Gay & Lesbian Travel Sitemap - Page 5 2015-11-27

Diamond Head Crater Views - Diamond Head Crater at Sunset - Pu'u 'Ualaka'a State Park View of Diamond Head - Gay Honolulu Sightseeing
Looking down at Diamond Head Crater at sunset from Pu'u 'Ualaka'a State Wayside park. Page 60.

Doris Duke's Shangri La Interior - Islamic Tile Work Photos - Pictures of Shangri La Waikiki
A look at one of the ornate ceilings inside a room at Doris Duke's legendary Shangri-La estate, in Honolulu. Page 49.

USS Arizona Memorial Interior Photos - Pictures Of Pearl Harbor Memorial
A view of the interior platform of the USS Arizona Memorial, which sits directly above the sunken battleship that it honors. Page 69.

USS Arizona Gun Towers - Parts of USS Arizona Still Visible Above Water - USS Arizona Pictures - Pearl Harbor Ship Pictures
Still visible from the platform of the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor are a few parts of the sunken battleship, including the truncated and severely rusted gun towers pictured here. Page 58.

L&L Barbecue Waikiki - Waikiki Fast-Food Restaurants - Hawaiian Fast-Food Barbecue - L and L Hawaiian Barbecue
Of course Waikiki has a branch of the popular and rapidly expanding chain L&L Hawaiian Barbecue. This outpost of the cheap and simple plate-lunch and barbecue restaurant is at 2280 Kuhio Avenue, a couple of blocks from Angles and Fusion gay bars. Page 67.

Kahala Hotel & Resort Waikiki - Kahala Resort Honolulu - Dolphin Encounter Honolulu - Dolphin Quest Hawaii - Kahala Hotel Dolphin Photos -
A short drive around Diamond Head Crater from Waikiki in the beautiful and peaceful Waialae neighborhood, Kahala Hotel & Resort is an elegant, luxury property (formerly part of the Mandarin Oriental brand, and now independent). It's a good choice if you're seeking a posh Honolulu hotel experience but would rather not be set smack in the middle of bustling (and sometimes very crowded) Waikiki. Kahala is also home to Honolulu's Dolphin Quest Dolphin Encounter. Page 28.

Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch & Crab closed
Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch & Crab has closed. Page 71.

Velvet Video Arcade - Velvet Video Gay Adult Bookstore - Waikiki Gay Porn Shops - Honolulu Sex Shops - Honolulu Gay Video Arcades - Velvet Video Shops
Just above the cozy and cruisy In Between Waikiki gay bar, the Velvet Video (2155 Lau'ula St., 2nd floor, 808-924-0868) is one of Honolulu's most popular adult video arcades - a reliable spot to pick up gay porn (in the form of magazines and DVD/movies), plus various toys and trinkets. Page 63.

Max's Gym Honolulu - Max's Gay Bathhouse Waikiki - Honolulu Gay Bathhouses - Waikiki Sex Clubs - Hawaii Gay Cruising - Max's Sex Club - Honolulu Gyms
If you're looking for a sure-fire gay hookup in Honolulu, your best bet is Max's, a private club set on the upper level (4th floor) of an innocuous plaza of shops and offices in western Waikiki, near Ala Wai Canal and Ala Moana shopping mall. Max's has two distinct parts, a well-equipped gym that caters pretty much exclusively to gay men, and a separate bathhouse/sex club that has the usual array of video channels airing gay porn, private cabins, and steam room and sauna. Page 36.

Royal Hawaiian Hotel Honolulu - Waikiki Royal Hawaiian - Honolulu Starwood Hotels - Gay-Friendly Starwood Hotels - Royal Hawaiian Renovation 2009
Following a massively ambitious renovation by the gay-friendly Starwood hotel group, Waikiki's vaunted (and uber-pink) Royal Hawaiian Resort reopened in January 2009 as part a Starwood Luxury Collection property. The 529-room property with an enviable setting on Waikiki Beach blends contemporary elements and style with the hotel's grand, old-world character, making it one of the most desirable accommodations on the island of Oahu, and a favorite among trendy GLBT visitors. Page 31.

Queen's Surf Volleyball Court - Volleyball Courts Waikiki Beach - Gay Volleyball Photos - Gay Honolulu Volleyball Games - Waikiki Volleyball Courts
Just a short walk west of Queen's Surf Beach's gay section, there's a volleyball court overlooking the Waikiki action. This court is also a very short stroll from Hula's gay bar. Page 66.

Azuki Bowl - Azuki Shave Ice Sundae - Waiola Shave Ice Sundaes - Photos of Hawaii Shave Ice - Honolulu Shave Ice Stands - Azuki Ice Cream
A close-up of an Azuki Bowl (a shave-ice sundae with topped with condensed milk, mochi, and red azuki beans), served at the delightful Waiola Bakery and Shave Ice restaurant in Waikiki. Page 30.

Waikiki Beach Walk - Waikiki Beachwalk Shopping Center - Waikiki Beach Walk Restaurants - Ruth's Chris Waikiki - Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Honolulu
After a dramatic renovation along the once dowdy Beachwalk and Lewer streets between Kalia Road and Kalakaua Avenue, the Waikiki Beach Walk shopping and dining district is looking spiffier than ever. The collection of mid-price to upscale galleries, boutiques, and restaurants - which includes outposts of popular chains like Roy's, Ruth's Chris Steak House, and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf - adjoins the elegant and very gay-friendly Embassy Suites Honolulu is a block from the beach. Page 51.

Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Waikiki - Roy's Waikiki Beach Walk - Roy's Honolulu - Gay-Friendly Dining Waikiki - Roy's Embassy Suites Honolulu
Adjacent to the gay-friendly Embassy Suites Honolulu at the Waikiki Beach Walk shopping and dining district, there's a popular outpost of the famed chain of upscale Hawaiian eateries, Roy's Fusion Cuisine. Known for chef Roy Yamaguchi's assertively bold and creative European-meets-Pacific-Rim cooking, Roy's turns out a consistently inventive mix of favorites, and many feel the Hawaiian members of the chain are the best. Page 65.

Liliha Coffeeshop - Liliha Diner - Honolulu bakeries - Best Diners Hawaii - Best Coffeeshops Honolulu
The long counter at Liliha Bakery and Coffeeshop buzzes with activity 'round the clock - it's a fine place to mingle with longtime locals and enjoy no-nonsense breakfast, lunch, and dinner fare (plus tantalizing sweets from the bakery section of the establishment). Page 61.

Aqua Waikiki Wave Hotel - Waikiki Wave Boutique Hotel - Gay-Friendly Aqua Hotels - Honolulu Hotels Gay Packages - Gay Waikiki Wave Hotel and Spa
One of the more luxurious members of Honolulu's gay-friendly Aqua Hotels brand, the Waikiki Wave is just a five-minute walk from Waikiki Beach and very close to the gay bars Angles and Fusion. Page 52.

Hotel Renew Bar - Hotel Renew Lounge - Gay Hotel Bars Honolulu
The trendy, sleek bar and cafe at the Waikiki's Hotel Renew is a pleasant spot to meet up with friends. Page 41.

