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Sheathed in a dark reflective glass and situated beside the I-610 highway loop just across from the swanky Galleria shopping mall, the luxe Hotel Derek is one of Houston's most distinctive, contemporary, and stylish accommodations. The location, though handy, leaves a bit to be desired in terms of curb appeal and walkability - it's at a very busy intersection. But it is just off Westheimer Road, which leads east (follow it for a few miles) into the city's gay-ish Montrose neighborhood. Page 12.

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The main thoroughfare of the gay-friendly Heights District is Heights Boulevard, a broad, oak-shaded road with a grassy median esplanade down the center. Along this media, the Paul Carr Jogging Trail provides a popular venue for recreation - it's lovely for jogging or strolling, and admiring the neighborhood's many Victorian homes, including Sara's Bed & Breakfast Inn. Page 13.

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Part of the growing chain of hip and happening sushi eateries, Ra Sushi in Highland Village - one of the city's hottest retail areas - has quickly developed a reputation in Houston as a place to see and be seen, and to enjoy fantastic sushi and Japanese food into the wee hours (the kitchen serves till midnight). The mango ceviche is a classic starter (made with lobster, scallops, shrimp, and a mango salsa). Also consider Tsunami salmon roll, black-pepper fillet medallions, and spicy chicken. Page 14.

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Houston's increasingly hip Heights District has dozens of beautifully restored Victorian houses, including Sara's Bed & Breakfast Inn, a gay-friendly hostelry set inside a glorious Queen Anne-style mansion on tree-shaded Heights Boulevard. It's an easy walk to the antiques shops and cafes along West 19th Street, and convenient to the I-10 freeway. Sara's has 11 well-kept rooms, and each has Wi-Fi, irons and boards, private baths, cable TV, and either queen or king beds. Page 15.

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Chef Claire Smith scores plenty of raves from fans of great eating at her courtly restaurant in The Heights, Shade. This eatery specializing in farm-fresh contemporary American cuisine has a lovely high-ceilinged bar (pictured here) and main dining room, plus a pleasant little patio to the side. It's a fun stop for brunch on weekends or lunch on weekdays, and the dinner menu delights regulars with the likes of grilled King salmon with grilled tellow Tomatoes, arugula, and an Olive Vinaigrette. Page 16.

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Pull up to Sycamore Heights B&B, a stately 1905 house surrounded by leafy shade trees and a neatly manicured green lawn and gardens, and you may think you're well away from the hustle and bustle of Houston. Indeed, this is a relaxed, quiet spot a few miles from downtown, but it's also just a block from West 19th Street, the main drag of the charming Heights District, where you'll find a bounty of great cafes and restaurants, antiques shops, and galleries. Page 17.

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Textile restaurant has closed. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 18.

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A short drive north and west of downtown and due north of Montrose, the city's historic Heights neighborhood is rife with restored Victorian houses and an increasingly trendy variety of shops (many specializing in design, home furnishings, and antiques), galleries, and restaurants. Here's a shot of one of the neighborhood's best spots for shopping, West 19th Street, around the 300 block. Page 19.

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Drawing an artsy, live-music-lovin' bunch, Waldo's Coffee House is the quintessential Heights java joint - intimate, unpretentious, and eclectic. You can munch on one of Houston's favorite pastry treats, a kolache (kind of a Czech version of an empanada), and there's the usual selection of espressos, lattes, and such. In good weather, chill out with your snack on the porch, overlooking Heights Boulevard and the Paul Carr Jogging Trail. Page 20.

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The main drag of the historic Heights neighborhood, West 19th Street is lined with fine antiques shops, boutiques, galleries, and cafes - the main concentration is along two blocks between Yale and Ashland streets. Highlights along here include Shade restaurant, Carter & Cooley Deli, Chippendale Eastlake Antiques Center, and - just a block away - the gay-owned Sycamore Heights B&B. Page 21.

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Westheimer Road, in the western portion of the gay-popular Montrose neighborhood, has a number of excellent antiques shops. The particular stretch pictured here is along the 1700s block of Westheimer, just across from the charming Empire Cafe. Page 22.

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America's fourth-largest city, Houston mixes traditional Southern charm and down-home friendliness with a healthy dose of urbanity, cultural, and sophistication. With one of the nation's largest and most visible gay communities, much of it centered around the bustling Montrose neighborhood, Houston has plenty going on for lesbian and gay travelers - amazing restaurants, outstanding museums, and a superb arts scene. Here's a look at gay Houston in pictures.

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America's fourth-largest city, Houston mixes traditional Southern charm and down-home friendliness with a healthy dose of urbanity, cultural, and sophistication. With one of the nation's largest and most visible gay communities, much of it centered around the bustling Montrose neighborhood, Houston has plenty going on for lesbian and gay travelers - amazing restaurants, outstanding museums, and a superb arts scene. Here's a look at gay Houston in pictures.

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One of the city's swankiest shopping malls, the chic Alto Palermo center sits in the heart of the Palermo neighborhood, a short walk from Recoleta, along bustling Avenida Santa Fe. It contains a number of snazzy boutiques, among them Calvin Klein, Christian Lacroix, Zara, Christian Dior, Estee Lauder, Garbanino, Lacoste, Mac, Maria Vazquez, Paddle Watch, Rapsodia, and more. You can also get your caffeine fix at a spacious Starbucks - one of several mostly chain restaurants at Alto Palermo.

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The hip Be Trimos Hotel, in Buenos Aires. Page 10.

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Delightful dapper and quite chic, Bar Uriarte occupies a long, narrow space on one of Palermo Viejo's most inviting cobbled lanes. Once inside, you'll discover a warmly lighted, handsomely outfitted restaurant with a long bar on one side and a couple of different dining areas - the one in back is quietest and best-suited to a romantic meal. It's not overstating things to call this one of the top few bar-and-grill venues in the city, and certainly one of the most stylish. Page 3.

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The quintessential old-world Palermo Viejo cafe and bar, Bartok sits at one of the neighborhood's most popular intersections (Costa Rica and Armenia streets, right on the edge of Plaza Palermo Viejo). It's one of a number of eateries, many of them quite fashionable, overlooking the plaza, which is one of the neighborhood's very few green spaces. Although it's open throughout the day and for dinner as well, and it has a popular happy hour early in the evening, Bartok feels more like a cafe. Page 4.

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What's the best way to approach Buenos Aires' charming and gay-popular San Telmo neighborhood on foot? One excellent strategy is to start at the city's famed Plaza Mayor, and then proceed east along Calle Defensa. This photo is looking east in the evening toward San Telmo, a block in from Plaza Mayor. The narrow Calle Defensa runs for several blocks before piercing the heart of San Telmo, and its dignified but dilapidated colonial buildings, many of them holding antiques shops, cafes, and bars. Page 7.

