Gay & Lesbian Travel Sitemap - Page 5 2014-09-19

Out in Alaska Tours - Gay-Friendly Denali Tours - Gay-Friendly Alaska Cruises - Gay-Friendly Juneau Trips - Gay Camping Alaska - Alaska Kayaking
An article about the gay-owned, custom tour operator Out in Alaska, which is based in Fairbanks and offers personal, upscale expeditions throughout Alaska to a mostly GLBT clientele, and with a focus on adventure, the outdoors, wildlife viewing, and gaining a personal sense of what's often dubbed America's Last Frontier. Page 2.

Lime Lounge San Francisco - Lime Lounge closed
Lime Lounge has closed. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 71.

Trigger San Francisco - Trigger Gay Bar closed
Trigger has closed - the space now holds the gay bar Beaux. Page 81.

Churchill San Francisco - SF Churchill Bar - Churchill Cocktail Lounge
The trendy Churchill bar, which opened in 2011 and is known for its superb cocktails. Page 19.

Bar on Castro closed
Bar on Castro has closed - it was in the space now occupied by Q Bar. Page 42.

Lime Lounge Gay Bar - Lime Lounge Closed
Lime Lounge has closed. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 27.

Bagdad Cafe San Francisco - Bagdad Cafe Closed
The long-running Bagdad Cafe closed in 2011. Page 39.

San Francisco Gay Guide - Castro Gay Guide - Mission Gay Guide -
A Gay Guide and Photo Gallery to San Francisco, including the Castro and Mission neighborhoods.

San Francisco Gay Guide - Castro Gay Guide - Mission Gay Guide -
A Gay Guide and Photo Gallery to San Francisco, including the Castro and Mission neighborhoods.

Trigger San Francisco - Trigger Gay Bar closed
Trigger has closed. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 38.

San Francisco Gay Guide - Castro Gay Guide - Mission Gay Guide -
A Gay Guide and Photo Gallery to San Francisco, including the Castro and Mission neighborhoods.

San Francisco Gay Guide - Castro Gay Guide - Mission Gay Guide -
A Gay Guide and Photo Gallery to San Francisco, including the Castro and Mission neighborhoods.

South Carolina is so Gay...Not!
Tourism officials in South Carolina are red-faced over their apparently inadvertent - or at least ill-considered - participation in a London ad campaign that

Exploring the Scene in Gay Sacramento
With spring turning California ever greener, it's a great time to plan a trip to one of the many gay-friendly destinations within a three-hour drive of San

What Are the World's Best Gay Beach Destinations?
With winter fast approaching, a lot of you may be thinking about great places to plan tropical beach vacations in the coming months. There are, of course,

Gay Tasmania - Australia's Emerging GLBT Destination
It wasn't long ago that the Australian island of Tasmania, which lies about 150 miles south of the mainland and is roughly the size of West Virginia, ranked

The Lords Hotel Brings the Gay Resort Experience to Miami Beach
With numerous gay resorts in Fort Lauderdale and Key West, the southern tip of Florida has long been one of the world's tried-and-true GLBT vacation hubs,

Lots of California Pride Fests Still Ahead this Summer
With gay marriages having resumed throughout California following last week's SCOTUS rulings, San Francisco was among the state's cities to experience an

Door County, Wisconsin Announces Inaugural "Commit with Pride" Weekend
Situated on a scenic northeastern Wisconsin peninsula that juts into Lake Michigan, Door County is one of the Upper Midwest's most charming and sophisticated

Sin City Gears up for Major GLBT Celebrations (and Pride) Sept. 3 to 9
It's always fascinating to watch the steady, dramatic evolution of the resort and hospitality scene in Las Vegas - this was even true during the economic

Gay Beach Vacations in Spain: Barcelona, Sitges, Ibiza, and Torremolinos
A lovely country in so many regards, Spain continues to grow in popularity one of Europe's leading gay destinations, earning particular kudos among beach-goers.

Whistler Gay Guide - Whistler Photo Gallery - Whistler Gay Scene - Gay-Friendly Whistler Hotels - Gay Ski Resorts - Whistler Blackcomb Pictures
Host of most of the sporting events during the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler is Canada's premier ski resort and an increasingly popular destination in summer, too. The well-planned, contemporary village lies in the shadows of Blackcomb and Whistler mountains, which together make up North America's largest ski area. It's home to the thriving Whistler WinterPride gay and lesbian ski week, but GLBT visitors will find a welcoming environment any time of year. Here's a gallery of Whistler sights.

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Host of most of the sporting events during the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler is Canada's premier ski resort and an increasingly popular destination in summer, too. The well-planned, contemporary village lies in the shadows of Blackcomb and Whistler mountains, which together make up North America's largest ski area. It's home to the thriving Whistler WinterPride gay and lesbian ski week, but GLBT visitors will find a welcoming environment any time of year. Here's a gallery of Whistler sights.

2012 Gay Film Festivals - 2012 Opera Festivals - 2013 Theater Festivals - Gay Theater - Fringe Festivals - Gay Music Festivals
2012/2013 Gay arts events and festivals around the world, including opera festivals, theater festivals, film festivals, music festivals, fringe festivals, and other cultural events.

Steamworks Chicago - Steamworks gay bathhouse - Chicago gay bath houses - Steamworks Halsted Street - cruising for sex in Chicago - gay gyms Halsted
Part of a franchise of well-regarded, well-kept bathhouses with branches in Berkeley, Seattle, and Toronto, Steamworks Chicago has a handy location along Halsted Street, steps from more than a dozen gay bars in the neighborhood. This helps account for the facility's staggering popularity late on weekend evenings, after most clubs let out, and when plenty of cruisy guys on the make are still out in search of company for the night. Page 51.

Steamworks Berkeley - Gay San Francisco Bathhouses - Berkeley Steamworks Bathhouse - Watergarden San Jose - San Francisco Sex Clubs - Eros Sex Club
The popular Steamworks Berkeley is one of two gay bathhouses in the San Francisco Bay Area, the other being the Watergarden in the South Bay city of San Jose. Set in a semi-industrial but very safe and convenient neighborhood just off I-80, this clean and well-kept facility occupies a huge former warehouse and is outfitted with all the usual features you'd expect: gym, large hot tub, gay porn lounges, a maze of hallways, private rooms of different sizes, and lockers. Page 2.

Washington Gay Bars - Oregon Gay Bars - Idaho Gay Bars - Alaska Gay Bars - Spokane Gay Bars - Seattle Gay Bars - Portland Gay Bars - Boise Gay Bars
Photos of gay bars, nightclubs, lounges, cabarets, and other nightlife options in the Northwest, including Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington

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Portland's longest-running gay bathhouse is an attractive, modern, and clean facility with a handy location just off I-84, a short drive from downtown. Here's a review, along with information on the city's newer bathhouse and sex club, Hawks. Page 4.