Puka Dog Waikiki - Puka Dog Hawaiian-Style Hot Dogs - Puka Dog Honolulu - Honolulu Street Food - Waikiki Gourmet Hot Dogs
Ever since culinary raconteur Anthony Bourdain featured it on TV's No Reservations, Puka Dog has been a darling of quirky nibblers. This has led quite a few visitors to this somewhat glorified gourmet hot-dog stand to gush effusively about Puka's strange little frankfurters, and others to protest about excessive hype, high prices, and bland buns. So here's my take on Puka - for a bit more than you'd normally pay for a hot dog, you're treated to a memorable, reasonably tasty treat. Page 20.

Embassy Suites Honolulu - Embassy Suites Hawaii - Gay-Friendly Embassy Suites Hotels - Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk - Hotel Pool Photos
The twin-towered Embassy Suites Honolulu - Waikiki Beach Walk is an excellent, gay-welcoming lodging option that's a block from the beach and adjacent to the many shops and restaurants of the handsomely revitalized Waikiki Beach Walk. An attractive pool and sundeck, pictured here, separates the hotel's two towers. Page 64.

Downtown Honolulu Skyline - Aerial View of Honolulu - Puu Ualakaa State Park Views of Honolulu
View looking south over downtown Honolulu, from Pu'u 'Ualaka'a State Wayside. Page 18.

Pu'u 'Ualaka'a State Park - Directions to Puu Ualakaa State Wayside - Finding Viewing Platform off Round Top Drive - Puu Ualaka State Park lookout
Majestic views aren't especially hard to come by in Honolulu, what with the soaring vistas enjoyed from the trail up to Diamond Head, and some fine vantage points had from different hotel high-rises throughout Waikiki. But few places in the city offer a more dazzling perspective on Honolulu, Waikiki, and Diamond Head than the viewing platform at Pu'u 'Ualaka'a State Wayside, which is just a 10-minute drive from downtown. This is the spot in Honolulu to watch both sunrise and sunset. Page 14.

Pu'u 'Ualaka'a State Wayside - Puu Ualakaa State Park Honolulu - Aerial Photos of Honolulu - Best Views Honolulu - Waikiki Skyline Photos at Night
Just as the sun sets at Pu'u Ualaka'a State Wayside, you're treated to a lovely view southeast toward Diamond Head Crater and Waikiki. Page 2.

In Between Gay Bar - In Between Waikiki - In Between Lau'ula Street - Waikiki Gay Bars - Hawaii Neighborhood Bars - Men's Cruise Bars Honolulu
A review of In Between gay bar, in Waikiki. Page 23.

Queen's Surf Lawn - Gay Sunbathing Waikiki - Cruisy Parks Honolulu - Waikiki Gay Beaches - Hawaii Lesbian Beaches - Queens Surf Park
In addition to the golden sand sunning area at Waikiki's scenic Queen's Surf gay beach, there's a verdant, palm-shaded lawn behind the promenade and next to the snack bar and restrooms pavillion. This expansive stretch of lawn is also major draw for gay sunbathers, although typically not as crowded as the beach below the promenade. Page 47.

Memorial at USS Arizona Pearl Harbor - List of Those Who Died at USS Arizona - USS Arizona Casualties
At northwest end of the USS Arizona Memorial interior platform, a wall lists the names of all 1,177 crew who died when the hulking battleship was felled during the infamous Japanese air raid that paralyzed the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. More than 2,400 lives were lost in the attack, which saw the destruction of 188 aircraft, four battleships (plus damage to four more), and several other ships. Page 37.

Marriott Ihilani Hotel and Spa - Marriott Resort Oahu - Gay-Friendly Luxury Resorts - Gay-Friendly Marriott Hotels - Oahu Beach Photos
A view of the lush grounds and oceanfront, taken from a guest room's private lanai at the elegant JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa, about 25 miles west of Honolulu. Page 25.

Outrigger Reef on the Beach - Outrigger Reef Hotel Waikiki - Gay-Friendly Outrigger Hotels - Best Outrigger Hotels Hawaii - Best Gay Honolulu Hotels
Having completed a multi-million renovation in 2009 that took several years and including a top-to-bottom overhaul, the Reef on the Beach hotel now ranks among the gay-friendly Outrigger brand's most alluring and appealing accommodations - indeed, it's safe to call this the Outrigger's flagship hotel (although the nearby Outrigger Waikiki is also very impressive). The Reef has some notable features, including the beloved Shore Bird Restaurant and more modern and upscale Ocean House Restaurant). Page 21.

Ihilani JW Marriott Resort - Hammerhead Sharks Ihilani Resort - Ihilani Marine Life Programs - Pictures Hammerhead Sharks - Feeding Hammerhead Sharks
One of the most interesting aspects of staying at Oahu's gay-friendly JW Marriott Ihilani Resort is the chance to interact with marine life, including the hammerhead sharks (as shown here) that swim around the resort's marine pools. Guests are always welcome to observe the sharks in this pool, and other marine life (sea urchins, stingrays, sea cucumbers, etc.) in a neighboring pool, and for a fee, guests can also participate in interactive feeding and marine programs at the resort. Page 10.

Shangri La View of Diamond Head - Photos of Diamond Head Crater - Gay Attractions Honolulu
Diamond Head State Monument, viewed from the grounds of Doris Duke's famed Shangri La estate. Page 56.

Queen's Surf Beach Snack Bar - Restrooms Waikiki Beach - Honolulu Beach Public Restrooms - Queen's Surf Gay Beach Facilities - Snack Bar Queen's Surf
Just behind the sand at Queen's Surf gay beach in Waikiki, adjacent to the tree-shaded green lawn that also draws plenty of GLBT sunworshipers, there's a pavilion containing a snack bar and public restrooms. There's also an outdoor shower (to the right, in this picture), which is helpful for cleaning sand off yourself before donning flip-flops or shoes. Page 34.

DFS Galleria Waikiki - DFS Galleria Waikiki Luxury Walk - Cartier - Chloe - Vera Wang Honolulu - Bulgari - Armani - Marc Jacobs Hawaii - Swarovski
Big spenders won't want to miss the ultra-luxe DFS Galleria Waikiki, along the relatively recently swank-tified Kalakaua Avenue (a block north of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel). This posh shopping mall with branches in such far-flung destinations as Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Sydney, Saipan, San Francisco, and New York contains plenty of gay-fave shopping brands, including Cartier, Chloe, Calvin Klein, Vera Wang, Bulgari, Armani, Marc Jacobs, Swarovski, Dunhill, Emilio Pucci, Fendi, Tumi, and Paul & Joe. Page 62.

USS Missouri Museum - Battleship USS Missouri at Pearl Harbor - USS Missouri Photos - Visiting the USS Missouri - Guide2Go Tours USS Missouri
The last battleship constructed by the United States, the USS Missouri fought in several prominent World War II campaigns (Iwo Jima, Okinawa) and following a modernization even took part in the 1991 Gulf War. Since 1998, it's been docked at Ford Island, just southwest of the sunken USS Arizona, in Pearl Harbor and open to the public as a museum. You can purchase tickets to visit the USS Missouri from the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum, which is next to the USS Arizona Visitor Center. Page 32.

Naupaka Terrace Restaurant - Kama'aina Breakfast - Azul Ihilani Resort - Ushio-Tei Japanese Restaurant - JW Marriott Ihilani Restaurants - Kamaaina
Among the handful of excellent restaurants (including Azul for contemporary seafood, and Ushio-Tei for authentic Japanese fare) at southwestern Oahu's JW Marriott Ihilani Resort, the open-air Naupaka Terrace is well-regarded for its expansive breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffet spreads as well as first-rate a la carte fare. Sunday's champagne brunch is another favorite meal, during which you might try such Hawaiian specialties as the Kama'aina breakfast (pictured here) and Loco Moco. Page 5.