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Portenos take ice cream seriously, and there are plenty of noteworthy artisanal ice cream parlors around the city. Among the chains, Freddo is probably the most reliable - it's pictured here on a street corner in the charming and gay-popular San Telmo neighborhood. But there are countless branches all over town. Enjoy a dish of the rich dark-chocolate flavor, or a thick and delicious cafe con leche flavor that bears little resemblance to the ersatz versions you might find outside South America. Page 8.

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A ubiquitous chain of coffeehouses and chocolate shop, Havanna Cafe has nearly 30 branches throughout Buenos Aires - the one pictured here is along the engagingly shabby-chic main drag of San Telmo, but there are others in Recoleta, Retiro, Puerto Madero, Abasto, and Palermo (and many other locales elsewhere in the country). These often cozy cafes are a nice bet for espresso or cocoa after a long day of traipsing around the city. Page 9.

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With several fun boutiques around the city, the number-one gay underwear source in Buenos Aires is Narciso, a cheeky and fun designer with colorful, form-fitting briefs, trunks, boxer-briefs, g-strings, jocks, t-shirts, and bathrobes, plus a nice selection of jeans and clubwear. Narciso has been going strong since 2001 and has quite a following through mail-order and at its boutiques, throughout South America. Page 11.

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One of the natty rooms inside the ultra-posh and intimate Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, in the glitzy Recoleta neighborhood, just steps from Patio Bullrich shopping center. Page 12.

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The grand thoroughfare of the Buenos Aires city center, Avenida 9 de Julio is six lanes wide and forms the border between several prominent neighborhoods: Retiro/Microcentro and Tribunales, Monserrat and Congreso, and San Telmo and Constitucion. This photos is looking east from roughly Avenida Santa Fe, toward the soaring Obelisco (Obelisk of Buenos Aires) monument. Page 21.

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Broad, tree-lined Avenida Santa Fe is the east-west heart of Palermo and Barrio Norte, a gently winding road lined with both snazzy boutiques and rather ordinary chain shops and extending across much of Buenos Aires - from the far end of Palermo Viejo and Palermo near Las Canitas all the way into Recoleta and Retiro, terminating at stately Plaza San Martin. Brace yourself for a long stroll if you feel like tackling the whole thing. Page 19.

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Elegant, sometimes ornate, balconies are a notable feature of the many dignified townhouses you'll wander past as you explore Buenos Aires, especially the shabby-chic neighborhood of Palermo Viejo. This balcony is above the Jeansmakers boutique at the corner of Soler and Julian Alvarez streets. Page 22.

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An elegant wrought-iron grill fronts the classic balcony of this lime-green townhouse in Palermo Viejo. Page 23.

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Just about everywhere you look in the Buenos Aires cityscape, you'll find graffiti, some of it seemingly nonsensical and inscrutable, but other images (such as this one) quite clearly and evocatively rendered. This cartoon-like image appears on a building in Palermo Viejo, not far from the gay bar, Bulnes Class. Page 25.

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Many of the vintage townhouses and buildings in the historic Palermo Viejo neighborhood have colorful doors with delicate trim and florid arches and similar decorative elements. Page 24.

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Buildings throughout Buenos Aires, and especially in the artsy and creative Palermo Viejo neighborhood, are often covered with graffiti. In many instances, artists use stencils, as with some of the depictions on the wall of this building on a Palermo Viejo side street. Other times, graffiti takes the form of carefully drawn cartoon-like characters. Page 26.

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Taxi cabs are abundant and extremely affordable in Buenos Aires, although just like in any big city, when it's rush hour and raining, you'll suddenly notice a dearth of cabs. A drawback is that many unlicensed or simply unscrupulous drivers to ply the streets and have been known to take tourists on circuitous routes or even, rarely, rob them. It's best to phone a licensed cab (you can always have your restaurant or a shop you're in do so for you), or grab one from outside a hotel. Page 20.

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A review of Flux Bar, in downtown Buenos Aires. Page 29.

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It's not quite as chic as some of the city's other big shopping malls, like Alto Palermo and Bullrich, and it's also slightly off the beaten-tourist-path, but Abasto shopping center is notable for its setting inside a stunning, curvaceous 1930s Art Deco building that once housed a massive wholesome market of food suppliers. Today it contains a nice mix of mid- to upper-range shops and boutiques, a multi-screen cinema showing the latest features, and a handful of servicable restaurants. Page 14.

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Along Calle Defensa in the charmingly faded San Telmo district of Buenos Aires, you'll find several blocks (from about Avenida Belgrano east to Avenida San Juan) packed with noteworthy antiques shops, including a number of multi-dealer malls (such as the one pictured here). The neighborhood's reputation for antiques shopping is no secret at this point, but with Argentina's favorable exchange rate (for most visitors), great bargain can be had. Page 18.

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Although you can't see it from many parts of the city, the Rio de la Plata - which is said to be the world's widest river - forms the northeastern edge of Buenos Aires. One of the few spots where you are treated to a view is from the terminal at the smaller of the city's main airports, the municipal Aeroparque Jorge Newbery, which has mostly domestic air service (as well as to Uruguay, which is about 50 km across the Rio de la Plata). Page 15.

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Cafe Confituur, a dapper eatery with pressed-tin walls and hardwood floors. This is one of the most gay-popular spots in town for a cup of coffee or a light meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served), and it's along a main street just across from the gay bookstore, 't Verschil. Everything is presented just so, including the cup of strong coffee pictured here. Page 7.

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One of Europe's most attractive and popular GLBT bookstores, Boekhandel 't Verschil lies along one of Antwerp's main north-south thoroughfares, just a few blocks east-northeast of the Grote Markt square. Inside the well-lighted, attractive space you'll find a huge selection of gay and lesbian titles (mostly Flemish and French), from novels and travel guides to erotic fiction and gay nude photo books. There's also a small cafe, with tables along the sidewalk when the weather warms up. Page 3.

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Run by the same team who operates the popular Boekhandel 't Verschil (gay bookstore and cafe) across the street, De Onderkant is Antwerp's most popular gay underwear, sex toy, and swimwear boutique. Much more above-board and attractive inside than the handful of gay erotic shops near the railroad station, De Onderkant strikes the perfect balance between risque and classy, and carries a great selection of sexy briefs, swim suits, and club gear, plus dildos, gay porn DVDs, bondage accoutrements. Page 4.

