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Ramrod gay leather bar, in Wilton Manors

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Ramrod gay leather bar, in Wilton Manors
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Just a short drive south of the main gay-nightlife action in Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale's super-butch, totally cruisy Ramrod Bar (1508 N.E. 4th Ave., 954-763-8219) is a bit less about leather these days than it might have been back in the day (you'll even spot some clubby twinks these days), but it still draws plenty of rugged, buffed guys not only in leather gear but uniforms, Levi's and black t-shirts, and other such gear. The crowd ranges anywhere from bearish to rock-hard-pecs, from college- to post-retirement age. But the median group in here is about 35 to 50. This is basically just your dark, industrial-chic cruise bar, where the men are men, and the porn plays on the TV monitors. There's nothing subdued or discreet about this place, and you'll often see guys gettin' busy inside or out on the quite pleasant patio.

Although Ramrod is in Fort Lauderdale on N.E. 4th Avenue, this is actually just a continution of Wilton Drive as it runs south - the bar is about five-minute drive south of Georgie's Alibi and some of the other popular gay hangouts in Wilton Manors.

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