PLAY/MEET Bars Henrietta Hudson (438 Hudson St., Manhattan; 212-924-3347)
Open from till 4 a.m. seven nights, this laidback neighborhood 'bar and girl' has fantastic and hot bartenders. Happy hour reigns from 5 to 7p.m. Old school sounds spin Mondays, karaoke ricochets around Wednesdays, Thursdays are world music nights, Fridays are house. Special events, such as Jell-o wrestling, often top the bill. Wheelchair accessible.
The splendid new venue from the owner of the legendary (and much missed) Meow Mix, Cattyshack (249 Fourth Ave., Brooklyn; 718-230-5740) has two floors of bars, DJ booths, outdoor smoking deck and BBQ pit. Predominantly lesbian, Cattyshack is open to all.
A spacious backyard, pool tables and the company of what seems to be most of Park Slope's lesbian population are among the draws at Ginger's Pub (363 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn; 718-788-0924).
In Queens, Chueca (69-04 Woodside Ave.; 718-424-1171) is the top stop for girls going wild. Sunday night barbecues pack 'em in, and other social shenanigans, including singles dating games on Friday nights, are the draw Wednesday through Saturday.
ClubsThe party goes on till 4a.m. on weekend nights at Cattyshack (see above) at nights such as Frisky Fridays.
Ginger's Pub (see above) also offers later night and early morning antics inside and under the canopy outside.
Nikki's Remix at Club Pickup (Club Remix, 24 Murray St; 212-267-5252)
Fun Friday multiracial women's party in Midtown. Tickets are available in advance from the website.
Sin-sations (The Lab in Brooklyn, 1428 Fulton Street; 917-229-4047; )
Launched July 2005, hip hop, reggae, R'n'B and house shake things up at this Brooklyn Friday girls' night. Tickets are available in advance from the website.
OTHER VENUES Lesbian/Gay Community Services Center (208 W. 13th St; 212-620 -7310)
The biggest of its kind in the country, the Center has been, well, at the center of things for over 20 years. This is your best resource in the city as a lesbian tourist, hands down. You'll find an infinite number of leaflets and info on New York City lesbian and gay life. They also organize free events such as monthly lesbian movie nights and singles mixers. Wheelchair accessible.
Women's One World Caf? (4th floor, 59/61 E. 4th St; 212-777-4280)
This women's theater is a fabulous cutting-edge culture stop. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights have such delights as women of color cabaret and drag king reality shows. They also host amazing post Pride parties.
EXTRA Sex Throb (718-574-6751 or 718-789-4053, call for location)
Safer sex supplies are provided for an ever changing array of leatherwomen, the SM curious, vanilla chicks and more as they get together the first Thursday of the month to watch, flirt, play in the dark room and wet room of New York's premier women-only play party (8 p.m.-1 a.m.).
Lesbian Sex Mafia
This New York BDSM club has parties in members homes, convenient dungeons, and S&M clubs. New members must first attend orientation before progressing onto a safety session. They also hold monthly meetings with demonstrations and workshops.
Toys in Babeland (94 Rivington St, ground floor; 212-375-1701 and 43 Mercer St, Soho; 212-966-2120)
Sister sex toy store to Seattle's house of womanly delights (707 E Pike; 206/328-2914; www.babeland.com), this enticing outlet is open late most nights.
STORES Catherine Angiel (43 Greenwich Ave; 212-924-4314 or 800-726-8515)
As featured on the cover of Newsweek's 'Lesbian Chic' Ashley Herrin and Catherine Angiel run this gem of a jewelry store, which features sophisticated, stylized pieces, many created by Angiel.