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The focal point of Antwerp, the Grote Markt (Great Market) is an open pedestrian square anchored by the famed statue of Brabo, and a mix of civic buildings, open-air cafes, and ornate guildhouses, From this vantage point, near the northwest corner of the square, you see the statue in the foreground, and the iconic Onze Lieve Vrouwekathedraal (Cathedral of Our Lady) towering over everything in the distance. Behind where I shot this photo is the city's Town Hall, famous for its Renaissance design.

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One of Belgium's leading producers of chocolates, Leonidas has branches throughout the country and in several other nations around the world. Although there are arguably finer and more unusual chocolatiers in Antwerp, Leonidas is a reliably superb chocolate maker with very attractive prices, and this location on the edge of Grote Markt is especially convenient. Page 2.

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Centrally located Cafe Que Pasa bills itself a gay Latin bar and cafe, and it is indeed a delightfully vibrant and friendly place with some fun drag parties, great mojitos, and fun music - you just may not see any Latino guys in here. It's very cozy and inviting though. Page 6.

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Red & Blue is not only the city's largest gay disco, but the biggest in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. The spacious building a 10-minute walk north of Grote Markt has a variety of large events, including a men's party on Saturday nights, which begins at 11 pm and pulses into the wee hours. The club also hosts a slew of annual circuit parties, including Circuit in mid-March, Club Flesh in late March, and Toolroom Knights in late May. On Sunday nights, Red & Blue hosts lesbian parties. Page 5.

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Belgium's most fashion-forward and trendy city, Antwerp lies in the Flanders region of northern Belgium near the Netherlands border, and is Europe's second-busiest port. During the city's 16th-century Golden Age, Antwerp was the second-largest city in Northern Europe. Today, with a population of nearly 500,000 and an abundance of fashionable boutiques, restaurants, hotels, and gay cafes, the city has developed a reputation as one of Europe's hippest gay destinations.

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A fairly skeevy cruise bar back in the day, the happily unpretentious 19 Bar is today a terrific neighborhood hangout - perfect for a game of pool or darts, getting to know locals (it's in the charming Loring Park neighborhood), taking a break from business (it's a block from the convention center and a short taxi ride south of downtown), or relaxing with a drink on the covered patio. Another fine attribute: the eclectic jukebox. The welcoming staff and no-attitude vibe makes 19 Bar popular. Page 15.

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A trio of adjacent, jointly owned gay bars downtown near the Mill City district on the Mississippi River, the Minneapolis Eagle, Bolt Video Bar, and Bolt Underground dance club cater to a mostly male, fairly cruisy bunch - the Eagle, as gay bars with this name tend to, attracts more of a leather, bear, and uniform crowd, generally in their 30s and up (a dress code is enforced on weekends). The Bolt Video Bar's clientele tends toward younger and more eclectic, from jeans and T-shirts to prep. Page 6.

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One of the longest running gay clubs in the Midwest, the Brass Rail reopened in early 2010 following a closure throughout much of the previous year. A remodeling has an additional stage featuring drag shows and go-go boys, and the club has a better, cleaner look (it needed the makeover). Along with the Gay 90s next door and the Saloon a few blocks down, the Brass Rail has for many years been a key component of the downtown Hennepin Avenue gay nightlife strip. Page 2.

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A massive and rather legendary GLBT club in the downtown Minneapolis theater and nightclub district, the Gay 90's club has become known over the years for its three floors of queer entertainment, from drag shows to go-go strippers to DJ dancing. The club packs them in on weekends, and draws a genuine mix of patrons - gays, straights, women, men, young, old, and all races. The Adonis Men strip review is a big hit not only with men who like men but also giggling bachlorette parties. Page 9.

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Part of downtown's cruisy and campy gay entertainment strip on the edge of the Hennepin Avenue theater district, The Saloon has been an extremely popular fixture here for more than three decades. It's a large space comprising a dance club, lounge, and a casual restaurant serving short-order pub fare and sandwiches. The upper two floors of the bar are home to the Saloon Hotel, a budget property that's nonetheless acceptable if you just need a roof over your head and don't want to spend much. Page 12.

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The more economical and down-to-earth cousin of Starwood Hotel's W Brand, Aloft opened this sleek Minneapolis property in 2008 (my photo here was taken shortly before the opening, hence the unfinished landscaping). Just down the street from the Bolt and Minneapolis Eagle gay bars, and a couple of blocks south of the Guthrie Theater and Mill City Museum along the city's Mississippi waterfront, Aloft is a great option for design-minded, discerning travelers who don't want to break the bank. Page 7.

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It's a bowling alley. It's a community theater. It's a groovy dive bar. It's a funky cafe - the beloved Bryant-Lake Bowl has been a fixture near the city's artsy but affluent Uptown neighborhood (more specifically just east, in the funky Lyn-Lake District). This quirky and extremely gay-popular venue hosts edgy theatrical productions, comedy, performance art, and spoken word in the theater. The bar and restaurant are cool spots for happy hour, hearty breakfasts, and affordable chow all day. Page 8.

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Opened in fall 2009 in the slick, white-on-white Chambers Kitchen space formerly occupied by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the elegant but less fussy D'Amico Kitchen Osteria & Bar is the now top dog in the locally esteemed D'Amico restaurant empire. By all accounts, the new venture is working out nicely - the dining room retains the chic aesthetic of Le Meridien Chambers Hotel, and the kitchen serves three meals daily, including weekend brunch and lighter fare from a bar menu. Page 14.

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The outdoor courtyard lounge at the trendy Le Meridien Chambers Hotel, the Gorilla Bar has been a favorite spot for cocktails and conversation among the see-and-be-set since the property opened in 2006. Comfy chairs, potted plants, and twinkly lighting make for a festive vibe on warm Minneapolis evenings. And during the city's frigid winters? The space holds its very own crystal-clear ice bar, complete with a fire pit and imaginative sculptures. Who says Minnesota winters can't be sexy and fun? Page 11.

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One of the most visually arresting theater buildings in the country, and also among the most prestigious from a performing arts perspective, the Tyrone Guthrie Theater was begun in 1963 but moved into its spectacular new space in the Mill District, overlooking the Mississippi River in 2006. The original building, formerly beside the Walker Art Center, was demolished to make way for a dramatic expansion of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. The current Guthrie contains three stages. Page 4.

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A view of the dramatic cantilevered lobby, known as the Endless Bridge, that extends from the Guthrie Theater several stories above West River Parkway. Page 13.

