Note: Buddies II closed in October 2009.
Along the strip of laid-back neighborhood bars along Maple Avenue, Buddies II (4025 Maple Ave., 214-526-0887) is the quintessence of an eclectic gay bar, and it's been a mainstay in Oak Lawn since it opened in the late '70s. The friendly, fun-loving bar is one of the most popular hangouts among lesbians in Dallas, but it also draws plenty of guys, too. Day or night, it's a great spot for inexpensive cocktails and socializing - the large swimming pool, volleyball court, and arcade with games are among the many draws. There's also a good-size dance floor, and Buddies II hosts live bands from time to time.