Indianapolis Gay Bathhouses - Indianapolis Gay Club - Club Indianapolis Sex Club - Indianapolis Gay Sauna - Club Indianapolis Capitol Avenue
Part of the extensive chain of gay bathhouses throughout the United States, Club Indianapolis lies just on the northern edge of downtown, not terribly far from some of the city's more popular gay bars. Like other

Dallas Gay Travel - Dallas Gay Guide - Gay Dallas Travel - Gay Dallas Photo Gallery - Best Gay Clubs Dallas - Lesbian Dallas Guide - Best Dallas Bars
Modern, sophisticated, and somewhat sprawling, the city of Dallas is looking better than ever these days, with swank new hotel, retail, and entertainment developments, one of the most energetic gay nightlife scenes in the country, and an infusion of noteworthy cultural attractions. Attractions span several lively neighborhoods around the city, from gay-popular Oak Lawn to ritzy Highland Park Village to the funky Bishop Arts District. Here's a gallery of the Gay Dallas scene.

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Modern, sophisticated, and somewhat sprawling, the city of Dallas is looking better than ever these days, with swank new hotel, retail, and entertainment developments, one of the most energetic gay nightlife scenes in the country, and an infusion of noteworthy cultural attractions. Attractions span several lively neighborhoods around the city, from gay-popular Oak Lawn to ritzy Highland Park Village to the funky Bishop Arts District. Here's a gallery of the Gay Dallas scene.

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Modern, sophisticated, and somewhat sprawling, the city of Dallas is looking better than ever these days, with swank new hotel, retail, and entertainment developments, one of the most energetic gay nightlife scenes in the country, and an infusion of noteworthy cultural attractions. Attractions span several lively neighborhoods around the city, from gay-popular Oak Lawn to ritzy Highland Park Village to the funky Bishop Arts District. Here's a gallery of the Gay Dallas scene.

Canada Gay Bars - Vancouver Gay Bars - Victoria Gay Bars - Montreal Gay Bars - Toronto Gay Bars - Quebec Gay Bars - Winnipeg Gay Bars - Halifax Bars
Photos of gay bars, nightclubs, lounges, cabarets, and other nightlife options in Canada.

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A look at Quebec City's most popular gay and lesbian nightclub, Le Drague. Page 4.

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As Boston is without any sex clubs or bathhouses, New England's top city for cruising and late-night fun is Providence, Rhode Island - it's home to a pair of gay bathhouses, Mega-Plex (pictured here) and Club Body Center. Providence is just an hour's drive south of Boston, so it tends to lure plenty of guys from there as well as in nearby cities like Hartford, Worcester, and even Cape Cod. Mega-Plex is the largest and most popular of the two, drawing a lively crowd around the clock. Page 12.

Boulder Gay Bars - PropGay Boulder
Boulder's PropGay is no longer in operation. Page 3.

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It's dive-y, cruise-y, slightly raunchy, and plenty of fun: BoyzTown is a highly popular part of the gruff but lovable South Broadway gay scene, a neighbor of such standbys as The Compound/Basix and BJ's Carousel. Part of the excitement (or, at the very least, amusement) is that BoyzTown employs a sizable stable of gregarious strippers and go-go boys, who perform each evening to the delight of sauced and saucy patrons. As gay strip bars go, the crowd is remarkably age-diverse and friendly. Page 4.

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Part of a franchise of gay country-western bars with additional branches in Chicago, Phoenix, and Las Vegas, Charlie's Denver opened in 1981 on the site of what is now Ms. C's lesbian bar, and has been at its current location since 1989. Home bar of the Colorado Gay Rodeo Association and a great place for country-line dancing and two-stepping, Charlie's also has a standard disco (Club Charlie's) playing current techno, hip-hop, and dance tunes. Page 8.

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A favorite gay hangout for more than a decade, the Denver Compound/Basix bar is a fixture along South Broadway, with its several GBLT nightspots and businesses. The bar draws a mostly male, fairly cruisy bunch of all ages and styles, from collegiate twinks to gruff leather-and-Levi's types. It's especially popular on Sunday afternoons, when the $5 beer busts draw big crowds. Page 10.

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Although it's woefully far from downtown (about 5 miles east via ticky-tacky, slow-as-molasses Colfax Avenue), Ms C's deserves kudos as a low-frills, no-nonsense lesbian bar (and a bit of a dive) that has managed to remain popular for decades. It draws a mostly lesbian crowd (in fact, men - gay or otherwise - tend to be very much the exception). There's a nice big patio, super-cheap drinks, a rocking juke box, and the usual bar games (pool, darts, and such). Page 12.

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Quincy Bar, a gay-friendly lounge in the heart of downtown Grand Junction, Colorado. Page 7.

Tracks Denver - Denver Gay Discos - Tracks Dance Club - Tracks Gay Club - Denver Gay Nightlife - Denver 18-and-over Nights - Tracks Walnut Street
The definitive Denver gay dance club, Tracks is a huge, eclectic, and enormously fun spot in an industrial area northeast of downtown (it's safe, but a bit of a haul - best to take a cab or drive there). The club is open every Thursday (18-and-over), the first Friday of each month for the city's hottest lesbian party, and every Saturday, when revelers of all types pile in for pulsing music in two different dance areas (one current stuff, the other more retro). Page 6.

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Ever since Club JAM opened in the Marmalade District, just northwest of downtown and the Utah Capitol building, this attractive, clean, and smoke-free gay nightclub with a spacious patio has enjoyed a terrific following. With a full liquor license, a good selection of microbrews and wines, and very good food, this modern nightclub draws a good cross-section of SLC gay guys. Popular weekly events include the Sunday afternoon beer bust and barbecue, Tuesday college nights, Wednesday karaoke. Page 2.

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Note: MoDiggity's has closed. One of two lesbian bars in Salt Lake City (the other being Paper Moon Nightclub), MoDiggity's is in a drab strip mall on the south side of the city, about a 10-minute drive southwest of the hip Sugar House neighborhood. This no-attitude, easygoing women's sports bar airs games (and movies) on TV screens, and has dancing on weekends, karaoke on Wednesdays, and Texas Hold 'Em poker nights on Tuesdays. Page 18.

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Although downtown Salt Lake's Radio City Lounge closed in August 2009, it's worth commemorating this venerable, if quirky, gay neighborhood bar that opened its doors in 1948. It had been known as the oldest gay bar west of the Mississippi at the time of its sad demise. Page 16.

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Elevation Restaurant & Bar, a gay-friendly nightlife option in Aspen, Colorado. Page 9.

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Not to be confused with the defunct Trapp Door, which is just around the corner, The Trapp is what remains of the formerly significant gay scene that used to thrive in Salt Lake City's Warehouse District, west of downtown. This rollicking and friendly neighborhood hangout has stood the test of time, as several others have closed over the years, and the city's gay nightlife scene has spread geographically in all directions. The Trapp is known for its juke box of country-western standards. Page 13.

