Rise Bar

Rise Bar

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Rise Bar
3.5
Based on 390 reviews
Steve P.
16:37 20 Aug 22
I feel that as a gay man I should like gay bars. I don't. They're pretentious, the beer selection is awful (corona and heineken are not premium beers) and...
Pedro M.
16:19 19 Aug 22
Rise discriminates against and judges its customers. It's pathetic that the loser queens who work there can only exert their authority by deciding who gets...
J NG
07:34 16 Aug 22
Great music, two separate sides, plenty of bar tenders so no significant wait. Drag performances are entertaining. Great spot to start or spend your night
Brian M.
18:39 13 Jul 22
Just had a racist experience with one of the bartenders - really? Hopefully the owners will do a better job screening their employees. After reading other...
Sabrina G.
23:59 09 Jul 22
Generally like this place but beware of the bartenders charging inconsistent prices for the same drink. I'll gladly pay for drinks but I have major...
Steven H.
11:04 08 Jul 22
Come for the 2 for 1 drink tickets and you know what? If you can't use it this time then use it next! The expansion to the next door stall is more graceful...
Tim B.
20:53 22 Jun 22
Door man made me move aside when I approached the door to enter the bar. He was more interested in talking to and letting in a cute straight woman, who...
Zach L.
09:41 17 Jun 22
I went to Rise last evening and had a horrible experience. Both bartenders were unfriendly and seemed annoyed at me asking for drinks (major chips on their...
allison
16:27 06 Jun 22
Clean, cute, great music. The bartenders are extremely nice (and handsome!). special thanks to Matt behind the bar for being so helpful xx
Christian Butterworth
18:19 05 Jun 22
Such a wonderful location in NYC. We felt so welcomed by all the staff and the other guests! The drink measures are strong (so Brits beware, a single measure will get you a UK double!). The bar felt busy, but not crowded. Drinks prices were in line with the rest of NYC. Would recommend. 🏳️‍🌈
Allison G.
14:44 18 May 22
Had an absolutely fantastic time here! The staff were wonderful and welcoming, and the bar itself is spacious! Though I came for a popular event and lots of...
Emmy Guerrero
03:14 18 May 22
Well I went to this place last night with my couple for a drink after a long time. We decided to come in and enjoy a drink guess what drinks are over price I paid 52 dollars for 2 drinks plus tips I ended up paying $60 for 2 regular drinks. The drink are way over price since they opened another sección they want to make the money quick please they are others options of places with better crowd. Please go to another place
Pavel Pavlyuchuk
04:12 15 May 22
The bar is great. Love the expansion, ppl can stay there all night long and still feel like they are in two different bars. Music, bartenders and overall management is wonderful.
Ellen G.
00:24 14 May 22
Music is ass. Go to 626 in jersey city for better prices honestly. Not worth it. The over priced music does not make up for it. This place is stuck in 2010 bye
Konstantine S.
23:12 03 May 22
Stop hating, bullying Ukrainean and orher peace supporters for wanting to See performers who supports Ukraine Let Easter Europeans have right to say -...
Teddy Cohen
03:41 03 May 22
Quintessential NYC gay bar. If you’re looking to live your best gay fantasy rocking to queer culture classics and upbeat dance music, this is your go to place.Wether you’re starting off your night or ending it, Rise offers good vibes and great service all night long. Want to see first class Drag shows nightly with New York’s Drag elite? GO TO RISE!Looking for day drinking? Best happy our in the city!!RISE is where it’s at. Thank you for constantly delivering!!GO TO RISE
lanie galland
02:04 03 May 22
This is an absolutely wonderful establishment, promoting love and support and acceptance. They (AND THEIR HOSTS AND PERFORMERS) deserve all of the support we as a community can provide.
Nicholas Ruiz
01:20 03 May 22
Been a patron of RISE for years. Love the Monday night drag show with Jasmine Rice LaBeija, Pissi Myles, & DJ David Serrano. Always a great time with friendly staff & gorge interior. I appreciate the attention to detail and love supporting this gay owned venue. Five stars!
T T
00:55 03 May 22
Drinks are always good (heavy poor) and the entertainment is fun most nights. Lots of good Kate night food options nearby. New expansion has made the place double in size and double in fun
Chad R.
17:46 02 May 22
Great bar and always loads of fun! If you want to see some of NYC's finest performers, this is the place to go.
Charlie A.
