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Hi Chet, the song that mentioned Barefoot Boy was "New York, You Got Me Dancing'" by Andrea True Connection.

Dino NJ

To address some previous posts: it was named Candle Bar, not "Candlelight" (on Amsterdam Ave between 74th & 75th in the Upper West Side). Small neighborhood bar with a pool table. I think it closed 4 or 5 years ago. There was also a hustler bar (can't remember name) in that neighborhood, maybe a block or two away? Not too far (West 70's) in the late 80s/early-mid 90s as well.

Dino NJ

Thanks for including King on 6th Ave on the list Rob. That dance floor on the 2nd floor was an actual enclosed room. Very small & intimate.

I interviewed to become a bartender there on July 10, 1995, when it had just opened.
That was an especially hot summer, late June & the first half of July, with temps in the upper 90's/low 100's and the accompanying, extremely oppressive heat indexes. I remember being there about 7pm for the interview and there was absolutely no one on the sidewalks.

Needless to say, never ended up getting the job as all the prime weekend shifts were already staffed. Working late night on an off night during the week was not doable, as I already had a job during the day, which I started that very same day of the interview, which is why I remember the precise July 10, 1995 date.

Came back 2 or 3 times as a patron, the last being April 1996 (went to the NY International Auto Show that day) and it wasn't very busy. Never seemed to gain traction or get going. Probably only lasted at least a year or two.


I had come across your Lost Bars list while searching, as I do every so often, for any references to "Billy's Chelsea Bar". Oddly enough it was one you could not clearly remember, and it is the one I remember best, it being my first gay bar back in September 1984. I came across it on my first trip to NYC. When I went back in 1986, I could not believe that a couple of the bartenders, including the owner Billy, remembered and recognized us.

When I finally moved to the City, it was gone, though over the years it resurfaced with different names. They were all seemingly very popular incarnations, but it never felt the same to me. When it was The Break, I believe it was owned by the same guy who also owned the Works. I tried making inquiries but to no avail.

Years ago I finally thought of trying the staff of the Rawhide, seeing as it was always a staple on Eighth Ave, I discovered it had just closed its doors for the last time, and literally closing an era.

If anyone out there remembers any of the staff, especially Billy himself or Peter, or has any information about them, I would appreciate it. It would be great to be able to send them my regards and let them know they have never been forgotten.

Alex (now in Toronto)

Neiani Leiyah


Dear Bob, yes it brought a lot of memories of my new found freedom of being gay but was not lucky in the gay world as far as meeting 'him'
maybe because I was soft and feminine instead of being 'butch'. Just in case you missed it, my very first gay dance bar was called The Round Table
located (hope I'm right) on the north side of 51st between Madison and Park Ave. Have you been there or heard of it? Back then, beautiful and sexy lipsyncing drag queens with their Diana Ross and Barbra Streisand, etc song numbers. I was originally looking for my former boyfriends and the bars I met them, and this is how I came across your site. Thank you very much for this. Have a good one and be safe in this our COVID-19 global pandemic.

H♡gs to you and yours. . .



The Circle (9th) was by far the best bar for Disco Sucks gay guys , met so many cool people there, and the best Jukebox in the early 80's ..Not to mention iconic pictures of Janice and Lennon. Just a great place to be a non traditional 70's clone. No offense meant. And another one not mentioned The Headless Horseman right across from the 9th C , Great owners, bartenders ,quiet drinking bar with an awesome stained glass depiction of The Horseman riding carrying his head lol


Hi John, I've never heard of the Headless Horeseman - was it a gay bar?


I used to do my laundry on Third Avenue and 29th Street, I believe there's a Dunkin Donuts there now. South Dakota was next door to the laundromat, and I used to stop in there during my rinse cycle. Not sure if they moved to there/from there, my memory of South Dakota is 29th & 3rd. This would have been 1982 or so.

Also, I used to drink at a bar called McGregor's Garage on St Marks Place. I knew a girl from Belize, we used to go out dancing occasionally. McGregor's was the only place I knew to find her. One night I went down to see if she was around, and there was a giant crowd outside, turns out McGregor's Garage had closed and it was opening night at Boy Bar. It looked pretty packed, I was going to go somewhere else and then I saw Quentin Crisp's taxi pull up and he went in. Someone else said tap beer was free, so it didn't take much more for me to go in. Had a great time!


Hi, I am trying to research a portrait I got from my late friend Charles Duval Whitehead, who was the uncle of the original owner of the original Uncle Charlie's Bar bar, which was on 3rd Avenue in the Murray Hill section. When my friend was older, I used to drive him into the City and we were never charged for drinks at his nephew's bar!

By chance, might you know his nephew's name? He was the original owner, and later opened another one in Florida.

Thanks for any help or any direction you, or one of your readers, can give me.

Tom ledcle

The Crowbar was my fave. The Bar was on my corner so I’d stat there then mosey down to Crowbar and a bar on First Ave and 9th? Then once in a blue moon to Club 84 on 2nd and4th between 1990 and 1996 there were blue moons almost every weekend.


Who knows, we may have encountered each other at Club 84, which I occasionally visited in the early '90s.






Alston Green

Sam , I think the place you are thinking of was Zone DK

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