Happy hour, karaoke, drag shows, dancing & more

Average Reviews


Friendly bartenders serve up the most fun for the least money in this historic neighborhood bar. We are proud to feature drag shows every day of the week!



Based on 555 reviews
Meg Z.
20:40 24 May 23
Incredible vibe! Wednesdays are best nights with Missogeny and Izzy Uncut. Especially if you love Hilary Duff like me!!
Fabrice LeChevestrier
13:46 21 May 23
I used to go to this bar when I'm in NYC (since 2008), but now this bar is pretty "has been", sorry. He remained frozen in time, but for the wrong reasons. I'm actually quite disappointed with the Village now. Hell's Kitchen or even Williamburg is much nicer.
Everly O.
09:06 21 May 23
Great spot in Manhattan for a fun night! The drag show was entertaining, and it was a relaxed, unpretentious vibe which I thoroughly enjoyed. Bartenders...
Frederick Rossakovsky-Lloyd
04:59 17 May 23
Very friendly service and security guards charming. Affordable prices. Nice bartenders. I really enjoyed the piano performances. Basement average but again, people are very nice and that scores.
Robert T.
17:38 14 May 23
This bar. Period. It's so much fun! Drag queens are fun, but bartenders are better! CHRISTIAN is the mostly friendly (and sexy) bartender there is. There is...
Pablo Araya
18:54 04 May 23
I love monster. I have been here though the years and have never had an issue. The bartenders could use a change in attitude in general. Most of them at least. But the entertainment is on point. I loved the gogo dancers and the piano on top.
Trey R.
08:52 04 May 23
The drag shows here are great and the bar staff is super friendly. But the reviews about the prices are spot on. When drinks in a dive-ish bar, served in...
Ryan W.
17:23 15 Apr 23
If u ever want to have a great time go.to this bar .. the atmosphere is amazing .. the queens are to die for...especially Heidi Haux and Tiffany Anne Coke !
Brandon E.
15:18 08 Apr 23
Stopped here for a quick drink before dinner... Bartenders would not even acknowledge me to order a drink. Boo!
Ariana Rios
08:16 01 Apr 23
Went on on a Friday night and it was terrible. Drinks were overpriced and felt rushed as soon as we entered.
gc nj
02:59 26 Mar 23
No issues as place songs and othersI'm got issues with drink pricesTuesday Normal Thursday 8 buck for drinkBut. Saturday 12 bucks tip not includedSo Who try ripping off who place or bardenders ..... Hmm
Richard C.
19:41 23 Mar 23
I have been frequenting local gay bar "Pieces" at 8 Christopher Street, Manhattan for a number of years. In recent months, I am extremely happy with my...
Brian L.
20:39 15 Mar 23
I was physically assaulted and discriminated against by the doorman at Pieces Bar. DO NOT GO TO PIECES BAR! The doorman at Pieces Bar is extremely...
Sven Troonbeeckx
09:06 28 Feb 23
Very nice nightclub, bar with theme evenings and always super nice music. Friendly staff, I recommand to everybody. Very gay friendly
Georges R.
17:59 26 Feb 23
What am amazing safe space created by Anthony, the lovely bartender. I wasn't going to come back until him
Kaitlyn C.
23:35 25 Feb 23
This was the most unprofessional bar I've ever been too. Me and my other two friends went here for drag night and expected to have a great time and were...
I S.
00:11 23 Feb 23
If you're a female stay far away. My friend and I had something slipped in to our drinks here. The server seemed nice so I'm unsure if it was him but to...
Travis Ballenger
05:28 15 Feb 23
I was at Monster and they focused on the white singers. The pianist Chris Blacker, actually was incredibly rude to a Black singer and prioritized the white singers. The entire experience was shocking.
Dwayne X.
08:39 12 Feb 23
This has nice drag show. The New Yorkers come out to support this venue. Nice drinks and friendly Atmosphere.
