This article was published on June 19th, 2018
As the saying goes: out with the old, and in with the new. Just as New York City becomes more and more gentrified and the great gay diaspora continues, new pockets of queer life are springing up all over Manhattan and the outer boroughs. One bar that rose up from the recession and has sprouted up in NYC’s newfound gayborhoods is Boxers NYC. With a new sports bar that opened upin the Upper East Side in January and their new location opening in Washington Heights, Boxers NYC is showing just how relevant gay bars still are.
“Washington Heights deserves its own neighborhood gay bar,” says Bob Fluet, who owns Boxers along with friend and partner Rob Hynds. “We have made it our mission to go into neighborhoods that have lots of gay people but no gay bar. We are bringing the contemporary gay bar to them,” he proclaims.
Boxers NYC first opened in Chelsea, expanded to Hell’s Kitchen, then to Philadelphia, next to the Upper East Side, and are finally adding a Washington Heights locale. Once a dangerous, crime ridden place, Washington Heights is Manhattan’s newest gayborhood to gain mainstream recognition. Boxers NYC opening up a gay bar in Washington Heights will be the neighborhood’s first gay bar.
“We’re a place to hang out with friends, relax, have fun, listen to great music, catch a sports game, eat, mingle or watch an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race. We also strive to bring greater visibility to the gay community in each neighborhood we serve.”
As all-inclusive as it gets, Boxers NYC has built a reputation as a laid back, welcoming attitude bar for anyone and everyone: LGBT and allies. Boxers NYC also gives back to its queer customers that helped it obtain and sustain its popularity. Boxers keeps a strong tie with the local gay community it serves as sponsors of more than twenty LGBT sports leagues and the Major League Soccer Team, NYCFC.
In addition to all the exciting things happening at each of the locations, three bartenders from Boxers were recently on Watch What Happens L!ve with Andy Cohen.
Set to open this summer, Boxers will give the uppermost portion of Manhattan a long-needed queer establishment. Like most sports bars, Boxers offers pizza, games, ample big TVs for sports watching, great beers on tap, and a warm, a fun time, and a friendly attitude that is certain to attract new customers to its 5thlocation in Washington Heights.