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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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Nisos has closed. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 59.

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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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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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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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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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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.

Chelsea New York City Gay Travel Guide and Photo Gallery
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.

Chelsea New York City Gay Travel Guide and Photo Gallery
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.

Chelsea New York City Gay Travel Guide and Photo Gallery
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.

Chelsea New York City Gay Travel Guide and Photo Gallery
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.

Chelsea New York City Gay Travel Guide and Photo Gallery
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rubenoff Barbershop in Buenos Aires has closed. Page 16.

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A glimpse of the old neighborhood in Buenos Aires, San Telmo, after dark - the elegantly faded and worn facades of buildings and the narrow, cobblestone streets are typical of this district just east of the city center and weirdly close the the uber-futuristic neighborhood of Puerto Madero (making for a great contrast). San Telmo has become increasingly gay-identified in recent years, as it's home to the trendy Axel Hotel, numerous antiques shops, and some hip boutiques and gay-friendly cafes. Page 17.

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

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

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One of Palermo Viejo's friendliest gay and lesbian hangouts, cozy Bach Bar is within a short walk of several other gay nightspots in the area. The two-room space is equally popular among women and men and tends to draw a crowd mostly in theirs 20s and early 30s. It can get a little cramped in here when there are live bands, cabaret shows, and drag performances on the small stage, but the mood here is always quite festive and free of attitude. Page 27.

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

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

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

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The largest gay club in the city, Amerika (Gascon 1040) is on the edge of Palermo in the Almagro neighborhood. This place packs in huge (as in 2,000 revelers) crowds and is open Thursday through Sunday nights. There are multiple levels to dance and observe the scene, and Amerika draws a nice mix of sweaty club kids, stylish lesbians, heteros who love the music and vibe, and...well...pretty much everybody who's anybody in gay Buenos Aires. Page 2.

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

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

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

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A reliably fun and somewhat trendy gay bar catering to a youngish, fashionable bunch of guys (and a smaller number of women), Bulnes Class is centrally located in the Palermo neighborhood, an easy walk from Amerika disco and several other of the city's top GLBT hot spots, on an otherwise quiet residential street. The action is centered around a main bar, and comfy leather armchairs and banquettes along the wall provide a nice spot for schmoozing and people-watching. Page 5.

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

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Drawing a mix of lesbians and gay bars and with a distinctly local, unfussy, neigbhorhood ambience, Cero Consecuencia is on a central street in Palermo, not far from Bulnes Class and Amerika disco. It's a diminutive place with an even tinier front patio, through which you pass to reach the bar. Drinks are cheap here, and the small dance floor is campy and inviting - perfect if you're out with friends looking to cut loose. The crowd is quirky and varied, with more lesbians than most of the bars. Page 6.

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

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

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

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

Phill Green Buenos Aires (closed)
Phill Green Buenos Aires closed. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 13.

Buenos Aires Gay Travel Guide and Gallery
The cultural capital of South America, and one of the world's great gay destinations, Buenos Aires pulses with energy and is rife with diverse, historic, and colorful neighborhoods. Fans of shopping, wine, food, and gay nightlife will find plenty to see and do here. Here's a gallery exploring all there is to see and do in gay Buenos Aires, including such charming neighborhoods as Palermo Viejo, Palermo Hollywood, Recoleta, Belgrano, and San Telmo.

Buenos Aires Gay Travel Guide and Gallery
The cultural capital of South America, and one of the world's great gay destinations, Buenos Aires pulses with energy and is rife with diverse, historic, and colorful neighborhoods. Fans of shopping, wine, food, and gay nightlife will find plenty to see and do here. Here's a gallery exploring all there is to see and do in gay Buenos Aires, including such charming neighborhoods as Palermo Viejo, Palermo Hollywood, Recoleta, Belgrano, and San Telmo.

Buenos Aires Gay Travel Guide and Gallery
The cultural capital of South America, and one of the world's great gay destinations, Buenos Aires pulses with energy and is rife with diverse, historic, and colorful neighborhoods. Fans of shopping, wine, food, and gay nightlife will find plenty to see and do here. Here's a gallery exploring all there is to see and do in gay Buenos Aires, including such charming neighborhoods as Palermo Viejo, Palermo Hollywood, Recoleta, Belgrano, and San Telmo.