Josh M.
23:53 02 Feb 23
Bouncers need a serious attitude check. There are way too many gay bars worth visiting without being degraded and disrespected at the door. Will not be back.
Claire G.
15:35 31 Jan 23
The drinks are expensive and the place is always packed but I've come here multiple times to enjoy the music. This bar used to be safe space but in the past...
Rumit P.
18:26 22 Jan 23
My friend met a male stripper at a pizza place we went to who worked at Pieces, and the stripper recommended that we stop by this gay bar. We never did see...
James J.
12:28 22 Jan 23
11 dollars for a beer? And a whole lot of straight people. Crossing this one off my list
Jacob G.
20:28 21 Jan 23
I'm still not entirely squared away on why anyone stayed here longer than 20 seconds. I went in, sat down, looked around, and left.
Brian Z.
05:13 15 Jan 23
The bouncer working at around 7:30pm on 1/14/23 was extremely rude, yelling at patrons and pushing people around so he can flirt with this straight girl at...
Vadim T.
13:42 01 Jan 23
Cocktail in plastic cup for $30! Ridiculous. The bar is tiny. I'll never come back to this place.
21:09 19 Dec 22
BEWARE!!! Saturday nights are Spunk night with many male dancers. I was there this past Saturday and was ROOFIED by one of the dancers. The only time I placed my drink down was for a lap dance and this is when it happened. I found out the next day when I went to the emergency room to be tested because I blacked completely out that night and my friends had to carry me home. It’s so sad that these straight men come to work here and prey on the gays. BE VERY CAREFUL.
Sarah W.
09:39 05 Dec 22
We went for a drag show on a Saturday night and we got there a little late so it was incredibly packed. Made it difficult to move around and the visibility...
Gary Carlile Jr
05:03 09 Nov 22
I've been going there for 15 years and tonight they kicked me out saying I danced up on the performer. I was tipping them to the tune of $40 bucks or more.....sorry I won't go back!!!
Jp D.
10:34 01 Nov 22
Decent bar, strong drinks but still overpriced, great drag performers and fun shows. It was my go to bar in NYC until the bouncer decided to steal my...
00:58 30 Oct 22
Great atmosphere! Piano and singing upstairs is lit!Dancing downstairs is dopeGreat dj drag shows and bartenders!Try their fireball shots, you will start to see noises
Amanda C.
03:29 11 Sep 22
Honestly I was so excited about coming here but I also am not the type to get too drunk either... the young man who served us drinks last night thought I...
Regan Banks
08:36 28 Aug 22
The security guy kicked me out for making out with someone. Literally, JUST for making out with someone (I think?). Yet he didn’t kick the other person out. I didn’t get into an argument with anyone, no fights at all, wasn’t falling all over the place, and as I left all I said was “I don’t understand what happened…?” The only answer they could come up with was “My security guy said you had to go.” It was weird. I have my theory, but I won’t put it out there. Just be careful when you go there…
Hayden G.
19:20 06 Aug 22
If I could leave 0 stars I would. $33 for 3 bud lights! This hole in the wall, janky place is taking advantage of their patrons. DONT come here! Go to the...
DC Hull
00:15 18 Jul 22
It’s a fun gay bar. The night I went, it was piano bar night. Many dudes singing. Some were good. Some were ok. 🙂
Truth Set Free
19:05 16 Jul 22
I had a bad experience. I was there on a Friday night and they were letting in rough looking and acting people. I was just standing there with my friend and we were having our drinks and these guys came over and tried to knock our drinks out of our hands. Then we moved to the other side of the dance floor and they followed us throughout the club. It was scary. We informed the security yet nothing happened because they were b and the security was b so they did not throw them out. I do not know why they let obvious trouble makers in.