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Popular with all ages and styles, centrally located Club Try-Angles is on the southwestern edge of downtown. The large dance club offers a little something for all kinds: pool tables, dancing to DJs on weekends, an expansive patio, free WiFi, Sunday barbecues during the warmer months, and $1 drafts on Tuesday nights. As is common in SLC, Try-Angles functions as a private club (guests from outside the area can visit by paying a fee for a temporary membership). Page 5.

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NOTE: The Trapp Door closed in 2009. Salt Lake City only has a handful of gay bars, but what it lacks in sheer number it makes up for in energy and friendliness. Arguably the hottest hangout among the bunch is the Trapp Door (615 West 100 South, 801-533-0173), a decent-size disco with an also sizable side patio in the city's Warehouse District, just west of downtown. Page 17.

Hamburger Mary's Denver - Hamburger Mary's 17th Avenue - Gay Restaurants Denver - Gay-Friendly Dining Denver - Denver Gay Happy Hours - Mary's Denver
The Mile High City branch of the campy and gay-popular restaurant chain Hamburger Mary's is set along East 17th Avenue, nearly across the street from one of Denver's most popular gay bars, JR's. This popular spot whose floor-to-ceiling windows open fully in warm weather is noted for its cheery happy hours, great cocktail specials, festive Sunday brunch, dishy servers (and patrons, for that matter), and extensive menu of burgers, sandwiches, salads, and finger foods. Page 15.

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The largest gay club in Colorado Springs, and one of the largest in the state, The Underground occupies a historic building in the center of downtown and really comprises three distinct spaces in one. The main floor houses a friendly, laid-back bar with pool tables, darts, and games. A flight of stairs leads down to the impressive nightclub area, with a large dance floor and a first-rate sound system. And finally there's a rooftop bar and patio with great views of downtown. Page 3.

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For more than 30 years, LoDo's convivial and gay-popular Wazee Supper Club has been pleasing hungry diners as well as being a lively space for cocktails and socializing. It's located inside a dramatic 1910 warehouse, just around the corner from the famed Tattered Cover Bookstore. The menu is casual and affordable - exceptionally good pizzas, plus hefty burgers, grilled smoked-turkey melts, blackened-salmon salad, and the like. Page 14.

Salt Lake City Gay Bars - Denver Gay Bars - Utah Gay Bars - Montana Gay Bars - Wyoming Gay Bars - Rockies Gay Bars - Colorado Gay Bars -
A guide and gallery to gay nightlife in Denver, Salt Lake City, and elsewhere in the Rockies, including Colorado, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming

Echo Point Blue Mountains Australia - Echo Point Photos - Katoomba Blue Mountains Hiking - Jamison Valley Photos - Katoomba Blue Mountains Hikes
For one of the most expansive southerly views of the Blue Mountains, and specifically the Jamison Valley, head to Echo Point in Katoomba. This large, stepped viewing platform affords unobstructed vistas of the entire area, including the famed Three Sisters rock formation (which you can see the very edge of here, on the left side of this photo). There's a visitor center and gift shop here as well as the trailhead for the Giant Staircase hiking trail, which threads through the Three Sisters. Page 5.

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A preview of the 2014 Gay Games, which take place in Cleveland, Ohio, in August 2014

Baltimore Gay Guide - Baltimore Gay Scene - Baltimore Best Gay Bars - Gay Baltimore Photo Gallery - Baltimore Maryland Photos - Best Restaurants
Friendly and unpretentious Baltimore is one of the East Coast's most resurgent cities. A largely working-class metropolis that's an easy drive from Washington, DC and Philadelphia as well as Delware's gay-popular Rehoboth Beach, Baltimore is anchored by a handsomely revitalized Inner Harbor. Fan out and you'll discover a number of neighborhoods with distinctive cafes, bars, and shops, many with gay cachet. Gay filmmaker John Water set most of his campy movies in and around the city.

Baltimore Gay Guide - Baltimore Gay Scene - Baltimore Best Gay Bars - Gay Baltimore Photo Gallery - Baltimore Maryland Photos - Best Restaurants
Friendly and unpretentious Baltimore is one of the East Coast's most resurgent cities. A largely working-class metropolis that's an easy drive from Washington, DC and Philadelphia as well as Delware's gay-popular Rehoboth Beach, Baltimore is anchored by a handsomely revitalized Inner Harbor. Fan out and you'll discover a number of neighborhoods with distinctive cafes, bars, and shops, many with gay cachet. Gay filmmaker John Water set most of his campy movies in and around the city.

Kansas City Gay Guide - Gay Kansas City Travel - Kansas City Gay Nightlife - Best KC Gay Bars - Kansas City Photo Gallery - Gay Guide to Kansas City
Bustling if somewhat sprawling Kansas City is one of the country's more underrated destinations on a number of fronts: culture, dining, shopping, architecture, and - unquestionably - gay travel. It's laid-back and unassuming vibe, a place where locals respect and accept one another's differences. And it's where GLBT folks who've grown up in the more conservative surrounding region often gravitate. Take a look at some of the city's many cool and gay-friendly eateries, shops, bars, and hotels.

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Bustling if somewhat sprawling Kansas City is one of the country's more underrated destinations on a number of fronts: culture, dining, shopping, architecture, and - unquestionably - gay travel. It's laid-back and unassuming vibe, a place where locals respect and accept one another's differences. And it's where GLBT folks who've grown up in the more conservative surrounding region often gravitate. Take a look at some of the city's many cool and gay-friendly eateries, shops, bars, and hotels.

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Bustling if somewhat sprawling Kansas City is one of the country's more underrated destinations on a number of fronts: culture, dining, shopping, architecture, and - unquestionably - gay travel. It's laid-back and unassuming vibe, a place where locals respect and accept one another's differences. And it's where GLBT folks who've grown up in the more conservative surrounding region often gravitate. Take a look at some of the city's many cool and gay-friendly eateries, shops, bars, and hotels.

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Since the mid-1990s, the rough-and-ready Tool Shed has been the premier leather-and-Levi's bar in Palm Springs - it's on a side street on the south side of downtown, on the edge of the Warm Sands gay resort district. Open from morning until 2 am, the Tool Shed doles out cheap and potent drinks, hosts an Erotic Art Expo each February, and awards a Mr. Tool Shed Leather prize each year. Page 32.

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The definitive gay happy hour scene (from 5 to 7:30 most nights - it begins a bit earlier on weekends), Wang's in the Desert is also one of Palm Springs's hot spots for contemporary Pan-Asian food. The restaurant is stylish and festive, and the sidebar, which hosts the happy hour celebrations, is a fun venue for colorful cocktails and mingling with locals and tourists - it keeps pretty busy well into the evening. Wang's is just around the corner from the gay bars along Arenas Road. Page 34.

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Toucans is the first gay bar in Palm Springs you'll come to if approaching the city from the north (which most visitors do, via the I-10 freeway to Hwy. 111), so it's the perfect spot in which to warm up and get your bearings. But this loosely tropics-themed bar and dance club, officially called Toucans Tiki Lounge, is also one of the top gay hangouts in the desert region, catering to a primarily male, all-ages crowd. It's across the street from the trendy bar-restaurant Dink's. Page 33.

