Gay & Lesbian Travel Sitemap - Page 7 2016-09-26

Havana Dallas bar - Havana Latin gay club - Havanna in the Crossroads Oak Lawn - Dallas gay Latino bars - Hispanic gay dance clubs Texas - gay Latino
One of the several very popular gay bars that are part of Oak Lawn's famed

Hotel Saint Germain - Hotel St. Germain Dallas - Hotel St Germain Maple Avenue - luxury gay inns Dallas - Dallas gay-friendly accommodations photos
Set in a dapper white mansion in the city's uptown neighborhood, the gay-friendly Hotel St. Germain is a charming old-world inn and restaurant. The inn's seven suites are done with lavish New Orleans and Parisian antiques, bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs, canopied feather beds, Bulgari bath amenities, fireplaces, and plenty of other luxe touches. This is a wonderful place to stay if you're planning a romantic special occasion. Page 5.

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A satellite branch of the popular Oak Lawn gay hangout Hunky's, this cheerful little shop selling burgers, chicken sandwiches, fries, and hot dogs is in Oak Cliff, in the heart of the Bishop Avenue Arts District. Page 23.

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At the uber-gay intersection of Cedar Springs and Throckmorton, the Oak Lawn branch of Hunky's ranks among the most likely spots in town to find queens noshing on fast-food - meaning hefty burgers (the chili-cheeseburger is a favorite), barbecue chicken sandwiches,

Knox-Henderson neighborhood Dallas - Knox-Henderson restaurants shops - Southern Methodist University restaurants - SMU Knox-Henderson district gay
An upscale dining and retail district near Southern Methodist University, Knox-Henderson (where Knox and Henderson streets, just west of Central Expressway) is a short drive north of Oak Lawn and a popular spot among local gays and lesbians for shopping (Crate & Barrel, Restoration Hardware) and dining (Toulouse Cafe, MoMo's Pasta, Highland Park Pharmacy and Soda Fountain, Sangria Tapas Y Bar). The neighborhood was established in the 1920s and has enjoyed a steady revitalization in recent years. Page 19.

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Travis Walk is a snazzy compound in the hip Knox-Henderson neighborhood with several hip and gay-friendly restaurants, among them Ziziki's, Little Katana, L'Ancestral, and Chateau Wine Market and Bodega Bar. Within a short walk of this elegant building with its open-air courtyards are several other very nice restaurants. Knox-Henderson is near Southern Methodist Univeristy (SMU), and a short drive north of Oak Lawn. Page 17.

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Unveiled in 2006, the Legacy of Love Monument stands in the Oak Lawn Triange, at the junction of Oak Lawn Avenue and Cedar Springs Road. The 27-foot-tall column and small surrounding garden was constructed in honor of Friedhelm Schnitzler, who died of AIDS, although its creators point out that the monument is a tribute to all of Oak Lawn's citizens, gay and straight, those who have passed on, and those who are very much alive. Page 2.

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The Dallas mecca for upscale retail, NorthPark Center is a short drive north of downtown and contains a bevy of great shops and boutiques, many of them on the swanky side - Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy's, Versace, Bulgari, Abercrombie & Fitch, Anthropologie, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Diesel, Giorgio Armani, J. Jill, Juicy Couture, L'Occitane, Origins, PUMA, Steve Madden, True Religion, TUMI, Urban Outfitters, and many others. Page 20.

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Flashy and fun Out Lines, which is run by the same folks who operate the uber-gay underwear shop Skivvies, is a fixture along Cedar Springs Road in Oak Lawn. When you're in need of a smart, hip outfit for clubbing in

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A review of Station 4, one of the largest gay clubs in Texas.

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There may not be a more extensive, impressive, and popular gay underwear shop in America than this massive emporium of g-strings, jockstraps, briefs, boxer-briefs, and skimpy club-gear and wear. Skivvies is owned by the same team behind the smart-casual clothier Out Lines, which is just around the corner, and it carries just about every trendy and popular underwear brand, from Unico to AssieBum to Ginch Gonch. It's a must for gay Dallas shopping mavens and anyone with an underwear fetish. Page 7.

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Often referred to as

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A popular recreation area for residents of Dallas, and a favorite spot of gay and lesbian sunbathers, White Rock Lake lies several miles northeast of downtown and comprises a number of points of interest, including a dog park, boathouse, beaches and jogging trails, and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. There's not a gay section per se, but the lake just has something of a

Zaguan Bakery - Zaguan Cafe Dallas - Zaguan Oak Lawn - Dallas Latin American restaurants - South American gay-friendly dining Dallas - Zaguan eatery
An Oak Lawn favorite for delicious Latin American meals - breakfast, lunch, and dinner - Zaguan Bakery & Cafe specializes in the vibrant and flavorful cuisine of Venezuela, Colombia, and Argentina. Specialties include beef and cheese empanadas; chopped marinated chicken with black beans, rice, and plaintains; and a variety of pastries and baked goods. Cachapas are another favorite dish here - sweet-corn turnover stuffed with all sorts of delicious ingredients, from prosciutto to chicken-avocado. Page 15.

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A raffish, low-attitude neighborhood bar that's known for its sizable stable of strippers and unquestionably strong drinks, Zippers is part of a small cluster of no-nonsense gay bars around Fitzhugh Avenue, just west of the North Central Expressway. Zippers tends to draw a somewhat older, and almost exclusively male crowd. Page 21.

