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Fort Myers Gay Bars Guide

Gay-Friendly Nightlife and Restaurants in Fort Myers, Florida

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Fort Myers Gay Bars Guide

The Bottom Line, a favorite gay disco in Fort Myers, Florida

photo by Andrew Collins

Fort Myers and the adjacent and quite famous Sanibel Island region (look to Fort Myers-Sanibel Tourism for further travel information) lies along southwest Florida's pristine Gulf Coast. Although it's not a major market with gay and lesbian visitors, this city of 63,000 (with a metro area of some 620,000) does have a handful of fun and lively gay nightspots.

A sprawling club with multiple bars and levels and a good-size dance floor, the Bottom Line (or TBL) (3090 Evans Ave., 239-337-7292) is in a slightly desolate, semi-industrial area about 2 miles due south of downtown Fort Myers. The club draws a mix of gay guys, lesbians, and friendly heteros, and events include drag shows on weekends, and a good variety of drinks special throughout the week. It's one of three gay bars in this southwest Florida city, the long-running Office Pub (3704 Cleveland Ave., 239-936-3212), which has a strong leather and bear following, being another favorite.

Another easygoing hangout popular with the LGBT community in Fort Myers is Tubby's (4350 Fowler St., 239-274-5001), a low-keyed neighborhood video bar in a shopping center by Edison Mall, about a 3.5-mile drive south of downtown. Karaoke nights are held a couple of times per week, and the bar never charges a cover. The owners also operate the famed Green Lantern gay bar, in the French Quarter in New Orleans.

Also check out the gay nightlife options in Naples, which is just 45 miles south. To the north, it's less than a two-hour drive to reach gay-popular St. Petersburg and Tampa.

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