Bedlam

Bar / Gay Bar / Lounge
Bedlam "Named after London's infamous psychiatric hospital, Bedlam is a breath of fresh air conceived by the owners of Eastern Bloc – only this time, they went for ""weird"" over ""queer,"" creating an open multi-room bar ""for everyone""..." New York United States 40.721896 -73.980365
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Bedlam - Bar | Gay Bar | Lounge in New York.
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Party Earth Review Named after London’s infamous psychiatric hospital, Bedlam is a breath of fresh air conceived by the owners of Eastern Bloc – only this time, they went for “weird” over “queer,” creating an open multi-room bar “for everyone... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    F: Second Avenue/Lower East Side

  • Phone:

    212-228-1049

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Daily 6pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Bedlam Review

The Scene

"Named after London's infamous psychiatric hospital, Bedlam is a breath of fresh air conceived by the owners of Eastern Bloc – only this time, they went for ""weird"" over ""queer,"" creating an open multi-room bar ""for everyone""..."

Named after London’s infamous psychiatric hospital, Bedlam is a breath of fresh air conceived by the owners of Eastern Bloc – only this time, they went for “weird” over “queer,” creating an open multi-room bar “for everyone” with a killer décor and an attitude to match.

The crowd of slick-haired rockers and their dressed-to-kill party-girl friends stepping past the drawn blinds will find themselves in a room decked out in taxidermy, medical dissection diagrams, and pages from Victorian novels, as well as a bar where tattooed bartenders work against a backdrop of a mounted bear, a Visible Man anatomy model, and a rattlesnake frozen mid-strike.

Even the bathrooms are stylishly foreboding, one wallpapered in vintage mug shots, the other in old stock certificates.

Despite the madness, however, the laid-back punkish gays, chatty lesbians, and downtown fashionistas stay fairly sane as they sip pints of Genesee Cream Ale and bob along to a garage rock playlist, while clusters of friends chill out over gossip and cocktails in the candlelit red booths.

Those looking for a more exclusive vibe can check out the VIP chamber just past the wide dance floor, where flashy groups can order bottle service from their chapped leather chairs, surrounded by a halo of mounted heads and skylights.

Although the crowd is mixed and pleasant on most nights and weekend DJs get the dance floor hopping, the real scene happens on Thursdays when both the dress and the dance moves cross over into decadent flamboyance.

A captivating bar with just the right touch of quirky, Bedlam is a badass asylum worthy of an insanity plea.

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Tip from Emma:

Guys channel their inner Zoolander on Thursday nights, catwalking and Blue Steeling down the back room. It’s like fashion week every week at Bedlam.

  • Crowd

    Stylish punk rockers, successful downtown artists, chic fashionistas, and gay party animals, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    iPod mix of folk, garage rock, polka, punkabilly, and new wave. Occasional DJs and theme nights.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Happy Hour M–F 6–10pm.

  • Prices

    Beer $4+, wine $7+, cocktails $6+, bottle service $150+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Cool casual: nice jeans, tight t-shirts, sleek vintage, leather, black.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays for the biggest crowds, and Thursdays for a great gay scene.

  • Close By

    Just a few blocks away is Eastern Bloc (505 East 6th Street), a Soviet-themed gay bar run by the same people.

Bedlam User Reviews

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ABCDance and Drinks!
Arielle L. Apr 27, 2013
A former coworker of mine invited me to all of his DJing gigs here and I've enjoyed the trip every time. Although it's advertised as a "gay bar," there's never many people and my crowd is usually the ones who fill up most of the bar. I've only visited the bar when my coworker DJed so the music was great and it's a fun place to get good drinks and dance the whole night long. When you're done dancing, and just feel like sitting down, there's a small room behind the DJ with a comfortable couch. It's a nice place if you want to have an intimiate gathering with friends.
The Red Room
Jaclyn W. Nov 3, 2012
Maybe it's the condition I show up in, maybe it's the awesome music that is always bumpin or maybe it's just because it's a really fun place. Although Bedlam is nestled down in Alphabet City, it is well worth the trip. The first thing you notice when you walk in are the vibrant red walls and large animal heads. Yes, that's right. It's a taxidermy bar. Head to the bar, down some drinks in an available booth and make your way towards the back. Despite the fact Bedlam is known for it's gay-friendly reputation, there are lots of girls and a good mix of straight guys all wanting to let loose. The crowd is always interesting and while I won't name names, I have run into an A-list celebrity or two here. Check it out at least once. It's a good time.
Dancing in Crazy Outfits with Friends
Alicia B. Nov 3, 2012
As a straight girl with lots of gay partier friends, I love this bar. You can bring your straight male friends without worry bc, while it's definitely gay-friendly, it's ally-friendly as well. It's as if they started out as a gay club that thought about having a straight night, then said "Screw it" and just focused all of their energy just making sure everyone spends the night dancing with their arms in the air and cranberry juice cocktail on their shirts. Downside is that it's a bit off the beaten path for non-walks (hello, Avenue C).
Another dimension
Chris K. Oct 8, 2012
Between its location, decor, layout, and crowd, Bedlam feels like a scene from a Neil Gaiman comic, where you step into a bar that turns out to be an interdimensional hangout full of centaurs and other crazy nonsense. The drinks are decently prices, the staff and crowd are totally, and if you like taxidermy, forget about it, they have the best in town.
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