Dallas Gay Travel Guide and Photo Gallery
A guide and gay gallery to Dallas, Texas

Dallas Gay Travel Guide and Photo Gallery
A guide and gay gallery to Dallas, Texas

Denver Cheesman Park - Cheesman Park Photos - Cheesman Park in Summer - Cruising Denver Parks - Sunbathing in Cheesman Park - Cheeseman Park Denver
A look at Denver's splendidly verdant Cheesman Park, during a warm sunny day in early September. The park is the site of Denver's annual Gay Pride celebration, with the parade starting from the park.

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A view of Denver's downtown skyline, from an upper floor of the JW Marriott Denver at Cherry Creek. Page 16.

Charlie's Denver - Charlie's Gay Bar - Charlie's East Colfax - Best Gay Country Bars - Charlie's Western Gay Bar - Colorado Gay Rodeo Association
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 15.

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Anchoring an attractive, historic residential neighorhood east of the Colorado State Capitol building, Cheesman Park is one of Denver's prettiest green spaces and also the most popular outdoorsy area in the city among gays and lesbians, who typically lay out on the lawns, play frisbee, picnic, jog, and relax here throughout the year, and especially in summer. It's from this leafy park with wonderful views of the Rocky Mountains that the Gay Pride Parade commences each June. Page 2.

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Southeast of downtown Denver and nearby Cheesman Park, you'll find the Mile High City's favorite destination for high-end shopping, Cherry Creek Shopping Center, with its anchors of Macy's, Neiman-Marcus, Nordstrom, and Sake Fifth Avenue. On weekends, the lanes here are as packed with stylish gay men and lesbians as any bar in town. Page 20.

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With a massive gilt dome and a prominent position overlooking Denver's Civic Center park and downtown, the 18-story-tall Colorado Capitol Building is one of the city's great landmarks. The building was constructed in the 1890s of white granite, and the famous dome was added in 1908. It's a short walk to the Denver Art Museum in one direction, and to Cheesman Park and the city's most gay-popular residential neighborhood, in the other. Page 51.

Compound Denver - Denver Basix Compound South Broadway - Denver Cruise Bars - Gay Discos South Broadway - Men For Men Denver - Gay Nightlife Denver
A favorite gay hangout since 1997, 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 24.

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A look at the hip and quirky Curtis, a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, in downtown, Denver. Page 27.

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Of Denver coffeehouses, few have a stronger following with the gay and lesbian community than the Dazbog Coffee Co. branch in Capitol Hill (it was formerly Diedrich Coffee), which is close to Cheesman Park, Capitol Hill Mansion B&B, and the many gay-friendly business in the neighborhood. This popular spot is a great spot to grab an espresso and a gay newspaper and people-watch. Dazbog has numerous locations throughout metro Denver. Page 46.

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With six different lines serving downtown Denver and outlying suburbs and neighborhoods (Littleton, Englewood, University of Denver, IVESCO Field, Six Flags at Elitch Gardens, etc.), Denver's sleek Light Rail is clean, fast, and convenient - an excellent way to get around the region, and avoid the traffic that's sometimes problematic here (especially around rush hour). There are 36 Light Rail stations with locations all around the metro area. Page 39.

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A view west toward the mountains, from a room balcony at downtown's Westin Tabor Center. I shot this in November, during a light snowfall. Page 4.

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Established in 1972 and now one of the nation's preeminent cultural institutions, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts has evolved over the years into an impressive complex of theaters and concert halls. Components include the Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre, Newton Auditorium (built in 1908 but fully renovated in 2004), the intimate Garner Galleria Theatre, the Helen Bonfils Theatre complex, and the stunning Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Page 6.

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With its headquarters near Coors Field in Denver's Warehouse District, the Gill Foundation is one of the world's most successful organizations working on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights. It was founded by software entrepreneur Tim Gill, and it finances the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado and the Democracy Project. The Gill Foundation is but one aspect of Denver's vibrant, energetic, and quite powerful gay and lesbian community. Page 33.

Heaven Sent Me Denver - Denver Adult Videos - Heaven Sent Me Pride Gifts - Heaven Sent Me South Broadway - Denver Gay Bookstores - Gay Movies Denver
Along Denver's steadily gentrifying and gay-popular South Broadway, the boutique Heaven Sent Me carries a wide range of gay-themed Pride gifts, adult novelties, bondage and leather gear, lube, condoms, candles, sex toys, and all sorts of erotica. Page 31.

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An area of northwest Denver just across I-25 from downtown and with a growing following among gays and lesbians, Highland (which many people also refer to as Highlands or West Highlands) is known for its wealth of restored Victorian and early-20th-century bungalows and houses, plus a groovy commercial district around the intersection of Lowell Boulevard and West 32nd Avenue, where you'll find several good restaurants (Highland's Garden Cafe, Bang) and some fun shops. Page 42.

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Set inside a pair of lovingly restored Victorian houses in Denver's gentrified Highlands district, a short drive northwest of downtown, the Highland's Garden Cafe serves exceptionally fine contemporary American food - the setting couldn't be more romantic, and the management is extremely gay-friendly and friendly. Page 8.

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Denver's lone member of the highly gay-friendly Kimpton brand hotel group, the Hotel Monaco comprises a pair of adjoining early-20th-century downtown buildings in the center of downtown, close to the 16th Street Mall and near a slew of great restaurants and shops - it's an easy walk from here to LoDo, Larimer Square, and the city's Civic Center Mall. The hotel's warmly furnished 189 rooms have playfully elegant striped wallpaper, L'Occitane bath products, and flat-screen TVs. Page 9.

