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Best Lesbian Bar

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RIP the lesbian bar; it is, for previous intents and former purposes, all but extinct. The last two decades have seen steady shuttering of dedicated watering holes for ladies to meet ladies around New York, with only a few stalwarts (Cubbyhole, Henrietta Hudson, Ginger’s) still standing. Nothing epitomized this trend more than when the Dalloway, one of the most prominent and promising openings in recent years, closed its doors in October 2013 after less than a year of operation. With fewer brick-and-mortar establishments, the scene has shifted to less exclusive, less permanent dance parties at pansexual bars like Bizarre, One Last Shag, and the Rusty Knot. (Who needs labels — or walls — anyway?) The most reliably raucous of these is Hot Rabbit, a gynocentric LGBTQ dance party held on Fridays at the Monster. At press time, the bunny crowd had advertised that a similar Saturday-night to-do would be starting up at Radio Bushwick (22 Wyckoff Avenue; 917-893-8935, radiobushwick.com) in Brooklyn.