Hell’s Kitchen’s Longest Running Gay Bar,
Is Back After a Two Year Hiatus!

Just in Time for Pride, It Re-Opens Under New Management: Now Gay Owned and Operated

Just in time to celebrate Gay Pride 2022 with its friends and neighbors, the 9th Avenue Saloon, Hell’s Kitchen’s legendary watering hole, will re-open under new management, now gay owned and operated for the first time in its four-decade-plus history! 

Hell’s Kitchen’s original LGBTQ+ bar shut down in March 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and it remained shuttered until now. Following extensive repair and renovations, the 9th Avenue Saloon will retain “its original legendary neighborhood feel, but with a fresh polish!” said one of the new owners. 

What will returning friends find? “We’ve kept the essence of what made Saloon such a popular place for neighborhood regulars, as well as visitors from around the world,” says the co-owner. “You’ll still find the jukebox, the photo booth, and the popcorn–especially the popcorn! Everyone we talk to asks about that! And you will even see some familiar faces behind the bar!”

What else? “A new bar was a necessary fix, so your drink didn’t slide down to your neighbors. And we think you’ll all especially appreciate the new restrooms. We’ve also turned a dead spot into an intimate sitting area for conversation. And we’ve got five new Smart TVs so you can come by to watch everything from Drag Race to the Oscars to the Super Bowl. But we’re still a work in progress. We hope you like the changes, but we’re gonna let the customers tell us what they want. We want to be the ultimate spot for the community to gather.”

Located at 656 9th Avenue between 45th & 46th Streets in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen and the Theater District, the 9th Avenue Saloon has been serving the community for over 40 years, and is one of the oldest LGBTQ+ bars in New York City.  A theater district mainstay forever for casts and crews, it’s the perfect spot to grab a cocktail before or after that Broadway show.

Hell’s Kitchen’s longest running and friendliest neighborhood bar is the perfect spot for meeting up with old friends or making new ones. Whether you’re hanging out after work with the neighborhood regulars, celebrating a special occasion, or just looking for a great place to find booze and boys: this is the place for you!  

The 9th Avenue Saloon will be open daily from 2pm. You can follow the Saloon online now to stay up to date on the goings-on, drink specials and special events: on Twitter @9thAvenueSaloon, on Facebook @9thAveSaloon, or on Instagram at @9thavesaloon.  

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