It's Metafilter's 20th anniversary! To celebrate, scan some cats or help fund Mefi! Recently a friend of mine came out as gay duh, and I'm gonna take him out club hopping, I want to look nice cuz I've been crushing on that guy sense before he came out
Everything is fair game here: drinks, fun, hookups, porn, and even sex. The reason? For many, this spot is well-known but, for the younger crowd 24 and underit might look like a northern Mexican cantina because of the double doors at the entrance.
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For more than 30 years, this Back Bay nightclub and restaurant has welcomed all comers, and remains a major player on the local LGBTQ scene. The Napoleon Room features excellent cabaret, including the popular weekly Broadway sing-along on Wednesday nights. The Moonshine Room is the place to go for Drag Bingo and other fun diversions. The restaurant, with its distinctive conservatory overlooking Columbus Avenue, serves, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch.
Either way, go. By and large, gay bars completely flip every dynamic that straight bros are used to when they go out drinking, so the experience is a welcome, if not temporary, relief from the typical hustle of your local frat lounge. As always, the best advice is just to go in with no expectations and have fun.
A gay bar is a drinking establishment that caters to an exclusively or predominantly lesbiangaybisexualand transgender LGBT clientele; the term gay is used as a broadly inclusive concept for LGBT and queer communities. Gay bars once served as the centre of gay culture and were one of the few places people with same-sex orientations and gender-variant identities could openly socialize. Other names used to describe these establishments include boy bargirl bargay clubgay pubqueer barlesbian bardrag barand dyke bardepending on the niche communities that they served.
The relationship between girls and gay bars male-only crowd, for our purposes is fraught at best. While treatment of queer women at such establishments is another article entirely, a gaggle of straight women in one of "our" spaces can provoke confusion and intolerance on both sides. So this is an insider's view of a gay bar, and what it means to have straight women there, that I hope can be helpful for folks on either side.
The wild and wonderful world of gay bars is out there for you to discover! No matter if you are gay, bisexual, transgender, straight or anything else. Whatever your gender identity or sexually you can become popular at a gay bar.
The upstairs bar is fun for a warm-up drink, but the basement is where the club action happens. Formerly and still commonly known as Vogue Fabrics, this bijou Dalston basement hosts drag and spoken word events as well as genre-spanning club nights and parties. VFD has the chutzpah to host club nights with names like Cuntmafia and Sassitude, but never takes itself too seriously. Debbie, a monthly Saturday night party which only plays songs by female artists, is also worth seeking out.