A few blocks from Grand Central Station in Midtown East, Uncle Charlie’s is in a part of town known more for its office buildings than its nightlife. That has worked in the piano bar and lounge’s favor: In its four years it has become a hugely popular after-work spot among the area’s flourishing gay white-collar scene. Two-for-one drinks during happy hour, nightly drink specials and captivating entertainment keep the guys around all night long.
Located on the second floor of an otherwise indiscriminate Midtown building, Uncle Charlie’s is a hip venue that would fit right in amongst the trendy hotspots of Chelsea or Hell’s Kitchen. From the spacious bar to the cozy lounges, it is the perfect place to unwind with a few cocktails and socialize with like-minded men. The casual, down-to-earth bartenders and waiters contribute to a refreshing atmosphere where even first-timers feel at home.
The real highlight of Uncle Charlie’s surrounds the grand piano at the heart of its separate piano lounge, where nightly pianists keep the crowds entertained with cabaret-style tunes. William TN Hall (williamtnhall.com), featured on Saturday nights, is always a hit with the crowd – his high-energy renditions of favorite showtunes have amassed fans from around the city. Check the website for the full line-up of pianists and special events.
Uncle Charlie’s recently celebrated its fifth anniversary as one of New York City’s top piano bars, and has been voted Get Out! magazine’s #1 gay piano bar in NYC.
139 E. 45th Street (at Lexington)
New York, NY 10017