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Super-cushy and occupying a handsome, historic building a short walk from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver's gay-friendly Hotel Teatro has plenty going for it: the 110 rooms have high ceilings and tall windows, free Wi-Fi, elegant bathrooms done in marble and Indonesian sandstone finishes, and stylish mod furnishings (including gorgeous bedding with luxuriant fabrics). There are also two stellar restaurants on-site, Kevin Taylor and Prima - both operated by local chef-celeb. Page 56.

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Il Vicino serves tasty, creatively prepared pizzas in Denver's Broadway area, close to gay nightlife along South Broadway. The popular, sleekly decorated restaurant (it's part of a regional chain with branches in New Mexioc, Kansas, Missouri, and elsewhere in Colorado) occupies a vintage automobile showroom with high ceilings and a large patio. Il Vicino also serves pastas and salads, as well as a nice range of wines and microbrews. Page 47.

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A luxury hotel with gorgeous rooms, solicitous employees, and a fantastic location for shopaholics beside Cherry Creek Shopping Center and Cherry Creek North, the gay-friendly JW Marriott Denver at Cherry Creek has 196 handsomely appointed (and quite large) rooms, all with DVD/CD players, marble and granite bathrooms with separate showers, and large flat-screen TVs. Page 35.

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On the immediate west edge of downtown, just below LoDo, the historic Larimer Square district abounds with trendy boutiques, restaurants, cafes, and lounges. The neighborhood has a somewhat upscale but artsy vibe, and although there are no specifically gay-oriented nightspots or hangouts here, Larimer Square definitely has a bit of a gay vibe. The neighborhood runs along Market, Larimer, and Lawrence streets, between 14th and 15th streets. Page 17.

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The once bustling LoDo (Lower Downtown) section of Denver had become forlorn and shady by the 1980s, which is when local preservationists, developers, and entrepreneurs - include quite a few artists and creative spirits - began investing in this neighborhood just north of Downtown Denver proper. The district anchored by historic Union Station has become tremendously successful and popular, so much so that artists have been somewhat priced out in favor of more commercial businesses. Page 40.

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An excellent choice if you're seeking a huge, reasonably priced downtown Denver hotel that's gay-friendly and centrally located, the Denver Magnolia is steps from 16th Street Mall and has a Denver Light Rail stop right in front of it. Rooms are upscale and attractive, but what I like best about this property are the huge suites - there are 119 of them, more than any other hotel downtown. Following a huge renovation in summer 2008, the entire property was brought up to date. Page 37.

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A friendly, slightly offbeat neighborhood spot in historic North Platte Street area by Commons Park and REI's flagship store, Mona's Restaurant is open for daily breakfast and lunch and is especially popular on weekends. The omelets and scrambles are quite good - you can order them with a slew of ingredients, from peppered bacon to caramelized onions. Among sandwiches, consider the Maverick Ranch burger with pepper-Jack cheese. Page 52.

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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 28.

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Part of the emerging ArtDistrict on Santa Fe Drive, the Museo de las Americas uses innovative art exhibits and other programming to help enlighten Denver about the city's rich Latin American community, and Latin American arts and culture more generally. The museum stages rotating exhibits throughout the year. Page 57.

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Opened in 1891, Denver's fabled Oxford Hotel experienced its share of highs and lows over the decades before undergoing a major restoration and becoming a landmark in the redevelopment of the city's historic LoDo (Lower Downtown) district. In addition to be close to such LoDo landmarks as the Tattered Cover bookstore and Wynkoop Brewery, the 80-room hotels stands out for its reasonable rates (by upscale-hotel standards), ornate architectural details, and comfortable accommodations. Page 38.

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The acclaimed Italian restaurant at Denver's gay-popular Hotel Monaco, the handsome Panzano serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner - it's an excellent dining option throughout the day, starting at 7 am and continuing till 11 at night. There's also a popular happy hour in The Taverna at Panzano, from 4 to 6 pm nightly (with half-price drinks). Panzano has a great wine list, including plenty of selections by the glass. Page 26.

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Platte Street is the main drag of a small but up-and-coming Denver neighborhood generally referred to as the Commons or Central Platte Valley. It's just a short walk from LoDo (Lower Downtown) via the sleek Millennium Bridge, and it's the locale of a huge and very cool REI Store (a flagship, in fact) as well as a few nifty shops and cafes, such as Mona's (actually on 15th St., but just a block away). Page 50.

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It only makes sense that one of the most active, outdoorsy cities in the country would have a huge, impressive flagship branch of the popular REI chain, which is known for its sporting gear, camping equipment, outdoor apparel, and expert guiding and outdoors instruction. REI is just north of downtown in the historic 1901 Tramway building, along Platte Street near the up-and-coming Commons neighborhood. Features include an in-house Starbucks, 45-foot climbing wall, and huge equipment inventory. Page 36.

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Just a 20-mile drive west of downtown Denver, rugged and picturesque Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre is one of the most alluring - and popular - attractions in the region. The stunning landscape was once a gathering spot of Ute Indians, and by the late 19th century had been named Garden of the Angels, and then later Garden of the Titans. Today the park and its dramatic red sandstone boulders are a favorite hiking venue, and home to an dramatic open-air amphitheater that stages top-name concerts. Page 7.