JW Marriott Hawaii - Ihilani Hotel Oahu - Best Luxury Resorts Oahu - Gay-Friendly Oahu
The JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa, which is on the southwest coast of Oahu about 25 miles from Waikiki, is one of the most luxurious properties in Hawaii. If you're seeking seclusion but still wish to be within striking distance of the gay scene, luxe shops and restaurants, and fascinating cultural attractions of Honolulu, this is an excellent base. Page 53.

Bamboo Hotel & Spa - Bamboo Hotel Waikiki - Bamboo Kuhio Avenue - Gay Honolulu Hotels - Hotels near Angles - Honolulu Hotels Near Gay Bars
A stylish and hip member of Honolulu's gay-friendly Aqua Hotels brand, the Bamboo and Spa is just a five-minute walk from Waikiki Beach and very close to the gay bars Angles and Fusion. Page 27.

Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art - Honolulu Islamic Art Center - Honolulu Academy of Arts Tours
A view of Shangri La's pool and play room. Tours of Doris Duke's Shangri La are given by the Honolulu Academy of Arts. You may not visit the estate on your own, although it's located at 4055 Papu Circle. You can also get a nice overview of the property by taking an online tour at the Shangri La website. Page 42.

Queen's Surf Beach by Kapiolani Park - Gay Honolulu Beaches - Gay Beaches Waikiki Pictures - Photos of Waikiki Gay Scene
Another vantage point of the gay-popular Queen's Surf Beach, this one taken from a bit southeast of the main action, the grassy lawn, and the snack bar and restrooms pavilion, looking north toward the busiest stretch of hotel development along Waikiki Beach. Page 54.

Honolulu Skyline Night Photos - Ala Wai Yacht Harbor - Hilton Hawaiian Village Photos - Honolulu Waterfront Photos - Fort DeRussey Beach Park Hotels
Looking north from the groin (jetty) by the Outrigger Reef Hotel in Waikiki. The view takes in Fort DeRussey Beach Park and hotels to the right, the Hilton Hawaiian Village in the center, and the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor and downtown Honolulu waterfront beyond that, to the left. Page 44.

Waikiki Beachside Hostel - Hokondo Hostel Honolulu - Waikiki Beach Side Youth Hostel - Cheap Hotels Waikiki - Gay-Friendly Youth Hostels - Hokondo
If you've just managed to afford a plane ticket to Hawaii and not much else, and finding a cheap, gay-friendly place to stay is an issue, consider staying at the rock-bottom-priced Hokondo Waikiki Beachside Hostel, which has a terrific location just two blocks from the beach (very close to the gay section at Queen's Surf), and not even a block from Hula's gay bar. Waikiki Beachside Hostel has private rooms (with shared baths) as well as small (two- to four-person) and large (eight-person) dorms. Page 57.

Honolulu International Airport Aerial View - Western Honolulu Views - Pearl City Views - Pu'u 'Ualaka'a Views
Looking southwest from Pu'u 'Ualaka'a State Wayside, you can see the western side of downtown Honolulu, the Lower Punchbowl area, Sand Island, and Honolulu International Airport. Page 50.

Town Restaurant Honolulu - Town Restaurant - Town Kaimuki - Hawaii State Art Museum Cafe - Farm to Table Restaurants Honolulu - Town Hawaiian Regional
It's easy to end up focusing your dining efforts on Waikiki and even downtown Honolulu, which do indeed contain a wealth of great restaurants. But some of the city's best dining venues are in less-trod residential neighborhoods. One that's definitely worth seeking out is Town, located in a breezy, casual space in the Kaimuki district, just a short drive or cab ride east-northeast of Waikiki. Utilizing fresh, often local ingredients, Town presents an ever-changing menu of contemporary treats. Page 46.

Shangri La Ocean View - Shangri La Islamic Center Beach - Hawaii's Public Beaches - Public Access of Beaches in Hawaii
No matter how important you are, or how secluded and private your estate is, Hawaii's beaches and shorelines are - by law - open to the public. You can clear evidence of this law if you tour Doris Duke's famed estate, Shangri La, where these Honolulu teenagers frolic on the rocks below the estate, with Diamond Head crater in the background. Page 29.

Hotel Renew Honolulu - Hotel Renew Waikiki - Waikiki Boutique Hotels - Gay Accommodations Honolulu - Honolulu Gay Hotels - Best Hotels Waikiki -
On a relatively quiet street corner just a block from Waikiki's golden-sand beaches and also a very short walk from Hula's gay bar and Queen's Surf gay beach, the hip and trendy Hotel Renew doesn't look all that snazzy from the outside. But this 72-room midsize property has an artful, minimalist aesthetic and a smart, knowledgetable staff - it's one of the best hotels in Waikiki for design-minded visitors seeking a sleek, luxurious, but understated hotel. Page 24.

Doris Duke's Shangri La - Honolulu Shangri La - Touring Doris Duke's Shangri La - Directions to Shangri La - Shangra La Waikiki - Doris Duke Tours
You may not automatically associate Honolulu with Islamic art, or even necessarily with iconic heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke (1912-1993), but Shangri La - Duke's seaside mansion on the south side of Diamond Head - is one of Hawaii's genuine must-see attractions. It's a fascinating 14,000-square-foot repository furnished with priceless Islamic artwork, decorative items, and architectural pieces from throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Page 3.

Ono Hawaiian Foods - Ono Hawaiian Restaurant Kapahulu Avenue - Waikiki Lomi Salmon - Laulau Plate - Salt Meat Luau - Authentic Poi Restaurants - Ono's
Not to be confused with the mainland fast-food chain Ono Hawaiian BBQ, the quirky, homespun restaurant on Kapahulu Avenue known as Ono Hawaiian Foods has been doling out fantastic, completely authentic, traditional Hawaiian favorites since it opened nearly 40 years ago. In this modest dining room that fits in well with the other low-keyed, no-frills eateries along Kapahulu you can sample such regional delicacies as Kalua pig, butterfish or squid luau, salt meat watercress, lomi salmon, poi. Page 48.

Puka Dog Honolulu - Puka Dog Hot Dog Photo - Puka Dog With Coconut Relish - Gourmet Hot Dogs Hawaii
Here's an up-close image of a genuine Puka Dog, topped with coconut relish and

Ocean House Waikiki - Ocean House Restaurant Honolulu - Ocean House Outrigger Reef - Most Romantic Waikiki Restaurants - Gay-Friendly Honolulu Dining
It's generally a given that restaurants overlooking the water deliver on the view but generally not as well on the food. A happy exception to this adage is the Ocean House Restaurant, on the ground floor of the gay-friendly Outrigger Reef resort in Waikiki. This open-air restaurant with dazzling views of the ocean turns out consistently good contemporary American and Hawaiian Regional cuisine - nothing overly adventuresome or necessarily haute gourmet, but reliably excellent and fresh. Page 55.

Waikiki Joy Hotel - Aqua Waikiki Joy - Gay-Friendly Aqua Hotels - Aqua Waikiki Gay Hotels - Hotel Waikiki Joy - Hawaii Boutique Hotels
Just a short walk from the beach and near such gay bars as the In Between, Angles, and Fusion, the upscale but reasonably priced Waikiki Joy Hotel (320 Lewers St., 808-923-2300) is one of a few properties in Hawaii's popular Aqua hotel brand that's well-regarded among gay and lesbian travelers. Page 43.

