As you enter Savoy Orlando, there's a long narrow bar on the right, a pool table in front, and a long narrow bank settee with tables on the left. There is a smallish dance floor behind the bar with a DJ booth. In the back is an open air patio area with tables and chairs and 2 more bars. The place was packed with a mixed crowd when I was there on 11/4/23. There were 2 or 3 go-go boys but none to write home about. The bartenders, though, were buff and pretty hot. I paid $6.50 for a rum and coke. I would probably go back.
I hung out at the Hangar in the small hours of May 21st. The music was kicking and I paid $10 for a rum and coke. This bar goes way back. I mean, it is a long bar in a long space. While there is some seating on the left side, usually you need to sit at the bar. A pool table and smaller bar are in the back. The 3 video screens were all showing Jeopardy! This place has lots of exposed brick, painted white, and Quonset hut-like ceiling decoration. The patrons were mostly older black gentlemen, locals, but note the Asian group at the front table and the mature white lady shooting pool. No gogo guys there though. ☹️
Southern Nights Orlando has 3 bars, one in front and 2 in the back, flanking a sunken dance floor. On either side of the front bar are settee benches. In the back and to the right is an open air smoking area with a DJ booth. All this surrounds an enclosed mini-theater (for drag shows?) It was not in use. When I was there on the night of Nov. 2nd, 2023 ("college night") there was a mixed crowd and a kicking sound system, but not many college guys, or other patrons for that matter. I paid $5 for the cover charge and had to be wanded by the security QT (a good thing after Pulse.) I paid $22 for "all you can drink" night so I am unable to give my usual "rum and coke" index here. The negatives were: 1. no go- go boys, and 2. one of the bartenders made a rude gesture at me after I tipped him $2. I am not sure if I would go back.
This place is huge. It could be called the _Twist_ of the North except for one thing...I was there in early March and the patrons were mostly fat hairy unshaven guys, except for this one muscle daddy. Don't gay men in Columbus take care of themselves? Also I find beards a turn off. Not sure if I would go back or not.
Ziegfield's/Secrets has Reopened Bigger and Better
BUT...well unfortunately S/Z's has been forced to _close permanently_ for the second time in its existance (once for the baseball stadium and now for developers.) IDK if they would be lucky enough to open at a third location. Here's hoping. ******* Secrets/Ziegfield's has reopened at a new location at the corner of Half and T Sts. SW. (Hallelujah!) This three-story complex has a mezzanine bar on the entry level, which has a grand view of the lower floor and Ziegfield's drag stage. To the right of the mezzanine bar, stairs lead up to the second floor where the naked dancer guys are. :p There is another huge bar on the lower floor and two bars (often with naked guys on them!) in Secrets upstairs. Each floor also has a medium-size dance floor. This venue has a lot more room than the old location. Did I mention the naked guys? My friend and I went there on a recent Friday. The cover charge was $10 and I paid $5.50 for a rum and Coke. Secrets must have the hottest, friendliest, most diverse dancer guys in DC! I always have a good time there, so I'll be back! :)
Hopping Multi-Level Mixed-Crowd Club
I revisited Axis on 3/4/22 and paid the $10 cover charge, and $9.00 for a rum and coke (with cheap rum.) To the left of the entrance lobby is a lounge area with diner type seating. The lobby opens on a small area with a bar, and behind that on a raised tier is a second bar with tables and barstools. Beyond this is a moderately large dance floor with a big stage opposite the raised tier. A DJ booth is to the left of the stage. The third floor has balconies left and right overlooking the dance floor, and there is also a smoking patio outside. The place was crowded with a mixed crowd and lots of club kids. It was really busy and I waited almost 10 min. to place a drink order. Also there were only a few hot guys there and drinks were on the pricey side. So I'm not sure if I would go back again. ******* I was at Axis nightclub on Sat. night, 3/7/09. This is a multi-level club with two bars. There were quite a few hot guys there, some shirtless, a few quite buff, :p and it looked like a pretty mixed crowd with some women and a few straight-seeming guys. The dance floor was pretty crowded, but the music was great! They have a stage you can dance on that is also used for theater productions. I will def. be going back next time I am in Columbus.
Big Modern Bar in the Strip District...But No Strippers
UPDATE: Cruze bar no longer exists--there is a parking garage at this location now. ********************************************************************************************* Cruze is a big modern-looking bar in Pittsburgh' Strip District. The bar consists of three big rooms and a porch. One room has a large dance floor area with a bar behind it, another room is a lounge area, and there is a front (entry) room with a bar and another lounge area. Cruze has a No Smoking policy, except for on the porch. Access to the bar is by a ramp. When I was there in the wee hours of a Sun. morning the July before last, I paid $4.50 for a rum and coke, and the bar was not crowded. I would go again, even though they close at 2:00 AM and there are no go-go boys.
