“The music is always great, the weekend crowd is good looking and fun.”
“It is a beautiful more intimate space also with great music and great drinks.”
“This haven of reality in the oh-so-cool enclave, is a breath of fresh air in the stifflingly gauche part of town.”
“The vibe isn't there, drinks are overpriced, not much of a selection either.”
“It was a bit too crowded for my taste but the bouncer was very friendly dealt with the drunk patrons pretty well.”
“Among the litany of trendy shops, clubs, and people, the Gaslight Lounge stands out as the one comfortable and relatively inexpensive bar in the entire neighborhood.”
“then waited 15 minutes to speak to the manager who was equally rude and un-apologetic.”
MPD good time. Always a good time at the Gaslight!!!! They make you feel welcome no matter how busy
non-pretensious in the meatpacking!.
I work for google and when I leave work there are absolutely no 'regular bars' to go to in the area unless I want to spend $15 for a cocktail, which I do not. I want draft beer, tv's, comfy couches, and laid-back people! The only place in the meatpacking to find this type of atmosphere is the Gaslight. Later in the evening, weekends, and G2 next door is a much more happening scene, in fact, usually packed full of good-looking people going to or coming from the decadent clubs nearby. Its comfortable, real, affordable, and the mix of people keeps it entertaining every time. That's probably why they've been in business for almost 15 years.
Here's a tip-Im headed there for Superbowl too: the deal is $60 for an Open Bar throughout the game + buffet!! Tell me you can beat that anywhere in this type of setting..
Out of Gas. Gaslight is a throwback to the old days before electricity, hygiene, and laws against marrying your sister. The management has been particularly successful at recreating a 19th Century environment that existed prior to the introduction of Health Department regulations. It is stale, dirty and nasty, with an angry staff and an apparently inbred crowd of odoriferous patrons who just finished driving their cabs for the day. The drinks are weak, the prices are high, and the music is LOUD. Visiting Gaslight at happy hour is not a happy experience, as you will have to shout at the top of your lungs to be heard over Britney Spears playing at full volume. You may also question the lineage of your fellow patrons, as many of them harbor not only the pungent odor of rancid falafel, but the genetic defects associated with the age-old middle eastern practice of sleeping with one's sister. You will definitely question the safety of your food, if you are brave enough to order one of the putrid offerings from the limited bar menu. Ultimately, Gaslight is not only reminiscent of the days before indoor plumbing, it reminds one that technological progress is a good thing. Stay in the 21st Century and avoid this place like the plagues that ravaged society 150 years ago.
my favorite bar. Gaslight is my favorite bar..and this is why. Among the litany of trendy shops, clubs, and people, the Gaslight Lounge stands out as the one comfortable and relatively inexpensive bar in the entire neighborhood. When I walked in this yesterday afternoon, there was a movie being filmed outside and taking up part of the second lounge area known as G2. Since the main entrance was blocked, I walked into the pizzeria next door, which I found out is also part of the group, called Gaslight Pizzeria. After enjoying a surprisingly awesome buffalo chicken slice, I found my way into the main bar area. The hot female bartenders are always happy to serve you pints of tap beer at this warm pub-style lounge without much fuss. The décor is vintage and warm, if a little tattered, and that only adds to the charm. With lots of cushy seating areas everywhere, I was glad I got there early to reserve a nook with two couches for my group. By the time my friends showed up, the bar was already one-deep with the after work crowd vying for a piece of the hardwood bar. At some point, everyone started dancing. People were packed up to the French doors but the cocktail waitress kept our drinks filled. My friends and I were headed to Son Cubano at 10, but like many times before, I told them to meet me at Gaslight first to pre-game. We ended up dancing there until 11 and when we heard about the line to get in to salsa, we decided to stay at Gaslight! Another excellent night at the coziest bar on the Westside!
It is what it is......
As a major events planner in New York City, I am constantly on the lookout for venues - new and old, critically looking at each aspect of the establishment such as its atmosphere, service, food, neighborhood, ownership and turnover rate.
The Gaslight Lounge is one of the only nondiscriminatory venues in the well known pretentious Meatpacking District, open to anyone and everyone in New York looking to have a good time in a popular neighborhood the opportunity to do so. You don't have to be a celebrity, you don't have to order bottle service and give the door guy your credit card (and bribe). You don't have to be under the age of 30, dressed scandalously and female....you can just show up as you, with your friends, go inside and get a drink, some food, and mingle with people from all walks of life.
With that said, this venue is popular, packed on the weekends, and full of people you may or may not like. Everyone is at the bar waiting for a drink, bartenders working hard to get the drinks to each and every demanding, impatient and very thirsty New Yorker crowding up to the bar. Dancing and “grinding” occur – as it does in every club in that neighborhood, including those who blindly make fools of themselves which can actually be entertaining to the more reserved patrons if they have the ability to observe with an open mind.
