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A preview of Dallas's Gay Pride Celebration, also known as the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Festival and Parade, which takes place in mid- to late September 2014, as well as a preview of Razzle Dazzle Dallas, a Gay Pride Festival that takes place over five days in early June 2014.
A preview of the Folsom Street Fair, held in San Francisco in late September 2014. There's also information here on the related Up Your Alley Fair, next held in late July 2014, and Folsom Europe, the companion event held in Berlin's Schoneberg neighborhood in early September 2014
A preview of Anaheim, Calfornia's Gays Days celebration at Disneyland, which takes place in October 2014
As Boston is without any sex clubs or bathhouses, New England's top city for cruising and late-night fun is Providence, Rhode Island - it's home to a pair of gay bathhouses, Mega-Plex (pictured here) and Club Body Center. Providence is just an hour's drive south of Boston, so it tends to lure plenty of guys from there as well as in nearby cities like Hartford, Worcester, and even Cape Cod. Mega-Plex is the largest and most popular of the two, drawing a lively crowd around the clock. Page 12.
A handy guide to the best gay-friendly hotels and clothing-optional resorts in Palm Springs, California.
A preview of South Africa's annual Cape Town Gay Pride celebration, which takes place from late February through early March 2014
A preview of Atlanta's Gay Pride Celebration, which is held in early to mid-October in 2014
A guide to the best gay bars in Las Vegas, from the huge new Krave and Affair nightclubs to quirky neighborhood dives to Sin City bathhouses.
A preview of New Orleans Southern Decadence, the largest gay circuit party and gay pride celebration in New Orleans, held over Labor Day weekend in late August and early September 2014.
An overview of LA's gay bathhouses and sex clubs, including downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Silver Lake, West Hollywood, the beaches, the San Fernando Valley, and Long Beach/Wilmington
A calendar of Gay Pride festivals that take place in the fall, from September through November 2014/2015
A preview of Savannah's Gay Pride Celebration, held in mid-September 2014
In some ways, Savannah is the perfect gay nightlife destination - there are only a handful of gay bars, but each has a very different personality and scene, and together they make a great bar-hopping adventures. Of the bunch, Chuck's is what you might affectionately call Savannah's gay dive bar - it's a smoky, dark place with a great juke box, and it's set down along the waterfront, on a somewhat quiet stretch of otherwise touristy River Street. The crowd is mixed, more gay later in the evening. Page 9.
A preview of the Vermont Gay Pride Festivals, held in Vermont's largest city, Burlington, in mid-September 2014
It's just a 20- to 25-minute drive to Tybee Island, Savannah's beach community, which generally feels distinctly more family-oriented and less gay-popular than the city itself. With that in mind, it's worth coming out here, especially on a warm day, to walk or lie on the beach, tour Fort Pulaski National Monument, or grab a bite to eat. There are several fine dining options here, including Sundae Cafe and the famously dive-y and fun Crab Shack. Page 63.
From 1958 until 1978, Club 82 was a beloved drag cabaret and glam-rock venue made famous by the likes of David Bowie, Lou Reed, Harvey Fierstein, Blondie, and the New York Dolls. It then became an indie-film theater, and in the early 1990s, the dark, underground (figuratively and literally - it's in a basement) space became a quite popular gay adult theater and sex club. More recently, it's been closed at different times, but it was spruced up at one point and now continues to be a gay sex club. Page 6.
A guide to planning a gay and lesbian vacation to Provincetown, including a 2014-2015 events calendar, gay-popular neighborhoods, and tips on how to get there.
A preview of Austin Gay Pride, which is held in mid- to late September 2014, shortly after Splash Weekend at Hippie Hollow, which takes place over Labor Day weekend
An offbeat, hip little wine bar that's popular with straights, gays, and everyone in between, Venus de Milo is along one of the main thoroughfares into downtown Savannah, close to City Market and a number of hotels and restaurants. With a well-chosen selection of wines by the glass, cordials, cognacs, and high-quality spirits, this is a prime spot for drinks before or after dinner, or to hang out with an eclectic bunch. There are two floors, and the upstairs area leads to an air porch. Page 11.