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Trendy Bar 6 is both a restaurant and lounge catering to a smart, well-dressed set in the heart of Palermo Soho's shopping and dining district. The high-ceilinged, simply furrnished spot with a giant white

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Part of the Harbor Magic Hotels collection, which comprises three distinctive, gay-friendly boutique hotels in Baltimore, the historic Admiral Fell Inn anchors one of the city's most charming neighborhoods, Fells Point. The stately, redbrick structure is made up of seven different connected buildings, some dating as far back as the 1770s - at different times, the building has served as a boarding house, theater, and - perhaps most interestingly - as a YMCA for Seamen. Page 7.

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The huge pink flamingo over the door of Cafe Hon is a sign to some that this high-camp-themed diner in Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood is ground-zero for kitsch fetishists, and evidence to others that both the restaurant and the many self-consciously groovy businesses nearby have become too touristy. If you're visiting from out of town, you're a fan of John Waters movies (he's shot a number of scenes in his films around Hampden), and you appreciate campy style, it's worth checking out Cafe Hon. Page 3.

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A favorite spot for brunch, lunch, and dinner in Mt. Vernon close to several of the city's top theaters, City Cafe is one of those convivial neighborhood hangouts that succeeds in being many things to many people - from gay-friendly coffeehouse to a sunny venue for a lavish brunch to an affordable and casual dinner spot that's ideal before or after catching a show nearby. City Cafe also has a natty bar that's packed at happy hour and serves food most night until 10:30. Page 8.

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For many years, gay and lesbian revelers have been venturing to Club 1722 (the establishment on the left in this picture) on Friday and Saturday nights after the booze-licensed bars and nightclubs around the city have closed. This diminutive but rocking space opens at 1:45, and the dancing (to a wide range of DJ-spun music) lasts for many hours - until the sun has risen, at the very least. For fans of the gay after-hours scene, this place is a must. Page 9.

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A stalwart of the Baltimore gay and lesbian club scene since it opened in the early '70s, right in the heart of the city's hip Mt. Vernon neighborhood, Club Hippo continues to be one of the hottest clubs in the Mid-Atlantic region. An expansive spot comprising several sections, including a dance floor, video bar, and cocktail saloon, the Hippo draws a genuine mix of revelers - plenty of folks wander between the club and Grand Central, a similarly fun gay bar nearly across the street. Page 4.

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With its completely endearing name, comfy confines, and location within a short walk of several other fun gay bars in Mt. Vernon (i.e., Jay's on Read, Leon's), The Drinkery bills itself

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Several Baltimore neighborhoods have undergone significant gentrification over the years, and Federal Hill is one of the most striking examples - this historic hilltop neighborhood with great views of downtown's bustling Inner Harbor also has a relatively sizable GLBT population. The neighborhood has several notable attractions, including the fully restored Cross Street Market, the American Visionary Art Museum, and the quirky, intriguing mix of cafes, bars, and shops along South Charles Street. Page 10.

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A view of Baltimore Harbor at night, taken from historic Thames Street in Fells Point. On the left, you'll see a dock for Baltimore Water Taxi - during the day, this is a handy way to get from Fells Point to the Inner Harbor and also clear across the harbor to Fort McHenry (which in this photo is just a bit left, or east of, of the hulking Tide Point redevelopment at Locust Point - this used to be a soap factory and now houses offices). Page 12.

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With one of the greatest concentrations of original Colonial and Victorian architecture in Baltimore, along with a bounty of fine restaurants and shops and a few charming accommodations, the Fells Point neighborhood merits at least an afternoon's exploration. You'll find many of the district's quaint shops and beautiful redbrick buildings along Thames Street (pictured here), which overlooks the waterfront that made this neighborhood a center of maritime trade for many generations. Page 11.

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Since 1991, Grand Central (known until 2003 as Central Station) has been a gay-nightlife mainstay of Baltimore, and an anchor of the bar district along North Charles Street in Mt. Vernon. The gay and lesbian entertainment complex consists of several different bars and lounges, including a large dance floor as well as a separate upstairs lesbian bar called Sappho's - although everybody of both genders is welcome throughout the place. Lube wrestling, wet underwear contests, and special events. Page 2.

