Although gay bars lately have taken a bit of a hit due to the ongoing presence of social media apps that prevent some of us from wanting to actually go out and meet people in real life, they are definitely a big part of our history both personally and as a community overall.
As our lives go by, there are certain moments and places that we definitely remember visiting for the first time, one of them being our first gay bar. You recall just how nervous you were, if you looked good enough (and showered efficiently), and what exactly will happen as the night went on. Even though your first gay bar may not be your favorite, its one to definitely reflect on as it began your gay nightlife journey which leads to the following question…
What is your all-time favorite gay bar you have ever been to? Which one definitely brings back some incredibly fond memories, and which do you still go to on a regular basis? We all have that one that sticks out for a certain reason: maybe we met the love of our lives one night (or the best f**k ever), there was a party going on that gave you life and then some, or maybe its where you convene with your besties for a fun night out.
We asked what your favorite gay bar of all time is, and the answers were diverse in terms of location, type of bar, and much more. Sadly, many of these are not open anymore, but its the distinct memories we have of them that keep their spirits alive.
What would you add to this list?
GYM Sportsbar (New York City)
San Francisco Eagle (San Francisco)
The Roxy (New York City)
Royal Vauxhall Tavern (London)
Uncle Charlie's Piano Bar (New York City)
Paradise (Asbury Park, NJ)
Nu Towne Saloon (Phoenix)
Rawhide (New York City)
Diesel Seattle (Seattle)
Mars Bar (New York City)