Eagle NYC

Gay in West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

The Eagle is the choice for out-and-proud leather fetishists. Its two levels, roof deck and 'dark and sleazy' vibe are perfect for dancing, drinking and cruising, all done with abandon. There are frequent theme nights, so check the website lest you arrive without the appropriate attire (which may be nothing).

Located in a renovated 19th-century stable, the inside joke is that 'the studs keep coming.' The rooftop deck is one of the best in the city and is perfect on summer nights. It gets packed on warm Sundays, when the bar opens earlier in the evening.