Dean Boyce
22:09 11 Jul 22
My friend and I have just returned back to the U.K. following an amazing holiday in New York. To top it all it was Pride which was amazing. We stumbled upon this bar/club and are so glad we did. We went there most evenings of our holiday and loved it. The bar staff were great and very friendly and welcoming. The drag queens and go go dances were all great performers and kept us entertained. A super venue and we are hoping to come back for Pride 2023 and will most definately be coming back to your venue. Thank you to all at Monster for helping to make our holiday memorable 😀😀👏👏
Jonathan Prince
07:53 05 Jul 22
If I could rate this place a zero I would. There are too many homeless drag queens going to the monsters starting trouble with the straight men that is going to the bar trying to have a good time. The monsters need to stop having drag shows that been outdated for years. And get rid of all the drag queens coming to the bar causing trouble for citizens trying to spend their hard earn dollars for a drink at the bar. If the monsters doesn't get rid of the drag queens this bar will definitely end and so will stone wall.
Jamie Berger
18:49 27 Jun 22
I went to this bar yesterday during NYC pride and this was one of my worst experiences in a bar. The cover was $20 which wouldn’t have been a big deal if I wasn’t treated so rudely by the person collecting money at the front of the house. If my friends hadn’t already paid I would have just left before even paying and going in. I understand that working a big event such as pride can be stressful, but I was screamed and snapped at by the person collecting the cover charge when I was just trying to pay my cover. The person in front of me was allowed to pay with Venmo but I was refused and not allowed to pay with Venmo. Upon trying to understand the reason why I was snapped at and spoken to in a VERY rude way. No one should be spoken to like that… especially a paying customer. If I couldn’t pay with Venmo it wasn’t a big deal but what was a big deal was being yelled at when trying to understand why. Completely ruined my experience there. I did not like the treatment I received at this bar yesterday and my friends and I will never be coming back.
Marcel Humes
22:24 19 Jun 22
It's basic. Anti-Intellectual. It reminds me of Florida. If you're into New Jersey / immigrant working class platitudes where nothing is read of a person but the cover/surface then that's your place. A definite 'colonized' vibe.I don't know. I'm perhaps being too harsh. I've had a few good times there. And Thursday nights is very lively. It's just not one of my go-to nyc gay spots of choice. Probably been there 5-6 times in the past 5-6 years. But I prefer scenes that are more avant-garde. Something far and in between these days in the lgbtq space.
Yamini A.
13:39 11 Jun 22
Fun shows, no cover, great dj and not overly loud music. Pick a fun theme night and you'll enjoy a good evening
Danica S.
19:37 29 Apr 22
The whole place is such a fun time but Anthony was truly fabulous and such a great bartender!
Amy Nicole Stewart
12:08 22 Apr 22
An excellent place to have a drink, belt a tune, and meet good people. Tip your piano player and your bartender, please. Just love this place.
Daniel Oliveira
04:20 22 Apr 22
Had a super fun time. Drinks are a bit pricey but the energy is so great it was all worth it.
Tom H.
14:57 16 Apr 22
A friend brought me here as I was visiting from San Diego and wasn't sure where to go. OMG! Day drink at this bar. Anthony and Ruby are lovely and we all...
Kyle Thomas
13:36 15 Apr 22
Really great bar!! When I came here there were putting on a special performance with Wicked music. It included drag performances, dancing, singing, and a unique mashup/blend of Wicked songs and also pop music. Really an awesome performance and it was free! Then upstairs they had live piano music. I highly recommend this bar! 👏🏻
Kevin Scott
12:34 09 Apr 22
Great bar quite possibly the worst drag performance I’ve ever seen. She @therealegypt did 1 1/2 numbers. The 1/2 number was to her own video and she kept yelling at people to stop taking photos or we will kick you out LOL
Adam J.
23:21 11 Mar 22
Overcharged my card and forced me to pay bill. Beware of bartender named Caesar who did that.
Carlos A.
20:25 13 Feb 22
Been here for many years. Unfortunately my last two visits were filled up with flat out discrimination. The bouncer kicked me out pushing me even though I...