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Rebranded as part of Starwood's prestigious Le Meridien hotel brand in 2010, the Le Meridien Chambers was opened by noted art collector Ralph Burnet in 2006. The sleek, contemporary hotel - carved out of a pair of older buildings (one had contained an adult bookstore for many years) has been part of a renaissance of hip boutique hotels that have transformed the Minneapolis lodging scene in recent years. The gay-popular hotel across the street from the Brass Rail nightclub is super swanky. Page 5.

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Sandwiched between the Mill City Museum and Guthrie Theater in the city's imaginatively repurposed Mill District, Spoonriver is one of the hot spots in the Twin Cites for super-fresh, creatively prepared organic cuisine, with an emphasis on vegetarian cuisine. The restaurant is helmed by Brenda Langton, who for years owned Cafe Brenda (now closed) in the Warehouse District. Langton also developed the increasingly popular Mill City Farmers Market on Saturday mornings along the adjacent Plaza. Page 3.

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Touring the popular and trendy Warehouse District, in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota

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The larger of Minnesota's Twin Cities, Minneapolis has long enjoyed a reputation as a progressive, arts-driven city with a vibrant lesbian and gay community, a wealth of museums, a first-rate theater scene, and an abundance of hip restaurants, cafes, and - increasingly - swank hotels. A series of beautiful lakes and parks extends south from bustling downtown, which also fringes a scenic stretch of the Mississippi River. Here's a visual tour of this friendly, GLBT-popular city.

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The larger of Minnesota's Twin Cities, Minneapolis has long enjoyed a reputation as a progressive, arts-driven city with a vibrant lesbian and gay community, a wealth of museums, a first-rate theater scene, and an abundance of hip restaurants, cafes, and - increasingly - swank hotels. A series of beautiful lakes and parks extends south from bustling downtown, which also fringes a scenic stretch of the Mississippi River. Here's a visual tour of this friendly, GLBT-popular city.

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Although the south Milwaukee neighborhood of Bay View has one of the city's stronger representations of GLBT residents, it doesn't actually have any gay bars - most of those are located just a short drive north in Walker's Point. However, Bay View does have its share of quirky, offbeat, and very gay-friendly cafes, restaurants, and lounges, with a particular retro-inviting highlight being At Random. This slightly off-the-beaten-path lounge specializes in foofy, old-school, tropical cocktails.

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In a city known for its loyal sports fans, the Ballgame is popular on two fronts - as a reliably fun and easygoing gay neighborhood tavern, and a great little sports bar with darts, pool tables, games on monitors, and a nice jukebox. It's in Walker's Point, along with most of Milwaukee's gay bars. Page 2.

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City Lights Milwaukee has closed. Page 3.

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Boom is a fairly run-of-the-mill gay hangout in the middle of Walker's Point's GLBT nightlife district - it's particularly notable on Sundays, when drinks are two-for-one all night. The crowd is a mix of guys of all ages - it's pretty varied, and a pleasant patio and pool table are among the amenities. Page 4.

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On the same Walker's Point block as such popular hangouts at La Cage and Walker's Pint, convivial Fluid Lounge is an excellent choice among the neighborhood's many gay bars for happy hour - it's particular well-known for its extensive list of martinis, such as the

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A bit southeast of the main GLBT nightlife scene in Walker's Point, the Harbor Room is Milwaukee's top leather gay bar, also drawing a mix of bears, men in uniforms, and other cruisy guys. Theme nights (jock straps and nipple ring on Tuesdays, leather and boots on Wednesdays) and one of the better scotch, wine, and beer selections of any gay bar in town account in part for Harbor Room's popularity. Page 6.

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Slightly off the beaten path in Walker's Point, Kathy's Nut Hut is sort of the

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Not only is La Cage the largest gay club in Milwaukee, it's actually the largest in the state of Wisconsin, or at least that's the claim (Club 5 in Madison is also pretty sizable). The longest-running gay club in the city, La Cage is smack in the center of the bustling gay nightlife district in historic Walker's Point, just south of downtown - several other gay bars are within easy walking distance. Page 8.

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In the lobby of the gay-friendly Metro Hotel, an upscale boutique hotel a couple of blocks from downtown's Cathedral Square, the Metro Lounge is a great spot for happy hour (or a bottle of wine on Thursdays, when they're half-price all night long). Because the hotel has a bit of a GLBT following, you'll often spot

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Although you won't find many specifically gay hangouts north of downtown Milwaukee, the funky and atmospheric Brady Street neighborhood has a number of shops, restaurants, and bars with a significant gay following, with the decidedly quirky Nomad World Pub leading the way. The globally themed bar has live music many nights and one of the city's best selections of beer - on tap you can sample Founders Dirty Bastard, Magic Hat #9, Saison Dupont, Smithwicks, Tripple Karmeliet, and many others. Page 10.

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You have to search a bit to find the only gay bar in Milwaukee's downtown area - the aptly named This Is It is centrally located but through a discreet door along the middle of East Wells Street, just west of Cathedral Square. And what a great little find it is - you can walk here from downtown hotels and restaurants, and inside you'll find a classic retro-fabulous speakeasy with Tiffany-style lamps, a long bar and a bench of comfy seating with small cocktail tables. Page 11.

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Known for one of the larger patios among Milwaukee's gay bars, the Triangle is a low-keyed video bar and neighborhood hangout popular with men and women, although drawing more of the former. Like so many of the gay taverns in Walker's Point, the crowds vary a lot from night to night, but it's a good stop in any bar crawl through the neighborhood. Page 12.

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Charmingly quirky Walker's Pint, whose name is a play on the Walker's Point neighborhood in which it's located, is a welcoming tavern with a mixed lesbian-gay following. Overall this is a bit more of a women's hangout than other bars in the neighborhood (its official motto is

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A popular spot with members of Milwaukee's many gay sports teams (including softball, soccer, bowling, volleyball, and darts enthusiasts), Woody's is on the south end of Walker's Point, about 15 blocks down 2nd Street from the city's other gay sports bars, Ballgame. NTN Trivia challenges, Friday through Sunday beer busts, and cheap happy hours are part of the draw at this laid-back spot that draws a mostly male, all-ages crowd of gay sports fans. Page 14.

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An old-world, largely working-class city that's been somewhat overshadowed as a tourist destination by nearby Chicago, up-and-coming Milwaukee has enjoyed a terrific resurgence in the 2000s, with revitalized urban neighborhoods, handsome new condos, and a burgeoning retail and dining scene. This friendly, fairly affordable city hugging the shores of Lake Michigan has a sizable gay population and a vibrant gay nightlife corridor just south of downtown. Here's a look at what to see and do.

