I've read the other reviews and I have to defind this place - if you know when to go. I've been to places in Philly, Seattle, all over LA, and both places in NYC for over 20 years.
West Side Club losing the steam room and video lounge and allowing smoking... all of that ended with the Guiliani era in NYC. He changed all the laws by harassing businesses that dealt in sex. The steam room got shut down then and so did the video lounge. Police sweeps happened once upon a time and people were arrested for indecent blah blah blah. People were seen by these cops getting it on in the steam room and video lounge, so they shut them down.
Anyway, the draw here is NOT the amenities... it is the MEN. The other bath house - the East Side Club - draws a significantly older crowd than the West Side Club does. West Side Club is located in Chelsea, which is an awesome neighborhood.
The time to go here is between 11PM and 3AM on Friday and/or Saturday nights. Tons of hot men are packed in then. Most times you have to wait in line to get in because they are sold out of rooms, lockers, and changing rooms.
I usually find at least 2 or 3 guys that give me a boner on sight when I go during those hours... and there are plenty of aggressive muscular tops that just want to pound your ass. I've seen some HOT ASS scenes here over the years.
It's not a dirty place, it's just old and they don't put a ton of money into the place... you can put it like that.
Andre Marques 8 months ago
Um horror.... Totalmente uma porcaria, não aconselho a ninguém. A sauna não tem a vapor, somente a seca, super pequena, desconfortável e o chuveiro é extremamente quente e com pouca água. Enfim, se puder evite, vá para qualquer outro lugar....
Alfredo 9 months ago
I've been there a couple of times. Truth is that the staff is unkind, some facilities may not work (sauna, steam room), and the crowd is mixed. But I knew that. Also, they strictly require an identity document (which one of my buddies neglected to bring one day, and we had to look for other options). I have to admit that, just being horny and not being able to host, I wanted to be sucked and f*cked, and found a reasonably looking and decent man, very energetic, who played safely, and fully satisfied me (I declined more hours of play to go home and have a nice night of sleep after a horrible work day). I think that the club is around the same level of others that I've known in Europe (Berlin, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Rome, Paris, etc.). So I would advise not to bring more valuables than you need to pay the fees and have sex, it's better if you go with a sex pal, lower your expectations in terms of the sauna itself, and be an adult (hey, nobody forces to do anything that you don't want to do).
Alex 9 months ago
The place is disgusting...gross beyond words. False advertizing. Dry sauna for 3 people, no steam room, no movies, cold showers with no water pressure, rude workers. Employees act like they hate the place so much, they take their frustration on members (the window attendees). I witnessed the cleaning crew just straightening the sheet, dump the trash and close the room...sheets were not even changed. They don't even disinfect the rooms: cum, pee and poop on the walls. The rooms are nasty and smelly and the sfaff beyond rude...especially the black guy with dreadlocks. The workers enter the rooms or lockers when you're not looking and steal your stuff. For NYC, this is so SAD. Shut the nasty place down to see if those lowlife rude employees behind the glass room can find a real job without demanding tips or overcharging for "overtime". They pocket the overtime money, or at least some of it. If you bring it to their attention, they put you on the "blacklist" to refuse entry in the future. Why do gays put up with this crappy place??
Marcus 11 months ago
Guys I'm English I live close to London. A guy in a bar told me this was a good place to go and to be fair I find NY difficult to find anywhere free and easy where people know what they want. There appears to be no sex clubs like london. So I read the ad and it sounded cool then I read the reviews and most of them are pretty bad. But it's 12 o click on a Saturday night and I'm looking for somewhere where everyone knows what's on the cards. I'm In a taxi heading there right now and I'm suspicious of the reviews cos they are so negative can it really be 26 dollars and nothing works lets see. I'm a forty year old masculine guy in good shape who has been to saunas in possibly ten cities in UK, Italy, Spain, Prague, Sao Pauli, holland, etc. I hold my own in most saunas.