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Helmed by talented chef Jennifer Jasinski and situated in downtown Denver's bustling Larimer Square district, Rioja is one of the city's top tables - a modern, trendy space serving beautifully crafted, innovative Mediterranean food. The bar also turns out some of the most sophisticated cocktails in the city, and is very much a place to see and be seen (in that nonetheless unfussy Denver sort of way). Page 30.

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The Ritz-Carlton Denver opened in 2008, adding a new standard for luxury in the Mile City. The sleek, contemporary hotel is a bit more airy and less formal than is sometimes the case with Ritz-Carlton properties, and the hotel has a convenient, central location in the center of downtown, a short walk from LoDo, and a short drive or taxi ride to gay nightlife in Capitol Hill and on East 17th Avenue. Page 43.

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One of several cool and festive dining options around Larimer Square, the boisterous Samba Room offers up plenty of tasty Latin fare along with live Brazilian tunes in the lounge. The restaurant, which also has gay-friendly locations in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, is known for creative pan-Latin cuisine, such as Colombian-style sweet-corn arepas with shredded beef, and seared sea scallops served with boniato-mashed potatoes, ropa vieja, and a yuzu-citrus emulsion. Page 54.

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A formerly down-at-the-heels neighborhood southwest of downtown Denver, Santa Fe Drive re-emerged in the early 2000s as one of the city's leading destinations for independent, cutting-edge art galleries. Increasingly, the neighborhood, which is known officially as Denver's ArtDistrict on Santa Fe, has also seen an influx of dining and other independent retail options. Located along Santa Fe Drive primarily between 5th and 11th avenues, the district is perfect for an afternoon of artsy exploring. Page 45.

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In the shadows of Coors Field and fast-becoming a de rigueur breakfast spot for serious fans of huevos rancheros, sweet-potato pancakes, and biscuits and gravy, Snooze is a fun, breezy little restaurant that opens early (6:30 am on weekdays, 7 on weekends) and serves just breakfast and lunch (it closes promptly at 2:30). With a Mid-Century Modern design that creates a distinctly fabulous retro-cool vibe (Jetsons-meets-Happy Days, as the owners describe it), Snooze is a cheerful place to start. Page 13.

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Running north-south through the heart of downtown Denver, the 16th Street Mall is a pedestrian stretch of shops and restaurants designed in 1982 by renowned International-style architect I.M. Pei. It's served by a free bus line, making it a great way to get from one part of downtown to the other. Aesthetically, the 16th Street Mall looks a bit like a produce of the '80s - it's neither as historically uplifting as LoDo or as slick as the new Denver Commons community. Page 29.

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Affordable and festive Bang, in northwest Denver's trendy Highland neighborhood, serves lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. The contemporary, attractive space is hung with modern art, and the food is similarly innovative (with an emphasis on Southern-style cuisine): try flash-fried calamari with sweet red-chile sauce, shrimp po-boys with Tabasco-mayo, country-fried chicken breast with buttermilk-mashed potatoes, and pulled pork with crisp potatoes, salsa verde, and pickled red onions. Page 49.

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A review of Boyztown gay bar, in Denver, Colorado. Page 10.

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Although a number of stylish, contemporary hotels have opened in Denver over the past few years, the city's gold standard for luxury and opulence remains the elegant and historic Brown Place Hotel, which is in the heart of downtown. ornately decorated hotel opened in 1892 and has been visited by every U.S. president since Teddy Roosevelt (except for Calvin Coolidge - although perhaps he visited and nobody noticed). The hotel's signature feature is its dramatic eight-story atrium lobby. Page 11.

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An avant-garde performance and arts space in Denver's Highland neighborhood, the Bug Theatre occupies a building that was constructed in 1912 as nickelodeon movie cinema. The highly regarded space, which puts on a number of programs with gay and lesbian interest, keeps busy year-round with cutting-edge theater and film. Page 12.

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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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Gay-owned, luxurious, and historic, the Capitol Hill Mansion has a terrific central location in the heart of Denver, on an attractive residential street close to downtown arts and culture, handsome Cheesman Park, and gay bars and restaurants. The towering Queen Anne inn has eight rooms, all of them quite spacious and with different configurations - some have balconies and fireplaces, and three of them are full suites with separate sitting rooms. Page 14.

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A look at Denver's up-and-coming Central Platte Valley neighborhood, which is just north of LoDo and Union Station. Page 23.

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A slightly artsy, offbeat casual restaurant and bar close to Denver's gay nightlife strip along South Broadway, the Hornet draws a youthful, laid-back bunch. It's by no means a gay hangout, but you will often seen family here, perhaps noshing before heading to BoyzTown or the Compound, or maybe a flick at the nearby Mayan Theater. The low-slung, retro-chic decor has sort of an old-school appeal, and the kitchen serves affordable American chow and cheap drinks. Page 34.

JR's Denver - JR's Denver closed
JR's Denver, the popular gay video bar for many years, has closed. Page 53.

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Known for its affordable, well-prepared American fare (with plenty of Italian and Southwestern favorites, too), Racine's has been a favorite of Denver's gay community since it opened in 1983 (back then in a different location). The new incarnation, with its handsome high-ceilinged dining room and spacious patio, is even more appealing. After a night of reveling at Tracks or JR's, it's also a terrific spot to recover with a hearty brunch. Page 22.

