Your top 5 and worst five gay bars you've been to and why...

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    Sep 06, 2013 7:22 PM GMT
    In no particular order

    Top
    1. Oilcan Harry's. Austin, Texas, great crowd. Best drinks anywhere and made with a sense of urgency.
    2. Twist, Miami, everything all in one
    3. Honeypot, Tampa, love the three story building, great drnks, dance floor and music.
    4. Gym bar, NYC, fun and friendly,
    5. Lambda, Athens, Greece, the 4 or 5 stories were awing

    Worst
    1. Garage, Norfolk, va, felt like I timewarped back to 1955, must be the only segregated gay bar I've ever seen, literally blacks on one side and whites on the other, small integrated section in the middle
    2. Flamingo, st Petersburg, fl, Huge crowd on Sundays especially for 55 and up and outrageous, a sad reminder of what we will all look like in 20-30 years
    3. Eagle, Washington, dc, creep and wreaked of body funk
    4. Bout time, Austin, tx, drag queens in wheelchairs, no kidding
    5. Missy b's, Kansas city, everyone just sits or stands around and does nothing
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    Sep 06, 2013 11:09 PM GMT
    Worst (in no particular order)
    Bo's, Jacksonville Beach, FL: white trash, lesbians and drag queens are NOT a good combination
    The Embers, Portland, OR: divey and boring, another disappointing formula for a "gay" bar
    Ramrod, North Hollywood, CA: you'd think, with a promising gay name like "Ramrod" that the place would be full of hot fuckers and hot fuckees, but it was full of boring, bitter, old suburban queens who looked more like pervs and pedophiles than gay men
    Le Boy, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: filthy, hustlers, drugs and innocent people getting drugged and taken advantage of, uh NO!
    G.A.Y., Manchester, UK: unwelcoming (if you're not a "local" or "regular", overpriced
    Texas Lounge, Calgary, Canada: (yeah, this is the sixth, but couldn't not include it) tacky, no class whatsoever, and full of nothing but drunks, many of whom were simply taking a break from the adjacent bath house
    There are so many, but this is more than enough negative energy.

    Best (again, in no order)
    Remmington's, Toronto, Canada: hot men performing, friendly to customers, really pleasant just-raunchy-enough
    Silverado, Portland, OR: Pretty much same comment as Remmington's; great hot performers, friendly performers and staff, really enjoyable naughty time
    Banana Cafe, Paris, France: really enjoyable themes and great crowd most any time
    The George and Dragon, London, UK: really full of character, friendly patrons, eclectic experiences in a very interesting setting
    Bootrack, Jacksonville, FL: total dive, with sole focus on cock and ass, whichever you want, you're guaranteed to find it immediately
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    Sep 06, 2013 11:52 PM GMT
    If Silverado is in the top five, then I can give up on gay bars forever. icon_cry.gif

    (OK, maybe the old Silverado, somewhat raunchier, but where there were crowds of people actually dancing, was exciting. Or maybe I was less jaded back then.)
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    Sep 07, 2013 12:04 AM GMT
    This is so funny. I went to the "Strawberry" in the 80s and "La Rose Rouge" where my favorite pea coat was stolen and finally, a couple years ago to a resort in the Poconos called " The Rainbow." Crossing the street from the nightclub to the hotel, a car careened by with one of the occupants yelling "you fag!"...lol, whatever.

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    Sep 07, 2013 2:07 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidIf Silverado is in the top five, then I can give up on gay bars forever. icon_cry.gif

    (OK, maybe the old Silverado, somewhat raunchier, but where there were crowds of people actually dancing, was exciting. Or maybe I was less jaded back then.)

    Definitely "the old Silverado". That was a memory from '98, the last time there. No idea what it's become like in the past 15 years.
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    Sep 07, 2013 2:13 AM GMT
    I'm really lucky, I think. I only have bests, not worsts.

    Here in Providence, Dark Lady is great and Mira is fun, too. Back in Chicago, Sidetrack, Roscoe's, Cocktail, all were great fun.
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    Sep 07, 2013 2:24 AM GMT
    Don't Tell Mama is still around.
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    Sep 07, 2013 7:05 AM GMT
    Wow, I really need to go to more gay bars.
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    Sep 07, 2013 4:23 PM GMT
    Worst, hmm. The Abbey in Weho. Cuffs (closed now), and the Bullet in North Hollywood. Best, Eagle NYC, Oil Can Harrys in Austin.
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    Sep 07, 2013 4:35 PM GMT
    WORST: The Badlands in San Francisco because the owners are openly racist.
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    Sep 07, 2013 4:42 PM GMT
    smudgetool saidWORST: The Badlands in San Francisco because the owners are openly racist.


    How so?
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    Sep 07, 2013 4:48 PM GMT
    Dallasfan824 saidWorst, hmm. The Abbey in Weho. Cuffs (closed now), and the Bullet in North Hollywood. Best, Eagle NYC, Oil Can Harrys in Austin.


    I don't know if I'd consider Abbey a gay bar anymore. It's, however, the future of what gay bars are becomming though.
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    Sep 07, 2013 4:50 PM GMT
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    Dallasfan824 saidWorst, hmm. The Abbey in Weho. Cuffs (closed now), and the Bullet in North Hollywood. Best, Eagle NYC, Oil Can Harrys in Austin.


    I don't know if I'd consider Abbey a gay bar anymore. It's, however, the future of what gay bars are becomming though.


    You are right. I dont consider it a gay bar either therefore shouldnt be on this list.
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    Sep 07, 2013 4:58 PM GMT
    Aristoshark saidAll the bars I really liked are long gone.
    My first gay bar was called the Candy Store on W. 56th Street. I was 15 but I easily passed for 18. The place was gaudy and full of sweater queens who looked at me and my friend Eric like the new meat we were.