LoJax Gay Bar Honolulu - Fusion Gay Bar Waikiki - Fusion Gay Club - Honolulu Gay Strippers - Waikiki Gay Cruise Bars - LoJax Gay Club Honolulu
The side-by-side Fusion Waikiki and LoJax (formerly Angles) gay clubs are the last GLBT hangouts along what was once Hawaii's most prominent strip of gay-oriented businesses, on Kuhio Avenue. Most of the other businesses closed in the late '90s to make way for new construction, and the venerable Hula's gay bar moved to a new spot, where it continues to thrive. Fusion is a long-popular spot for dancing, while LoJax replaced the old Angles hangout and now aims to be Waikiki's gay sports bar. Page 15.

Irifune Restaurant Waikiki - Irifune Japanese Restaurant - Irifune Kapahulu Avenue - Honolulu Seafood Restaurants - Gay-Friendly Waikiki Dining
Irifune might just be the best of the several impressively good and foodie-favored hole-in-the-wall eateries along Kapahulu Avenue's de-facto Restaurant Row. This low-frills, relatively affordable Japanese-seafood place is justly famous for one particular dish, garlic ahi (available in a variety of ways, from tempura to stir-fried), but you'll all sorts of tasty bits here. Page 26.

Gay Waikiki Beachfront - Royal Hawaiian Hotel Beach - Photos of Gay Honolulu - Gay Diamond Head - Lesbian Hawaii - Waikiki Beaches Photos
Crescent-shaped Waikiki Beach, with its inviting golden-sand beaches and turquoise waters, plus an iconic view of Diamond Head volcano in the background, is one of the world's great locales for swimming, surfing, and relaxing in the sun. This image is taken from outside the glitzy Royal Hawaiian Resort, which underwent an impressive makeover in 2008 - the view is southeast, with Diamond Head in the background. Page 19.

Honolulu Gay Travel - Honolulu Gay Guide - Gay Waikiki Guide - Gay Oahu Photo Gallery - Hawaii Gay Pictures - Best Gay Clubs Hawaii - Waikiki Travel
When you think of gay-friendly, stunningly beautiful, tropical getaways, Hawaii leaps immediately to mind. And the capital city of Honolulu, with its vibrant though rather heavily developed Waikiki beachfront, contains the heart of the state's gay scene. This dramatically situated city on the island of Oahu has several gay bars, a great dining scene, and proximity to many notable attractions. Here's a gay guide to Honolulu through pictures.

Honolulu Gay Travel - Honolulu Gay Guide - Gay Waikiki Guide - Gay Oahu Photo Gallery - Hawaii Gay Pictures - Best Gay Clubs Hawaii - Waikiki Travel
When you think of gay-friendly, stunningly beautiful, tropical getaways, Hawaii leaps immediately to mind. And the capital city of Honolulu, with its vibrant though rather heavily developed Waikiki beachfront, contains the heart of the state's gay scene. This dramatically situated city on the island of Oahu has several gay bars, a great dining scene, and proximity to many notable attractions. Here's a gay guide to Honolulu through pictures.

Honolulu Gay Travel - Honolulu Gay Guide - Gay Waikiki Guide - Gay Oahu Photo Gallery - Hawaii Gay Pictures - Best Gay Clubs Hawaii - Waikiki Travel
When you think of gay-friendly, stunningly beautiful, tropical getaways, Hawaii leaps immediately to mind. And the capital city of Honolulu, with its vibrant though rather heavily developed Waikiki beachfront, contains the heart of the state's gay scene. This dramatically situated city on the island of Oahu has several gay bars, a great dining scene, and proximity to many notable attractions. Here's a gay guide to Honolulu through pictures.

Honolulu Gay Travel - Honolulu Gay Guide - Gay Waikiki Guide - Gay Oahu Photo Gallery - Hawaii Gay Pictures - Best Gay Clubs Hawaii - Waikiki Travel
When you think of gay-friendly, stunningly beautiful, tropical getaways, Hawaii leaps immediately to mind. And the capital city of Honolulu, with its vibrant though rather heavily developed Waikiki beachfront, contains the heart of the state's gay scene. This dramatically situated city on the island of Oahu has several gay bars, a great dining scene, and proximity to many notable attractions. Here's a gay guide to Honolulu through pictures.

Honolulu Gay Travel - Honolulu Gay Guide - Gay Waikiki Guide - Gay Oahu Photo Gallery - Hawaii Gay Pictures - Best Gay Clubs Hawaii - Waikiki Travel
When you think of gay-friendly, stunningly beautiful, tropical getaways, Hawaii leaps immediately to mind. And the capital city of Honolulu, with its vibrant though rather heavily developed Waikiki beachfront, contains the heart of the state's gay scene. This dramatically situated city on the island of Oahu has several gay bars, a great dining scene, and proximity to many notable attractions. Here's a gay guide to Honolulu through pictures.

Diamond Head Beach - Diamond Head Gay Beach - Diamond Head Beach Directions - Honolulu Gay Beaches - Lighthouse Beach Waikiki
Although it's neither as popular nor as gay-identified as Queen's Surf Beach at the southeast end of Waikiki, the secluded Diamond Head Beach (just off 3300 Diamond Head Road, below the lighthouses, and requiring a bit of a hike down to the sand) does have a bit of a gay following. Some visitors sunbathe in the nude here (this is technically illegal but often overlooked - still, it's prudent to wrap up quickly if you spot authorities patrolling). Page 7.

Queen's Surf Beach Waikiki - Queen's Surf Gay Beach - Waikiki Gay Beaches - Gay Beaches Hawaii - Queen's Surf Beach Directions - Gay Beach Photos
By far the most popular gay beach in Hawaii, and one of the most scenic and well-known in the world, Queen's Surf Beach is a relatively secluded stretch of sand in the heart of Waikiki, but along a section with no direct hotel frontage - this accounts for the fact there's more privacy and fewer families here than to the north or south. The beach here draws a mostly gay-male crowd, although certainly not exclusively so, as plenty of lesbians and straights seeking seclusion tan their hides here.

Hula's Gay Bar - Hula's Bar & Lei Stand - Hula's Waikiki - Waikiki Gay Nightlife - Gay Bars Hawaii - Honolulu Lesbian Bars - Gay Catamaran Cruises
Set in the spacious, open-air, second-floor level of the Waikiki Grand Hotel, Hula's is Honolulu's definitive gay and lesbian dance club. It's a short walk from Queen's Surf gay beach, and the cheerful terrace bar overlooks Kapiolani Park and, beyond that, iconic Diamond Head. It's a great place to enjoy cocktails after hanging out on the beach, and the kitchen turns out inventive, delicious small-plates fare and also serves brunch on weekends. Page 4.

Waikiki Surfing Photos - Waikiki Paddle-Surfing Photos - Pictures of Surfers in Waikiki - Waikiki Sailing Pictures - Paddle Surfing Honolulu
Many companies and hotels give surfing and paddle-surfing lessons (and also rent a variety of boats and water crafts) along Waikiki Beach. Here's a group of participants testing their look at both surfing and paddle-surfing out in the waves near the Royal Hawaiian Resort on Waikiki. Honolulu has its own gay surf club, whose contact information is listed with's resource page. Page 11.

USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center at Pearl Harbor - USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center Pictures - New Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
The new Pearl Harbor Visitor Center at the USS Arizona Memorial. This impressive new state-of-the-art facility with fascinating exhibits on the attack as well as Hawaii's role in World War II opened in 2010. Page 39.

Waikiki Beach Photos - Pictures of Waikiki at Night - Waikiki Night Photos - Gay Waikiki Pictures - Waikiki Beach at Night
A view of Waikiki beach and its string of high-rise hotels at night, from the groin (jetty) that extends from the Outrigger Reef on the Beach Hotel (it's the property pictured here on the very left, and it's one of the most luxurious of the several Waikiki hotels that make up the gay-friendly Outrigger chain). Page 9.

Waiola Bakery and Shave Ice - Waiola Shave Ice Kapahulu - Honolulu Shave Ice Shops - Gay Honolulu Restaurants - Kapahulu Restaurant Row - Waiola Ice
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.

ABC Stores Hawaii - ABC Store Waikiki Photos - Gayest ABC Store Hawaii - ABC Store at Lemon Road and Paoakalani Avenue - Gay ABC Stores Honolulu
The ubiquitous ABC Stores you see all over Honolulu (and all throughout Hawaii, for that matter) have an interesting history - you can read about the chain's humble origins on their website. There are nearly 80 stores throughout the Pacific Rim, mostly on Hawaii but also on Guam and Saipan. There's even a branch in Las Vegas, which makes sense given the close ties between Hawaii and Sin City (lots of Hawaiians vacation there, and vice versa). Page 13.

Catamaran Cruises Honolulu - Gay Sailing Cruises - Hula's Gay Catamaran Cruises - Gay Cruises Honolulu - Waikiki Gay Tours - Hawaii Mai Tai Cruises
Catamaran cruises are a favorite way to tour the waters off Waikiki. Hula's gay bar offers these cruises on Saturdays. Page 16.

Honolulu Zoo - Honolulu Zoo Photos - Gay Honolulu Sightseeing - Gay Waikiki Attractions - Zoo Photo Hawaii - Honolulu Zoo Kapahulu Avenue
Next to Kapiolani Park, and across from two of Waikiki's most notable gay hangouts - Queen's Surf Beach and Hula's gay bar, the Honolulu Zoo is a popular and easily accessed attraction. The 42-acre habitat may not be the largest zoo you'll ever see, but it is notable for its giraffe, zebra, and red-footed tortoise enclosures, and it also offers visitors a chance to see the rather elusive state bird, the nene. Page 22.

Royal Hawaiian Waikiki Pool - Honolulu Pool Photos - Gay-Friendly Honolulu Resorts - Waikiki Hip Hotels - Best Pools Honolulu - Best Waikiki Hotels
The glamorous pool and lanai at Starwood's trendy Royal Hawaiian Resort, one of the iconic hotels of Waikiki. Just beyond the palm-shrouded pool, with its dozens of private cabanas, you'll find one of the most alluring stretches of golden sand in Waikiki. Page 45.

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Be sure to say hello to Charlie Chaplin, the amiable feline innkeeper at the gay-popular Chelsea Pines Inn on West 14th Street. His handsome face and name fit in perfectly with the inn's Hollywood Golden Age theme. Page 16.

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Chelsea Pines Inn, New York City, the long-running gay B&B on the edge of Chelsea, the West Village, and the Meatpacking District. Page 8.

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The Maritime Hotel, New York City, at the border between Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, a short walk from High Line Elevated Park. It has one of the most distinctive designs of any hotels in the city, and it's a top accommodation among gay visitors. Next door, the brand-new Dream Downtown (part of the Vikram Chatwal Hotel group) has a similarly alluring exterior and is helping to continue Chelsea's growth into a legitimate hotel neighborhood. Page 28.

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Momoya Chelsea, the stylish sushi and Japanese restaurant on 7th Avenue, is consistently regarded as one of the best Asian eateries in the neighborhood. There's another Momoya in New York City, on the Upper West Side. Page 20.

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Begun in Hells Kitchen as a somewhat campy culinary tribute to stylized comfort and kitsch-nostalgic decorative arts, VYNL also has a very fun location Chelsea (pictured here), where it's a darling of gay clubbers and tourists. Menus come inside old LP sleeves from the '70s, and disco balls and hanging records give the place a retro-sleek look. Page 19.

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Always packed with handsome Chelsea guys, Viceroy is less notable for its food, which is perfectly fine but not necessarily anything to write home about, than for its saucy, scene-y ambience. The menu features a mix of tradtional and somewhat more innovative American dishes - crab cakes with caper aioli, honey-roasted ham-and-Brie sandwiches, turkey burgers, wild mushroom ravioli with truffle oil, roasted organic half chicken. Page 25.

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For exploring Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, the intersection of 7th Avenue and W. 14th Street is a significant coordinate - it's a major subway stop (for the 1, 2, and 3, connecting with the F, L, and M trains) as well as a key stop for buses, and 14th Street marks the boundary between Chelsea and Greenwich Village. Get yourself to this point, and you can walk north on 7th for nine blocks to 23rd Street to discover a number of notable gay-popular restaurants and shops. Page 51.

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Although historically New York City's gay scene was set along Christopher Street in the West Village, and increasingly the GLBT community in the city is dispersed among several neighborhoods, the one thoroughfare that remains very closely gay-identified in the city is 8th Avenue between 14th and 23rd streets in Chelsea - pictured here is a particularly lively stretch, looking north up 8th Avenue at the intersection with West 19th Street, and on up toward the skyscrapers of Midtown. Page 21.

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A key intersection for exploring Chelsea, especially in recent years as the surrounding blocks have undergone an almost hyper gentrification, 9th Avenue and West 14th Street is a good spot to begin a tour of the area. Catch a bus or cab here, and you're near many interesting things: the two or three blocks to the south make up the once-rough but now fashionable Meatpacking District. Walk a block east to reach the city's distinctive, elevated High Line park. Heading north is less interesting. Page 5.

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With a faintly retro, unmistakeably swank look - mirrored walls, curvy periwinkle chairs, candy-striped banquettes - recalls the lounge of a Latin American airport circa 1966, Elmo is as sure a sign as any that Chelsea's more see-and-be-seen gay dining scene has shifted steadily in recent years east from 8th to 7th Avenue. To be sure, there are plenty of queer-date restaurant possibilities on both of these avenues, but 7th is a bit more serious, food-wise, with the likes of Elmo. Page 22.

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A reliably good option for Venetian-inspired Italian fare, Le Zie is a rambling restaurant along 7th Avenue made up of several distinct spaces: a romantic dining room with high ceilings and white-washed brick walls, a private function room called the Chef's Table that's perfect for special parties, a chatty lounge with its own entrance around the corner on West 20th Street that has cushy leather banquettes and a smart wooden bar, and - when weather permits - a handful of sidewalk tables. Page 32.

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Once a warren of meatpacking plants and slaughterhouses and later in the 20th century a rough patch of prostitution and drug dealing, New York City's Meatpacking District has undergone a stunning transformation since the mid-1990s, and the recent opening of the distinctive High Line elevated park has brought even more buzz to this swatch of cobblestone streets, avant-garde art galleries, boutique hotels, and fashionable restaurants and bars. Page 2.

