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Boxers HK ...Touches Down!

by JC Alvarez
Thursday Jan 3, 2013

Since making its debut in Chelsea well over 2 years ago, Boxers NYC has established itself as a local hot spot with nary a night that isn't bustling with some of the best crowds that the neighborhood has to offer. The bar's proprietors Bob Fluet and Rob Hynds were dedicated to creating an inviting environment that also catered to the sports enthusiast - and yes there are many gays who enjoy the camaraderie of a winning season of their favorite sporting event.

Boxers became the destination where the city's jocks congregated and the casual sports fan could take in a game, or even try to score with any of the hunky members of the Gay Sports Leagues. Along with its casual eats from the brick oven pizza to top selections of beers on tap, Boxers provided a laid back and playful space with one of the best happy hour specials in town.

It wasn't long before the gay sports bar considered expanding on its brand, and rumors were immediately circulating that they'd found a home in the heart of Hell's Kitchen. After one less than hopeful attempt last year, it would appear that Boxers HK has finally become a reality. Soon the corner of 50th Street and Ninth Avenue in Hell's KItchen will be bustling over with more touchdowns than the HK theater fan or twink set is prepared to handle!

With a special premiere "soft launch" on New Year's Eve, the official new home of Boxers HK will open its doors on Jan. 15 - all fingers...and pool sticks crossed.

Only about half the size in length of its Chelsea counterpart, the new Boxers HK makes up in height what the original has in depth. That's not to say that the space isn't as roomy as the 20th Street address - Boxers HK will fit into the neighborhood quite nicely. Consisting of 3 floors, the main bar will dominate the ground level while the upstairs will host an outdoor deck that will look out onto 9th Avenue.

Game On! HK Scores!

The new space will feature a novelty that’s been mostly lost upon the Hell’s Kitchen bar crawl. A dance floor has been installed in the lower level at the HK location that has already been dubbed the "Dog Pound" and will provide the opportunity for some DJ star-power to come into the hood especially when Boxers HK hosts the area’s only Tea Dance ringing in the spring time! It will certainly guarantee lots of opportunities for festive Ki-Ki allá "open air."

Boxers HK will also bring more sports excitement to Hell’s Kitchen as it becomes a new stomping ground for locals to catch the World Series or Super Bowl - even if you’re only just interested in Beyoncé’s half-time spectacle. The action is sure to be captured in high-definition along the bars many flat screens.

There may be no stopping the Boxers brand from continuing to expand, as investors have shown interest in the brand moving into their city. There could very soon be a Boxers in Boston or Austin, but for now New York City will have to divide its time between catching the game in the regular hood or meeting friends for a slice. There’s now a Boxers NYC and HK that comes in your size.

For more details on drink specials and upcoming events go to the Boxers website

Native New Yorker JC Alvarez is a pop-culture enthusiast and the nightlife chronicler of the club scene and its celebrity denizens from coast-to-coast. He is the on-air host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Out Loud & Live!" and is also on the panel of the local-access talk show "Talking About".


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