A look at the best gay-friendly cities and towns within weekend-driving distance of Atlanta
The best bars and nightclubs in St. Petersburg, Florida and the beaches, including Clearwater, Gulfport, and Dunedin, with several mixed lounges and gay-friendly restaurants and coffeehouses, too.
A look at the best gay bars, clubs, and nightlife options in Boston, including Club Cafe, The Alley, Boston Eagle, DBar, Franklin Cafe, Fritz Lounge, Machine, Paradise, Ramrod, Rise, and more.
An overview of San Francisco and the Bay Area's gay bathhouses and sex clubs, including Eros, Blow Buddies, Nob Hill Adult Theatre, Steamworks in Berkeley, and the Watergarden in San Jose
A guide to gay bars and nightclubs in San Francisco, including several gay-popular restaurants and mixed venues, from coffeehouses to lounges
A look at the two favorite 24-hour private clubs, in the same strip mall, Hawks Gym and Entourage Las Vegas.
A profile on gay travel in the historic and romantic city of Savannah, Georgia, plus a 2014-2015 Savannah Events Calendar.
A preview of Orlando, Florida's Gays Days celebration at Walt Disney World as well as Animal Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and the other parks in the area - this famous event takes place in early June 2015
A look at the best gay bars, clubs, bathhouses, and nightlife options in Atlanta, plus several gay-friendly restaurants and coffeehouses.
A guide to gay travel in North Carolina's scenic Outer Banks, with information about the Outer Banks Gay Pride Festival, OBX Pridefest, held in mid-September 2014.
The popular Steamworks Berkeley is one of two gay bathhouses in the San Francisco Bay Area, the other being the Watergarden in the South Bay city of San Jose. Set in a semi-industrial but very safe and convenient neighborhood just off I-80, this clean and well-kept facility occupies a huge former warehouse and is outfitted with all the usual features you'd expect: gym, large hot tub, gay porn lounges, a maze of hallways, private rooms of different sizes, and lockers. Page 2.
A look at the best gay bars, clubs, and nightlife options in Washington, DC and the surrounding area, Delta Elite, Bachelor's Mill, Banana Cafe, Phase 1, Remington's, DC Eagle, Green Lantern, Cobalt, DIK Bar, Fab, the Fireplace, J.R.'s, Crew Club, Nellie's, Town, Freddie's Beach Bar, and more.
A preview of Birmingham Gay Pride, held in late May 2014 in England's second-largest city, Birmingham.
A preview of the New Haven Gay Pride Celebration, held in mid-September 2014
Including Scandals, Silverado, Eagle Portland, Crush, Casey's, CC Slaughter's, Cafe Nell, and many more
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.
An overview of Atlanta's gay bathhouses and sex clubs, including Club Eros, Manifest, Flex Spa, and The Den
A look at the best gay bars, clubs, and nightlife options in San Diego, including Bourbon Street, Brass Rail, Caliph Lounge, Club Extasis/Club Fusion, Flame, Flicks, the Hole, the Loft, Martinis Above Fourth, Numbers, Pecs, Rich's, San Diego Eagle, Urban Mo's, and more.
America's most underrated cites for gay travelers: Columbus, Albuquerque, Providence, Salt Lake City, Kansas City, Detroit, New Haven, Fort Worth, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, Indianapolis.
A look at the best gay bars, clubs, and nightlife options in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe, plus a few gay-popular restaurants and cafes.
A calendar of Gay Pride festivals that take place from in June 2015/2016
Florida's leading gay and lesbian vacation destination on the Gulf of Mexico, the St. Petersburg region comprises a downtown fringing Tampa Bay that's undergone a significant renaissance in recent years as well as a string of eclectic - and often historic - waterfront communities from quaint Pass-A-Grille to artsy Gulfport to the tony resort of Clearwater Beach. Gay-Friendly lodging choices are as diverse here as the terrain, from grand hotels to elegant B&Bs, plus Florida's largest gay resort.