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You may not think of Afghan restaurants as being especially gay-welcoming, but Baltimore's famed Helmand is in the heart of Mt. Vernon neighborhood (just up the street from the Washington Monument) and has always had a popular following with the many gays and lesbian who live in this area. Moreover, this elegantly furnished, warmly lighted space serves some of the best Afghan cuisine in the Mid-Atlantic region. Page 13.

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Baltimore's definitive gay piano cabaret, Jay's on Read is a friendly, welcoming little spot that's popular with pretty much anybody who loves singing along - or even just listening - to show tunes and popular jazz standards. Pianists play on the bar's beautifully restored vintage grand piano, and happily take requests from the crowd, which although predominantly gay most nights includes plenty of others who enjoy this kind of entertainment. Page 6.

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Elegant Sappho's is a cozy and beautifully decorated lesbian bar on the upper level of Baltimore's famously fun Grand Central Station gay entertainment complex. With its leather arm chairs, Oriental rugs, high-end billiards table, soft lighting, and swanky bar, this place doesn't lack for style in the least - it's the best spot in the entire compound for conversation, and there's a nice little deck off to one side, perfect if you need some air.

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One of Baltimore's landmark icons, the Washington Monument rises some 178 high above the center of Mt. Vernon, one of the city's most gay-friendly neighborhoods - in fact, several GLBT-popular bars lie within a short walk of this dramatic obelisk. Although this Washington Monument is shorter by more than 350 feet than the more famous Washington Monument in nearby Washington, DC, this particular version is much older - it was completed in 1829, making it the first in the country. Page 5.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A classic example of the art deco era's Streamline Moderne style, the stunning restored Art Theatre is along funky East 4th Street

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There isn't necessarily a clear gay section at any of the broad, sandy beaches in Long Beach, but the area of Belmont Shore beach across from the gay bar Club Ripples has the strongest GLBT following. This part of the beach adjoins a parking area with metered spots. Belmont Shore is popular for kite-flying, jogging, fishing off the pier (several blocks west of here), and biking or blading along a paved path that curves through the center of the beach. It's always a fun mix of people. Page 6.

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Downtown Long Beach is connected with downtown Los Angeles (with connections there to the Red Line) via the Blue Line Light Rail, which opened in 1990. The ride along this 22-mile line takes a little under an hour, which is generally much faster (and easier) than driving. Stops in downtown Long Beach include this one pictured here at 1st Street and Long Beach Boulevard, plus stops at Pacific Avenue Transit Mall (at West 1st St.) and at 4th and Pacific and 4th and Long Beach Boulevard. Page 14.

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The Brit is one of several gay neighborhood bars along the East Broadway strip in Long Beach. There's not a whole lot to distinguish this one from some of the others along here - it's a relatively quiet spot with a largely local following. Amusements, beyond the stiff drinks (at low prices), include pool, darts, and a fun jukebox. Page 19.

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Club Broadway lesbian bar in Long Beach has closed. Page 13.

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Southern California has surprisingly few gay beach bars, especially with the demise a few years ago of the Boom Boom Room in Laguna Beach, but in the laid-back, underrated city of Long Beach - just 30 miles south of Los Angeles - you'll find one of the biggest and the best, Club Ripples. This two-story gay nightclub has been catering to the GLBT community since it opened in the early 1970s, just across the street from Belmont Shores's gay beach. Page 20.

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Executive Suite is the closest gay club in Long Beach to the 405 Freeway - it's about 3 miles east of downtown, and it operates with a different approach than other GLBT hangouts in the city: it's open only Thursday through Saturday, and each night is geared toward a different crowd (Latin on Thursdays, gay guys on Fridays, and lesbians on Saturdays). Of these events, the lesbian nights are highly popular, but all have their fans. Generally, it's about dancing and clubbing here. Page 15.

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The story of the Falcon is one of those cautionary tales of what happens when an old-school dive bar that few but hard-core, day-long drinkers ever paid much attention to develops serious cachet among hipsters and poseurs. Personally, I had a great time in this place, but I was an outsider stopping by for a drink. Longtime locals appear more divided on the Falcon's increasing popularity, some uneasy about the crowds. Other like that the Falcon draws a genuine mix of Long Beach revelers. Page 2.