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The laid-back Streetbar is a mostly guys-oriented gay neighborhood hangout, drawing generally a 40-and-over crowd. It's a popular stop on the Arenas Road gay bar circuit and is known for karaoke, cheap happy hours, and dishy drag shows. Page 31.

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One of the hotspots in the Palm Springs East Arenas Road gay nightlife district, Spurline is a friendly guys' bar drawing a mostly 30-and-up crowd of guys into karaoke, videos, drag shows, and dancing. The crowd varies a bit depending on the night, with sometimes a bit more of a younger crowd, and other times a mix of women and men. It's a fun place on weekends. Page 30.

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A low-keyed and friendly neighborhood bar that's part of the Arenas Road gay-bar strip, Score is a good spot for grabbing a drink before venturing out to some of the bigger and bolder spots in the area, such as Hunter's and SpurLine. Page 29.

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It makes perfect sense that the renowned gay restaurant chain, Hamburger Mary's, is one of the favored hangouts for both food and cocktails in Palm Springs. This festive, campy spot in the heart of downtown PS specializes in affordable American chow as well as cocktails - it's especially popular during happy hour, from 3 until 7 pm daily. Page 27.

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On the second floor of the convivial Mexican and tapas restaurant Azul, you'll find the Palm Springs outpost of Georgie's Alibi - long known among Floridians for its locales in St. Petersburg and Fort Lauderdale (technically in the community of Wilton Manors). This spacious, upbeat spot is part video bar, part sports bar, and an excellent place for cocktails and people-watching early in the evening, as the balcony setting overlooks bustling Palm Canyon Drive below and the mountains to the west. Page 26.

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An expansive, decidedly glamorous restaurant and supper-club-style lounge on the north side of Palm Springs, Dink's Restaurant & Ultra Lounge caters to a mixed gay-straight crowd. Just across the street from the popular gay bar Toucans, Dink's has an extensive list of wines, beers, and nicely mixed cocktails; drag shows, cabaret, and live bands; a large outdoor section with VIP cabanas (think bottle service and private parties), and one of the snazziest lounges in the city. Page 25.

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Formerly Club W, the friendly gay neighborhood bar known as Digs is a casual little hangout in Cathedral City, about a 10- to 15-minute drive from Palm Springs. It's a good bet for drinks if you're staying at one of the few gay resorts in the area or coming from nearby Rancho Mirage. Digs Bar has a pool table, Wii games, country-western tunes, and free barbecues on Friday and Sunday afternoons. Page 5.

Blame It on Midnight Palm Springs - Closed
Blame It on Midnight has closed. Page 24.

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Does Palm Springs have Gay Bathhouses and Saunas? Not exactly - you will find that many of the city's gay, clothing-optional men's resorts permit (or at least turn a blind eye to) sexual activity around the grounds. But in nearby Cathedral City, where laws and zoning are considered more lax, you will find the region's closest thing to a gay sex club, The Barracks, which is a cruising-encouraged fetish and leather bar and hangout will a hugely popular following. Page 4.

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The old Denny's on East Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs is now a hip, gay-popular restaurants and lounge called King's Highway & The Amigo Room - that's just part of the good vibe that resulted when the retro-hip Ace Hotel opened in this desert playground. The restaurant here, off of which the hotel lobby is located, serves tasty mod interpretations of classic American comfort chow, and in the Amigo Room you can sip colorful cocktails, like the King's Margarita with fresh lime. Page 23.

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Known for many years as Daddy's, 440 Castro has for years been a stalwart among gay neighborhood bars in the Castro. Back in the day, it drew a predominantly leather-and-Levi's crowd, and it's still definitely a go-to if this is your scene. But 440 has steadily broadened its reach in recent years, and on any given night you're liable to find all kinds here, from buffed gym dudes to rugged bears. One thing you can count on is a cruisy vibe, especially on Monday Underwear Nights. Page 58.

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Part of the new wave of more eclectic and sophisticated gay hangouts that have steadily been gaining in prevalence and popularity in the Castro, the dapper and convivial Blackbird Bar is along the hip Church Street corridor (right at the intersection with Market Street). Inside what was for many years the Expansion Bar you'll find handsome space filled with a mixed crowd of gays and straights, hipsters and wine lovers, and generally friendly and stylish sorts. Cocktails here are simply stellar. Page 60.

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Amid the countless gay bars and taverns around the famed intersection of Castro and 18th streets, Blush is a bit of a departure. This low-keyed, intimate wine bar and small-plates restaurant sofas and small wood tables is a great spot to sample wines by the bottle or glass (there are roughly 50 varieties by the pour) and snack on well-prepared tapas and light cuisine. The crowd is mixed, but given the location, you can well-expect a good many gays and lesbians sipping and noshing here each night. Page 61.

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With its four bars, lushly landscaped patio, huge dance floor, rocking sound system, and expansive layout, it's easy to see why gay and lesbian locals love Badlands Dance Club, and why visitors are often surprised to find such a stellar gay bar in Sacramento. Indeed, California's capital city only has about a half-dozen gay nightspots, but they're all quite appealing, and Badlands is the standout among them, in the heart of the gay-popular Midtown neighborhood known as

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It might just be the best all-around gay bar in San Diego, and yet the loosely French Quarter-themed Bourbon Street nightclub isn't in Hillcrest and doesn't generally draw big crowds to its dance floor. So what's so fun about this place? First, Bourbon Street has a friendly, welcoming staff and attitude, which tends to rub off on the diverse clientele. It's somewhat more of a guys hangout most nights, and it can get mighty cruisy when go-go dancers perform, but women are quite welcome. Page 39.

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The longest-running gay bar in San Diego, the Brass Rail deserves credit for always finding new ways to reinvent itself for the current times. This Hillcrest landmark has undergone a natty makeover, complete with a refurbishment of the bars vintage chandelier. Popularity varies according to the night, with the weekly Manic Monday parties (80-cent drinks!), Wednesday women's nights, and '80s Friday all a big hit. Additionally, on pretty much any afternoon, there's usually a crowd of regulars. Page 42.

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A hip, Pan-Asian restaurant with a beautifully landscaped outdoor dining area and exclusive cabanas, Lei Lounge is situated a few steps from the popular University Heights gay bar Bourbon Street. This scene-y often packed restaurant and lounge has also developed quite a following with GLBT San Diegans, from the sunny weekend brunches to early evening cocktails and dinner right until last call at 2 in the morning. Page 47.

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For many years, Rich's in Hillcrest has been San Diego's definitive gay warehouse-style disco, a good-sized space with an industrial, circuit-style vibe and music supplied by some of Southern California's most illustrious DJs. This is the place to cut loose, admire the shirtless boys and dancers (and women on Thursday's Touch Ladies Nights), and - as comes with the territory - prepare to pay a cover charger (usually nothing too steep, compared with other big dance clubs in California). Page 52.

