12 lounges that prove gay nightlife is changing, for better or for worse

Historically, gay bars have ranged from discreet, cruisy, word-of-mouth dives to out-and-proud, strobe light discotheques where nearly anything goes.

Now, a newer nightlife is upon us. As more of the old school institutions close, lounges are popping up to cater to mixed crowds.

At this new breed of bar, you'll find the gays, their gay pals, and a spattering of free-range heteros who just enjoy campy fun. 

Are the days of male-only pick-up bars gone? Nope. They're there for those particular nights.

Let's take a look at some hip bar lounges where the patrons are just as mixed as the cocktails.

dbar

Filled with mahogany charm, dbar is a full service restaurant by day. And when the sun goes down, the popular eatery turns into a lounge and dance destination.

dbar

Martini lounge, mixed crowd
1236 Dorchester Ave Boston

Number Nine

In the middle of it all, Number Nine is a new DC destination for upscale craft cocktails the jalapeño and grapefruit margaritas.

Number Nine

Newer plush bar serving classic and creative cocktails
1435 P ST, N.W. Washington

Signature Lounge at the 96th

Sip the "You Broke My Corazon" craft cocktail while overlooking the breathtaking Chicago views at this WIndy City favorite

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Signature Lounge at the 96th

Glitzy views and drinks
875 N Michigan Ave Chicago

Bar Mattachine

Bar Mattachine, DTLA's home of craft cocktails, is part of a neighborhood that is rapidly developing into the newest Los Angeles area to see and be seen.

Bar Mattachine

Heritage DTLA hot spot
221 W. 7th street Los Angeles

Bloodhound

At this cozy San Francisco lounge, sip the Pink Sombrero, made with tequila, aperol, grapefruit, lime, coconut, and a salt rim

Bloodhound

Casual bar near Mid-Market
1145 Folsom St San Francisco

Blackbird

Another San Francisco favorite, Blackbird lives at the entrance to Castro District. The customers range from gays on a first date to a mixed-gendered tech group enjoying happy hour.

Blackbird

Stylish atmosphere, crafted cocktails
2124 Market St. San Francisco

Bar Centrale

Reservations encouraged at this intimate, unmarked hotspot in Hell's Kitchen. It's popular with Broadway stars, has speakeasy vibes, and is "sitting room only" aka "no lingering for a barstoo

Bar Centrale

Celebrity chic to the max
324 West 46th Street New York

Les Etages

Everyone's favorite Parisian gayborhood, Le Marais, is home to this gem of a lounge. Built inside a multi-level townhouse, Les Etages is ideal for a romantic evening.

Les Etages

Simply Parisian bar/bistro
35 Rue Vieille du Temple Paris

Studio One 11

Palm Springs is already a relaxed atmosphere unto itself and Studio One 11 is a perfect cocktail lounge to escape the desert heat. Grab a seat on the patio.

Studio One 11

Cocktail lounge
67-555 E. Palm Canyon Dr. Cathedral City

Martinis Above Fourth

This cabaret lounge's martinis are sure to make it a night to remember. Among the notable cocktails: Betty Ford's Apple-Sauced and Blackberry Marga-tini. Thank us in the morning.

Martinis Above Fourth

Sip with swanky elegance.
3940 4th Ave., Suite 200 San Diego

La Te Da

La Te Da is a from an era gone-by; a lively classic where everyone is welcome. This sophisticated Key West institution has multiple bar lounges and a cabaret room.

La Te Da

A hotel complex
1125 Duval St Key West

Napoleon's Itch

Upscale cocktail lounge in New Orleans is popular with gays and their besties. Get comfy on the couches or slide up to the bar and order a Dirty Old Man. You know you wanna.

Napoleon's Itch

Style required, not desired
734 Bourbon St New Orleans
By Tony Taylor