I was here on 9/1/22 for karaoke night (just my luck :-)) This bar is in N. Oakland which is about a 10 min. drive from downtown. I was carded--everyone was--but there was no cover. P-town is basically a bar and a dance floor with some tables and chairs in between and a DJ booth to the R of the dance floor. Note the blue Xmas lights and disco ball above the dance floor. There is a new bar and a pool table in the back "man cave." The mixed crowd was thick and seemed to be mostly locals and gay youth from the local colleges. I liked the muscle daddy bartender and the cheap drinks--$4.50 for a rum and coke. I would probably go back to see male strippers or go-go guys.
A Monster of a Bar :-)
The Monster bar is across Sheridan Square from the Stonewall Inn. Monster has an oval bar (complete with beefy bartenders!) and open lounge area with a piano bar upstairs. Downstairs is a big dance floor area with a long bar along one wall. A stage for the go-go boys and a DJ booth are at one end of the room. Monster has all kinds-- bears, drag queens, women (real ones), queer punks, and muscle guys but mostly men. When I was there in the wee hours of 5/18/14 I paid $7.00 for a rum and coke, and the cover charge was ~$9. Two buff dancer guys were on the go-go stage. The only real problem with this bar is it only has one (unisex) bathroom. I think Monster would be a good substitute for the now-closed Splash Bar. Yes, I would go back. Aaaaand...I revisited on 6/21/22. I paid a $10 cover charge and $10-$12 for a _dinky_ rum and coke. Monster was crowded, especially downstairs where the stage, plinths, and dance floor are (and the lap dance area.) The piano player for karaoke was novel and enjoyable. The "Spunk" go-go boys were a diverse group of buff guys. I got a lap dance from the short but amazingly solidly built Latino musculoso ($70 but well worth it.) He was awesome! I will definitely go back next time I am in NYC.
I was here just before midnight on 7/30/22. Badlands is in the same strip mall as Hawk's Gym. When you enter (no cover), the bar is on the left side, high tables are in the middle, and low tables and a banquette are on the right. Behind this is the dance floor area with high seats and bar all around, shiny disco ball overhead, and tables and chairs against the left wall, and 4 video screens. Table service is available. I paid $5.50 for a rum and coke and the bartender called me "baby doll" and other pet names in his Texas accent. :-) There was a small crowd of mostly mature men but no go-go boys. Service was a bit slow but they make drinks with care and they are tall ones (the drinks, not the bartenders.) There were 4 video screens up front, 3 playing videos and 1 with the baseball game on. Badlands is pretty low-key but it's a cheap date and the drinks are good. I would probably go back.
The New "It" Gay Bar in Vegas! :)
This club across from Gypsy (or where Gypsy used to be) is like three clubs in one. A "top-40 music" club is in the front with traditional pub-like decor and a large rectangular bar with video screens above. There is a small dance floor and lounge area, and VIP seating is on one side. They have added a small bar beyond this and a larger bar beyond that. Off to the left is an outside area with tables which is also new. In the rear (beyond a big fish tank) is a glitzy futuristic-disco type club playing techno / house music. A long bar is along one wall and a small stage is in the back beyond the dance floor. Above this area is a circular loft which is the VIP area, with lots of booths and a small bar (with top shelf prices--bring your money!) To the right of the building is an outside patio area ending in the courtyard-like reception area in the front. I was there in the wee hours of 7/30/22 and there was a mixed crowd. The bartenders were friendly and not bad looking. The go-go guys were nice and were a variety of types but all were muscular. The cover was $20 and I paid $12 for a rum and coke. I will definitely be back next time I'm in Vegas.
