The Toolbox

The Toolbox

Neighborhood gay bar located on the Upper East Side

Average Reviews


TheToolBox is a neighborhood gay bar friendly to all. Located on the Upper East Side (UES) of Manhattan. Under new management since January of 2010. Gay owned and operated with friendly bartenders and clientele.

Top 10 reasons to “Like” us -

1. No cover charge ever.
2. Gay owned and operated.
3. Unbeatable DAILY HAPPY HOUR’s pours and prices.
4. Friendly staff and customers that are celebrities in their own right.
5. Sponsors good causes that community softball teams, marathon runners, and walkers support.
6. We support not only our GLBTQ community, but the community surrounding us.
7. Our Monday Night Bingo has benefited charities - GMHC, Ali Forney, ASPCA, The Trevor Project, Gods Love We Deliver, Pancreatic Cancer, Autism, and many others.
9. Only gay bar on the Upper East Side of New York.
10. Welcoming to ALL.

If you want to add to this list, let us know.
We may be a small bar, like a toolbox, but we certainly think out of the box



The Toolbox Bar
Based on 139 reviews
William Perez
00:15 29 Feb 24
mmm. nice and friendly quiet bar. music was terrible, mostly pop, but not the good kind of pop. beyonce, ace of base, britney, etc. definitely not for an older crowd. more appropriate for a younger clientele. at least, on a wednesday early evening. it might be more fun at other times. bar service left much to be desired, young bartender, not seasoned, not rude but not the most attentive or engaged. i’d definitely give it another chance but was disappointed for my first visit.
Jerry B
16:01 04 Feb 24
This is the worst gay bar ever…. Less and less people are going there.Don’t waste your time at this place.
Bryan Stanton
01:27 15 Jan 24
Great staff. Great vibes. Fun drag shows. Good music.
Carl Grossi
02:21 29 Dec 23
Tonight was my second time going in there the first time thay put cooking oil in my buffalo sauce. Tonight the old lady bar tender said she was not going to get my beer I ordered till I changed chairs at the bar . So we left
Randy Santos
05:46 12 Nov 23
Not very POC welcoming. Music is okay you have to pay a lot to have you song play and even then it’ll be a remix or sample of the song of a POC artist … unless it’s Beyoncé go figure
A You
13:16 12 Oct 23
A great place to hang out with your friend, the drink is good, staff is cute and they have drag performance. I went on the night of the repair the queen final so the place was pack with people to see the drag queen performing and find out who will be the winner. I must say that all the drag queen performances was lit as hell especially queen Jolli B was outstanding. Will definitely be going back to toolbox bar to get some drinks if Jolli B is performing there.
04:51 30 Jul 23
It was such a great place ! Highly recommended and really hot and great service from the bar tender
13:06 23 Apr 23
I love this local neighborhood bar. Atmosphere is fun, friendly and inviting. It’s typically regulars here and it’s a great place to have a beer and meet new people. The entertainment is great too!
nicholas sinatra
17:35 10 Feb 22
Decent drinks, cute bartenders, and nice ambiance. The only complaints I have are about the space itself (super tiny venue; it's very easy to feel a bit cramped with more than 10 people in the bar). All in all, a pretty fun time, even late on a Wednesday night because the music is bumping and the staff is great.
00:53 25 Jan 22
Iconic upper east side barGreat cocktails and showsI highly recommend
Hernan Bourlot
14:05 24 Nov 21
Absolutely funny place! Super friendly bartenders. Clean restrooms. Karaoke night was great! We had lots of fun.
Analie Fernandez
00:34 27 Sep 21
I love this place! I am straight as a straight line, but, I want to come to this place again! The first time I came here was also my last---which is last year, just before the lockdown. The host, Nico, is our brother in musical(at Craig Derry"s Vocal Fitness), invited us. I enjoyed it so much___after the brief disappoinment: most man I've seen there at that time were the kind of man I dreamt of when it comes to athletic bod or muscular one___but, I know, like me, they also want a man🤷 I was this close to tell one of them: can you at least populate this world with cute babies like you! Sigh.I just drowned myself with Margarita, dance all night, sang, and watched one of the patron entertained us, the crowds, with his epic dance till closing time!❤️I would definitely come back to this place again whenever I get the time😘 They have friendly ambience. Clean place with clean restroom👍
Paul Trapp
21:29 10 May 21
Bingo time! This is not your grandma’s bingo! No “bingo arms” necessary. The Tool Box Bingo reboot is so much fun! Two sessions every Monday night! Friendly staff and great service. My favorite new cocktail is the passion fruit lemonade! Come one come all. You won’t be disappointed.

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Last Updated

8 January 2024


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02:00 PM - 02:00 AM
  • Monday
    02:00 PM - 02:00 AM
  • Tuesday
    02:00 PM - 02:00 AM
  • Wednesday
    02:00 PM - 02:00 AM
  • Thursday
    02:00 PM - 04:00 AM
  • Friday
    02:00 PM - 04:00 AM
  • Saturday
    02:00 PM - 04:00 AM
  • Sunday
    02:00 PM - 02:00 AM

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