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Rooms inside the affordable and centrally located GEM Hotel Chelsea are small but smartly furnished, with premium bedding, coffeemakers, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and free bottled water. Page 60.

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The economy can wax and wane, and the costs of travel may rise and fall. One thing you can safely bet on is that New York City shall always be one of the world's most expensive cities, and arguably the priciest in America. Enter the GEM Hotel Chelsea, which is set inside what had been a seedy residential hotel with a nevertheless prime location along a stretch of 8th Avenue that may have more gay-popular restaurants, bars, and shops than any other thoroughfare in New York City. Page 6.

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Where 10th Avenue crosses West 17th Street, the neighborhood's High Line Park presents visitors with a broad, stepped viewing platform looking north through a Plexiglas window up the avenue for many blocks. This is a favorite spot along the parkway for picnicking and reading, as wooden steps run across the platform. Page 54.

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Among the more engaging features of Chelsea's distinctive High Line elevated park are its many inviting seating areas and waterfeatures. Here just south of where the park passes beneath the Chelsea Market building, sunbathers dip their toes in a gentle, linear fountain on a warm spring day. Page 24.

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One of the more ingeniously designed green spaces in the country, High Line Park opened along a disused elevated freight-rail line that was constructed in the early 1930s from the West Village north to 34th Street. Concerned citizens rallied to save this structure, which passes straight through Chelsea's western reaches, from demolition in late 1990s, and eventually it was transformed into a park, with the first section - from Gansevoort to West 20th Street - opening in 2009. Page 10.

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Just a rough-and-tumble New York City biker bar when it opened in the early '90s, Hogs & Heifers has become undeniably touristy over the years, as the surrounding Meatpacking District has blossomed into one of Gotham's trendiest neighborhoods. It's still, however, atmospheric and lots of fun for drinking, listening to live music, and people-watching. It's by no means a gay hangout, but given its proximity to Chelsea nightlife, plenty of queers who love steers drop by here. Page 37.

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Back when it opened in the early '90s, the shy looking and modestly named La Lunchonette seemed well out in leftfield, a good distance from the buzz that was overtaking Chelsea and its bustling gay scene. These days, however, although this cozy little French bistro is still along a somewhat industrial stretch of 10th Avenue, it's convenient to plenty of cool things: the elevated High Line Park, the white-hot Meatpacking District, and the provocative gallery scene a few blocks north. Page 53.

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The rainbow flag draped across the upper front window of New Venus, a 24-hour diner near the bustling intersection of 8th Avenue and W. 23rd Street, is testament to how popular this cheap and reliable restaurant is with Chelsea's gay community. Like the nearby and slightly trendier Dish Restaurant, this always-busy spot is open around the clock and can be counted upon for tasty, straightforward cooking - not to mention pretty amusing people-watching. Page 38.

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Long ago, a good 60 years before Chelsea has emerged as one of the country's trendiest neighborhoods with gay scenesters, a humble, family-operated Irish pub and restaurant called Peter McManus Cafe opened in the heart of the neighborhood. This friendly, atmospheric tavern remains a fixture along 7th Avenue, a contrast to the mix of stylish see-and-be-seen cafes and modern condo towers. This dark-wood-paneled space is still a fantastic spot for a juicy cheeseburger and a pint of Guinness. Page 26.

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The tranquil, tree-shaded patio behind the Chelsea Pines Inn is a peaceful spot to enjoy the expansive Continental breakfast that's included in the guesthouse's rates. Page 55.

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Beautiful, vintage movie posters grace the rooms of the inviting Chelsea Pines Inn, on West 14th Street. Page 39.

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Colicchio & Sons was opened in 2010 by celebrity chef Tom Colicchio, on the site of the former Craftsteak New York. Page 57.

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Blue DVD is one of several popular stores on 8th Avenue in Chelsea specializing in gay porn movies, lube (they're an official distributor of Boy Butter men's products), safer-sex supplies, and the like. Others in the same area include Rainbow Station, Blue Store, and the Unicorn. Blue DVD used to be called Pride NYC Inc. Page 47.

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One of a few shops along 8th Avenue selling (mostly gay) erotica, porn DVDs, underwear, lube, dildos, sex toys, novelties, and the like, Rainbow Station (207 8th Ave., 212-924-0591) is open 24/7 and competes with the long-running Unicorn as well as the Blue Store and Pride NYC. This one is well-stocked, and it's a bit less seedy-feeling than some of the smaller, darker spots with less prominent locations. Page 50.

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It really doesn't get a whole lot gayer in the world of retail than Rainbows and Triangles (192 8th Ave., 212-627-2166), a gift shop rife with gay books, magazines, greeting cards, and fun novelty gifts, set along busy 8th Avenue. It's a good place to kill a little time while waiting for a table at one of the many gay-popular restaurants along this stretch, such as the Rocking Horse or Cuba Cafe. Page 27.

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One of the very few businesses along Chelsea's 8th Avenue that has been around since long before the neighborhood gentrified, rough-and-tumble Rawhide still feels a bit like a time-warp - it's a dark, low-frills place that has long catered to the leather-and-Levi's crowd but that more recently has begun to pull in more of a mix of gay guys of all ages and styles. Still, lest anyone think Rawhide has gone soft, the bartenders here remain aloof and beefy, and the drinks potent and rather cheap. Page 33.

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A longtime favorite in Chelsea for Thai food, Regional Thai Taste (208 7th Ave., 212-807-9872) serves a nice range of traditional and less-traditional favorites - Pattaya Beach seafood soup (with lemongrass); spring rolls stuffed with bean thread, shrimp, and chicken and served with apricot-plum sauce; spicy basil chicken, lamb chops with green peppercorns, krachai roots, fresh basil, lime leaf, and dried chili, and masamam beef curry. Page 40.

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Fair prices, well-prepared and straightforward Italian fare, and a romantic ambience make Restivo Ristorante (209 7th Ave., 212-366-4133) a top pick among same-sex diners on dates or groups of friends supping together before a night of Chelsea bar-hopping at nearby Barracuda, XES, or G Lounge. Start off with the signature house salad of smoked salmon, arugula, capers, and onions. Among the mains, consider grilled boneless gam hen with wild rice and grilled vegetables. Page 48.

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The former haunt of talented Suenos chef Sue Torres, Chelsea's festive and contemporary Rocking Horse Cafe (182 8th Ave., 212-463-9511) continues to dazzle fans of authentic regional Mexican cooking with such delicacies as lobster turnovers with marjoram-sweet-corn sauce, hanger steak burritos with picked onion and serrano chiles, and shrimp, caramelized onions, papaya, and poblano chiles stewed in a tomato-chipotle puree. Page 4.

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From the dimly lit, stylish dining room and playful menu, Room Service (166 8th Ave., 212-691-0299) is clearly aiming to be Chelsea's coolest spot for innovative Thai food, and it succeeds in just about every way. The space is sleek and abuzz with chatter, and the kitchen turns out terrific food - springs rolls with grilled corn and a plum-sake dipping sauce, Thai-spicy tuna salad, salmon grilled with a chile paste and kaffir lime leaves. Page 58.

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Shop for all-natural soaps, aromtherapy oils, body lotions, men's aftershave and shave creams, and fragrant candles at the Chelsea outpost of Sabon (78 7th Ave., 646-486-1809). Soaps the the store's signature product, available in loofah, glycerine, or olive-oil bases, and in an extensive range of scents: kiwi, lemon, peach, lavender, lychee, rosemary olive oil, mud olive oil, and more. Page 56.

