm.

Do You Know These Gays?

When: Friday, February 3, 10 p.m.

Where: 3 Dollar Bill, 260 Meserole Street, Brooklyn, NY

Channel your inner-Tanya and dance the night away with some high-end gays. Flip Phone presents the White Lotus Rave, hosted by Shuga Cain and featuring performances by Olivia Lux, Thorgy Thor, Marti Cummings, and more! Tickets available at SeeTickets.us.

A Queer Fairy Tale

When: Saturday, February 4, 2 p.m.

Where: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, 208 West 13th Street, #210, New York, NY

Join Author Mare Davis for the launch of her new children’s book “Alice and Fay, A Fairy Adventure.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

No Day But Today

When: Saturday, February 4, 6 p.m.

Where: 3 Dollar Bill, 260 Meserole Street, Brooklyn, NY

Join Boy Radio and 3 Dollar Bill for a live drag shadowcast of the movie-muscial RENT – featuring Maya Margarita, Boy Radio, Gaystry Chef, Jarvis Derrell, Devo Monique, Andrew Barret Cox, Top Wifee, and Thee Suburbia. Tickets are available at SeeTickets.us.

Free Pool Happy Hour @ Boxers Chelsea

When: Sundays, from 1-9 p.m.

Where: Boxers Chelsea, 37 West 20th Street, New York, NY

Finish off the weekend strong in two-for-one drinks and free billiard games at everyone’s favorite gay sports bar.

Drag Bingo Brunch

When: Sunday, February 5, 2 p.m.

Where: The Huntress, 2403 41st Avenue, Queens, NY

The Dynamic Drag Duo PussyWillow & GigiDeetz are back with the new monthly installment of Drang Bingo Brunch at The Huntress in Long Island City! 

Gay Church

When: Sunday, February 5, 8 p.m.

Where: C’mon Everybody, 325 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Worship all things queer with musician Tessa Skara and their house band Gay Tears. The band will be joined by the city’s hottest comedians & drag performers. Find tickets at Dice.fm.

Tuesday Happy Hour @ Lambda Lounge

When: Tuesdays, from 6-10 p.m.

Where: 2256 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., New York, NY

Tuesday is the new Friday at Lambda Lounge with two-for-one specials every Tuesday. Located in the heart of Harlem, Lambda Lounge is one of New York’s only Black-owned LGBTQ+ bars.

LGBTQ+ Yoga Class with Kirsten

When: Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Brooklyn Community Pride Center Bed-Stuy, 1360 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York 11216

Brooklyn Community Pride Center’s weekly Wednesday LGBTQ+ Yoga class, facilitated by Kirsten, is designed for beginners and seasoned yogis alike. Classes are in-person and online. For more information, visit LGBTBrooklyn.org

Mother Madelyn

When: Wednesdays, starting at 8 p.m.

Where: Hush, 348 West 52nd Street, New York, NY

Madelyn Hatter is in search for New York’s next drag star performer. Hatter hosts Mother, the city’s newest drag competition with DJ UFo every Wednesday at Hush.


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