Love Sign
03:20 25 Jan 22
I had a bad experience. I was there on a Friday night and they were letting in rough looking and acting people. I was just standing there with my friend and we were having our drinks and these guys came over and tried to knock our drinks out of our hands. Then we moved to the other side of the dance floor and they followed up throughout the club. It was scary. We informed the security yet nothing happened. I do not know why they let obvious trouble makers in.
Sue S.
06:01 14 Jan 22
this place is SUPER small and there was barely any seating inside so we only came in to go out. the bathroom is all the way in the back but there's really...
Luciana B.
10:01 20 Dec 21
Horrible staff, the bouncer of this place didn't let my friend in with a valid ny id and wanted to see "more proof of immigration status" so only citizens...
Dani M.
08:11 20 Dec 21
I would actually give no starts. Completely unprofessional and rude staff who had no manners and disrespect us. Please do not support this venue
Ana A.
08:06 20 Dec 21
Extremely rude bouncer and staff.Do NOT recommend this place.
Gary O
12:46 17 Dec 21
Cover charge scam. I called in the afternoon to see when the cover charge began and was told 9pm. When I arrived at 8:30 the cover charge was on and the person at the door was rude about it when questioned. The place is over crowded, the bartenders are fast and the drinks are not well. The place is over priced. The piano bar is excellent and worth the cover --- but they need to be HONEST about it.
L F.
22:34 17 Nov 21
If you wanna dance don't come here, they only play white people music and when you request a song they ask you to pay for it. Caters to white people and...
angel rojas
03:12 11 Nov 21
It is my first time in New York and looking for a good place of entertainment to relax, I found this place that from the entrance they do not have a good attention and my surprise did not end even when after paying a ticket and to store our coats we went down to a basement , they took us by force for no reason, the person I spoke told us that we getting out because we where using the mobile device which is totally a lie because it was unloaded I felt super bad for having taken that impression of such a busy place I just spend 10 min and they didn’t let me finish my drink never again and totally no recommend this place
Oscar Cruz
00:02 01 Nov 21
They said is q good place but not. It’s a place,where the white person its more important than other ones. The drinks are ok and the bartender and wasters are rude. They’re very far to aLGBT community guides
Laura A.
18:22 11 Oct 21
This place is the worst. Don't go. Bouncer w locks is an asshole. The dancers were great tho. It's not their fault the owner is a piece of shit.
PAUL epstein
16:55 14 Sep 21
Awesome juicy Burgers! I had cheddar and bacon! A must to try!!!
Allen Burnham
02:46 12 Sep 21
It was not a fun trip. I was looking forward to the the monster and dancing. I got self vaccined both shots before I came to new york city about 1 week and half ago. I took a lyft from my hotel in time Square area. Cost me 35 plus for trip one way. When I got to door...the security guard didn't want to let me in. Per his words....the CDC guidelines states that you need to be two week clear after from last shot date. I have never heard of that. I knew places can go into places even with one shot...I got two and 1 and half before I fly into New York. I won't come back and support this business.Beware future clients...you will be judge at door. I am disappointed with this business...now I have pay another 35 plus to get a ride back to hotel.
00:12 23 Aug 21
The lap dancer JC (jean carlos) scams customers and this club socks too there are better ones in the area I promise you save your money and go find fun elsewhere
efraim torrez (Casper)
17:03 22 Aug 21
Michael C.
00:01 23 Jul 21
I didn't come to a bar to get called up to the stage for a 'show' and have racist shit and jokes said about me while the Asian drag queen tells the white...
Tiffany Elisca
03:34 19 Jul 21
Monster Bar has been such a delightful experience before COVID and after COVID. I have been coming here since 2018 and the people here are unforgettable. The bartenders are attentive, quick, friendly and oh so very handsome. I absolutely love LOVE the piano player in the back that is tucked away in the corner and you get to join in on singing selected songs from: Broadway tunes to classic hits. I get to meet people from all walks of nature, I have made a few friends, enjoyed the amazing performances and most importantly, I have always felt safe here. Thank you for existing. xoxo
Jessica G.
