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Trashy barI avoid this bar at all costs. The crowd is young but generally unattractive (people don't seem to put much thought into getting ready to go here). It is pretty mixed gay and lesbian on most nights. Drinks are not particularly good or strong and the entertainment is drag-centric and not very interesting. The music tends to be more R&B/rap when it is dance time. I love R&B, but the beat always gets too hard for me to enjoy here. If you are 18-20 then this would be an acceptable place to hang given your choices, but I really can't see why anyone would hang here on purpose once they are legal to be elsewhere.First to Review
Twink bar good for dancingThe Wave is Norfolk's only real dance club and is 18 and up. The crowd is young and fairly friendly. Saturday nights are the busiest night by far. The front bar plays some terrible house/techno music (I guess it's good if you like that sort of thing) and the back small bar plays a great dance/top 40 mix. There is an outdoor smoking patio as well as a pool room. It's not great, but it's a fun place to spend an evening. Do not attempt to go on a Friday night because it is inexplicably dead. Thursdays are also fun for 80s night. They rotate DJs and one of them doesn't understand what 80s music is, unfortunately. One turn off is that the crowd is very young and mixed on Thursdays, including lots of insecure boyfriends with their girls who get freaked if you smile of say hi. If you don't like being around younger crowds, then go to the Cactus in Virginia Beach because you'll hate the Wave.
It's getting better...The garage is Hampton Road's bear and leather bar and closest gay establishment to Downtown Norfolk. They have made a lot of improvements to the place physically, but it still could use more work. The bartenders are friendly and the drinks are strong. The entertainment is terrible and will leave you wishing it was over as quickly as possible. This includes the male dancers (which because of Virginia stripping laws are pointless) and drag queens on certain nights. Fridays and Saturdays are pretty good nights to go, as there is a more mixed crowd (it is typically older most days of the week). Saturdays the crowd often thins out by midnight when folks start heading out to dance at the Wave. Go here to have a drink and talk to the bartenders if you are staying downtown and don't have a car.First to Review
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