16:48 02 May 22
Nothing but love, acceptance and good vibes at RISE always!!!!!!!!!!! Cannot wait for EUROVISION hosted by SVETLANA
Thad Castle
03:28 02 May 22
Came here with friends after having a few drinks at another place previously. It was nice, the music was loud and good, and the waiter with the pink hat was quick with our orders and polite had a great time until I went directly to the bar to get a second drink.The bartender asked for payment after making my drink and I told them I had a tab open. They asked who it was with, and I pointed at the table we were at directly next to the bar. Then they asked who my waiter was and honestly this was my fourth drink of the night so I didn't remember every detail of what they were wearing so I just said whoever was serving at the table we were at.This wasn't enough for the bartender and they started grilling me and getting snide about who took my tab and at which bar (did not even know there was a bar aside from the one you see on the left when entering). So I said to let me see if I can point him out but the bartender kept grilling me, still. Finally, I agreed with the bartender that it was the waiter with the pink hat and he said "oh like I just said before?" Then after all that he just asked for my last name anyway to confirm the tab.I know it was a late sunday night and maybe I should've remembered who took my card but that's no reason to be so snide and snippy especially if you apparently knew who was waiting tables in that area to ask me if it was the person in question, it was very rude and unnecessary since I saw that you ended up asking him about the tab anyway after this whole exchange.tl;dr remember what your waiter is wearing if you're opening a tab I guess unless you want to get shaken down by the bartender
Erika Foster
19:39 01 May 22
This place supports Russian aggression. Change the Eurovision host!
Kevin Cross
18:29 01 May 22
It’s crazy; they ask the russian host to present Eurovision 2022 during russian fascism in Europe. What are you doing guys?
Jim C.
21:35 22 Apr 22
$20 drinks at a crowded not so great bar? That's insane. I'll be disputing with my CC company. Advice: ask the price for a drink first.
Lucas Smith
03:17 20 Mar 22
Rise bar … if you can take down the last post on the instagram. Uploaded 5 hours ago. My identity it’s there and i don’t want to be exposed. Thanks !
Pedro M.
13:09 19 Mar 22
The last time I was here the waiter ignored me the entire evening while providing outstanding service to other patrons. Why? By chance, I met a man at...
Matthew D'Amore
06:37 13 Mar 22
Nice priced drinks for Manhattan and def a gay croud, but this dj they hired "Eugene" should stick to barmitzvah music. Had to leave before I heard another 2003 black eyed peas song
Luis Angeles
23:25 12 Mar 22
Not my first time coming here just it is my first time leaving a review. I have to say the crowd is amazing like always, a bit of shade with some great drag shows. If you want to get good drinks this is the place. Now for dancing it is crowded just a bit of wiggle room you can manage dancing. All and all I want to give a shout-out to Tim for being a great bartender and having impeccable friendly strict customer service amazing guy.
Keremy Jucharek
19:18 10 Mar 22
Rise gets my vote for the hottest guys, alongside maybe the Q. It can get a little packed but Tracy and Matt are awesome and the drinks taste great. I do run into some characters here and there but it's nothing atypical from the rest of the scene here in Hell's Kitchen. Definitely worth checking out!
Amir H.
17:16 25 Feb 22
Racist bar. I had a bad experience there and my friends witnessed it and saw some ethnic man being harassed by their female manager, (or maybe shes a trans)...
Jorge Z.
13:28 21 Feb 22
Bouncer is so nasty and so rude. I've experienced it on many different occasions. 3 strikes, ure out
Pavel Pavlyuchuk
06:11 13 Feb 22
The bar is great. The crowd sucks. People are very rude and inappropriate and don’t know how to behave in NYC settings.
Daniel B.
05:45 12 Feb 22
What a total ripe off. The bar is way over charging for well drinks using top shelf prices. 20$ per drink is a total scam. Never again.
Amir H.
12:47 03 Feb 22
I witnessed a racist experience there, around Halloween weekend, from an Asian female manager and a latin bartender, towards an Indian/Arab individual (all...
Michael Sinatra
15:58 29 Jan 22
Charged me $25 for a tequila soda. I asked why it was so expensive and the bar tender said "its a double." Well, I did not order a double. Apparently they did the same to my friends. Charged me $6 for the coat check. I thought it was $3. The coat check guy said "per item" because my coat had a liner. Seems a little ridiculous. Went for the Drag Race finale a couple years ago, had to pay about $60 for a table reservation--for more than half the show the audio did not work. The video kept shorting out. I understand technological problems can happen, but I asked if they would offer a refund at least for the table reservation fee. They told me they would contact me tomorrow. They never did and when I reached out they ultimately would not refund.