Learn more about Club New Orleans, a gay bathhouse that has been serving the Big Easy for several decades, in the heart of the French Quarter.
A Gay Guide to Manhattan, including a Manhattan 2014-2015 Events and Festivals calendar.
A guide to popular gay bars and nightspots in Shanghai, including clubs, lounges, coffeehouses, and bars.
A profile of Boston for gay travelers, including a 2014-2015 events calendar
A guide to the best gay bars and clubs in Columbus. Page 6.
The best gay bars and nightclubs in New Orleans, Louisiana including several gay-popular restaurants and coffeehouses.
The best bars and nightclubs in Tampa and Ybor City, Florida, including gay-popular restaurants and coffeehouses.
A guide to planning a gay and lesbian vacation to Chicago, including gay-popular neighborhoods, tips on how to get there and when to go, links to GLBT resources, and a 2014/2015 gay events calendar.
A look at Ogunquit's Oxygen Cafe & Lounge gay bar. Page 13.
As is not exactly uncommon in Canadian metropolises, Quebec City has a good selection of gay bathhouses - as many, in fact, as there are gay bars.
A comprehensive GLBT guide to vacationing in Palm Springs and the surrounding desert region, including Cathedral City and Rancho Mirage, including a 2014-2015 Palm Springs Events Calendar
An overview of San Diego's gay bathhouses and sex clubs, including Club San Diego
A guide to Ottawa gay bars and nightclubs, along with gay saunas and bathhouses.
A preview of Orlando's Gay Pride Celebration, which takes place in early October 2014
A gay guide to San Francisco, including a 2014-2015 San Francisco Gay Events Calendar, and information on gay-popular neighborhoods, tips on how to get there and when to go
A look at the best gay bars, clubs, and nightlife options in Providence, including Mirabar, Alleycat, Club Body Center bathhouse, MegaPlex bathhouse, Providence Eagle, Dark Lady, Lot 401, Club Gallery, the Stable, Scurvy Dog, and Union
An overview of the Phoenix-Scottsdale region's gay bathhouses and sex clubs, including The Chute and Flex Spa bathhouse.
Here's a look at the best gay bars and nightclubs in the progressive city of Austin, Texas.
A primer on the gay nightlife scene in Sarasota, Florida, plus gay-friendly lounges, restaurants, and coffeehouses in and around the area.
An overview of Chicago's gay bathhouses and sex clubs, including the famed Bijou Gay Sex Club and Adult Theater, the spacious and popular Steamworks Chicago, and long-running Man's Country.
San Diego's gay bathhouse, Club San Diego. Page 33.
Open until 11 on weekdays and midnight on weekends, the cheerfully decorated Koffee Klatch might as well be considered as one of Laguna Beach's best gay nightlife options - it draws a very mixed GLBT/straight crowd, the staff is fun and helpful, and there's usually a cool crowd in this place. It's also next to the town's gay bar, Bounce, and along a stretch of gay-popular businesses. With all this going for it, it's a great spot to meet and chat with locals, and there are decadent desserts here. Page 7.
Advice on the best hotels in Las Vegas for gay travelers.
A guide to gay-friendly hotels and historic inns in the historic Maryland seaport of Annapolis
Modern, sophisticated, and somewhat sprawling, the city of Dallas is looking better than ever these days, with swank new hotel, retail, and entertainment developments, one of the most energetic gay nightlife scenes in the country, and an infusion of noteworthy cultural attractions. Attractions span several lively neighborhoods around the city, from gay-popular Oak Lawn to ritzy Highland Park Village to the funky Bishop Arts District. Here's a gallery of the Gay Dallas scene.