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For many years the home to San Diego's branch of Hamburger Mary's and the gay country-western bar Kickers, Urban Mo's still has the same friendly vibe, casual dining scene, and highly popular entertainment as its predecessor. But Mo's is more eclectic, still with occasional country-western nights but also with Latin dance nights, drag revues, champagne brunches and Sunday T-Dances, and other festive happenings. Urban Mo's has a huge patio and a handy central location in Hillcrest. Page 56.

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A look at Churchill lounge, which opened in the former Bar on Church space (which before that was the Transfer Bar). Page 66.

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The Castro's atmospheric Cafe Du Nord, with its cool old mahogany bar and gracefully detailed woodwork and architectural accents, has been a hot spot for knocking back cocktails and watching cutting-edge local and national bands since the late '70s. Set along Market Street a short walk from the neighborhood's gay-nightlife hub, Cafe Du Nord and the Swedish American Hall are very fun places to see a show, and there's also a very good, affordable restaurant. The crowd is mostly scenesters, Page 63.

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A classic gay neighborhood bar that's part of pretty much any Castro bar crawl, the Edge is sort of a catch-all guys' hangout, tending to draw a somewhat older (30s, 40s, and 50s) bunch of local guys. The best qualities are stiff drinks, a fairly popular happy hour (and Sunday-afternoon crowd), and fun retro music. Page 67.

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Although there are no gay bathhouses within San Francisco city limits, per a 1984 court order that eliminated them, the city does have a couple of popular gay sex clubs, including Eros, which is on the edge of the Castro on Market Street - it's close to the Mission and Hayes Valley, by the busy Church Street Corridor. Eros has been going strong for many years and has the feel of a gay bathhouse, but without private rooms. There is a sauna, showers, steam rooms, and professional massage available. Page 68.

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The Mission has morphed into an eclectic, if self-consciously hip neighborhood in recent times, but for many years it was San Francisco's prime Latino neighborhood. It was during these years that Esta Noche opened, and it has remained the Bay Area's favorite gay Latino dance club ever since - a place where the bumping and grinding can get mightly intense on certain evenings. The drag shows on Friday and Saturday nights are among the dishiest in the city. Page 69.

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Named for the legendary, late gay activist Harvey Milk, the quintessential gay brunch restaurant Harvey's - which opened in 1996 on the site of the old Elephant Bar (which has burned in a fire several years earlier) - is also one of the most popular queer bars in the Castro. Whether for evening cocktails or dinner, or to partake of the delicious brunch (served until 3 pm daily), Harvey's is a must-see for gay visitors. Inside the warmly decorated space are many photos of Harvey Milk. Page 70.

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You won't find many better spots for people-watching in the Castro than the extensive balconies at the aptly named Lookout bar and restaurant (for years it was called the Metro). This airy and open space with a bit of a sport-bar theme has packed happy hours, serves tasty pizza (all-you-can-eat on Tuesdays), and even presents a pretty fun drag-show on Wednesdays. Although the Lookout pulls in a good mix of guys throughout the night, it's especially popular in the afternoon and early evening. Page 72.

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Not every nightspot in the Castro is a gay bar, with Lucky 13 a very good example. However, pretty much every bar in the Castro has at least a GLBT following, and a mixed crowd, and the lovably dive-y Lucky 13 lounge definitely fits into this category. This low-key, hipster-favored spot just off the Church Street Corridor carries more than two-dozen beers on tap (the specialty is Belgians), plus a good mix of cocktails. Music tends toward the unpredictable - from reggae to punk to rock. Page 73.

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Midnight Sun has been the definitive gay video bar of the Castro for many years now. It recently underwent a refurbishment (which explains the rather unfortunate exterior appearance from the photo I snapped here in spring 2010). This is a favorite stop when gay-bar-hopping in the Castro, and it's especially popular for happy hour, and for catching the latest queer-popular TV shows - American Idol, Project Runway, and plenty of old retro favorites (Queer as Folk among them). Page 75.

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The laid-back Mix bar is one of the Castro's friendlier and more locals-oriented gay hangouts - it's a nice spot on a warm day, as there's a patio out back, and Mix sponsors a local GLBT softball team and cultivates a bit of a following with sports fans. It's a good spot to shoot pool, chat with locals (it's not especially loud), and people-watch. Page 74.

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Since 1979, the popular gay neighborhood bar Moby Dick has been a Castro fixture - one of several nightspots that figure in any queer-bar tour of the neighborhood. Set on the ground floor of a turreted gray Victorian house, this popular corner bar is most famous for the huge saltwater fish tank over the bar. This is a reliably good early-evening bar, and on weekends it remains quite crowded into the wee hours. Page 76.

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Opened in the centrally located space that used to house the Bar on Castro (which moved and became the Bar on Church, or BOC), Q Bar is a terrific, attractive, and modern gay bar just across the street from the venerable Castro Theatre. Generally packed during happy hours and drawing a cute, stylish crowd of San Francisco gay A-listers, Q Bar has a number of fun theme nights - go-go boys on Wednesdays, an afternoon beer bust on Saturdays. Signature cocktails include the Tranny Chaser and Q-Jito. Page 78.

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Among the dozen or so gay bars within a stone's throw of Castro and 18th streets, SF Badlands is arguably the most popular of the bunch. It's packed to the rafters on weekends and quite busy on other nights, catering to a relatively youthful (20s and 30s) bunch of guys. There's a bar and seating areas up front, and a mid-size dance floor in the back. SF Badlands is perhaps most famous for its well-attended Sunday beer blast, and happy hour specials are also quite a deal. Page 79.

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Toad Hall is a laid-back gay neighborhood in the Castro, part of the big clutch of gay hangouts near the intersection of Castro and 18th. For many years, this space held the Pendulum Bar - it became Toad Hall in 2009 and has become popular for its good-size patio - it doesn't hurt that such neighborhood hot spots as SF Badlands and Edge are close by. Toad Hall has one of the better happy hours in the Castro. Page 80.

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Smack in the middle of downtown Oakland, you'll find one of the country's most popular gay Latin clubs, and certainly the most popular in the Bay Area, the Bench and Bar, which has a nice selection of special evenings throughout the week, including karaoke on Tuesdays, women's/lesbian/Latina parties on Thursdays, and great happy hours during the afternoons and early evenings (Friday's happy hour is especially fun and crowded). Page 22.

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With the closure of the famed Boom Boom Room and Coast Inn, which anchored the Laguna Beach gay scene for many years, this arty, liberal seaside town in Orange County has become a bit lower-profile as a gay vacation spot. Still, the town's one cozy bi-level gay nightclub, Bounce, is an enjoyable spot for mingling, cruising, and - especially on weekends - dancing. Early in the week, just the lower basement space is open, and there's karaoke down here. The main-floor has a decent-size dance floor. Page 10.

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Southern California has surprisingly few gay beach bars, especially with the demise a few years ago of the Boom Boom Room in Laguna Beach, but in the laid-back, underrated city of Long Beach - just 30 miles south of Los Angeles - you'll find one of the biggest and the best, Club Ripples. This two-story gay nightclub has been catering to the GLBT community since it opened in the early 1970s, just across the street from Belmont Shores's gay beach. Page 18.