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An old-world, largely working-class city that's been somewhat overshadowed as a tourist destination by nearby Chicago, up-and-coming Milwaukee has enjoyed a terrific resurgence in the 2000s, with revitalized urban neighborhoods, handsome new condos, and a burgeoning retail and dining scene. This friendly, fairly affordable city hugging the shores of Lake Michigan has a sizable gay population and a vibrant gay nightlife corridor just south of downtown. Here's a look at what to see and do.

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A welcome addition in 2010 to Milwaukee's gay nightlife scene, and the first GLBT hangout to open on the East Side in sometime, Hybrid Lounge has quickly become a favorite neighborhood hangout, drawing an eclectic bunch from students who attend nearby University of Wisconsin Milwaukee to locals who frequent the lively cafes and offbeat shops along eclectic Brady Street. Hybrid Lounge is a bright and cheerful space with hardwood floors and tall windows looking out onto the street. Page 15.

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Articles to help you plan a gay vacation in Gainesville, Florida, the main campus of the University of Florida.

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Opened by a couple of lovely guys who've lived all around the world, the cheery and handsomely designed Queens Head Bar is both a restaurant and lounge, and although it's gay-owned and highly popular with the GLBT community, it's very well-liked by a diverse mix of people. A couple of fun features: as pictured, the outdoor part of the bar is decked with comfy cabana-style beds - it's an enjoyable spot to sip cocktails and get to know new friends. Page 49.

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In a shopping center along a busy if nondescript stretch of busy Atlantic Boulevard (one of the main thoroughfares connecting downtown Jacksonville with the beaches), AJ's Bar and Grill is the quintessence of a gay and lesbian neighborhood bar, even if it's not exactly in a neighborhood per se. The staff (it's named for owners Annie and Janie) is friendly and easygoing, the crowd a mix of women and men (mostly gay but plenty of heteros pop in here from time to time). Page 24.

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Just a few blocks from the oceanfront in genial Jacksonville Beach, Bo's Coral Reef is the only gay bar in Jacksonville's beach communities, and it's been going strong for more than 45 years (making it the oldest gay bar in the region). A fun spot to play pool, mingle with like-minded souls after sunning at the beach, or catch the occasional drag show, Bo's welcomes a mixed bunch of gays, lesbians, and straight-but-not-narrow friends, both locals and tourists. Page 25.

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The always rollicking Bourbon Street Pub (724 Duval St., 305-294-9354) opened in 1995 is a full gay entertainment complex, with a friendly pub on the ground floor and the gay-male clothing-optional New Orleans Guest House on the upper level. The same owners also operate the 801 Bourbon Bar and One Saloon, across the street. Bourbon Street Pub is fun and exceedingly friendly (if cruisy) just about any time of the day, and it has an especially popular T-dance on Sundays at 6 pm. Page 22.

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A reliable gay bathhouse with a loyal following of regulars, Club Jacksonville is in the city's historic San Marco neighborhood, across the St. John River from Riverside and downtown, where most of the city's gay nightspots are located - it's a short drive, though. This is your standard bathhouse, having served the community since 1974. It's not especially fancy, but the management did give the place a thorough refurbishment in recent years, and they work hard to keep it clean and pleasant. Page 26.

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One of the two biggest and most popular gay dance clubs in Jacksonville (with The Metro being the other), InCahoots is more centrally located than its rival, just on the western edge of downtown and close to the uber-queer shopping and dining of Historic Five Points in Riverside. It also tends to draw a somewhat younger crowd (18-and-up on Thursdays and Saturdays), although both places cater to the gay clubbing set and are each plenty of fun in their own ways. Page 27.

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Gay clubs have come and gone in South Beach, and there are now fewer of them than there were in the '90s, but Score (along with Twist, a 10-minute walk away on Washington Avenue) has held its own for many years now and continues to be one of the hottest gay and (and to a lesser extent lesbian) dance clubs in southern Florida. The swanky and slick two-level space is along lively Lincoln Road Mall, close to dozens of great shops and restaurants. Page 34.

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Right beside the train tracks at the northern end of the historic Riverside neighborhood, The Metro claims the rightful title as Jacksonville's biggest and most popular gay nightclub (it's actually one of the largest gay venues in Florida). Don't let this admittedly crappy photo of the exterior mislead you (sorry...I wasn't able to snap any pics inside on this trip): The Metro is a spacious and attractive club with several different bars and dance areas. Page 28.

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No self-respecting gay barfly would dare wander the campy and festive watering holes of Key West with stopping for at least a drink (or three) at the 801 Bourbon Bar (801 Duval St., 305-296-1992), the beloved gay pub that anchors the Bourbon Street Pub Complex (just across the street). This laid-back pub has been packing 'em in for more than 30 years. Don't miss the drag cabaret, led by Sushi and the 801 Girls. Page 20.

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The premier gay nightspot in Key West, Aqua occupies an attractive space along Duval Street and impresses all with its rousing sound system, engaging drag shows, friendly staff, and great mix of patrons - gays, lesbians, young, old, you name it. The club is also home to the deliciously dishy Aquanettes, a troupe of drag performers that has developed quite a fan base in Key West. Aqua is the sister club to one of the country's best lesbian clubs, Wall Street, in Columbus, Ohio. Page 19.

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Every fun-loving little gay town, even one geared toward tourists, needs a fun-loving little gay bar that's geared largely toward locals. This isn't to say that festive Bobby Monkey's doesn't have appeal for visitors - it's friendly and with plenty of diversions (karaoke on Sundays, pool playing, cheap drink specials), and it's a short walk from other Key West gay nightspots, such as 801, Bourbon Street Pub, and Aqua. Bobby's (305-294-2655) is at 900 Simonton Street, a block off of Duval. Page 21.

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Just a short drive south of the main gay-nightlife action in Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale's super-butch, totally cruisy Ramrod Bar is a bit less about leather these days than it might have been back in the day, but it still draws plenty of rugged, buffed guys not only in leather gear but uniforms, Levi's and black t-shirts, and other such gear. The crowd ranges anywhere from bearish to rock-hard-pecs, from college- to post-retirement age. But the median group in here is about 35 to 50. Page 12.

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Gay bars have come and gone in see-and-be-seen South Beach, but Twist (1057 Washington Ave., 305-53-TWIST) has stuck it out for years (since 1993), drawing consistently nice-size and friendly (for South Beach, anyway) crowds. The bar has expanded over the years and has plenty things going for it: it's open daily till 5 am, the staff is cute and flirty, there's a beautiful garden with lush landscaping, and the bar is steps from dozens of stylish Miami Beach restaurants and hotels. Page 35.