So i get there and the entrance is scruffy and yeah the staff have attitude it's membership only and it's not. $26 it's €36 dollars . That's about £23 seems like a con for tourists only likely to go once. I really wanted to write a fair review so I'll try my best. There's a block of four showers and a really old sauna the other stuff (2steam rooms) are closed. But what the other reviews don't mention is what else's there . There are two floors of row upon row of rooms. I think for an extra 2 $ I could have had one but most guys have got one anyway. The corridors are dimly lit and the place is aged but to call it dirty is unfair. So the clientele. Yup they are older but to be fair I'd say a fit older crowd if you like forty yo guys who are in shape you'd like it. But I'd say there were just two guys under thirty in the two hours that I was there. I was lucky enough to get with one of them. So it served its purpose but Jesus 36 $. It's ten$ cheaper now I'm a member but I doubt id go back. Disappointing for a city the size of NY. But sometimes u just need to get ya rocks off.
Milan 11 months ago
This place is located on the second floor of the office building which makes it hard to find and It is very costly to get in. The place is not so clean, the staff is so rude and hassle you for a tip. Threre is no sauna or jacuzzi and the steam room has been shut down by bord of health. The guys are mostly over 35 and up and most of the younger guys looking for drugs. Not a good experience for a tourist because you will be Broke and sorry. This is not a Sunna it is a buch of cubicals and hallways with cold shower and handful of guys woundeing around.
Dick over a year ago
This place is great, and if you have any STDS or viruses don't worry this is the place to share. Everyone has something to give there.
JR over a year ago
gays saunas are so depressing, and are for the lonely or the horny. i think i am the first option, I look good but I don't get excited having sex with strangers just to fill my existential void with occasional sex.I only go there cause i hate going to places where i see hot hetero men hooking up with shitty girls.
wally over a year ago
I always like going there and I always hook up with the hottest men, could be my round firm bubble butt.I have had some of the best sex I have ever had in my life.THE TOPS IN THIS PLACE ARE AMAZING !!IT IS THE BEST TIME EVER !!!!!!!!!!
Alejandro over a year ago
BE CAREFUL----WITH YOUR THINGS---STOLEN----THEFT So my experience in that place it'was terrible...so i paid for a cabin When I returned from the bathroom, the waiter was in my room and came suddenly, when I realized, He stole my professional camera and foreign documentation,i didn't realize.. I lost my credit cards and all ... I told to the manager and he did not listen ... the door was completely closed OK .... On that site rob or theft all the time, many people that day after the theft rob me daily said that... I hope not going to happen to someone else...I won't give one star to this place...HORRIBLE is the phrase...WEST SIDE CLUB the place to nothing BE carefull Theft dirty expensive stupid
Willian over a year ago
I went there yesterday. I was frustrated... No sauna, expensive considering the few hours you can stay... Nothing to compare to the really really nice gay scene in Chicago or to our always wonderful Brazilian saunas!
Matt F. over a year ago
Went there on July 28,2011. It's a very dirty place. Guys are either drunk or on drugs. Safe sex is not really promoted there. I only "fooled" around with one guy, that I thought that was kind of cute, but I got syphilis from him or this place. Plus we did use protection. If you care about your health, you will stay away from this place.
Lawd over a year ago
I was shocked and horrified when I realised I entered the WORNG building for the BIBLE meeting planned at the building next door! What an EXPERIENCE!!!
marcos over a year ago
i went there on saturday 21st aug.. its disgusting, no saunas,jacuzzi.. only rooms with out of shape guys..smelled horrbile.
rob over a year ago
this place is disgusting...not the people who seem to hang out there....the doorman is rude as hell, the place has no showers, no steam room nor sauna.....both have been shut down by the health dept...but the stickers on the doors, they were shut down ages ago...the doorman actually gave me grief because I opened the envelope with my id in it wrong...no showers. how are people supposed to f*ck without having a shower after? first you wait for about 2o minutes, then you get in and find the only people in there are the people waiting in line with you...the doorman, has a lot of attitude for a minimum wage employee, probably sick of hearing how disgusting the place is....as a tourist, i had to pay 38 dollars to get in, to, again, find, no showers, no sauna, no steam room, no videos.....just plain disgusting....