You may or may not like your experience. It all depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for the flashy NY experience, crawling with super hot desperate singles, disco balls and Lady Gaga flowing through the speakers, go stand in line down the street at another venue. If you’re looking for a dive bar with loud rock music, where you can rock your best hipster look, get way too drunk for the general public and have a great time – go to the Village or LES.
If you’re looking for something a little in between – the Gaslight just might work out for you.
The décor is vintage chic, service is decent, and the crowd will differ every night of the week.
It is what it is – 4 stars.
NEVER EVER GO THERE!!.
Absolute thieves..! Don't even think of going there..!
what happened..? here's what happened..I go there with friends for a couple of drinks before we move on to the bars that would actually count as part of the NYC nightlife. 20 mins and 4 drinks later I sign the check, leave a tip and leave. I find out later that they charged me twice. Once for the original bill amount and then again for the bill amount plus the tip. I imagine it's a genuine mistake and call them back to ask them to take off the charge. Let me try and replay the conversation I had with the retard who picked up the phone.
"May I speak to a manager or whoever is in charge there plaese..?"
" What about?"
"You guys charged me twice. It's about that."
"(sniggering)"*believe me..this guy actually sniggered* and then he says " yeah ok..let me go get him" and then *click* puts the phone down..!
I call them back..no longer thinking it was a mistake, genuine or otherwise,at all..
this is the conversation that followed after:
" fax me the statement that shows both charges"
"May I have your fax number then"
"I'm not in my office..I'm very far away..Call me in an hour's time and I may be in my office..I don't know my fax number..er..ahh..its a new number.."
"What's your name sir?"
Just keep away from the place.Period.
It's True - DON'T GO! And I like most bars..
A friend invited me to Galight and although, I have done my fair share of drinking in Manhattan, I had never been there. I did a quick search on Citysearch to see reviews. As you will no doubt note, there are pretty much only negative reviews. A trend I noticed was how frequently people referred to this as "belonging in New Jersey". I love the NYC social scene but I also have a soft spot in my heart for dive bars, Jersey pubs, upstate bars where everything is bottom shelf. I still have fun. So, I went to Gaslight, knowing I'd find some value in attending.
Ok - this place was SO deplorable that I was inspired to register with Citysearch just so I can write a review. For all you New Yorkers who don't mind a little kitsch, consider yourself open minded, up for new crowds - DON'T GO!!! The furniture is tired, worn out, dingy. Sit at your own risk.
But the crowd! The crowd! (my eyes! my eyes!) It was like going to an off-campus Frat party, not a jock frat, or stoner frat (those could be fun) but the "Napoleon complex, vocabulary capacity of Homer Simpson, used Daddy's money to pay to bring in strippers, hasn't graduated in 6 years, spouts nasty comments to complete strangers (me and my friends)" type Frat.
I kept asking my friends why we ended up here and their answer was so they could dance. Although we didn't dance, most of those boys with their "professional" type gal pals were. Gyrating. Spilling beer on each other. Like it was Spring Break. Freaknik.
If anything, this makes me want to call Mayor Bloomberg and beg, pray, plead for him to revoke the Cabaret laws so we have more options of dance places in Manhattan. And I can pretend places like Gaslight never existed.
not good for hotties. I disliked the lighting and the phony sports atmosphere. The tlevison was too loud and if I wanted to watch sports I would have stayed home to do so
this is New York, feh to Gaslight. Hate, hate, hate this place. This is the best New York can offer? Feh, I'll stay in Cleveland, there are more hip places there. This lounge is the pits. I thought the meatmarket rocked, well it doesn't here. My friends warned me not to go and they were right.
Always fun. Not pretentious.. I love this place because it's the only place in the area where you know you're getting in, yet is still a nice place. Other places in the area are good if you want to stand in line with your fingers crossed, or you feel the need to strut like a peacock with its feathers (cash) flared. There were other relaxed places in the area, but definitely two of the three places I'm thinking of have closed, and they were total dumps. So Gaslight is the last of the Mohicans. From the other reviews, it sounds like the place gets a bit B+T on the weekend, and the bartenders are getting snippy with them, but what do you expect? I'm usually there on a weekday before and/or after visiting friends that live/work in the area. It's usually not too crowded, usually a DJ, and usually the dancing businessman.... I don't know if Gaslight pays him but he's amazing! If you have to be in the MPD, go to Gaslight and have fun and get a buzz before/after being fabulous in the rest of the neighborhood.
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