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Tampa's definitive gay happy hour hangout (the drink specials run right up until midnight each evening), City Side is southwest of downtown, close to the swanky dining and shopping of historic Hyde Park and Bayshore Gardens. Although this festive bar draws a predominantly male, all-ages crowd, it's quite popular with women, too, especially during the couple of karaoke nights each week. Patrons regularly spend Sundays here watching sports on TV, or tune in for videos or to watch Glee on Tuesdays. Page 54.

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Hosting two of the premier GLBT parties in the state, historic Ybor City's Honey Pot club is packed with revelers on weekends. First there's the guys party, Steam Fridays, which features DJs spinning to packed crowds on a massive dance floor, plus appearances by porn stars and strippers as well as leading female impersonators. The next evening is Tease Saturdays, when Honey Pot switches into a rocking lesbian party with go-go girls. Note that Ybor has somewhat pricey parking. Page 57.

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Dive Bar and Grill has closed. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 18.

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Although by no means strictly a gay bar, the charming and friendly Cabaret is very much a fixture in Pensacola's GLBT community, drawing a mixed bunch each evening for happy hour, karaoke, videos, comedy shows, live music, and all-around hobnobbing and socializing. The warmly decorated bar is in one of the city's most historic areas, a short walk northwest of historic Seville Square's lively restaurants and cafes, and right next to the famed Saenger Theatre. Page 38.

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No matter what time of year you visit Pensacola, the long-running (and recently remodeled) nightclub Emerald City is the premier gay bar. But this downtown dance club with an 18-over admission policy, extremely entertaining drag shows, and great music is especially fun during the famed Gay Memorial Day Weekend celebration that descends on Pensacola each year. Emerald City is the host venue for the weekend's top parties, and it also presents other cool parties all year, including Halloween. Page 39.

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Just a half-mile east of the city's most famous gay nightclub, Emerald City, and a block off of downtown's main east-west thoroughfare, U.S. 98, The Roundup bills itself Pensacola's gay neighborhood bar. But although it draws plenty of older locals, including a good many bears, leather men, and other cruise-y sorts, it's also very popular with the many tourists who come through the city all winter, and especially during the famed Pensacola Gay Memorial Day Weekend celebration each May. Page 40.

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One of the several lively and hip restaurants and clubs in downtown West Palm Beach's historic Clematis Street neighborhood, The Lounge is a sushi bar early in the evening the transforms into a gay dance club later at night. It's across the street from one of the most famous music clubs in South Florida, Respectable Street, which is also quite gay-friendly - it's not uncommon for patrons (gay and straight) to visit both spots. The Lounge has an attractive decor and a fun little patio, too. Page 65.

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One of the longer running clubs in Tampa, 2606 is one of the state's favorite gay leather hangouts and also one of the best men's cruising clubs, especially among the Levi's, bears, butch, and flannel set. The club, which is just north of downtown, offers a good mix of drink specials and theme nights throughout the week. Page 50.

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Baxter's is a low-keyed neighborhood bar in south Tampa, near historic Hyde Park and Bayshore Gardens, noted for its Sunday-night karaoke, Thursday amateur strip contests, and good-looking male strippers Wednesday through Saturday nights. It's a good spot for a drink before heading over to the bigger clubs in Ybor City. Page 60.

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Occupying what had been a rather drab cocktail lounge called Keith's, the Body Shop is a fun and friendly gay neighborhood bar in North Tampa - it's the first gay hangout you'll reach if you're driving into the city on I-75 and I-275, and it's easy to spot for its particularly distinctive facade: there's a 1970s white Cadillac sticking through the front of the building (the rear of the car sticks out of the building's side). Inside you'll find a friendly bunch of men and women of all ages. Page 51.

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The popular burger chain Hamburger Mary's, which has a tremendous following with the gay community at locales all over the country, has a particularly lively and attractive branch in the heart of Tampa's Ybor City. It's on the second level of the Centro Ybor, an open-air retail and dining center that's steps from several popular gay bars. Hamburger Mary's itself draws a mixed crowd, but the bar is quite popular with the GLBT set, especially at happy hour and late at night (it's open til 3). Page 56.

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A good-size dance club and show bar on the north side of Tampa, Valentine's is open nightly and is especially noted for its Saturday and Monday Latino nights - although there's a fairly strong Latino following most evenings. Valentine's also tends to draw a mix of men and women, depending on the night (especially Fridays, when there are both go-go girls and boys). On Sundays, the club hosts some of the top drag shows in central Florida. Hot dancers and variety of theme nights are a plus here. Page 61.

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An attractive, well-designed, and clean private gay men's club in Tampa's most historic neighborhood, Ybor Resort and Spa (1512 E. 8th Ave., 813-242-0900) is one of Florida's premier gay saunas and bathhouses, and following the closing of Club Tampa Baths, it's the only such facility in the Tampa Bay-St. Petersburg region. But beyond being a traditional - although unusually nice - bathhouse, Ybor Resort is also a gay hotel with very nice overnight accommodations and reasonable rates. Page 62.

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Jacksonville's definitive guys-who-cruise-guys bar, the bearish and leather-popular New Boot Rack Saloon is a couple of miles northwest of Riverside, just off of I-10 at the Cassatt Avenue exit. Attributes include a dark bar that's ideal for serious cruising, a good-size patio, and some of the best drink specials among the city's gay bars - especially worthwhile and well-attended is the Saturday Beer Bust, from 8 pm until midnight. Although it caters to a rugged bunch, it's welcoming of all guys. Page 29.

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Low-keyed and catering to a mostly local bunch of gay guys, plus a fair share of women and allied heteros, Park Place is in Riverside, just a few blocks from Historic Five Points. It's a good spot to drink attractively priced booze, and watch sports and videos on the monitors. Page 30.

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You may be a little surprised to find one of the largest, most consistently popular, and most impressive gay bars in Florida in the relatively small inland city of Gainesville, but the University Club is a bona fide nightlife star in this part of the world. The two-story gay complex is right in the heart of Gainesville's steadily gentrifying and hip downtown, withing walking distance of several excellent restaurants and a short drive or moderate walk east of University of Florida campus. Page 16.

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A mellow gay neighborhood bar on the north side of Gainesville, about 3 miles north of downtown and northeast of University of Florida campus, Wild Angels-Spikes caters more to older men, bears, leather daddies, and locals than the city's more collegiate-oriented gay nightspot, the University Club. The unassuming bar has occasional drag shows and is a reliable bet for inexpensive cocktails ad beer. It's also refreshingly free of attitude. Page 17.