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The nearest gay bar in Long Beach to downtown, Hamburger Mary's is part of the much-loved, high-camp chain of burger joints with locations throughout the country (and the greatest number in California). The large patio is the best spot for lunch or dinner, while inside the bar serves up potent drinks, with specials throughout the week. Nightly themes include Club Lucky Wednesdays with go-go boys and drag shows, bottomless mimosa Sunday brunch, Friday's Boy Bar, and Doll House Thursdays. Page 7.

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There may not be a coffeehouse in California with a more loyal gay following than Hot Java, an attractive cafe with plush couches, a fireplace, hardwood floors, and tall windows overlooking the city's main gay-bar strip, East Broadway, as well as leafy Bixby Park. Hot Java is just a 10-minute walk north of the beach, too, which is an excellent place to carry your iced latte, Italian soda, slice of cake, or dish of gelato. This GLBT favorite also stocks many of the area's free gay mags and papers. Page 5.

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Next to the beautifully restored Art Theatre along the city's funky 4th Street

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A cheerful, casual Mexican restaurant across from the Long Beach GLBT Center and the handsome Art Theater along the hip 4th Street Retro Row, Lola's serves a mix of California-style and regional Mexican cuisine - everything from camarones al ajillo (shrimp with garlic sauce), carne asada, and mole verde, plus an excellent Birria Guadalajara (made with pork and veal, and served with frijoles charros). Save room for Lola's Tres Leches cake. Page 11.

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

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This attractive piano bar and restaurant along East Broadway was known for many years as The Bird of Paradise. Nowadays the space goes by the simple name Paradise, and it's one of the most popular gay and lesbian hangouts in the city - it's actually pretty mixed gay-straight many evenings. Fans appreciate the lively piano cabaret, drag bingo shows, and very good mod-American food, including weekend brunch and dinner served late. Page 12.

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Launched in 1934 and tied up in Long Beach Harbor since it ended passenger service in 1967, the 12-deck, 1,000-foot Queen Mary is one of the city's most recognizable attractions. Today the sleek, Art Deco beauty is a working hotel - a fun, if quirky, place to stay that's appealing for a chance to experience the ship's grandeur. Accommodations and amenities, however, are understandably a bit dated. Even if you don't stay here, come by for a tour - several kinds are offered.

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East 4th Street, roughly from Walnut Avenue to Junipero Avenue, has emerged in recent years as

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In a handsomely restored art deco building just off the quirky 4th Street Corridor and a bit northeast of the main gay bar district in Long Beach, the Silver Fox has been one of the city's nightlife mainstays for many years. It's not, despite the name, necessarily geared toward older men - age-wise, the crowd is very mixed. The attractive interior, friendly staff, and relatively compact dimensions make this a good spot to socialize, especially early in the evening, when it's most popular. Page 8.

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One of the several greatest hits that make up the East Broadway gay bar strip near downtown Long Beach, Sweetwater Saloon is a pretty classic neighborhood bar - there aren't a lot of bells and whistles here, just a no-nonsense bar with an outgoing staff serving low-price booze to low-keyed gay guys (and a fair number of straights). There's a patio off the bar, a pool table, and a cool jukebox with a wide variety of tunes. Page 18.

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Downtown Long Beach has relatively few historic accommodations, but the Turret House B&B is a great little find, set in a residential area a few blocks west of Pacific Avenue and the Blue Line Light Rail into downtown Los Angeles. This meticulously restored Victorian with five guestrooms dates to 1906 and has budget-friendly rates starting at just $79 nightly. All rooms have private baths and satellite TV, and there's free Wi-Fi throughout the house. The inn is also pet-friendly. Page 10.

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Among the several mid- and upscale hotels in downtown Long Beach, most of them clustered around the harbor and the city's convention center, the Westin Long Beach stands out for its spacious, contemporary, and nicely appointed rooms. Many of them have harbor views, and all are outfitted with classic Heavenly Beds and stylish bathrooms with double-headed massage showers. Amenities include The Grill restaurant (fine for hotel dining, but not a destination restaurant), a fitness center, and pool. Page 17.