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The only gay and lesbian bar in L.A.'s South Bay Area (which takes in Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Torrance), the low-keyed Dolphin Bar is set along one of the main commercial streets in the region, in Redondo Beach. It looks a little bleak from the outside (especially in daylight), but once inside you'll discover a festive place with a very welcoming staff. The crowd is mostly local, and a mix of types - there's dancing on weekends, karaoke some evenings. Page 36.

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For many years, this attractive nightlife set behind a fabulous exterior (note the cool sign) was San Diego's most popular lesbian nightclub. A series of management changes in recent years has led the Flame through some ups and downs. The most popular night appears to be Friday, for the Fabulous Flame Follies drag cabaret. Page 44.

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The largest and most popular of the gay bars along the East Arenas Road strip in downtown Palm Springs, Hunters is a spacious, well-decorated, upscale-looking gay video and cruise bar that's a mainstay of the region's clubbing scene. Popular as much for watching videos and dancing as for watching hot go-go boys dancing, Hunters fills to the rafters on weekends in high seasons and draws pretty good crowds year-round. There's a branch of Hunters in the northwest Chicago suburb of Elk Grove. Page 28.

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For more than 75 years, the very convivial White Horse Inn bar has served the gay and lesbian community of the Bay Area, catering to college students from nearby U Cal Berkeley, visiting queers from across the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, and regular Janes and Joes in the grittier city of Oakland. The still-festive bar is in Oakland, right by the Berkeley border. These days it keeps busy by holding a variety of cool theme nights. It also has a delightful patio area, perfect on a warm evening. Page 3.

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The Brit is one of several gay neighborhood bars along the East Broadway strip in Long Beach. There's not a whole lot to distinguish this one from some of the others along here - it's a relatively quiet spot with a largely local following. Amusements, beyond the stiff drinks (at low prices), include pool, darts, and a fun jukebox. Page 11.

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Small, laid-back, and generally pretty mellow, Club Broadway is a long-running lesbian bar along the city's main GLBT-bar strip, East Broadway (it's actually several blocks east of most of the other bars). Inside you'll find a pool table, darts, and ample seating and standing areas. It's just a few steps from one of the more raffishly endearing dive bars in Long Beach, the Reno Room, which is mostly hetero but also draws quite a few gays and lesbians. Page 12.

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The nearest gay bar in Long Beach to downtown, Hamburger Mary's is part of the much-loved, high-camp chain of burger joints with locations throughout the country (and the greatest number in California). The large patio is the best spot for lunch or dinner, while inside the bar serves up potent drinks, with specials throughout the week. Nightly themes include Club Lucky Wednesdays with go-go boys and drag shows, bottomless mimosa Sunday brunch, Friday's Boy Bar, and Doll House Thursdays. Page 15.

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Like many classic leather bars, the Mineshaft has steadily transitioned over time to more of a Levi's and T-shirts bar - it's still very much a guys' hangout, with a somewhat cruisy vibe (at least late on weekend evenings), but this unpretentious neighborhood bar with a mock-Western facade is mostly just a laid-back spots for affordable drinks and shooting pool. Dim lighting and a rustic wood interior give the Mineshaft a bit more character than some of the other gay bars along East Broadway. Page 16.

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This attractive piano bar and restaurant along East Broadway was known for many years as The Bird of Paradise. Nowadays the space goes by the simple name Paradise, and it's one of the most popular gay and lesbian hangouts in the city - it's actually pretty mixed gay-straight many evenings. Fans appreciate the lively piano cabaret, drag bingo shows, and very good mod-American food, including weekend brunch and dinner served late. Page 17.

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In a handsomely restored art deco building just off the quirky 4th Street Corridor and a bit northeast of the main gay bar district in Long Beach, the Silver Fox has been one of the city's nightlife mainstays for many years. It's not, despite the name, necessarily geared toward older men - age-wise, the crowd is very mixed. The attractive interior, friendly staff, and relatively compact dimensions make this a good spot to socialize, especially early in the evening, when it's most popular. Page 19.

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One of the several greatest hits that make up the East Broadway gay bar strip near downtown Long Beach, Sweetwater Saloon is a pretty classic neighborhood bar - there aren't a lot of bells and whistles here, just a no-nonsense bar with an outgoing staff serving low-price booze to low-keyed gay guys (and a fair number of straights). There's a patio off the bar, a pool table, and a cool jukebox with a wide variety of tunes. Page 20.

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Since 1979, the rakish and rugged Rainbow Cattle Company has been a fixture on the Wild West main drag of Guerneville, in the heart of the Russian River area of western Sonoma County. Plenty of other gay bars in this low-keyed, beautifully situated vacation community have come and gone over the years, but this no-attitude saloon has maintained its reputation as a fun place to hobnob, cruise, and people-watch. It's especially popular with bears, cubs, leather dudes, and the like. Page 7.

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Executive Suite is the closest gay club in Long Beach to the 405 Freeway - it's about 3 miles east of downtown, and it operates with a different approach than other GLBT hangouts in the city: it's open only Thursday through Saturday, and each night is geared toward a different crowd (Latin on Thursdays, gay guys on Fridays, and lesbians on Saturdays). Of these events, the lesbian nights are highly popular, but all have their fans. Generally, it's about dancing and clubbing here. Page 13.

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The story of the Falcon is one of those cautionary tales of what happens when an old-school dive bar that few but hard-core, day-long drinkers ever paid much attention to develops serious cachet among hipsters and poseurs. Personally, I had a great time in this place, but I was an outsider stopping by for a drink. Longtime locals appear more divided on the Falcon's increasing popularity, some uneasy about the crowds. Other like that the Falcon draws a genuine mix of Long Beach revelers. Page 14.

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O-Bar, formerly on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, closed in 2011.. Page 105.

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For more than 40 years, as quite a few other gay bars along Santa Monica Boulevard have come and gone, the esteemed Palms lesbian bar has kept the lights on, welcoming an eclectic crowd of women from all over metro Los Angeles (plus a good many gay guys and straight friends). Celebrities ranging from Ellen DeGeneres to Melissa Etheridge have visited this attractive bar and dance club. Popular parties include Thursday's Club Martini, with live music performances; and Sundays comedy and karaoke.. Page 106.

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The Castro's loveably raffish Pilsner Inn celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2006, but this slightly divey gay neighborhood joint has really come of age in recent years, becoming a favorite destination of low-keyed, amiable, and individualistic San Francisco gay guys (and a handful of lesbians) who eschew the

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For many years, this downtown Santa Cruz bar and nightclub was the region's sole gay nightspot. The clientele has changed a lot in recent years, however, and now the crowd is sort of a hodgepodge, tending toward straight many nights, but almost always with a sizable gay contingent. For best results, come expecting a mixed but gay-accepting crowd, which you could say about most bars and nightclubs in this very left-leaning, counter-cultural university city. Page 92.