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A casual, romantic, and elegant bistro near Cheesman Park that had specialized in top-notch contemporary Euro-inspired American fare, Sparrow (410 E. 7th Ave.) closed in 2008 and has been replaced by Lala's Wine Bar (303-861-WINE), which has a nice menu of creative tapas and an excellent wine list. Page 59.

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Celeb chef Richard Sandoval (who also operates Zengo and La Sandia, plus a number of eateries in other cities) runs Tamayo, a slick contemporary Mexican eatery in bustling Larimer Square. A reliable pre-clubbing option, Tamayo serves dinner nightly and lunch on weekdays. There's a great, gay-popular happy hour on weekdays from 5 until 7 - don't miss the fresh mango mojito. Chile-crusted calamari with a chipotle-blood-orange reduction stars among the appetizers. Page 41.

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Book-lovers spend hours browsing the hundreds of shelves of Tattered Cover Bookstore, which is one of the nation's most impressive indie booksellers. Inside a landmark building (it once housed Morey Mercantile) in LoDo and with a massive inventory that includes a superb section of gay, lesbian, and queer studies titles as well as an extensive newsstand and a cool little cafe, the Tattered Cover is easy to reach from the 16th Street pedestrian mall and downtown hotels. Page 5.

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A popular sex, leather, and erotica shop on Broadway, the Crypt caters to straights and gays with a huge selection of fetish wear, bondage toys, cards and gifts, condoms and lube, x-rated DVDs and magazines, and the like. It's close to the Compound/Basix and BoyzTown gay bars. Page 58.

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Since 1983, The Market has been treating Denverites to fantastic breakfast, lunch, and light dinner fare, plus excellent baked goods, strong and flavorful coffee, and some of the better people-watching in town. In lively Larimer Square, The Market is open from 6 am daily until late (midnight on Fridays and Saturdays). The breakfast burrito here is a signature dish, but also consider the raspberry blintzes, Cajun chicken salad, muffuletta sandwiches, and daily soups. Page 21.

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The architectural landmark that best defines Denver's historic Lower Downtown (LoDo) neighborhood, the Beaux-Arts Denver Union Station was built in 1894 (replacing an earlier structure that burned in a fire. Denver is currently redeveloping Union Station and the surrounding 19.5 acres to become an mixed-use transportation and retail hub serving the Regional Transportation District and its FasTracks program. It currently serves Amtrak, the Denver Ski Train, and the city's Light Rail. Page 25.

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For more than 30 years, LoDo's convivial and gay-popular Wazee Supper Club has been pleasing hungry diners. 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 44.

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An upscale high-rise hotel along downtown Denver's 16th Street pedestrian mall, the Westin Tabor Center has spacious, handsomely appointed rooms and a full slate of amenities - heated indoor and outdoor pools, a nice-size gym (plus running maps of the city), a sun deck, business center, and a few restaurants including a Starbucks and a branch of the Palm steak house. Although it's not one of the city's more exciting properties, the Westin is well-run, gay-friendly, and very conveniently located. Page 55.

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Established in part by Denver's current mayor, the progressive and very gay-supportiver John Hickenlooper, the Wynkoop Brewing Company was one of the first businesses to help jump-start the rejuvenation of the city's historic Lower Downtown (LoDo) neighborhood. That was 1988, and Wynkoop remains ever popular today, a great spot for sampling fine-crafted microbrews (there's a particularly good

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A culinary highlight of the fast-growing Central Platte Valley neighborhood and adjacent Commons Park, Zengo is run by one of the nation's most famous chefs of creative Mexican cuisine, Richard Sandoval, who has other great restaurants in Denver (La Sandia, Tamayo) as well as eateries in Las Vegas, Acapulco, New York City, San Francisco, Dubai, Mexico City, and Washington, DC - which has another branch of Zengo). This upscale, stylish spot serves fusion-y Latin-Asian fare. Page 32.

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One of a few avant-garde galleries along Navajo Street in the hip Highland neighborhood northwest of downtown, Zip 37 reps a variety of both established and up-and-coming artists. A nice feature about Zip 37 is that it carries not only high-ticket major works but also extremely affordable pieces in its cool little

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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 3.

Denver Gay Travel Guide and Photo Gallery
With the one of the nation's largest and most dynamic gay scenes, the sunny and scenic city of Denver lies just east of the glorious Rocky Mountains and offers visitors a dazzling array of attractions and diversions, from leafy parks to esteemed cultural institutions to hip yet friendly restaurants and gay bars. Here's a gay photo tour of the Mile High City.

Denver Gay Travel Guide and Photo Gallery
With the one of the nation's largest and most dynamic gay scenes, the sunny and scenic city of Denver lies just east of the glorious Rocky Mountains and offers visitors a dazzling array of attractions and diversions, from leafy parks to esteemed cultural institutions to hip yet friendly restaurants and gay bars. Here's a gay photo tour of the Mile High City.

Denver Gay Travel Guide and Photo Gallery
With the one of the nation's largest and most dynamic gay scenes, the sunny and scenic city of Denver lies just east of the glorious Rocky Mountains and offers visitors a dazzling array of attractions and diversions, from leafy parks to esteemed cultural institutions to hip yet friendly restaurants and gay bars. Here's a gay photo tour of the Mile High City.

Denver Gay Travel Guide and Photo Gallery
With the one of the nation's largest and most dynamic gay scenes, the sunny and scenic city of Denver lies just east of the glorious Rocky Mountains and offers visitors a dazzling array of attractions and diversions, from leafy parks to esteemed cultural institutions to hip yet friendly restaurants and gay bars. Here's a gay photo tour of the Mile High City.

