New York has a number of gay clubs and bars, but institutions dedicated solely to the lesbian party scene are few and far between. Thankfully, Henrietta Hudson has been around for twenty-five years to fill exactly that void. A ten-dollar entrance donation and only-cheap-for-Manhattan cocktails make Henrietta more of a splurge than your local dive, and the bar doubles as a lively dance club that always seems to be open and full of an interesting mix of patrons. The dim lighting, throbbing music, and bar-counter dancing all let you know what type of night you should be in for. The dancefloor fills up fast on weekends, and the loungy couches soon after; or stop by after work on a weekday for a more laid-back experience and meet some regulars who can tell you what was what back in the day. In the daylight you can tell the place is the work of an older generation, with its scruffy pool table and cash-only bar. Though Henrietta Hudson is for the ladies, it welcomes all, so don’t hesitate to stop by and patronize one of the longest-running lesbian bars in the city.
438 Hudson Street, Manhattan