Aut Bar opened in the mid-'90s at a time when many gay bars in Michigan were dark, hidden behind blank exteriors in industrial or desolate neighborhoods, and driven more on cruising than community. Owners (and founders) Keith Orr and Martin Contreras opted for a fresh new GLBT nightlife formula: an attractive and central location, a clean and well-lighted space, and an establishment that's as much a gay cafe and restaurant as it is a nightspot. You'll find attractive, well-lighted bars on both floors, and a bistro-style restaurant serving tasty, well-prepared comfort food - hummus wraps, chipotle-potato quesadillas, Cajun cheeseburgers, and so on (plenty of veggie options are served). There's a fun happy hour at Aut Bar on weekdays from 4 until 6, a popular weekend brunch, and free pool on Wednesday nights. The crowd is very mixed in gender and age, catering to plenty of students and faculty from nearby University of Michigan, but also a good number of GLBT folks who live in Ann Arbor as well as metro Detroit, which is less than an hour away. One thing you can always count on here is friendly, welcoming service - it's a fine spot to meet locals and also an excellent resource for learning more about the Ann Arbor gay scene.