Nathan Byrne
14:03 16 Jan 22
Dumb. Don't come here if you need a coat check. Provided them with initials, jacket tab number, brand of jacket, and they stolemy coat still. Told me they need the physical tab. Told me I have to wait until close or the next day when its -5 degrees outside. Outrageous and never again. Miserable. Don't come.
Nathan Byrne
07:13 16 Jan 22
Dumb. Don't come here if you need a coat check. Provided them with initials, jacket tab number, brand of jacket, and they stole my stolemy coat still. Told me they need the physical tab which no bar does. Told me I have to wait until close or the next day when its -5 degrees outside. Outrageous and never again. Miserable. Don't come.
Louis L
07:15 09 Jan 22
Great bar, but 20$ for a gin & tonic? Really?Also the lights need to be adjusted - notSo nice to be constantly blinded all night.
Gustav R.
22:30 08 Jan 22
Great music great crowd everything was amazing I can't rave more about this place check this out if you are visiting
Сергей Шептун
05:47 08 Jan 22
Great place for drag shows and dancing all night after!
Edward L.
19:26 02 Jan 22
This needs a new management team. Rise is not running a coat check on January 2nd. Winter coats are essential and expensive and i don't want to lose them...
Ayden Férdeline
05:53 31 Dec 21
This venue is dangerous. Staff and patrons do not wear face masks in the middle of a pandemic; vaccinated people can of course catch and transmit Covid! I wore a mask inside and the bartender on the floor told me he “couldn’t hear me” when I spoke through a mask and said I should take it off. I declined and he just walked away, not even taking my order! I think this is so rude. Wearing a mask should not be discouraged — especially in the midst of an Omicron surge where New York City is the epicenter!
Jess H.
19:19 22 Dec 21
Eh, the boys behind the bar could use a little attitude adjustment also $20 for a captain and coke in any reality is over priced. I wanted to go to...
Alexander Salis
05:45 28 Nov 21
Was there with a friend who was sitting at the bar. My friend got up to go to smoke outside and told me to sit in their seat. The bartender told me I couldn’t sit there as said friend was sitting there. I explained that I was with the person sitting in the seat and they were just outside and told me to sit there but the bartender didn’t want to hear anything I said and just ignored my existence. I felt uncomfortable so stood up again but the bartender would still not even serve me and had to be served by another bartender who was thankfully extremely kind. My friend also felt terrible for the situation and was extremely apologetic despite them not being in any way responsible.Another friend with us then sat in the seat but the bartender didn’t say a word to them. So felt very singled out, uncomfortable, and unwelcome, all over a silly seat.Really strange and peculiar experience.
Joey C.
07:01 25 Nov 21
Not even, literally, 1 minute before I sat my bag on the chair and started to take my jacket off, Aaron T, with his diva attitude already pushing an order...
Mirage H.
09:34 18 Nov 21
I love it how this bar ended up deleting comments of my friends, Kate & Paul, but kept mine and Ayesha's comment and didn't even reach out. I wonder why...
Adam C.
17:04 12 Nov 21
OMG the Queens of Hells Kitchen are unsurprisingly overly critical of Rise Bar. The talons are out. My experience was generally positive. Plenty of light...
Paul R.
16:36 02 Nov 21
I'm truly appalled at how my best friend was treated recently.. I believe the lady was a mgr. I truly can't believe how my friend was treated based on his...
Ayesha G.
09:12 30 Oct 21
I stopped by to meet my friend & saw an Asian lady treated my friend very rudely & was racist towards him. I would never want to associate with people of...
Mirage H.
08:30 30 Oct 21
That Asian lady manager there is racist as hell. I heard her screaming to a patron "you have mental problems. Go back to your wife who doesn't know you are...
Michael Dean
05:19 30 Oct 21
Rise bar amazing! The shows, the dj’s, the lights, the entire staff. Absolutely amazing every single day!
Marianne R.
14:10 24 Oct 21
It's not bad, it's not great. Good music, but almost no one dancing when we went. Drinks weren't a bad price to be honest though...
andy zheng
19:54 04 Oct 21
Decent bar. It’s a niche crowd. Music is ok.
Walther Fantola
17:16 26 Aug 21
Love that bar but Jesus 32$ for 2 vodka sodas that is crazy. 16$ for a « cocktail » on a plastic glass full of ice… too bad few bars in Hell’s Kitchen are charging that much (Rise & The Q)
Spencer J.
19:54 19 Aug 21
Was great fun with DJ 2Face until the drag queens interrupted and drove out 80% of the crowd. Why do they let them ruin their business? Would have been a killer dance party but instead became a pathetic scene with only 17 people left after an hour show down from 100+ people at the start. Also: why do you have to project your name RISE on eight screens? It’s overKILLL
Jessica L.
