11 unforgettable classic bars where you'll meet more guys than on Grindr

Many have said that the Grindr Generation has made hooking up as easy as ordering take-out and that gay bars are dying. But there's something about our favorite local haunts that keep us coming back for more.

There's so many magical reasons to love these places like the bartender who knows your go-to drink and the familiar go-go boy who always gets too many of your dollars. Or the excitement (or dread) of seeing the guy you made out with last month. Hashtag drunk goggles.

Whether you love 'em or hate to love 'em, these classic bars are area institutions and are likely to be around for much longer than the guy you met on Grindr. Check out the list.

Roscoe's

Hate huge crowds? Don't go here. This Boystown bar is a great place to get lost inside. Sadly they stopped serving popcorn, but occasionally flip burgers.

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Roscoe's

A Halsted favorite
3356 N Halsted St Chicago

Badlands

For such a tiny Castro bar, this place knows how to pack 'em in! There's often a line to get in and boys packed like dancing sardines under the disco ball.

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Badlands

Iconic dance and video bar
4121 18th St. San Francisco

Micky's

A popular dance spot along the Santa Monica Strip in WeHo, once you enter Micky's you won't want to leave. Grab some air on the patio, gather around the giant circular bar, and give the sexy

Micky's

Iconic WeHo dance club
8857 Santa Monica Blvd West Hollywood

The Monster

Monster has been a safe-haven for New York City gays since the dawn of time. Ok... maybe not that long, but there's a piano player and it attracts a diverse age demographic.

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The Monster

A West Village institution
80 Grove St New York

Stonewall

The dive bar downstairs is a mix of local regulars and photo-happy tourists. Pay a few extra dollars to go upstairs and you'll find a dance floor packed with sweaty boys.

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Stonewall

They are called the Stonewall riots for <i>this</i> reason.
53 Christopher St New York

Hunters Palm Springs

Come for the go-gos and the dancing. The options in Palm Springs are few, and this dark thumping institution is here to fulfill your sexy desert desires.

Hunters Palm Springs

Hip nightclub & video bar
302 E Arenas Rd Palm Springs

Georgie's Alibi

It's noisy and boisterous here and that's just the way we want it. Drinks are often 2 for 1 and the food isn't bad either. Try the seafood chowder.

Georgie's Alibi

Neighborhood bar and cafe
3100 3rd Ave N Saint Petersburg

JR's Bar & Grill

Get drunk and wild at this neighborhood bar where "everybody knows your name." The place is usually crowded and the drinks are always strong.

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JR's Bar & Grill

DC's 17th Street icon
1519 17th St., N.W. Washington

Round-Up Saloon

This Cedar Springs destination has been an institution for over two decades. After a few cocktails, you'll be two-stepping to country music in no time.

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Round-Up Saloon

Have a galdanged good time
3912 Cedar Springs Rd Dallas

Woody's

Whether you're visiting Philly or have a permanent residence, Woody's is the place to be. Downstairs is a chill dive and upstairs is the popular dance area with a diverse crowd.

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Woody's

Must stop lounge/dance bar
202 S 13th St Philadelphia

Missie B's

Known for the lively drag shows, Missie B's has been around forever. The bartenders and nice and the performers are campy. It's a gay ol' time.

Missie B's

Queers here for beer
805 W 39th St Kansas City
By Tony Taylor