Asheville Gay Scene Guide and Photo Gallery
A gay guide to Asheville, North Carolina, with nightlife, hotels and B&Bs, restaurants, shops, and attractions of interest to this historic and scenic city's GLBT visitors.

Asheville Gay Scene Guide and Photo Gallery
A gay guide to Asheville, North Carolina, with nightlife, hotels and B&Bs, restaurants, shops, and attractions of interest to this historic and scenic city's GLBT visitors.

Asheville Gay Scene Guide and Photo Gallery
A gay guide to Asheville, North Carolina, with nightlife, hotels and B&Bs, restaurants, shops, and attractions of interest to this historic and scenic city's GLBT visitors.

Long Beach Gay Guide and Photo Gallery
A gay guide to Long Beach, including nightlife, restaurants, hotels, beaches, and attractions popular with GLBT visitors.

Long Beach Gay Guide and Photo Gallery
A gay guide to Long Beach, including nightlife, restaurants, hotels, beaches, and attractions popular with GLBT visitors.

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Albuquerque Gay Guide and Photo Gallery
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Albuquerque Gay Guide and Photo Gallery
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Albuquerque Gay Guide and Photo Gallery
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Acadiana and Lafayette Louisiana Gay Pride 2016
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A cheerful and fun sex toy and erotica shop as well as an all-around resource center on sexuality and sex education, Self Serve is right in the heart of Albuquerque's hip Nob Hill neighborhood, and it offers a welcoming, clean, well-lighted alternative environment for buying and learning about dildos, vibrators, lube, bondage and S&M gear, lingerie and underwear, erotic movies and books, and just about anything else you can think of that relates to adult play and intimacy. Page 11.

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A sleekly designed, airy cafe and fine-foods market on an up-and-coming stretch of Route 66 on the eastern side of downtown Albuquerque (and area sometimes referred to as EDo), the Grove makes arguably the best sandwiches in the city as well as exceptionally tasty and fresh breakfast fare. It's open daily (except Monday) till mid-afternoon for breakfast, brunch on weekends, and lunch, and there's both indoor and patio seating. It's all rather urbane and casually elegant. Page 6.

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Albuquerque's quirkiest, artiest neighborhood is - not surprisingly - one of the most popular parts of the city to live in among gays and lesbians. This lively district along historic Route 66 (Central Avenue) lies a short drive east of downtown, and just on the eastern edge of the University of New Mexico campus. A great time to visit is during the monthly First Thursday arts stroll, which takes place along Nob Hill's main drag, Central Avenue, from about Dartmouth Drive to Carlisle Boulevard. Page 12.

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A view looking south from Sandia Crest of the Sandia mountain range and, on the right side of the photo, the edge of the city of Albuquerque. This view is from near the platform of the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway, the longest in the world. A short stroll north of the platform is the popular High Finance restaurant, which has similarly amazing view if less impressive food. Also from this point you can access Sandia Peak's downhill skiing in winter, and mountain biking during the warmer months. Page 3.

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A view of one of the spacious suites inside the stylish and historic Hotel Parq Central in downtown Albuquerque. Page 23.

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A highly regarded craft brewery in the heart of downtown Albuquerque, the Marble Brewery produces about eight beers on a regular basis as well as a number of seasonal and limited-time specials - you can drink them at the on-site brewpub, which has a large dining room as well as a spacious patio. And you'll also find Marble brews throughout New Mexico, both on tap and in bottles. Also, up in Santa Fe, check out Marble Brewery Tap Room, in a two-story building overlooking the Plaza. Page 25.

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The most visible and dramatic defining geographical feature of Albuquerque, the Sandia mountain range is actually part of the Sandia-Manzano Mountains, and this singularly huge, jagged ridge rises to 10,678 feet above sea level (and about a mile above Albuquerque, which has an elevation of 5,200 feet). The range, pictured here following a night of snow, is named for the watermelon hue cast over the mountains at sunset (sandia is the Spanish word for watermelon). Page 30.

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With a trailhead (pictured here) that begins at the Juan Tabo Basin Picnic Area off Tramway Road in northeast Albuquerque, the La Luz Trail climbs some 3,400 feet to the soaring peak of the Sandia Mountains. This is a challenging but rewarding hike of nearly 9 miles, and it takes the better part of the day to manage it all the way to the top. One option, after enjoying some food at High Finance restaurant at the top, is to take the Sandia Peak Tram back down to the bottom. Page 24.