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Talented chef Sue Torres has been pleasing Chelsea palates with her inventive regional Mexican cuisine for years, first at the still-excellent Rocking Horse Cafe, and more recently around the corner at her cozy and festive little restaurant, Suenos (311 W. 17th St., 212-243-1333), right next to Energy Kitchen. Foodies come from all points to sample the superb cuisine as well to take cooking classes from Torres. Page 34.

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New York City's leading purveyor of soft-serve quasi-ice cream (it's kosher, has no artificial sweetners, and comes in more flavors than Baskin-Robbins and Ben & Jerry's combined), the legendary Tasti D-Lite has a branch near Chelsea in the West Village at 77 Greenwich Avenue. Page 63.

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The long-running Unicorn (277 W. 22nd St., 212-924-2921) gay porn palace, located conveniently beside Barracuda gay bar and just around the corner from newer porn shops like Blue Store, Rainbow Station, and Pride NYC. The Unicorn has long been known for its significant selection of blue movies as well as its private video booths. It's a bit sleazier in feel than its 8th Avenue neighbors, which can be good or bad depending on your outlook. Page 45.

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An over-the-top campfest in the heart of Chelsea, Trailer Park Lounge & Grill (271 W. 23rd St., 212-463-8000) is a full-on, pink-flamingo-esque homage to retro trailer trashdom, complete with tacky signage and surprisingly tasty low-brow American chow - burgers, sloppy Joe, Philly steak sandwiches, mac & cheese, moon-pies. Considering its location and theme, it's actually not an especially gay hangout, but it's still a fun place to poke your head in. Page 62.

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No fashion boutique in New York City speaks more prominently to the gay market than Universal Gear, which opened in flagship Chelsea branch in 2001 and has been going strong ever since (there are also store locations in Washington, Atlanta, and Chicago). This purveyor of stylish, upscale couture carries such labels as Hugo Boss, Ben Sherman, John Varvatos, Ted Baker, Scotch & Soda, Paul Frank, C-IN2 underwear, Malin+Goetz, Blueman, Ajaxx63, True Religion, and - sure enough - plain old Levi's. Page 30.

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Hats, totes and hangbags, men's clothing, and accessories - generally of the retro-cool, whimsical variety - are what you'll find at one of Chelsea's most inviting little boutiques, Gallerie H (222 8th Ave., 212-229-1975). Stetson hats and Fred Perry bags are among the items you'll find here. Along with Universal Gear, Giraudon shoes, and Brooklyn Industries, it's one of 8th Avenue's best shopping bets. Page 49.

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With just two shops (one in Chelsea, and one in Chicago's cool Bucktown 'hood) but a devoted mail-order following, Giraudon (152 8th Ave., 212-633-0999) is all about high-quality, high-end footwear, for both women and men. Expect substantial, happily chunky stuff that you could just as easily wear to work as to the Barracuda bar, just up the street (I don't recommend wearing such nice footwear in the video arcades at the Unicorn, however). Page 9.

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With an enormous showroom on 7th Avenue between W. 15th and W. 16th streets, Jensen-Lewis sells the stylish, contemporary furniture that decorates the apartments of Chelsea A-listers - it's the source for mod armoires, dining room tables, cocktail tables, shelving and storage, area rugs - the list goes on. After shopping, grab a bite at nearby Le Pain Quotidien, Cafeteria, or Tasti D-Lite. Page 14.

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Occupying a restored art deco movie house, the Joyce Theater (175 8th Ave., 212-691-9740, for tickets call 212-242-0800) is become one of Chelsea's iconic architectural landmarks as well as a stellar venue for all types of dance companies, from Martha Graham to Tango Fire to the Toronto Dance Theatre. The theater is on the same block as Gym sports bar and is just around the corner from another top Chelsea dance performance venue, the Dance Theater Workshop. Page 18.

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The wonderful Belgian chain of bakeries, Le Pain Quotidien has a number of outposts in New York City, including this gay-popular Chelsea branch on 7th Avenue. It's a good bet for organic coffees and teas, creative sandwiches made on fresh bread, and a wide range of sweets. Page 23.

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Along a popular strip of 8th Avenue restaurants in Chelsea, Tello is a reliable choice for large portions of classic Italian fare at lunch, dinner, and brunch - lasagna, penne with meatballs, chicken rollatini, braciole and gnocchi, veal saltimbocca, etc. The cozy, informal space is a favorite dine-out for Chelsea's many gay residents. Prior to becoming Tello, it was called Mare Seafood and run by the same company that also operates Trois Canards, Cuba, and Casa Havana, which are all nearby. Page 44.

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The Chelsea branch of the famed Murray's Bagels (242 8th Ave., 646-638-1336) is a renowned purveyor of soft, dense, chewy bagels available in a wide range of flavors - cinnamon-raisin topped with walnut-raisin cream cheese is a great way to start the day. Page 29.

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The Southern California craze known as Pinkberry has a popular branch at 170 8th Ave. (212-488-2510) in Chelsea. Come find out for yourself what all the fuss is about related to these peculiar frozen dessert said to be devoid of preservatives, additives, excess sugar, and (according to some naysayers) flavor. The icy yogurt-esque treat comes in plain or green tea and can be topped with a variety of treats. Page 46.

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The fun and funky NYC clothier Brooklyn Industries has a particularly gay-popular branch in Chelsea at 161 8th Ave. (212-206-0477), carries a nice range of hoodies, handbags, wallets and accessories, dresses and tops for women, jackets and pants for men, and graphic T-shirts, sweaters, and the like for both women and men. Prices and styles are comparable to Urban Outfitters, but the look is distinctly New York. Page 41.

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Serving creative versions of American comfort food 24/7, trendy Cafeteria offers great people-watching from its massive garage-door windows (there's outdoor seating when the weather warms) and a see-and-be-seen vibe. It's fun for breakfast, and even more enjoyable for a late-night nosh after partying at nearby G Lounge or Barracuda. Page 15.

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The legendary Chelsea Hotel closed in 2011. Page 11.

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A clean, relatively modern, and reasonably priced hotel with a terrific location in the heart of Manhattan's gayest neighborhood, the Chelsea Savoy Hotel (204 W. 23rd St., 212-929-9353 or 866-929-9353) sits at the corner of 23rd and 7th, across from David Barton gym and close to Restivo, Thai Taste, and many other fine restaurants. Rooms are quite basic with simple cookie-cutter chain-style furnishings, but rates start at a rock-bottom $99 for singles. Page 61.

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Part of the Chelsea's Finest Restaurants dining group, Cuba Cafe (200 8th Ave., 212-633-1570) is one of a handful of great eateries along bustling and tres-gay 8th Avenue - it's close to other members of the group, including Tello Italian restaurant and Casa Havana. Cuba Cafe has made a name for itself with its potent mojito cocktails, dishy weekend brunches, and such menu mainstays as chorizo with port wine, plantain rellenos with smoked bacalao sauce, and tuna with a coconut-ginger ceviche. Page 52.

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Occupying a dramatic contemporary building at 219 W. 19th St. (212-691-6500; for tickets call 212-924-0077), Chelsea's esteemed Dance Theater Workshop is one of lower Manhattan's cultural gems and a renowned performing arts center for contemporary dance. Performances are staged here throughout the year, and there are also visual-art installations in the lobby, which is home to the superb Lucky Star Cafe, a wonderful spot for coffee, cocktails, and light food. Page 42.