Denver Gay Travel Guide and Photo Gallery
With the one of the nation's largest and most dynamic gay scenes, the sunny and scenic city of Denver lies just east of the glorious Rocky Mountains and offers visitors a dazzling array of attractions and diversions, from leafy parks to esteemed cultural institutions to hip yet friendly restaurants and gay bars. Here's a gay photo tour of the Mile High City.

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Buck's Saloon Chicago - Buck's Gay Bar Chicago
Buck's Saloon, a former gay bar in Chicago's Boystown neighborhood. Page 48.

Progress Bar, Chicago
The former Cocktail Bar in Chicago is now Progress Bar. Page 5.

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Ann Sather diners, Chicago, IL. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 3.

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Andersonville has a number of excellent restaurants but few that could be called bona fide destination dining experiences. Anteprima (5316 N. Clark St., 773-506-9990), however, is worth seeking out. This softly lighted, romantic purveyor of rustic but sophisticated Italian fare occupies a deep storefront space along Clark Street, and in warm weather there's additional dining on a wooden deck in back. Page 11.

Tapas Gitana, in Lakeview, Chicago
Tapas Gitana, Chicago. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 27.

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Partly a silly store for gay-themed adult novelties and gifts, and partly Chicago's go-to for bachelorette party supplies, Batteries Not Included is a fun little stop along any retail browse of Halsted Street. Page 42.

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Drag queens, club kids, and pretty much anyone seeking a cool costume regularly scour the racks of Beatnix, a retro-fabulous boutique along bustling gay Halsted Street that's packed with flashy attire, wigs, hats, make-up, and assorted glam-wear. Page 43.

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Although not actually in either Lakeview or Andersonville, the endearingly fabulous gay bar Big Chicks is relatively close to both district, in Chicago's ethnically diverse Uptown neighborhood. What stands out about this laid-back but highly popular gay bar with a vaguely sports-bar vibe is that it welcomes a genuine mix of lesbians, gay guys, heteros, and everybody else, and the crowd is age-varied and generally low on attitude but high on style. Page 2.

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On the southern edge of Lakeview, the Broadway outpost of Bobtail Ice Cream is a great little spot for a sweet treat - Bobtail produces a number of tasty flavors, from merlot (try it with dark-chocolate chips) to peanut-butter-chip. Page 19.

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At the northern end of the Boystown section of Halsted Street, the Center on Halsted (3656 N. Halsted St., 773-472-6469) is Chicago's extremely impressive, beautifully designed GLBT community resource center and all-purpose hangout, complete with myriad programs and events. The center's website has tons of information for GLBT visitors to the city, and it's along a stretch of gay-friendly shops and restaurants.

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Part of a small local chain of Chicago health clubs with additional branches in Bucktown and Edgewater, gay-friendly Cheetah Gym Chicago (5248 N. Clark St., 773-728-7777) is reasonably priced, well-equipped, and popular with Andersonville's many lesbians and gays. Daily guest passes are available for $12 per day. Page 38.

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Since 1983, the seemingly old-school Chicago Diner (3411 N. Halsted St., 773-935-6696) has been serving an entirely vegetarian menu, including some highly inventive fare that even meat-lovers rave about. The casual spot with rustic wood floors, deep wooden booths, and a cheery patio out back lunch and dinner seven nights a week and has long been a friend to Chicago's gay and lesbian community. Page 20.

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Chicago Male Salon (3418 N. Halsted St., 773-281-6005) is one of the city's best options for hair care, facials, and body wraps. The sleek shop along bustling North Halsted Osmotics, Billy Jealousy, GoSMILE, Truefitt & Hill, and other fashionable products, and men's cuts and shampoos start around $30. Page 46.

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In 1975, back when little Lakeview was just becoming known as one of the great gay neighborhoods in the country (and certainly well before coffee-drinking became part of the de rigueur American social experience), Coffee & Tea Exchange opened as an alternative to the crappy bulk coffee sold in most grocery stores and even restaurants. As Starbucks, Caribou, and other chains (and other indies) have sprung up in the area, Coffee & Tea Exchange has continued to thrive. Page 25.

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Open since 2002, intimate and sophisticated Firefly (3335 N. Halsted St., 773-525-2505) welcomes discerning diners with its ruby-red walls, gold curtains, neatly framed black-and-white photos - it's casual enough for a quick bite, yet perfectly charming for a date or special meal. The food ranges from casual but creative salads and sandwiches to more substantial larger plates - dependable bistro fare prepared with first-rate ingredients. The cocktail menu makes this a favorite for happy hour. Page 10.

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Named for the uber-gay Chicago street that it's located on, Halsted's Bar & Grill serves several purposes: it's one of the most popular gay-brunch venues in town, serving favorites like chilaquile scrambles and 12 different types of bloody Mary every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am until 3 pm. It's also a casual and affordable dinner spot, and then later each evening it becomes one of Boystown's more enjoyable hangouts for cocktails and cruising. Page 14.

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The popular gay burger franchise, Hamburger Mary's (5400 N. Clark St., 773-784-6969) is one of the more attractive ones in the chain, and it's also an easy-going, inclusive, and diverse hangout in the heart of Andersonville - a good spot for cocktails and to relax with friends on the patio, and a decent if not always consistently good place for a meal. As the name suggests, burgers (with campy names) are the featured fare, but you can also get plenty of other pub-food items. Page 32.