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Beloved by visitors and locals, Golden Crown Panaderia is one of those culinary institutions that defines Albuquerque. Founded by baker Pratt Morales, who continues to run it with his son Christopher and a team of friendly employees, Golden Crown is just renowned for such regional specialty baked goods as green-chile bread, biscochito cookies (in several flavors), and pizza made with blue corn, green-chile, and other outstanding doughs. It's also a terrific stop for espresso and sandwiches. Page 21.

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Although still chiefly a center of government and commerce, Albuquerque's downtown, which is bisected east-west by Central Avenue, aka Rte. 66 (pictured here, looking east), has undergone a slow but steady rejuvenation in recent years. You'll find a number of restaurants and bars, including a few gay-friendly spots like Blackbird and 4th Street Nightclub, plus a slick movie theater, the historic KiMo Theatre performance center, a few galleries, and the vintage Alvarado rail station. Page 15.

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GearWerks, the gay leather and sex boutique formerly located at Sidewinders gay club, is now located in the city's Nob Hill neighborhood, right near the gay bar Albuquerque Social Club. Page 26.

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With an expansive rooftop deck affording unobstructed views of the downtown Albuquerque skyline and the high mesa that extends for miles beyond, the sophisticated Apothecary Lounge is one of the city's trendiest spots for cocktails, wine, and creative tapas and small plates cuisine. The hip bar, which also has a large indoor section with tables, a long bar, and window seats, sits atop the city's swish Hotel Parq Central, in the lively EDo section of the city, just off historic Route 66. Page 13.

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The diminutive El Patio is a beloved standby of Nob Hill and the nearby campus of the University of New Mexico, a favorite spot for filling, affordable, and generally very spicy and authentic New Mexican fare: blue-corn enchiladas, sopaipillas stuffed with beans and cheese (these fried-dough confections are also served following the meal, with honey, as is tradition in New Mexico), huevos rancheros, carne adovada, and other variations on the usual suspects, all prepared consistently well. Page 22.

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Since it opened beside its sister restaurant, the also excellent Artichoke Cafe, cozy and convivial Farina Pizzeria has been serving some of the finest pizza in the state - think of happily irregular-shaped hand-tossed pies with blistering crusted (thanks to inferno-like brick ovens). There's a long list of creative toppings, including tallegio cheese, salsiccia sausage, truffle oil, chopped imported olives, and farmhouse goat cheese with leeks. Page 4.

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One of the most architecturally distinctive of the several Flying Star cafes set around Albuquerque (there's also one in Santa Fe), the downtown ABQ Flying Star occupies the 1950 Southern Union Gas Co. building, which was designed by the seminal New Mexico architect John Gaw Meem. The two-floor space with both a main dining room and a quieter upstairs loft area is a favorite hangout of students, downtown offices workers, artists, and tourists. It serves delicious breakfast fare. Page 28.

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The hip and stylish Hotel Parq Central has been a game-changing addition to the increasingly notable neighborhood of eastern downtown Albuquerque, often dubbed EDo. The three-story Italianate building, which was constructed in 1926 as Santa Fe Hospital and magically transformed into an upscale boutique hotel after an impressive - and ingenious - remodel, has long been a fixture along Central Avenue (old Route 66), just off I-25. Page 8.

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In addition to being a prominent performance space that hosts theater, concerts, and dance, the striking KiMo Theatre is one of the world's seminal examples of a relatively scarce architectural style: Pueblo Art Deco. The building opened in 1927, designed by Oreste Bachechi, with elements of both the Pueblo Revival for which New Mexico is known and the then-modish Art Deco ornamentation that had become in vogue for movie cinemas of the time. Page 16.

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Route 66, known locally as Central Avenue, is the most historic east-west thoroughfare in Albuquerque - it gently descends down a hill from the city's west mesa, crosses the Rio Grande and becomes the main drag through downtown, and then begins a gentle ascent after crossing I-25 and climbing past the University of New Mexico campus into funky, hip, and gay-popular Nob Hill. Pictured here are some of the colorful storefronts and cafes along Route 66 in the heart of Nob Hill.

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