The Stonewall Inn

We are kinda pissed at Stonewall, the gay club in the village, because when we went in there a couple of weeks ago with some celebrities, they refused to serve any of us, because we had a 19yr old with us. Now this bar, that sparked the gay revolution, does not seem to know the New York State liquor laws. We told the bartender it was 18 to party and 21 to drink and he argued with us. He said he knew the laws and we did not. After Stonewall, we went to another New York City Gay landmark, Julius, and they were just as arrogant. Well here is the law from the New York State Liquor Authority.

Minors in Licensed Establishments

According to Section 260.21 of the Penal Law, persons under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to enter an on premises establishment.


Bartenders, waitresses, waiters, hostesses and/or any persons who handle and receive payment for alcoholic beverages must be at least 18 years old. Bus persons and dishwashers who handle containers which have held alcoholic beverages must be at least 16 years old and must be directly supervised by someone at least 21 years old.


First of all, the last time we were in Stonewall with my celebrity friends, we spent hundreds of dollars and tipped very well. If it wasn't for our business that night, the club would have been dead. We made the night exciting for all the customers. To have the same bartender deny us because we had a 19yr old with us, is their loss. They lost hundreds in business and we ended up going somewhere else to spend our money. For a club that sparked the gay revolution, this club has become stale and seems to be only getting the tourist trade because of the history of the club. Though they do have one of the best bartenders in New York (Tree), he was not on duty this night and we feel that Stonewall and almost every other gay club in the village, just do not have the excitement anymore. Everyone wanted gay rights, and when we got them, every village club turned into a copy of the straight clubs. What used to be good about the village was that it was different and always on the cutting edge. Now the village is just like going into any straight bar, so why bother. Everyone wanted gay rights, and now you have it. Most of the young kids will never know the fun and excitment of being gay, because it isn't fun anymore. I wish they still hated us !
Photo By: James Edstrom


Anonymous said…
I actually dispise Stonewall - so you aren't missing anything and truth be told it's kind of funny they claimed to follow any law because they break them all! No certified door/security staff, No Security Cameras, No ID verification machines and God Knows what else! I don't know how they get away with it. What I do know is I have a friend who had her purse stolen both times she came with us. That being said there are few NYC gay bars if any that allow minors because you are required to have a way to ensure they are not drinking among the over 21 sect. The law knows the over 21 customers just go to the bar and get the drinks. They need a system such as bands or ultraviolet stamps for those over 21 and security to be sure they aren't sneaking. Since Stonewall has no security and no ID verification - they are probably smart to refuse underage service. It's their liquor lisence which I am sure is hanging from a thread as it is. Any private restaurant, bar or club is within the law to refuse service to anyone.

It's sad that Stonewall is supposed to be a historical symbol for the gay community and is maintained in such disregard. The owners (and there have been many) have done no justice to the legacy.