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Attached to the venerable live-music club Schuba's, the Harmony Grill is a lively, laid-back spot for delicious takes on American comfort food, including highly popular brunches - think catfish tacos with chili-lime aioli, incredibly rich mac-and-cheese, applewood-smoked pulled-pork sandwiches, and exceptionally good meatloaf - and all at great prices. It's on the west side of Lakeview, a short walk from the Boystown action along Halsted Street, and it doesn't have as gay a following as some. Page 30.

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Cleverly named and irreverently stocked, He Who Eats Mud is one of the many fun boutiques along Broadway catering to Lakeview's fun-loving, witty customers. Shop for silly cards, quite sophisticated stationary, offbeat T-shirts, and other amusing novelties and gifts. Page 17.

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Part of one of the most visible gay neighborhoods in America, Lakeview East comprises the blocks of Chicago's Lakeview area nearest the lake and including such bustling commercial strips as North Broadway and North Halsted. You'll find dozens of gay- and lesbian-popular shops, restaurants, bars, and other businesses throughout the neighborhood, which is bound by Diversey Avenue, Halsted Street, Grace Street, and Lake Michigan. Page 36.

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An immensely popular gay video bar in the heart of Chicago's Boystown neighborhood, Sidetrack (3349 N. Halsted St., 773-477-9189) is a rambling place comprising a few different bars on two different levels. This place stays busy early and late, and tends to appeal to a wide range of patrons - gay men and lesbians of all ages, though tending toward the professional, preppy side. Depending on the night, the video screens play showtunes, comedy, retro videos, on popular current music. Page 34.

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Among Lakeview gay bars, The Closet has long cultivated a friendly, mixed-gender following - in fact, it's arguably the most lesbian-popular hangout in Lakeview (and also fairly popular with straights - basically, everybody is welcome here). There's a little dance floor, and TVs show music videos and such most of the time. It's basically your friendly locals bar in Lakeview - an easy place to meet new souls. Page 8.

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One of the preeminent feminist bookstores in the country and a longtime fixture of the Andersonville community, Women and Children First (5233 N. Clark St., 773-769-9299) has an excellent selection of titles and a knowledgeable, helpful staff to recommend just the perfect read. It's also open til 9 pm many nights (6 or 7 on others), making it a nice spot to linger and browse while you wait for a table at a nearby restaurant. Page 26.

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Andersonville's cheerful A Taste of Heaven serves some of the best coffee in the neighborhood and also bakes wonderfully fragrant and tasty breads used in sandwiches, brownies, cakes, and other delectable snacks. It's a fun spot for breakfast of lunch, but desserts are the main reason to check this place out. Page 35.

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Among the many gay-popular restaurants along Halsted Street and elsewhere in Lakeview, Home Bistro stands out for its remarkably tasty, inventive, and well-priced contemporary American (with Mediterranean accents) cuisine - dishes like pan-roasted monkfish with littleneck clams and chickpea salad, double-cut pork chop with rhubarb jam, and almond-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon. The restaurant occupies a dapper storefront with a tan and brown interior and vintage mirrors on the wall. Page 18.

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Occupying the site of the long-running (and infamously raucous) Manhole club, the somewhat more eclectic but still quite cruisy Hydrate dance club (3458 N. Halsted St., 773-975-9244) has earned a loyal following for its imaginative theme nights (such as the Hydrag Revue on Wednesday nights, and occasional lube-wrestling competitions). Mostly, though, it's just a pounding and pulsing place to dance to some of the best music in the neighborhood and check out hot and shirtless patrons. Page 22.

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Rough, cruisy, and no-nonsense, the Jackhammer lies at the northern reaches of Andersonville and hasn't succumbed to the trend in Lakeview of old-school leather-and-bear bars to gradually shift with the times and cater to a slicker, preppier bunch. Yes, this is your father's gay leather bar, presenting a particularly beefy cadre of male dancers on Saturday and Sunday night, brought to you by ChicagoBeef.net. Page 24.

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A reliable and affordable, if not especially atmospheric, spot along Broadway for tasty Asian food, Joy's Noodles & Rice serves up an impressive roster of mostly Thai and Chinese favorites: spring rolls with tamarind sauce, chicken satay, fried shrimp wontons, coconut curries, cashew chicken, barbecue pork and rice, and so on. Perfect when you're looking to fill up fast and cheaply. Page 33.

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The Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club, in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. Page 23.

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Head to festive Las Mananitas for inexpensive, well-prepared Mexican food. The cheery, always-busy restaurant that often features live music doles out fairly standardized Mexican-American favorites, and in good-size portions. Page 12.

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When it's a leather collar or cockring, or any other accessory or outfit related to leather, S&M, and gay fetishwear, North Halsted's Leather Sport boutique is your one-stop. Page 37.

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Gay nightlife in Andersonville tends toward the leather and Levi's set, and a somewhat older, more bearish, and less attitude-y crowd than is typical in Lakeview bars, and this same general characterization applies to the neighborhood's gay bathhouse, Man's Country (5015 N. Clark St., 773-878-2069), which opened in the early 1970s and differs from some in this genre because of its famed gay strip shows on Friday and Saturday nights (often featuring guests from the gay porn industry). Page 44.

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For great people-watching and tasty, no-nonsense diner fare in Boystown, drop by Melrose Restaurant, a cheap and casual diner right in the thick of the North Broadway action. It's open 24 hours, so perfect after the bars nearby on Halsted Street close, and it's also a favorite in the morning for breakfast. Page 29.

