More than buff shirtless dudes, Boxers also has great deals
Boxers, an LGBT-friendly sports bar in Chelsea, is where you go to watch buff, spray-tanned bartenders wearing nothing but bright red boxer shorts deftly manage crowds of thirsty patrons. And we mean thirsty in multiple ways. It’s easy to pass this place off as one giant, oily gimmick, but it’s way more than that. Behind those bulging pecs, you’ll find welcoming and attentive service, great happy hour deals and enough LCD screens to have you coming back on game day.
“It’s like gay Hooters here,” my neighbor at the bar explains . He’s not far off. The space is as large as most suburban chain restaurants and downright cavernous by New York standards. College pennants hang from high ceilings underneath warm red lights, while trophies and well-endowed male crotch-busts adorn shelves around the room. A small boxing ring decorated with plastic Autumn leaves divides the front half of the room from the large space in the back, where you’ll find a pool table, a large projector display and a massive pizza oven.
Two-for-one happy hour is the name of the game here seven days a week (Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.). A standard one-and-one will run you about $8 while Boxers’ specialty cocktails creep into the low double digits. Man up and go for the Cream-Sicle. Its smooth combination of Smirnoff Vanilla, Absolute Mandarin and orange juice will take you back to the days of getting wild with your college buds after a sweaty game of football. Frozen drinks are $10 (deal alert) and on Tuesdays, Smirnoff Vodka offers $6 cocktails from 9 p.m. to close. Yes, we know what you’re thinking: this means that on Tuesdays, no hour at Boxers is not happy hour.
Now it’s time for pizza. Try and keep a straight face while you order The Twink, a simple thin crust pizza perfectly sized to soak up your two happy hour drinks. If you’re not in the mood for a pie, hot dogs, chips, fries and wings are all at your disposal. Avoid going into a food coma and make a friend by bumming a smoke from someone on the outdoor patio behind the pool table. You may be tempted by the ample space to bring Fido on your next visit, but keep him at home. The only thing allowed in here with a collar is your friend in the leather scene.