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With an enviable location on Ocean Drive, just across the street from the 12th Street Gay Beach, the Palace Bar lures plenty of fun gay guys and lesbians (and everybody else, really) with its large patio overlooking the parade of bronzed bodies strolling to and from the beach. The Palace, whose slogan

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A fun, welcoming gay club in downtown Panama City, the Fiesta Room Lounge occupies a vintage redbrick building with tall windows, decorative ironwork, and a fantastic old neon sign - it feels a bit like something out of the New Orleans French Quarter. Inside is a colorful bar with drag shows many nights, friendly-priced drinks, and a mixed crowd of gay men, lesbians, and a fair number of straights. It's about a 30-minute drive from the area's other gay club, Splash Bar, in Panama City Beach. Page 36.

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Gay bars have come and gone in West Palm Beach and the surrounding county, and these days the GLBT nightlife options are down to just a few spots, but H.G. Roosters has been going strong since the early '80s and remains the most popular gay nightclub in the region. It's an attractively decorated spot just a short drive southwest of downtown, just off Exit 69 of I-95 and close to U.S. 1. Popular events include Monday bingo, male dancers on Friday and Sunday evenings, and karaoke on Wednesdays. Page 64.

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Panama City Beach may be best known as one of the world's top hetero spring break destinations, but it's also home to one of the more popular gay beach bars (it's actually across the street from the sea), Splash. This festive spot isn't big, but there's a good size dance floor inside and an expansive covered, tropical-themed patio that extends out back. Splash has male dancers on weekends, drag shows, and rocking spring break parties during the student season (late February through early April). Page 37.

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The dramatic - and immense - Gothic-inspired building in the heart of Ybor City known as The Castle has long had a strong kinship with Tampa's gay and lesbian community, having held a variety of weekly GLBT parties over the years. Currently, the night aimed specifically to gay patrons is Burn Sunday, but you'll almost always find that a portion of the crowd here is gay, especially on Thursday's Pop N Wave and Wednesday's '80s and Beyond nights. Page 52.

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A funky, friendly bar and grill in St. Petersburg's eclectic Grand Central District, Beak's is a homey tavern with a mixed gay-straight clientele, live (mostly acoustic) music many evenings, affordable and well-prepared pub fare, and a good mix of imported beers, wines by the glass, and tropical drinks (mojitos, caipirinhas, etc.). It's a fun stop for snacking and sipping before venturing out to some of the gay bars and clubs nearby. Page 41.

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Gemini Lounge has closed. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 44.

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One of the largest gay resorts in the country, the Flamingo is not only one of the best GLBT lodging options in St. Petersburg, it's a very fun place to party - whether you're a hotel guest or just dropping by to drink cocktails by the pool in the Cabana Bar, mingle in the Video Bar, dance and watch male strippers in the Blu Room, or attend one of the popular gay pool parties, Sunday T-Dances, or after-hours parties. In short, there's nearly always something interesting going on at the Flamingo. Page 43.

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The gay bar Detour, in St. Petersburg, has closed. Page 42.

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One of the quirkier gay nightspots in the eclectic and increasingly hip Grand Central District fringing historic Kenwood, the Lucky Star Lounge is easy to miss, if you're not paying attention - it's tucked behind an old-time-looking liquor store called Mr. Sun. Inside the dark, cozy bar with rows of blue-back-lit shelves of booze is a no-nonsense watering hole that appeals mostly to a locals crowd. It's sometimes a little quiet in here, sometimes quite lively. A good place to tank up and hobnob. Page 48.

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The Bottom Line gay club, Fort Myers, Florida. Page 14.

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About 50 miles east of Orlando along central Florida's Atlantic coast, the small city of Cocoa is home to that region's one gay bars, Ultra Lounge, a casual neighborhood hangout with light food, coffee, and a good selection of beers and wines. It's along a strip of restaurants and boutiques just south of Hwy. 520, which becomes the West Merritt Island Causeway and connects the town of Cocoa to Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral, and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Page 2.

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Clubhouse II bathhouse in Fort Lauderdale. Page 6.

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A fixture of downtown Clearwater since 1976, the convivial and extremely friendly Pro Shop Pub is also the only gay bar in the vicinity - it's just east of the attractive Cleveland Street retail and dining district, and a relatively short drive from the resorts and hotels of Clearwater Beach. The Pro Shop Pub is a no-attitude, mostly guys-oriented spot with a tree-shaded patio and a very popular happy hour held throughout the afternoon and early evening.

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Set along a drab stretch of 4th Street a few miles north of downtown St. Petersburg, and close to the bridges to Tampa and St. Pete airport, the Hideaway has been serving the region's lesbian community since the late 1960s - it claims to be the oldest lesbian bar in the United States. This low-keyed, friendly spot that shares a parking lot with the guys-oriented Haymarket Pub and has live music some nights, inexpensive drinks, pool tables, dancing, and good music. Page 47.

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An old-school dive in northern St. Petersburg, the Haymarket Pub is relatively close to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport as well as the bridges across the bay into Tampa, making it a convenient spot for a cocktail if you're up in this part of the city. Drinks are cheap at this locals joint that's next door to The Hideaway, which bills itself the oldest lesbian bar in the United States. Page 46.

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In the heart of Dunedin's hip little downtown corridor along Main Street, the complex that comprises Kelly's Restaurant, the Chic a Boom Room, and Blur Nightclub is the northernmost gay nightlife destination in the St. Petersburg region - it's close to Clearwater, and not too far a drive from downtown Tampa, either. Blur is the dance club, with DJs on weekends, live-music shows, and drag revues (plus

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Tubby's, a friendly gay bar in Fort Myers, Florida. Page 15.

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A bear-favored neighborhood bar in the city's Holiday Park area (just off East Sunrise Boulevard), the warm-and-fuzzy Cubby Hole draws a decidedly butch and ornery (and horny) bunch of guys - mostly in their 40s, 50s, and 60s - for late-night cruising, inexpensive drink specials, cheap pool tables, and Monday night underwear parties. The eclectic juke box is plenty of fun - even helps attract some non-bears who simply enjoy the laid-back vibe and great music. Page 7.

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A mixed-age gay neighborhood hangout in a semi-industrial section of Fort Lauderdale near Holiday Park, Mona's pulls in a mostly local bunch of guys (and some women) for cheap happy hour specials, shooting pool, singing karaoke, and relaxing. It's a pretty run-of-the-mill gay hangout, its large patio being its most notable attribute. Page 10.