I was there around midnight on Sat. 5/15/21. This is a big place (at E. 7th Ave. and N. 15th St. next to NY Pizza) with a bar area and a separate dance floor area. When you enter, there is a long bar on the left and tables and chairs on the right, and a lot of video screens (on which the new Lil Nas X video was playing.) Noteworthy are the large fake trees wrapped in white Christmas lights and the "river" cut into the bar top. (It was dry when I was there but I guess it would run if someone spilled their drink.) The DJ booth and another smaller bar are in the back along with more tables and chairs and a pool table. On the other side of a brick wall is the dance floor area and a stage. Along this wall is a VIP seating area, and there is another small bar in the opposite corner to service--I mean serve!--the dance floor patrons. A plinth for the go-go boys is in the middle of the dance floor. When I was there the bar area was not too crowded but the dance floor was packed! The go-go boys were not all that hot except for the Asian guy. There was no cover and I paid $6 for a rum and coke. I had a great time and will definitely be back next time I'm in Tampa. :)
I was here on Sat. May 15th, 2021. They were not open and the place looked deserted. A sign on the door was to the effect that they were closed because they had not paid their property taxes. Too bad!
And the award for Worst Experience at a Gay Bar goes to... I was at Evolve/Adonis Lounge on the morning of May 19th 2019. This bar is a long, narrow place with the bar along one wall and a small lounge area 1/2 way back. A plinth is in the back for go-go guys, and the lap dance area is behind that in a separate room. A Pac man video game (yes really!) sits opposite the bar. There was a $10 cover charge and I paid $10 for a rum and coke-- a pricey drink, but hey it is NYC. I was there on "Adonis Night" and there were only a few patrons and some hot dancer guys there. (Hey Timmy? The white muscle twink kid -- yeah you are cute but not really my type. Don't take it personally if I turn you down.) Unfortunately not all were adonises and the ones I met were pushy AF. Beware of "Stinky" Sammy (short Indian-looking guy) who has a body odor problem and wanted me to put my wallet on the shelf behind me. NO WAY. (Hey Sammy a heads up-- no one wants to blow a guy that smells bad. Yuck!) Another dancer (buff black guy, didn't catch his name) asked me for $300 for a lap dance plus $30 for a (unwanted) massage. Money grubbing much?!? I got mad and left. I will definitely NOT be back, ever. One star.
Old Review...Update Pending
Ok here's my updated review: I finally got to Score at their new digs on Washington Rd. on 11/18/17. There was a mixed crowd and some drag queens too. The hunky bartenders are still there, and the music is still good. The cover was $7, and I paid $10 for a rum and coke, but it was a stiff one (the drink, not the bartender.) There is a long bar along one wall and a small one in the back, and a DJ booth. A runway runs along the right side of the room with some VIP seating. A big disco ball hangs from the ceiling. The gogo boys were mostly muscle pups and some will keep coming back for tips--no lap dances here. Yes, I will go back.
It Gets a Little Bacchanalian...
Bacchus Waikiki is an upstairs joint with a bar on one side and high-top tables and stools on the other. This place is kind of small with 4 video screens, but there is no cover. It's bigger than Tapa's Lanai Bar, though. When I was there c. 11:00 pm on 10/5/17, there was a mixed group of people and I paid $5 for a rum and coke. Stick around long enough for the booze to flow and a buff guy will take his shirt off. I will probably go back!
Cheap, nice breezes but no scenery
Tapa's is an upstairs lanai bar where you can be thankful for the tropical breezes, esp. if you're drunk. :) It is adjacent to a restaurant that I want to try one day. There is an area just off the bar with tables and chairs, high top tables and stools, also 2 video screens. I was there 'round midnight on 10/5/17 and there was a mixed crowd--I say 'crowd' but it was pretty quiet for a Thurs. The lanai overlooks an alley but I didn't get a whiff of anything stinky. I paid $4.50 for a rum and coke. The bartender was nice, but security guy yelled at me for trying to leave by the restaurant door. Not sure if I would go back or not.
Komo Mai e Noho e Inu Ka Wai (Come in, Sit, Rest, Drink)
Hula's Bar & Cafe has a long oval bar decorated with bamboo, and an outrigger canoe on the ceiling. Seating & tables are on both sides of the bar. A long wall of windows on the left gives a great view of the zoo and park, esp. since the bar is on the 2nd floor. It's near the gay area of Waikiki Beach. Seating and a small elevated dance floor are to the right of the bar, and the DJ booth is in the back. I was there on 4/2/16 and the place was fairly packed with a mixed crowd, and hot bartenders too! I paid $7.00 for a rum & coke. The bartender asked what kind of rum I liked--a first. (Actually he was the only one to say anything to me, but I was only there an hour since I had to get up early in the AM.) I would definitely go back next time I'm on Oahu.
