The Monster

(212) 924-3557 | View Website

80 Grove St, New York, NY | Directions   10014

40.733374 -74.002341

Open Hours

Mon-Fri 4pm-4am

Sat-Sun 2pm-4am

 
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Neighborhoods: Downtown, West Village

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The Monster
The Monster
The Monster

From The Owners of The Monster

A West Village gay scene fixture for piano-bar fans.

Menu
Rolling Rock, Heineken & Long Island Iced Teas, Cuba Libres & Coronas, Bud & Bacardi Flavors, Bud & Rolling Rock, L.I. Iced Teas, Corona, Good Booze & Vodka Breezes, Vodka Breezes... more

Reviews for The Monster

The Monster
Recommends

A fun place with lots of different little niches, Monster has hot go-go dancers, different dj nights varying on electro and house, and even piano singalongs on the main floor. Head to the basement for dancing, or chill with your friends in the lounge on the main floor or at the bar. Strong, cheap drinks for the West Village.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Thursday night dj is on hot! – The music is hot deep house! The dj made me sweat. i wish it was like that on fridays and saturdays. there was a guy who does this amazing dance he duck walks from one end of the dance floor to the other he werks. There are not enough people there. they should make it more attractive so more people wouldncome out. There was only 25 people there. The stripper was cute. i wish they would bring rafael leonidis back he has nice butt.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

the wild dancers with the short dread locks – last night i was trying to enjoy the music downstairs and this wild dancing dark skinned queen was spinning wildly out of control. i was afraid that someone was going to get seriously hurt by this thug. as soon as i said watch out to another patron he had savagely knocked the man`s drink out of his hand and punched him in the face. the thug ran out of the club instead of buying another drink for the patron. then there is a lot of prostitutes there.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

watch out for voguers – there are these late queens that want to knock you out of the way by voguing and pushing people out of the way. that runway walking queen and that duck walking queen whotakes up the whole floor and trips people aned knocks there drinks out of their hands should be banned. the runway queen purposely runs into people and pushes them to the side as if and security does nothing about it. it was there last night and honey it aint pretty. then there is a indian queen who stands in front of every mirror and gives people shady looks they should banish him for life he is so rude. then last but not least there is that puerto rican with th short afro that trys to do ballet and basically looks foolish which is good for a laugh however he jabs people and steps on their feet. they should not let him in. thanks

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Could Use More BLACK BARTENDERS – I've been in NY for over 20yrs. I have frequented the Monster from time to time. I like going, because it's a great night out with reasonably priced drinks and good music - DOWNSTAIRS. However, the owner needs to hire BLACK BARTENDERS! There are NONE! A lot of BLACKS attend this club and patronize it frequently.

Let's see some COLOR behind the BAR in 2010!

Thank you!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

still there! – hi there, i'm so happy to know that the monster is still there. Italian here and the first time visit a lot of years ago (around 1999) and have my first gay experience in this bar. Yes still remember the guy with have nice night out and was a piano player. I'd like to know if is still there i still remember the name Jeffrey W. a chubby one but so lovely.....help to found him will be appreciated. Thanks Monster you open my street. Greetings from italy Bernardo

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

soo dissapointing – i was sooo excited to go check this place out, especially after all the good reviews everyone gave it. but as soon as i got there my face dropped to the ground, the place had no facade from the outside, there was a homeless person sitting on a plant pot, and a bunch of random people just standing outside, i entered anyway, hoping that it was going to be a different experience once inside. it turned out to be a piano bar and a dance club in the basement, the people on the first floor where kind of annoying especially with their oldies singing. it sounded like a bunch of drnk old widows singing. the basement music was ok, the ceiling height was too low, and the gogo dancers looked and danced like they were forced to be their. anyway i will never go or recommend this bar to any of my friends...

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great & Friendly Atmosphere – A long Island Firemen gave me his contact information

and I miss placed it. If you see this review please contact me. via Face book or thru the island I work on.

Scott

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Just Average – Im huge on service. Always have been. This bar does not believe in it. Rude, Rude, and did I care to mention rude! and I wasn't to sure why considering that the crowd was a fairly decent one. Different ages, ethnicities, genders/transgenders. All looking for a good night out. I actually visited this place on numerous occasions and found these traits to be consistant each night. The energy on the lower level dance floor is good. Pleasent were the performers, but the overall bar staff is enough to make a person call it a night early.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Classic NYC gay bar – I visit NYC about once a year. I always stop in at the Monster. It's a great, classic NYC gay bar. Piano bar upstairs and dance floor downstairs. It's not too big, and not too small, and you can choose whether your experience is mellow or high energy depending upon where in the bar you spend your time. The crowd is a good mix of ages, ethnicities, locals and tourists most nights. By no means is it the most cutting edge bar (not now anyway) but it's still a good time. My last trip there however (9/08) was marred by an ugly incident. My sister and I were at the piano bar on a slow night. There were two guys singing (and not terribly well) when a group of Australian tourists crowded around the piano. They wanted to sing too, but the pianist refused to play anything they requested. He even went out of his way to play things they wouldn't know, and he got really snotty with them. He was like Bette Davis on a meth binge. I have no idea why he was so rude to them. The group was mostly girls, and perhaps thats why. Not sure. I've been to the Monster too many times to let one bad incident keep me from going back or recommending it to others, but beware of the bald piano player. He's evil. We left early and went to the Duplex nearby. It's better, and friendlier if you are looking specifically for a piano bar, but the Monster is the bigger of the two with the dance floor.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Nice nite spot – The boyfriend and I were in NYC and wanted someplace to do some dancing. Some guys in another bar reccommended a few spots that didn't turn out, so we headed back to Christopher Street for some bar hopping and happened into Monsters, which turned out to be exactly what we were hoping to find. The crowd was friendly, the staff was nice, and the music was pumpin'. I'd definately go back!

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