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Tropics has been a favorite gay brunch spot, piano cabaret, and old-school restaurant in Wilton Manors for several years, and since Chardees closed and became Bill's Filling Station, it's developed even greater cachet is greater Fort Lauderdale's favorite GLBT hangout among the over-50 set. The weekend brunch buffet is a long-standing tradition, and at dinner you can count on reliably good American fare. Fans of live piano shows and sing-alongs flock to this nicely decorated spot nightly. Page 13.

Club Fort Lauderdale Bathhouse
Club Fort Lauderdale gay bathhouse. Page 16.

Hi-Life Cafe - closed
Hi-Life Cafe has closed. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 24.

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Just a short drive south of the main gay-nightlife action in Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale's super-butch, totally cruisy Ramrod Bar is a bit less about leather these days than it might have been back in the day, but it still draws plenty of rugged, buffed guys not only in leather gear but uniforms, Levi's and black t-shirts, and other such gear. The crowd ranges anywhere from bearish to rock-hard-pecs, from college- to post-retirement age. But the median group in here is about 35 to 50. Page 11.

Zoo Two Wilton Manors closed
Zoo Two Wilton Manors closed. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 25.

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Las Olas Boulevard is lined with impressive restaurants, and Mangos has held its own among them for many years, serving up both tasty and reasonably priced American food and engaging live jazz, Latin, and pop tunes. The long menu includes a little of everything, from sandwiches and wraps (the grilled mahimahi is excellent) to more substantial entrees, from seafood lasagna to whole fried rainbow trout with a sweet-pepper cream sauce. This is also a popular place for cocktails or desserts. Page 17.

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Situated overlooking the ocean and adjacent to Fort Lauderdale's biggest concentration of gay-exclusive resorts, the snazzy Atlantic Hotel rises high above the surf and has 124 rooms and 54 suites with balconies. Page 6.

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Fort Lauderdale is noted for its dozens of canals, laced with upscale homes and moored pleasure boats. The part of the city with the greatest concentration of canals lies between the coastal barrier beaches and Intracoastal waterway and the mainland. Pictured here is an attractive section of town known as Nurmi Isles (the perspective here is facing west toward downtown, with Las Olas Boulevard on the left, from a canal bridge over the Rio de Las Olas).

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For late-night post-clubbing noshes, addictively good biscuits and gravy, reliably colorful people-watching, and a handy location along bustling Las Olas Boulevard, you can't beat the Floridian. This easy-going 'round-the-clock diner staffed with chatty waitresses who call ya

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In western Fort Lauderdale just southwest of Wilton Manors, the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of South Florida has been a fixture in the community for more than 15 years. It's an excellent resource for learning about organizations and social groups serving the GLBT community in metro Fort Lauderdale, and it also hosts a number of events, provides health and referral services, and helps promote awareness on behalf of the community throughout South Florida. Page 3.

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Located at what might just be the world's gayest strip mall, the Shoppes of Wilton Manors, Java Boys is a cozy little coffeehouse and tearoom that's pretty much always filled with local gays and lesbians - in fact, on many afternoons it's as cruisy in here as it is a few storefronts away at Georgie's Alibi bar. There's plenty of room to kick back and lounge away the afternoon, and free WiFi is available. Page 5.

New Moon Fort Lauderdale Closed
New Moon Bar in Wilton Manors has closed. Page 22.

Former Royal Palms Resort
Exterior of former Royal Palms Resort. Page 23.

Royal Palms Resort Closed - now Hotel Lush Royale
Royal Palms Resort, now Hotel Lush Royale. Page 21.

Club Boom Wilton Manors closed
Boom gay bar, Wilton Manor, Florida, closed. Page 20.

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Clubhouse II, the smaller gay bathhouse in Fort Lauderdale. Page 18.

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Tropics has been a favorite gay brunch spot, piano cabaret, and old-school restaurant in Wilton Manors for several years, and since Chardees closed and became Bill's Filling Station, it's developed even greater cachet is greater Fort Lauderdale's favorite GLBT hangout among the over-50 set. The weekend brunch buffet is a long-standing tradition, and at dinner you can count on reliably good American fare. Fans of live piano shows and sing-alongs flock to this nicely decorated spot nightly. Page 8.

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The critically esteemed and locally beloved Broward Center for the Performing Arts is one of South Florida's cultural icons as well as a fixture in Fort Lauderdale's energetic downtown. With superb acoustics and a high-tech sound and light system, the Broward Center hosts national touring musicals, major music acts, and acclaimed dance performances. It's also been a focal point of Fort Lauderdale's downtown renaissance. Page 7.

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Openly gay swimming and diving legends Greg Louganis and Mark Tewksbury are among the inductees whose aquatic sports careers are celebrated at the International Swimming Hall of Fame, a popular attraction near the beach, just a few blocks south of Las Olas Boulevard's junction with Highway A1A. Exhibits here discuss the history of aquatic sports and the careers of the world's most acclaimed divers and swimmers. Page 4.

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The Manor, a trendy and fun, mixed gay-straight dining and clubbing complex in the heart of Wilton Manors. Page 19.

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In the same Shoppes of Wilton Manors strip mall as Georgie's Alibi gay bar and Java Boys coffeehouse, Gay Mart carries a fairly typical array of Pride items, gifts, trendy if fairly predictable swimwear, underwear, and club gear, and so on. Page 9.

Alibi Wilton Manors
Alibi gay bar, Wilton Manors. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 2.

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With a great location in Wilton Manors, Stork's Cafe & Bakery is a favorite gay hangout, coffeehouse, breakfast spot, dessert purveyor, and sandwich shop for the GLBT bunch in Wilton Manors - pictured here is the dessert case filled with delicious cakes and treats. There's indoor and outdoor seating and great people-watching. Stork's also has a branch in Davie, Florida. Page 12.

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Not only is Galanga Thai Kitchen & Sushi Bar among the more stylish and gay-popular restaurants in the Fort Lauderdale area, it's a stellar choice for creatively prepared, deftly seasoned Asian fare. This swanky spot in the heart of Wilton Manors, with a large fish tank in the dining room and large-scale artwork and artifacts hung throughout, is a trendy pre-clubbing spot - several notable gay clubs are within walking distance. Page 13.

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A bear-favored neighborhood bar in the city's Holiday Park area (just off East Sunrise Boulevard), the warm-and-fuzzy Cubby Hole draws a decidedly butch and ornery (and horny) bunch of guys - mostly in their 40s, 50s, and 60s - for late-night cruising, inexpensive drink specials, cheap pool tables, and Monday night underwear parties. The eclectic juke box is plenty of fun - even helps attract some non-bears who simply enjoy the laid-back vibe and great music. Page 15.