Great Place for Events, but Drinks are Pricey
Cameo is a two-level club with a large dance floor and 3 bars, one at the entry, one on the left, and one upstairs on the VIP level. Seating is on the right. The DJ booth is at the back surrounded by an electronic light display. They also have a fog machine, and a sound system that will shake your booty as well as all your other parts. I went to Cameo on 11/27/16 for the White Party, where I paid $11 for a rum and coke (ouch.) The place was pretty empty until after midnight, when it got packed. Some of the guys were pretty hot (this is SoBe after all.) A warning: Security was pretty tight. Note that Cameo is only gay for certain special events. If I go back for the White Party, I might go back there.
Skip it Unless You're a Local.
I was here on 5/22/16 at 1:00am. The Boiler Room consists of a bar along one wall with several tables in the floor space, a small lounge area in one recessed corner by the bathrooms (ick), and a pool table (unused at the time.) I paid $8.50 for a Bacardi and Coke. Pros: rainbow flags hanging from the ceiling, and exposed brick walls. Cons: a mixed crowd of locals who kept to themselves. I will not be back.
Come with me to the Castro
Castro is in Inwood at the north tip of Manhattan, near the intersection of Nagle and Dyckman (pronounced Dick-Man!) street. It's another of those long narrow NYC bars with a small dance floor, although people acted like it's all dance floor. Castro has 4 video screens and a longish bar with gogo guys dancing on it--muscular and chunky type dancers. The bartenders were def. hot! When I was there in the wee hours of 5/10/15, it was crowded and there were mostly black and hispanic dancers and patrons. Sweet hookah smoke added to the atmosphere. The cover was $10 and I paid $7.50 for a rum and coke. Yes, I would go back.
Eastern European Commie Kitsch
Eastern Bloc is a small bar in the East Village just SW of Tompkins Square Park. This bar is decorated in Eastern European kitsch with red lights <i>partout</i> and 2 small video screens. I was there an hour or two before closing on 5/11/15 and there were 10 people there including the DJ and bartender (who was very nice and is from my hometown of Baltimore.) Plus some animal heads--look for the "goat check" in particular. :) Things seem to quiet down Sun. nights after 2 AM. There was no cover and I paid $8 for a rum and coke. Patrons seemed to be mostly locals and there were no go-go boys, unless you count the drunk patrons. :D I would probably go back at a more popular time.
Not Exactly What I'd Call High-End
Liquid is a bar/club in Ybor City, about the size of an average house. As you enter, Liquid has a three-sided bar on the left with a small seating area with tables on the right. In the back there is a small dance floor and stage used for go-go boys and female impersonators, and a bar along one wall, and a long settee along the opposite wall. Stairs just before the settee lead to a VIP bar upstairs with seating around some tables. (The only thing the VIP area has going for it is the commanding view of the dance floor and stage.) When I was there on 2/21/15 there was a mixed crowd and I paid $5 for a rum and coke. Liquid has a cool LED light show, and had just about the beefiest shot boy I've ever seen, but too many twink dancer guys for my taste. I'm unsure if this place is really a gay bar or just trying to be trendy with the younger set. I'm not sure if I would go back or not.
Chic Club with Great Go-Go Guys
G-Bar is really a big club with three bars (two on either side of an exposed brick wall with arches), a small dance floor and 14 video screens. Several VIP booths are on the right (looking in from the street.) Big balls (disco) and small red-lamped chandeliers hang from the ceiling, and a settee is up front so you can rest your tired feet while scoping out the patrons. Also of note are the thick pillars covered with zebra print fabric. When I was there in the wee hours of 2/22/15, there was a mixed crowd and I paid $5 for a rum and coke. The go-go boys were hot, beefy or chiseled types and were polite and friendly. I would definitely go back.
The savanna very dry this year...try again in wet season?
Hunters video bar has 11 video screens and a rectangular bar with hi-top tables and barstools. There is a patio out front with tables and chairs. I was there with my cousin on 7/23/14--I could have hooked up with a couple of old queens otherwise. :-) There was only one go-go boy, James, but he was cute and friendly with a nice body. Not many people were in there despite there being an underwear contest with 6 competitors. I guess that was 'cause it was a Wed. and had been a very hot day. Thus, I gave them an extra star for the benefit of the doubt. Drinks were not expensive--I paid $6 for a rum and coke--and the staff was quite friendly. I would probably go back, just not on a hot weekday.
Inexpensive-ish Bar but Small and Crowded
Nowhere is a long, narrowish bar just east of NYU that has a local hangout flavor (and several video screens.) I was there on 5/17/14 and paid $6.00 for a rum and coke. There was no cover charge (yay!), but there weren't many places to sit, either. The place was *packed*, with a mixed crowd. There was only *one* go-go boy twink on the stage in the rear, so I finished my drink and left. I didn't find Nowhere super interesting, but it's a cheap (for NYC) night on the town, the management is polite, and it's somewhere you could mingle with the locals, I guess.