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How do all those hot, buffed guys dancing shirtless at Splash tone their bodies (apart from eating nothing but protein shakes from Energy Kitchen and faux-ice cream from Pinkberry and Tasti D-Lite)? They work out at Chelsea's preeminent gym, David Barton, which has long had a popular gay following. This spotless, well-equipped facility is at 215 W. 23rd St. (212-414-2022). Page 7.

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Romantic, surprisingly affordable, and with delightful garden that bursts with color during the warmer months, East of Eighth (254 W. 23rd St., 212-352-0075) is the quintessential gay Chelsea date place - perfect whether you're heading out with a friend you just met, or celebrating an occasion with someone special. The cozy two-level space, with a fun bar on the lower floor, serves globally influenced fare and is especially pleasant for weekend brunch. Many evenings there's cabaret. Page 13.

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A simple, reliable place for fueling up on high-protein fare, Energy Kitchen is just off of 8th Avenue and doesn't offer much in the way of ambience, but it's a good option if you're looking for a quick burger, energy shake, hearty breakfast (try the five egg whites with bison burger), seared-tuna salad, protein muffin, or the like. Page 36.

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The dapper, slick, and unabashedly upscale G Lounge was the first NYC gay bar - and one of the first in the country - to go all out in style and design. It opened in 1997, offering Chelsea boys an alternative to the usual dark-walled, black-plywood, dimly lighted, windowless cells that had been the norm for years. G paved the way for the many swanky gay bars that have opened since, and it remains true to its origins, packed nightly with well-dressed men of all ages. Page 12.

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Since it opened well over a decade ago, the groovy and gracious Barracuda (275 W. 22nd St., 212-645-8613) has always felt a bit like an East Village bar that slipped across town when nobody was looking. It's dark, narrow, and with a stylish, slightly arty vibe, and the crowd is more eclectic and generally with less attitude than at some Chelsea gay hangouts. Page 3.

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Another of Chelsea's rather garish sex-toy and porn stores, the Blue Store (206 8th Ave.) has garnered its share of bad press since it opened nearly a decade ago, first stirring the ire of neighbors who complained about its relentless blue-neon facade and the neighborhood's seeming excess of such establishments. Then a couple of years ago cops shuttered the place for following a prostitution sting. The store has cleaned up its act some and is now a great source of gay erotica, lube, and such. Page 17.

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A guide and gallery to gay-popular bars, restaurants, hotels, shops, and attractions in New York City's hip and trendy Chelsea neighborhood, along with coverage of the adjacent Meatpacking District.

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A guide and gallery to gay-popular bars, restaurants, hotels, shops, and attractions in New York City's hip and trendy Chelsea neighborhood, along with coverage of the adjacent Meatpacking District.

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A guide and gallery to gay-popular bars, restaurants, hotels, shops, and attractions in New York City's hip and trendy Chelsea neighborhood, along with coverage of the adjacent Meatpacking District.

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A guide and gallery to gay-popular bars, restaurants, hotels, shops, and attractions in New York City's hip and trendy Chelsea neighborhood, along with coverage of the adjacent Meatpacking District.

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A guide and gallery to gay-popular bars, restaurants, hotels, shops, and attractions in New York City's hip and trendy Chelsea neighborhood, along with coverage of the adjacent Meatpacking District.

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Part of a mini-franchise of gay bars around the country, Houston's trendy and fun JR's Bar and Grill anchors a busy district of gay nightlife. It's been going strong for many years and comprises an always-packed two-tier bar as well as a quite spacious patio. From here you're steps from a number of other fun gay bars. The crowd tends toward professional, with ages generally running in the 20s and 30s. Page 23.

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A hip and upscale gay bar that's relatively new to Houston's bustling Montrose GLBT gay nightlife district, F Bar comprises two very inviting spaces. Inside, there's a dark and clubby space with lounge-y chairs and good music playing - it's in here that popular karaoke nights are held, and where you'll here DJs spinning tunes on weekends. Outside, though, is F Bar's most inviting spot - an expansive, well-decorated patio with a fire pit, bar, and plenty of room to mingle and chat.

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In a modern shopping center in Montrose, about a mile northwest of the main strip of gay nightspots around Pacific and Crocker streets, Guava Lamp is a reliably fun and popular gay video bar, and above that, Vue - which opened in spring 2011 - is one of the city's hottest gay dance clubs. These two establishments are entirely separate but with the same ownership. They're both plenty of fun - which you might choose to visit depends simply on whether you're up for chatting or dancing. Page 2.

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The former estate of the unlikely and unfortunately named heiress Miss Ima Hogg, Bayou Bend sits - as you might expect - at a bend in the city's east-west-meandering river, Buffalo Bayou. From the parking lot, a suspension bridge (pictured here) leads across the bayou to acres of beautifully laid out gardens and Miss Hogg's stunningly furnished mansion, which is furnished with priceless antiques and art. Page 3.

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Cafe Annie closed in 2009. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 4.

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A cheerful deli and cafe on a busy street corner in the trendy Heights District, Carter & Cooley occupies a vintage drugstore filled with natty marble-top cafe tables and hardwood floors - there are also a few seats outside on the sidewalk. This is a great lunch stop for shoppers along West 19th Street, with a nice selection of sandwiches and salads - classic Ruebens, grilled Portobello mushroom sandwiches, BLTs, and so on. Page 5.

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Houstonians in search of high-grade, innovatively prepared Italian fare head to Coppa Ristorante Italiano, formerly Catalan Spanish restaurant, a snazzy spot in River Oaks, not far from Memorial Park and a short drive from Montrose and downtown (the same owners have another excellent restaurant in Midtown, Ibiza). The airy, high-ceilinged restaurant set in an otherwise unremarkable shopping center excels with memorable food and a great wine list. Page 6.

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A beautiful, well-stocked gourmet food store in the snazzy Highland Village area, about midway between tres-gay Montrose and the tony Galleria, Central Market is ground-zero for food lovers in search of epicurean treasures, from hard-to-find cheeses and charcuterie to super-fresh produce, fine chocolates, and rich coffee beans. Of course, the aisles are a fun place to meet cute fellow shoppers. Page 7.

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One of the longest-running of several antiques shops and galleries in Houston's historic Heights District, Chippendale Eastlake Antiques - which is right beside the popular restaurant Shade - is a multidealer shop with a huge selection of furniture, collectibles, curios, and the like. Page 8.

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Viewed here looked north from the city's emerging Midtown neighborhood, downtown Houston has one of the more dramatic skylines in the country, in terms of skyscraping towers. Page 9.

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Empire Cafe is one of the best brunch spots in Montrose, an attractive space built around a former service station that has ample seating on two different patios as well as in a pair of cozy dining rooms. It's along the short but interesting stretch of Westheimer Road that's lined with antiques shops, and the Empire draws a nice mix of folks - gays and lesbians, artsy types, shoppers, students, and the like. Page 10.

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In a city that abounds with style and Fortune 500 companies, it's no surprise that shopping is a major sport around Houston, with the posh Galleria shopping mall leading the way. Wander this immense retail center on the west side of the city - a few miles west of Montrose on Westheimer Road - and you'll always see plenty of

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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.