In a recent publication, The Advocate released a list of the “Gayest Cities in America” using parameters like number of gay elected city officials, LGBT bookstores, and transgender protection laws. Other qualifiers like number of WNBA teams and number of semifinalists in the International Mr. Leather competition were included, because what’s a “Gay City” without a professional women’s basketball team?
I’m surprised to see that they didn’t use a parameter having anything to do with number of gay bars, because there’s no way you can be a “Gay City” without a good gay bar.
In doing a favor for The Advocate, I’m listing the top gay bars in the top 5 Gayest Cities in America.
5. Seattle, Washington
The Cuff | 1533 13th Ave | Seattle WA 98122
Events like Tuesday night Bear-eoke with $4.50 Absolut cocktails and $2.75 draft microbrews bring are hosted nightly at The Cuff. “Fun eye-candy great atmosphere friendly patrons,” makes the bar tops on the reviews for The Cuff as it is listed as the highest-rated gay bar in Seattle on Uptake.com.
4. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Scandals Saloon | 3073 Ne 6th Ave | Wilton Manors, FL 33334
Scandals Saloon is famous for its everyday Happy Hour until 9pm and all day Sundays. From country line dancing to lessons and three bars from which to drink, Scandals boasts the best bartenders in all of South Florida.
3. Cambridge, Massachusetts
Paradise Bar | 180 Massachusetts Ave | Cambridge, MA 02238
Host of a truly adult-themed nightclub, Paradise Bar is a dance club with the most up-to-date house music and Top 40′s mix. If you’re heading there on a Wednesday night, you won’t miss Glee because they show it up on their big screen for everyone to watch.
2. Orlando, Florida
Parliament House | 410 North Orange Blossom Trail | Orlando, FL 32805
Whether you’re in town for Gay Days at Disney World in June or if you’re a local, Parliament House is THE place to meet up at the end of the night at Orlando’s only all-gay resort. Complete with its own pool, hotel, and several bars, Parliament House has been a landmark in Orlando for over 35 years.
1. Salt Lake City, Utah
Paper Moon | 3737 S State St | Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Paper Moon is not your average lesbian bar. With unconventional Wet T-shirt Contests and Cheap Date Nights, you can get any hard liquor drink you desire in this private club in Utah. Don’t miss out on karaoke nights, free drinks all day on Sunday, and get to know other partiers at the pool tables at this very diverse club.
image credit Myrtle Beach Gay Days