A Hopping Tropical-Themed Bar and Club
Toucans is a tropical, tiki-themed bar and club just north of downtown Palm Springs. There is a seating area with tables, a go-go stage, and a small dance floor on the left side and a pentagonal bar taking up most of the right side of the building. A banquette with tables is in front of the bar area, and a narrow patio for smoking (with access to the bar via pass-throughs) is to the right of the building. I was here with my cousin on 7/31/12. It was quite busy for a Tues. night. (Yeah I wonder what it's like on the weekends?) There was a mixed crowd but quite a few hot guys, and some friendly ones too! There was no cover, and I paid like $6 for a rum and coke. The drinks were pretty strong, so you get your money's worth there. :-) On the negative side, the smoking patio closed at 1:20am, and they kicked everyone out by 1:45am. :-( But I would def. go back anyway. Maybe next time....
A rabbit warren of bars and dance floors :-)
This place is a rabbit warren of bars and dance floors. Good for us rabbits! ;-) I have hooked up here 3 times. Drinks are pricey--I paid $8 for a rum and coke last time I was here in Nov. 2016. The dancer muscle guys in the back cabana are hot slabs of beefcake! (It is the only gay bar in Miami with male strippers now that Discotekka is closed, so it's crowded back there.) Just a little warning that lap dances run from $20 to $60. Someone elsewhere on this site commented that if you are on a budget, negotiate with the dancer boi ahead of time. Good advice.
May Be the Friendliest Gay Bar in Las Vegas
I was at Free Zone on July 31st, 2010. It was not too crowded despite it being a Sat. night, but it probably gets busier during the cooler months. Staff were very nice and friendly, especially the shot boys. :) I missed the go-go boys on Thurs. but if they are anything like the shot boys they must be pretty f'ing hot! Free Zone has a dance floor surrounded by tables on one side with a horseshoe-shaped bar and lounge area on the other side. Pool tables are on the far side of the dance floor, and booths are along two walls. I paid $5 for a rum and coke, if I remember right. I will definitely go back, especially if I want to get tanked again. :)
Decent Prices and Consistently Hot Dancers
Located just SW of Wilton Manors, Boardwalk has a large bar with a stage and several platforms for dancers--even a go-go cage! There's a lounge area off to one side, and a separate room for lap dances. Boardwalk has quite a few *hot* dancer guys, ranging from cute twinks to buff jocks & fitness model type guys (the S. Florida "look"), and a few bodybuilder types. I was here in Nov. '09 and Nov. '13, and the dancers are consistently hot, and the bartenders are hot too! I paid $8 for a rum and coke. Lap dances are $20 each. Advice for the budget-conscious: Limit yourself to a few dances and then leave, or get used to saying "No, thanks." Finally a few dancer shout-outs: Thanks to Orlando and Roland (big beefy Latino studs!) and Joshua (short but sweet muscle twink) for the fun time! I will be back!
Inexpensive Bar, But Rather Aloof Crowd
Images has a *long* bar with seven flatscreen TVs and a pool table by the front window. They have go-go boys in their underwear Tues. and Fri. nights at 6:00 pm and 10:30 pm. I was there on Fri. 7/17/09, and it was not very crowded. The cover was $1.00 (yes, one dollar--that's not a typo!) The drinks were cheap (I paid $2.50 for a rum and coke) and the crowd seemed mixed with gays, lesbians, and a few straights. It seems like a nice place to relax with a drink at the bar or one of the tables. The only downside was that the patrons were quite aloof, and there were only a few dancer boys working there, cute though they were. My advice is to go with a friend or two, unless you like being left alone. :)
Get Lucky at Lucky's :)
Lucky's (AKA the Real Luck Cafe) is a neighborhood gay bar and cafe with two floors and a back deck. Note that you need to enter through the back door (of the bar, that is!) off the deck. Upstairs is another bar with hot nude dancer boys (from 10 pm 'til 1 am) and a smallish dance floor. I was there on Sat. 7/18/09. The patrons were mostly guys, and there were quite a few cute ones. Drinks were cheap, and there was no cover charge. Downstairs there were only a few guys, despite it being a Saturday, but upstairs it was pretty crowded around the bar, with only a few people on the dance floor. A word of warning though: Don't touch the dancer boys or you may get thrown out!