22:12 03 Aug 21
Subpar cocktails . Friendly staff. No usb for charging or charging behind the bar for iPhones
Jack Soriano
23:06 30 Jul 21
Great bar. Why is that dancing bar maid deliberately ignoing me? Rise, you know who I mean. 😀
Mitchell P.
13:09 30 Jul 21
The ownership is really trying to keep HK alive. Please support local, mom & pop businesses like these.
Josh Feldman
05:06 28 Jul 21
Always have a fun time going to Rise! The drink prices are great!
Ja'my Williams
06:20 06 Jul 21
I have never felt so welcome in my life! Bartenders are really kind and super considerate. Music is modern and the crowd is relaxed.
Ali Almurtada
04:10 28 Jun 21
Perhaps this is rather Manhattan thing and not exclusive to this place, but its apartmenty feeling makes it tough for a clubbing experience.There was a long line to get in which is okay, but introducing a cover fee last min which increased every ten mins or so wasn’t a good touch. I also paid $15 for a single drink which I thought was a bit much.Overall, it’s not too bad and I’ll probably be back!
Austin S.
06:56 22 Jun 21
Came here with the squad and just sat outside. It's labeled gay bar but they have mexican food. Food was delicious but all drinks came in like plastic to go...
G Tenewitz
17:01 27 May 21
Show your excelsior pass or vaccination proof and you can wander about maskless. The nice waiter there said that next week (we were there May 26) that vaccine proof will be required and social distance will no longer be required there!! Overall, a real nice place, clean and modern interior, one of the better in HK. Interesting mixed crowd age-wise, young to middle age. Mostly local crowd on weeknights, and probably due to less tourist. Great outdoor seating.
Christian P.
12:31 25 May 21
Rise can be fun. Is it always? Well that depends on what's going on. I just went this past weekend and due to Covid they are still seating everyone at...
Jackson Neil Abarilles
06:18 22 May 21
Update 05/21: Met the Apparently “Rude Asian Manager” tonight and you know what... she’s not. She was so friendly and she treated me like a human being and made me feel welcomed! So, shout out to her and will definitely be coming back very very soon!!!We sat there and the tables that were sat next to us after we were given a table have already been helped and got their drinks but we were left out. Waiter was cute though and the gentleman at the door was really nice. But being there and sat down just to be ignored while the tables around us was being helped and us just looking foolish was not the night we planned on having. Moving on. Maybe next time will be better. Shout out to the door guy for being awesome! We will definitely come back and give it another try.
Andy Shave
00:42 18 May 21
No single spots inside but going to the restroom a number that are there! Clearly, and I understand it they only want groups for their Buisness. I supported it during lockdown but that means nothing. I stopped coming for a reason and being here tonight reminds me why
Michelle S.
10:13 13 May 21
Went on a Wednesday night and it was so lively!!! The entire experience was great. The bouncer was friendly and so were the hostess. We were seated promptly...
Stephen Torres
03:48 07 May 21
Friendly staff and great energy. Love this place. Will always come back
Jackson Neil Abarilles
21:20 05 Apr 21
We sat there and the tables that were sat next to us after we were given a table have already been helped and got their drinks but we were left out. Waiter was cute though and the gentleman at the door was really nice. But being there and sat down just to be ignored while the tables around us was being helped and us just looking foolish was not the night we planned on having. Moving on. Maybe next time will be better. Shout out to the door guy for being awesome! We will definitely come back and give it another try.
Viktor Aleksiev l
20:24 03 Apr 21
For 2 drinks I paid $33( vodka tonic). Also we have to ordered food which never came but was on the check $12. The lady which plays to be manager there is so rude. I am not sure did she knows what customer service means. She was reminding us every 20 minutes about the time we have left. Very annoying and rude woman. In general: expensive drinks,poor customer service.
Caryn Russman
11:31 29 Mar 21
Stopped here the other day and had a drink with friends outside. You have to order food with your drink and there are no vegan options. Mainly stuff like hot dogs or pizza. It would be nice if they sold chips or something so I’m not throwing money away. That said, the waiter was very friendly and drinks came out pretty quickly.
Vanessa Y.
12:31 26 Mar 21
yes the bar does have quite a line but we need to support our local businesses - my wife and i waited on line and ultimately, enjoyed the wonderful shows. check them out
Alizee Acenova
01:15 10 Feb 21
You will pay for two drinks even though you order one drink because “that’s how they serve drinks”. A wine + a gin tonic in plastic cups = $36 (excl the mandatory food charge for outdoor dining).

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