15:05 17 Jul 21
Loved it here. Came on a Tuesday night for a drag show & we got a free drink! The queens were hilarious & the drinks were really great. Will definitely come...
Cokania D.
21:00 14 Jul 21
Clearly all you have to do to bartend here is be a cis white twink or beefcake. Noone knows how to make a coctail. They overpour im sure it cost the...
Emily Wescott
15:34 30 Jun 21
Very inclusive with reasonable prices. Came here on pride and loved every minute of it
Robert D.
21:39 26 Jun 21
If you want to go to a place with shirtless bartenders that are all jaded and not really fond this is the place for you. After paying $20 cash told me to...
Natalie C.
09:16 19 Jun 21
my roommate and i, two gender non-conforming people, wanted to attend the show last night but we left after 10 min because the environment was so...
Jefferson R.
09:42 09 Jun 21
The bouncer tried to charge 20 dollars per person if we didn't have proof of vaccination. It seemed like he wanted to make some money on the side ....
Boris Dean Howard
20:14 14 May 21
One of my favorite traditional bars in NYC. Recommended!
04:48 27 Mar 21
They are doing the best they can with nyc COVID restrictions. I’m impressed with how nice the staff are from the bouncers to the drag queens, to our waiter!!!
Lindsey R.
19:45 20 Mar 21
I literally love Anthony he is the greatest server ever I love him so much give him raise period give him a raise
Katz Si
23:09 07 Mar 21
Can recommend to visit! Stuff are very welcome and nice! Thursday is 10$ admission fee and best half-naked dancers!!
Patrick Leahy
02:41 15 Feb 21
Although I love coming to this bar I was a bit disappointed to find that they try to give customers their second drink in a plastic cup which is the same price as a bottle of beer but less beer. They bring it to you with the lid on and no bottle so you don’t know if they gave you a full bottle of beer. The content of a bottle is way more than what fits in the plastic cup, and the cup doesn’t even come full. Shame on you The Monster. I like to support them as they have gone through a hard time with the pandemic but this is not acceptable.
Milena andrade
00:17 15 Feb 21
BE AWARE FOLKS!!! The bar is nice but they try to trick you for their own benefit!! First you order a drink and they bring bottles of the beer you asked for, each beer is a bottle of roughly 12 FL OZ (355 mL). The second round you ask for, turn out to be plastic cups of 250mL maximum!!!! This way they try to trick you that you got the same quantity of beer when you pay for less!!! Shame on you Monster!!! Be aware folks, you can even try to pour the bottle in one of their plastic cups, and it won't be that volume, belive me!
Lord Warg (Steve)
18:29 05 Feb 21
I miss monsters! the pandemic really makes you realize how much you love your gay bar! I can t wait to return!
Sia Gilbert
13:40 24 Nov 20
I enjoyed the night that I had from this club. The drinks were so great. Especially, their cocktails were so damn good. The waitress was very attentive in taking orders. It was the best night out that I ever had.
Kenny Gonzalez
08:31 23 Jul 20
Had a blast. Went for the first time last Saturday to see Eric Bellinger perform and decided to do bottle service. Was contacted by Erin and she took care of everything for us. A nice mix of people and no drama. I did notice that they can be very strict especially when it comes to leaving and re-entering. Will be back for sure!!!
Raymond R.
02:08 18 Jan 20
What a night out on the town in NYC this turned out to be. Now let me tell you that I did not plan to end up at Pieces, nor had I ever heard of Pieces, but...
Patrick Walsh
00:17 29 Sep 19
A tip top gay venue in the heart of Manhattan! It is like a pilgrimage coming here, this place and the people who fought for gay rights in 1969 brought about the gay rights we enjoy today. A truly historic venue!

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