Candle Bar Review

309 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10023
(212) 874-9155

Type of Bar: GAY Bar

“So this place gets 5 stars, because it drastically surpassed my expectations.

First: The music. I hate going to bars (that is bars not clubs) that has the music blaring so loud I feel like I’m in a nightclub instead of a bar. I feel like if your are going to act like a club, then be one. If you are going to be a bar, be one. Bars are about conversation, and candlebar is definitely a place to have a great conversation.

Drinks: The best way to start a conversation is over a good drink, and candlebar delivers! The price seemed a little steep for the location, until I saw what I was getting. For $7.00 of my hard earned money I was given a drink that was was well mixed, and was much more liquor than mixer. I found myself ordering several more, and encouraging everyone to do the same.

Ambiance: If candlebar was lacking anything, it might be in this category, but that is only if you prefer your gaybar to have that asian influence clean line look. If you don’t mind your bar being a bar, then candlebar won’t ruffle your feathers. The bar features a long bar with a long range of barstools, a pool table, and a few booths. I have to say it was a little annoying having to get out of peoples way while waiting for a drink, but it invited conversation and mingling. So in a way it’s slightly cramped quarters could be seen as socially inviting.

Experience: What I have to say is that Candlebar is the first gay bar where I felt like staying more than an hour. I didn’t feel rushed, I didn’t feel ignored, I just felt welcome and intoxicated. The people who frequent the bar range from 20-40. This means that you’ve got a lot of different people to talk to. The nice thing is…people in Candlebar are not afraid of talking to you. In fact even my shy self found myself talking with strangers and making new friends.”

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