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It's really a little cheery and cozy in here to call Elsie's a true dive bar, but this chill neighborhood hangout on a residential street just on the west edge of downtown has the arty vibe, eclectic clientele (including plenty of GLBT regulars), and vintage decor that's common with that genre. Beyond the intimate main bar, with its pool table and otherwise living-room-esque style, there's an attractive patio in back. Also check the extensive selection of beers on tap. Page 90.

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With the closing in April 2010 of long-running bar Aunty Mo's, the small Northern California city of Eureka is without a gay bar, but Lost Coast Brewery welcomes the local LGBT community enthusiastically and has a strong gay following. Moreover, this convivial restaurant and brewpub set on the ground floor of a colorful three-story downtown building serves outstanding handcrafted beers (Downtown Brown, Great White, Alleycat Amber, Lost Coast Pale Ale, Tangerine Wheat, and several others). Page 9.

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For more than 30 years, this cool neighborhood bar set inside a homely, brick, aqua-blue building has been a fixture of the Venice gay scene - in fact, Roosterfish is the only gay bar in the Venice and Santa Monica area. As the surrounding Abbot Kinney Boulevard neighborhood has become increasingly hip and trendy, Roosterfish has developed increased cachet, too, morphing from a quiet neighborhood bar into more of a gay-hipster lounge that draws patrons from all over the city. Page 95.

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The most recent of Santa Barbara's gay bars closed a few years ago, but downtown's hip Wildcat Lounge has long hosted a Sunday night GLBT party called Flavor, and on other nights, this attractive space still generally draws plenty of local gays and lesbians. The Wildcat has a dance floor, lounge seating, red walls, and top DJs and live bands, and a stellar cocktail menu. Wildcat is just west of State Street, the main drag in this upscale resort city. Page 91.

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Set inside a redbrick, two-story building in downtown San Jose, Agenda is both a swanky lounge/nightclub and a hip restaurant. The clientele is a mix, but there's often a gay presence, and Agenda throws occasional gay-themed parties and events. The state-of-the-art sound system, high-caliber DJs, and attractive decor make it a fun venue for the see-and-be-seen set. Page 83.

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One of the only gay bars in Sonoma County outside of the Russian River community of Guerneville, the Black Cat has been a fixture for several years, set in a funky old building in Penngrove, just south of Santa Rosa. Unfortunately, the owners decided to close the bar in summer 2010. A new hangout called Mack's Bar & Grill has taken over the spot, and is sure to be very gay-friendly, but it's unclear right now how much of a GLBT following it will have. Page 35.

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San Jose's hottest and hippest gay nightclub, Brix lies in the heart of downtown and is easy to spot from the street, behind its distinctive rainbow-glass transom window. Inside you'll find a beautifully designed space with tall windows, high ceilings, exposed brick walls, and a U-shape central bar - it's one of the most attractive gay nightspots in the Bay Area, and a fun place for dancing, cruising, and meeting locals. The crowd is eclectic, with a mix of guys and women, tending toward young. Page 84.

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A profile of the West Hollywood gay nightclubs Ultra Suede and Factory. Page 110.

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A happily sexy and sleazy (in the best possible way) gay bar on Santa Monica Boulevard, Fubar has long been an edgier, darker alternative to the usual stand-and-model gay bars along the main WeHo gay bar strip (which is several blocks west). With an eclectic, cruisy crowd of regular guys of all ages, cool music that deviates from the usual dance beats, and super-dark lighting, Fubar feels as though it was airlifted from Silver Lake - in fact, you'll see a lot of the same guys here at Akbar.. Page 98.

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It's one of the more prominent buildings in downtown Guerneville, the heart of the Russian River's gay resort scene: the old River Theatre building has had many incarnations, and has sat dormant in recent years as often as not, although it was a popular gay nightclub called Ziggurat through much of the '90s. Most recently, it's become the area's premier live-music club and dance bar, Jerry's Knight Club - not gay-specific, but it does draw many of Guerneville's local GLBT folks. Page 6.

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Cozy Mac's is the longest-running gay bar in San Jose and one of the oldest such establishments in the state. The friendly neighborhood bar in downtown's Fountain Alley/Historic District is free of attitude and welcoming of all types. There's a small patio behind this storefront space, which is especially popular with the after-work crowd. Page 85.

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Renegades sort of feels like a mix of four or five different neighborhood bars in the Castro wrapped into one friendly, somewhat Levi's/leather/bear-ish hangout. This popular hangout is a 10-minute drive west of downtown, just north of the San Jose Market Center. Although the bar is favored by men mostly over 35 or 40, it consistently draws a mixed bunch and is very welcoming of all kinds, regardless of gender and style. It's also a frequent host of fundraisers for local community groups. Page 86.

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Closed as of summer 2010 for renovations, the popular downtown San Jose gay video bar Splash has been taken over by new owners, who are currently upgrading the sound system, lighting, and decor. Keep an eye out on the progress, and check the bar's website for updates on when the club will reopen. Splash is just a few doors down from another San Jose gay bar, Mac's, in the city's Fountain Alley/Historic District. Page 87.

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San Jose's Watergarden bathhouse and men's club is also very well-liked - fans praise the beautiful outdoor garden patio, solicitous staff, and attractive layout. It's a bit more inviting and cheery than the other gay bathhouse in the Bay Area, more industrial-looking Steamworks in Berkeley, but each estbalishment has its adherents, and Steamworks is more convenient to San Francisco. The Watergarden is in an attractive part of town, near the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center. Page 88.

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The convivial garden seating at Cafe Flore, a longtime gay San Francisco fixture in the Castro - a must for people-watching and inexpensive food and drink. The establishment opened in 1973 and is one of the best spots in town to grab coffee with friends, but there's also a full bar, live music some evenings, and an extensive menu American fare, from Kahlua pork hash at brunch to fish tacos and mac-and-cheese at dinner. Page 64.

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Bars come and go in San Francisco's Castro, but The Cafe, which occupies the expansive upper level of a building on Market Street (near the corner of Castro Street) has held its own for many years, serving an eclectic mix of lesbians and gay men of all ages. There's a somewhat younger scene here compared with other Castro gay bars, especially on Friday Boy Bar and Saturday Delicious parties (lesbian), and Thursday Pan Dulce (Latino) nights. The Cafe has a great little patio, a pool area. Page 62.

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A profile of Revolver, the longtime West Hollywood gay video that was famously popular throughout the '80s and '90s and returned to its original space on Santa Monica Boulevard in fall 2011, taking over what had been known for several years as East West Lounge. Page 107.

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Along a strip of gay-oriented businesses on University Avenue in San Diego's Hillcrest neighborhood, Flicks gay video bar has long been a hub of gay schmoozing and socializing in this sunny and scenic city by the ocean. Flicks is a cozy space with the usual array of video monitors, a nice little patio seating area overlooking the busy sidewalk, and a variety of fun theme nights (comedy videos on Tuesdays, the

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Here's the West Hollywood branch of the gay-popular restaurant chain Hamburger Mary's, which has several locations in gay neighborhoods around the country. It's a good place to meet up with friends for drinks, or to devour a whole tasty meal of massive burgers with all kinds of toppings, plus pizzas, salads, and sandwiches. This affordable, campy spot is at 8288 Santa Monica Boulevard. Page 100.

