Like a moth to a “flame,” gays are flocking to Industry Bar, Hell’s Kitchen’s new nightlife hotspot.
We checked out Industry Bar last week, the newest arrival to gay nightlife hot-hood, Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen founded by nightlife vets Bob Pontarelli and Stephen Heighton, the duo behind Crowbar, Barracuda, Leshko's Restaurant and Elmo Restaurant. When we arrived, friends in tow, we were immediately taken aback at how popular this bar already seems to be, considering how many boys were mingling, drinking and boogying.
The set up is cute, if not a little kitschy, and when populated by a crowd it feels comfortable and cozy. Industry is a large space, though it seems smaller and more intimate given the several living room silhouettes, bar and cocktail area.
Make sure to check out the separate dance room with an impressive fire effect window that provides a successful and modern focal point to the room, not to mention casts a romantic glow onto your suitors. Mood lighting, anyone?
The bartenders weren’t the most welcoming men in the room; in fact they were a little too cool for school and seemed bored. But who really goes out looking for the help? The men we met on our side of the bar were professional, attractive and everyone seemed to be in good spirits. And if you’re looking to spot a familiar face from TV, we spotted “Gay-lebrity” and Logo’s “A-List” castmember Reichen Lehmkuhl playing pool.
Industry boasts impressive Thursday evenings with great music, drag-goddess Shequida’s always impressive performances and a late night selection of men for the grabbing, dancing, or otherwise!
355 West 52nd Street, Hell’s Kitchen
4:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m.