    My favorite hangouts in New York were Dick's (yes, really), South Dakota, and Splash (before it got all touristy). All gone. I also went with my show tune queen friends to 88s, Marie's Crisis, and Don't Tell Mama. 88s is gone; the other two may be also. I used to go to the Monster for a quick pick-me-up and pickup too; I always met the cutest flight attendants there. I think the airlines put a plug for the place in the flight attendant employee manual or something.

    And the Saint and Limelight too. Jeez, there were so many once upon a time.


    They just didn't care all that much if you were young and cute. I got in at 16 without showing an ID. Cat's Meow and Kismet . What names for queer bars!

    Fun days in the early days of queerness and queeriosity Drinking age was 18 though, but that was supposed to be for 3.2 beer. All those bars are long gone, except that a famous bar (The Garage) from the late 70s through maybe 1990 or so just reopened.

    I moved to LA in 1980 and the fun bar at that time was the Odyssey (across the street from where Beveley Center is now)

    Queerness has become too mainstreamed and has taken the fun out of it versus when it was underground and secret. No fun for a contrarian these days.


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    Sep 07, 2013 5:00 PM GMT
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    Dallasfan824 saidWorst, hmm. The Abbey in Weho. Cuffs (closed now), and the Bullet in North Hollywood. Best, Eagle NYC, Oil Can Harrys in Austin.


    I don't know if I'd consider Abbey a gay bar anymore. It's, however, the future of what gay bars are becomming though.


    You are right. I dont consider it a gay bar either therefore shouldnt be on this list.


    are you too young to remember the Odyssey? Very fun times!
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    Sep 07, 2013 5:03 PM GMT
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    Dallasfan824 said
    freedomisntfree said
    Dallasfan824 saidWorst, hmm. The Abbey in Weho. Cuffs (closed now), and the Bullet in North Hollywood. Best, Eagle NYC, Oil Can Harrys in Austin.


    I don't know if I'd consider Abbey a gay bar anymore. It's, however, the future of what gay bars are becomming though.


    You are right. I dont consider it a gay bar either therefore shouldnt be on this list.


    are you too young to remember the Odyssey? Very fun times!


    I didnt live here then.
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    Sep 07, 2013 5:06 PM GMT
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    mindgarden saidIf Silverado is in the top five, then I can give up on gay bars forever. icon_cry.gif

    (OK, maybe the old Silverado, somewhat raunchier, but where there were crowds of people actually dancing, was exciting. Or maybe I was less jaded back then.)

    Definitely "the old Silverado". That was a memory from '98, the last time there. No idea what it's become like in the past 15 years.


    Oh, it's horrifying. The whole "gay ghetto" has been gentrified and most of the bars have moved to cheaper neighborhoods or disappeared. A 20-something story glass tower was built across the street. There's a pretentious restaurant where Silverado was and the nasty old bath house has become a boutique hotel. (Sometimes I feel like going in there with a friend while a bunch of yuppie families are eating dinner and loudly saying, "Oh yeah, remember? Right here was that row of dirty mattresses with drunk guys from the bar getting gang-banged!")

    The "new" silverado is in a smaller space in old town. They still have the ear-bleeding loud sound system pumping out distortion and feedback so that you can't talk to anyone. Guys come out on stage in their underwear (some hot, some not) and just sort of stand there and wiggle. Fat and old guys stand around, drink beer, and stare at them. It's all kind of sad and creepy.
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    Sep 07, 2013 5:20 PM GMT
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    freedomisntfree said
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    freedomisntfree said
    Dallasfan824 saidWorst, hmm. The Abbey in Weho. Cuffs (closed now), and the Bullet in North Hollywood. Best, Eagle NYC, Oil Can Harrys in Austin.


    I don't know if I'd consider Abbey a gay bar anymore. It's, however, the future of what gay bars are becomming though.


    You are right. I dont consider it a gay bar either therefore shouldnt be on this list.


    are you too young to remember the Odyssey? Very fun times!


    I didnt live here then.


    Oops, I'd forgotten.... how 'bout Faces? Not the rice bar that used to be at Santa Monica and Western, but the one in the west valley?
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    Sep 07, 2013 6:25 PM GMT
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    smudgetool saidWORST: The Badlands in San Francisco because the owners are openly racist.


    How so?


    I don't mind providing you a lead:
    http://www.sfweekly.com/2005-06-29/news/badlands-confidential/
    But next time, google "badlands san francisco racist" and see the plethora of articles relating to this for yourself.
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    Sep 08, 2013 2:12 AM GMT
    mindgarden said
    BillandChuck said
    mindgarden saidIf Silverado is in the top five, then I can give up on gay bars forever. icon_cry.gif

    (OK, maybe the old Silverado, somewhat raunchier, but where there were crowds of people actually dancing, was exciting. Or maybe I was less jaded back then.)

    Definitely "the old Silverado". That was a memory from '98, the last time there. No idea what it's become like in the past 15 years.


    Oh, it's horrifying. The whole "gay ghetto" has been gentrified and most of the bars have moved to cheaper neighborhoods or disappeared. A 20-something story glass tower was built across the street. There's a pretentious restaurant where Silverado was and the nasty old bath house has become a boutique hotel. (Sometimes I feel like going in there with a friend while a bunch of yuppie families are eating dinner and loudly saying, "Oh yeah, remember? Right here was that row of dirty mattresses with drunk guys from the bar getting gang-banged!")

    The "new" silverado is in a smaller space in old town. They still have the ear-bleeding loud sound system pumping out distortion and feedback so that you can't talk to anyone. Guys come out on stage in their underwear (some hot, some not) and just sort of stand there and wiggle. Fat and old guys stand around, drink beer, and stare at them. It's all kind of sad and creepy.

    Sounds gruesome!