Choosing the Greatest Gay Bars in the World
By Out.com Editors
THE SOUTH U.S.A.
1057 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Seven bars with seven different tunes in a plethora of rooms play everything from meringue to house as strippers coax dollar bills into their tight shorts. Head to the back "Bungalow Room" for lapdances from the hottest strippers -- but be wary of the tab.
435 Lincoln Ln.
Miami Beach, FL 33109
Arrive before 11:30 or suffer the line. You might be bumped or feel something unexpected in an unexpected area in Buck 15's tight quarters, but this hot spot is low-key, playing classics from Pink Floyd and the Jackson Five to Tupac and Notorious B.I.G.
The Raleigh Hotel
1775 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Miami Beach hotels boast the finest in poolside partying, and nothing tops the Raleigh. Its distinctively designed art deco pool and adorable cabana bar were the setting of several Esther Williams movies and draw an incredibly attractive mix of locals and visitors. The Raleigh’s Sunday Soiree pool party (noon-10 P.M.) is an especially popular place to slurp copious amounts of hangover-battling bloodies.
130 S. Floyd St.
Louisville, KY 40202-1206
Sip a few drinks, dance, and get some air on the second floor open-air patio, but don't leave early. Stay until 2:30 A.M. for one of the best drag shows around. It'll be worth your wait.
1287B Glenwood Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30316
Attracting a diverse range of gays (think jock, emo, nerdy, and trendy) and non-gays, Mary's is home to strong mixed drinks, karaoke, theme parties, and personable bartenders -- not your typical gay club.
Oil Can Harry's
211 W 4th St.
Austin, TX 78701
A little nip/tuck classed up Oil Can Harry’s faster than jail did Paris Hilton, but this institution hasn’t lost its edge. DJs spin quirky, creative sets (Rihanna segueing to Ultra Naté to Robyn) while pretty people swig Cosmopolitans, cowboys play pool, and University of Texas students go wild.
3912 Cedar Springs Rd.
Dallas, TX 75219
The bartenders are shirtless in this country gay bar and strangers will drag you onto the dance floor for shirtless line-dancing and two-stepping.
465 - 467 Church Street
Walking in, every inch of your body will be scrutinized by other patrons but your attention will turn to the TVs playing man-on-man porn. There isn't a place to dance per say, but events from drag shows to "Best Chest" contests will keep you entertained.
1296 Rue Amherst
Montreal, QC H2L 3K8
Parking gets steamy with gorgeous guys dancing shoulder to shoulder to techno with exceptional lighting, sound, and international DJs.
Open Thursday through Saturday, three floors of music play Top 40 tunes and French dance hits, while a drag queen will pour a shot straight into your mouth for $2.
MEXICO AND S. AMERICA
Venustiano Carranza #290
Colonia Emiliano Zapata 48380
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México
An attractive and romantic pool sits in the center of Club Manana, but a word of advice: don’t swim. This venue offers a bar and stage at each end of the pool, plus an indoor lounge with go-go dancers galore.
483 Paseo de la Reforma Distrito Federal
Ciudad de Mexico, DF 11000
The grand facade of this colonial-style church belies the sensory overload that waits inside. A Br’er Rabbit impersonator serves watermelon slices, a laser light show illuminates the spectacular go-go boys on stilts, and a melange of high-energy beats emanate from the many nooks and crannies in this multilevel party kingdom. Fridays and Saturdays boast a raw dance party reminiscent of New York’s Limelight, complete with an all-star lineup of DJs (Offer Nissim, Peter Rauhofer). An in-house bodega serves up hot tacos and lavish fruit cocktails, and siesta rooms are available for the faint-hearted.
Federico Lacroze 3455
Buenos Aires 1426
Held every Thursday at the Roxy, Club 69 reeks of rabbit-hole mischief, where burlesque meets ninja turtles, and trannies and showgirls show off. Performances include break-dancers, trapeze artists, and magic shows, and electro-infused beats tickle the ears of the straight, gay, and straight-up pijos in the crowd.
Rua Raul Pompeia, 102
Copacabana (Posto 6)
Rio de Janeiro
(+55 21) 2513-4993
Walking into Le Boy, if the packed disco floor boogying to South American techno doesn’t intimidate you, you’ll be in for a surprise by its sheer size. At one end a balcony overlooks a stage prominently situated at the front. The bar nestled at the center of the dance floor requires not money, but drink tickets that can be purchased at the door.
Rua Guaicurus, 324 - Lapa
At the heart of the "second Carnival" that is Brazil’s Gay Pride Weekend lies a São Paulo nightlife giant, the Week. You’ll find that the venue is more than a nightclub -- it’s host to a lifestyle.