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Run by the same folks who operate the similarly fabulous G Lounge in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood, the swank Here Lounge has become a gay clubbing fixture in West Hollywood over the years. It's right beside the white-hot Abbey gay lounge and coffeehouses, and around the corner from the old-school Mother Lode. Here has a successful flavor-of-the-week style, with different themes for different evenings. Page 101.

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One of the gay nightlife mainstays along Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, Micky's continues to pack 'em in with such festive parties as Sister Bingo nights. Micky's Grill serves basic American fare, and the boys come here in droves on weekend mornings for

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There's nothing fancy about the rough-and-tumble Mother Lode, an old-school gay bar that's been drawing regular guys and gay neighborhood locals for years - this is just a solid, friendly, and somewhat cruisy hangout that's a good bet when you don't feel like dressing up and dealing with the stand-and-model scene at some of the scene-y bars across Santa Monica Boulevard. Page 104.

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What began as a relatively modest gay coffeehouse several years ago, The Abbey has blossomed into one of West Hollywood's hottest hangouts, gay or straight. This elegant Spanish Mediterranean-style compound on North Roberston Boulevard (right next to Here Lounge) has lush landscaping, gurgling fountains, and plenty of patio seating. The kitchen turns out tasty and creative American fare, and the bar is a sophisticated venues for cocktails and hobnobbing with West Hollywood scenesters. Page 96.

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On a quiet street just a couple of blocks north of Guerneville's Main Street, the Russian River Resort has been a fixture of the region's gay vacation community for decades, having emerged over the years, following extensive renovations, into a comfier and more welcoming getaway than ever. One of the highlights to staying here is having the chance to hobnob and dine on-site at the resort's excellent Triple R Bar & Grill. Page 8.

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West Hollywood's traditional gay sports bar and also a genuinely friendly, low-attitude spot for cocktails, Trunks is at 8809 Santa Monica Boulevard, a short walk from several other gay bars in the area, such as Micky's, Rage, and Revolver. Page 109.

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One of San Francisco's venerable gay-nightlife icons, Twin Peaks Tavern is said to have been the very first gay bar in America to have clear (as opposed to opaque or covered) glass windows, something unheard back when it opened in the early '70s. Two lesbians opened the bar, but it's had a mostly male following over the years, and these days it tends to draw a somewhat seasoned bunch of guys, and a few women. Page 82.

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Albuquerque has some less traditional gay nightlife options, including the highly inviting local coffeehouse-restaurant chain, Flying Star. These hip, smartly furnished hangouts are spacious and attractively decorated, several of them with fireplaces and most with large patios. There are six of them throughout Albuquerque. Page 10.

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Just a short drive or slightly longer walk northeast from Honolulu's little gay epicenter around Kapahulu and Kalakaua avenues, you'll find a slew of inexpensive, funky eateries that form something of an offbeat Restaurant Row along Kapahulu, with Waiola Bakery and Shave Ice one of this area's definitive must-tastes. The bare-bones bakery and ice-cream shop is most famous for doling out some of the city's best shave-ice treats. Page 12.

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You won't find many bars out there with quirkier locations than Mobel-Olfe, which occupies the ground floor of a defunct mid-rise furniture store that's surrounded by Turkish-immigrant apartment blocks - the bar is just outside the northwest side of the Kottbusser Tor (U) subway station, and it's a tiny bit challenging to find. Best just to ask around, or bumble around until you spy a crowd of hipsters, slackers, artists, and bohemians mingling outside the bar's front door. Page 3.

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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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Serious pizza aficionados and ardent gay-nightlife goers both join the long lines throughout the day and late night at Artichoke Pizza, a simple-looking storefront at the north edge of the East Village that turns out simply outstanding pies. It's a simple concept, and just four types of slices are available: artichoke, regular (margarita), Sicilian, and crab. There's also beer, canned sodas, and bottles of Boylan soda. Page 9.

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Rather impressively, F Street Adult Video & Gifts has been a fixture among fans of porn, sex toys, lube, and racy adult treasures since the mid-'70s. The regional chain has eight locales, and the one pictured here, on University Avenue in the western edge of North Park (very close to Hillcrest) tends to draw the highest percentage of GLBT customers. The selection of gay videos and mags is actually marginal - it's more hetero. But this is still a reliable place to stock up on lube, toys, condoms. Page 34.

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More than 50 of the art galleries that have made Santa Fe into one of the world's most famous art markets lie along a narrow street on the East Side of downtown, Canyon Road, which wends its way up a gradual incline. The once modest adobe casitas, along with a few Territorial-style homes, along this street shaded by leafy trees and lined with fragrant gardens now contain one gallery after another, including some quite prestigious ones. You'll also find a few restaurants along Canyon Road. Page 11.

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Kansas City's iconic Kauffman Center. Page 5.

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One of four major national parks in stunning southern Utah, Bryce Canyon National Park is arguably the most beautiful, and it's a must-see on any road trip through the Four Corners region of southern Utah, northern Arizona, northwestern New Mexico, and southwestern Colorado. The park, just off of Hwy. 12 and east of U.S. 89, offers magnificent views of pointed hoodoos (spires), carved amphitheaters, and other mesmerizing geographical features. Page 4.

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A cheerful and fun sex toy and erotica shop as well as an all-around resource center on sexuality and sex education, Self Serve is right in the heart of Albuquerque's hip Nob Hill neighborhood, and it offers a welcoming, clean, well-lighted alternative environment for buying and learning about dildos, vibrators, lube, bondage and S&M gear, lingerie and underwear, erotic movies and books, and just about anything else you can think of that relates to adult play and intimacy. Page 11.

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Head to Bump and Grind for tasty breakfast fare, and to watch the slightly (but affectionally) freakish drag waitrons work the room (these are not glam female impersonators but rather gruff but very dishy and fun guy clad in just the barest pretense of drag wear). Weekend brunch (and especially the Sunday Petticoat Bruncheon) is the main event here, and the kitchen serves up quite tasty (and ginormous) portions of Mexican eggs Benedict, delicious chocolate chip cookies, and the like. Page 18.

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Part of what turned the tiny Maine coastal village of Ogunquit into a significant gay destination was the development of the community's theater scene, which has been blossoming steadily ever since the Ogunquit Playhouse opened in 1933. Since that time, such acting legends as Bette Davis, Tallulah Bankhead, and Rita Hayworth. There are several productions each summer, typically musicals. Page 9.

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The imposing, historic Ferry Building Marketplace, which contains a trove of fantastic cafes, eateries, food stalls, and markets, is a must-see for foodies and gourmands visiting San Francisco. Behind the building, the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from morning until early afternoon - it's a perfect spot for a delicious lunch. Page 3.