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Sophisticated, trendy, but easygoing, Minibar is Halsted Street's hippest little nightspot. The cozy, smartly decorated space is known for its extensive menu of top-of-the-line liquors and skillfully mixed cocktails: capirinhas, pinapple mojitos (made only with fresh fruit), raspberry gimlets, and rousing P.I.N.K.s (caffeine- and guarana-infused vodka, Red Bull, fresh-muddle raspberries, and fresh lime juice). Now door is the newer Winebar, which also serves first-rate contemporary cuisine. Page 4.

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The silly-named Nookies Tree (3334 N. Halsted St., 773-248-9888) serves reliably good diner-inspired American fare - burgers, eggs, steak-and-cheese sandwiches, French toast, and similarly hearty food that patrons especially appreciate late on weekend evenings after bar-hopping. Nookies is open 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays, and until midnight the rest of the week. Page 39.

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Looking south along busy North Broadway, one of the main commercial strips of Lakeview (aka Boystown). This is taken just north of the intersection of North Broadway and West Roscoe Street, looking toward Starbucks. Page 41.

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One of the great legends of gay Chicago nightlife, Roscoe's Tavern & Cafe (3356 N. Halsted St., 773-281-3355) has remained fun, relevant, and busy despite the presence of many newcomers along Halsted Street over the years. Page 15.

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Scarlet gay bar, Chicago, formerly Gentry on Halsted. Page 31.

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Steamworks gay bathhouse, Chicago. Page 45.

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Andersonville has been one of Chicago's traditional Swedish strongholds for generations, although it's becoming less the case these days as the neighborhood's population continues to diversify (and gentrify). Swedish Bakery is an old-school, long-running Andersonville institution that opened in 1929 and, like Ann Sather, carries on the tradition of tasty Scandinavian food (although, in fact, the sweets of every ilk are prepared here). Page 16.

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Easily one of Chicagoland's best bets for homemade ice cream, the Sweet Occasions and More (5306 N. Clark St., 773-275-5190) sits along Andersonville's main drag. Page 13.

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Tulip, a women-owned sex shop and community space in Chicago with locations in Lakeview and Andersonville. Page 7.

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Browse treats, collars, beds, toys, soaps, and other goodies for your canine and feline friends at Wiggleyville (3337 N Broadway St., 773-528-3337), a cheerful pet boutique along North Broadway's blocks of great shopping and dining. Page 47.

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A review of Chicago's popular gay nightclub, Berlin. Page 21.

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With reasonable prices, a friendly staff, and a great location in the heart of Lakeview, the Best Western Hawthorne Terrace (3434 N. Broadway, 773-244-3434) is one of the best lodging options in the city for gay travelers. The attractive 59-room hotel has plenty of perks - refrigerators and microwaves in rooms, free Wi-Fi, relatively affordable parking. Just keep in mind that the hotel tends to book up quickly, especially in summer. Page 9.

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The impressive Fitness Formula Halsted, a gay-popular outpost of the upscale Chicago health club chain, has some of the finest facilities of any gym in the city - it's also open 24 hours during the week, and until 9 pm on weekends. It's steps from many of the city's trendiest gay bars and restaurants, in the heart of Boystown in Halsted. Page 40.

Little Jim's Tavern closed in 2014
The former gay bar Little Jim's, which had been Chicago's oldest gay bar when it closed in 2014. Page 49.

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One of the many groups who have a significant presence in Andersonville are Arab-Americans and others of Middle Eastern heritage, and for this reason, the neighborhood has some very good restaurants specializing in food from this part of the world. One long-running favorite with the LGBT community is Reza's, which also has a branch downtown in River North, and another in the town of Oak Brook. The rambling restaurant with large windows overlooking the street serves excellent food. Page 28.

Spin Nightclub Chicago - closed
Spin, a former gay nightclub in Chicago. Page 50.

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One of the nation's foremost gay-friendly and independent neighborhood bookstores since it was opened by Ed Devereux in 1980, Unabridged Bookstore (3251 N. Broadway, 773-883-9119) has a superb selection of gay and lesbian titles, plus a strong representation of travel, children's, and general literature (both contemporary and classic). It's one of Lakeview's great community gathering spots, and a wonderful asset and resource for Chicago's GLBT population. Page 6.

Boystown and Lakeview Chicago Gay Guide and Gallery
A Gay Guide to Chicago's Boystown (Lakeview) and Andersonville neighborhoods, including gay bars, restaurants, hotels, shops, and attractions.

Boystown and Lakeview Chicago Gay Guide and Gallery
A Gay Guide to Chicago's Boystown (Lakeview) and Andersonville neighborhoods, including gay bars, restaurants, hotels, shops, and attractions.

Boystown and Lakeview Chicago Gay Guide and Gallery
A Gay Guide to Chicago's Boystown (Lakeview) and Andersonville neighborhoods, including gay bars, restaurants, hotels, shops, and attractions.

Boystown and Lakeview Chicago Gay Guide and Gallery
A Gay Guide to Chicago's Boystown (Lakeview) and Andersonville neighborhoods, including gay bars, restaurants, hotels, shops, and attractions.

Boystown and Lakeview Chicago Gay Guide and Gallery
A Gay Guide to Chicago's Boystown (Lakeview) and Andersonville neighborhoods, including gay bars, restaurants, hotels, shops, and attractions.

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

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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.