Panama City Beach may be best known as one of the world's top hetero spring break destinations, but it's also home to one of the more popular gay beach bars (it's actually across the street from the sea), Splash. This festive spot isn't big, but there's a good size dance floor inside and an expansive covered, tropical-themed patio that extends out back. Splash has male dancers on weekends, drag shows, and rocking spring break parties during the student season (late February through early April). Page 37.
Set inside a beautifully restored art deco building from the late '30s that used to be a Greyhound bus office building and garage, Flex Cleveland is a virtual monument to gay bathhouse culture. The owners claim it's the world's largest such facility, and at more than 50,000 square feet, it's easy to believe this. Moreover, it's a clean, well-run, all-male 24-hour spa and cruise ground with a helpful and well-trained staff - you'd be hard-pressed (so to speak) to find a better bathhouse. Page 15.
A guide to the best gay-friendly hotels, clothing-optional gay resorts, and GLBT B&Bs in the legendary tropical resort community of Key West, Florida
If you're looking for a sure-fire gay hookup in Honolulu, your best bet is Max's, a private club set on the upper level (4th floor) of an innocuous plaza of shops and offices in western Waikiki, near Ala Wai Canal and Ala Moana shopping mall. Max's has two distinct parts, a well-equipped gym that caters pretty much exclusively to gay men, and a separate bathhouse/sex club that has the usual array of video channels airing gay porn, private cabins, and steam room and sauna. Page 37.
The best gay bars and nightclubs in Key West, Florida, including a few favorite gay-popular restaurants and coffeehouses.
It takes a little effort to find it, but the gay beach on Treasure Island in greater St. Petersburg is one of the loveliest stretches of sand in the region. Years ago a gay nightclub along the beach, called Bedrocks, drew revelers to this narrow spot backed by dunes. The club closed eons ago, but this area now generally known as Sunset Beach remains popular with gay guys and lesbians, especially on weekend afternoons. Here's how to reach this beautiful spot.
North America's most affordable small cities and resort towns for gay travelers, from Taos, NM to New Hope, PA to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
A guide to gay bars and gay-friendly nightlife in Santa Monica, Venice, and Coastal Los Angeles.
Portland's longest-running gay bathhouse is an attractive, modern, and clean facility with a handy location just off I-84, a short drive from downtown. Here's a review, along with information on the city's newer bathhouse and sex club, Hawks . Page 4.
A guide to West Hollywood's gay scene, including attractions, hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, and the 2014/2015 West Hollywood events calendar.
Sadly, the venerable neighborhood hangout Dick's Bar closed toward the end of 2007, after many years serving the East Village gay community. Few gay bars in this part of the city enjoyed a longer run than this cozy, offbeat establishment known for its kick-ass juke box. It stood at the corner of E. 12th Street and 2nd Avenue. Page 7.
An overview of the Santa Fe lodging scene, including the best neighborhoods for visitors, tips on finding affordable accommodations, and the types of lodging options found in Santa Fe.
A Guide to Charleston gay bars and other gay-friendly establishments.
An overview of the gay nightlife scene in Florida's capital city, Tallahassee, plus gay-friendly lounges, restaurants, and coffeehouses in and around downtown and the surrounding area.
An overview of Denver's gay bathhouses and sex clubs, including Denver Swim Club and Midtowne Spa
A Richmond Virginia Gay Bar Guide
Sante Fe is the most popular gay destination in New Mexico. Here is a list of some of the many LGBT-friendly bars and restaurants.
A list of the world's 20 gayest beach cities - meaning cities with populations of roughly 150,000 or greater, with beachfront locations on the water (can be oceans or large lakes), and with great gay scenes.
An overview of Dallas's gay bathhouses and sex clubs, including Club Dallas and Midtowne Spa Dallas.
A description of Beijing's trendiest and most popular gay nightclub, Destination.
The best gay bars and nightclubs in Quebec City, Canada, including a few favorite gay-popular restaurants and coffeehouses.
The best gay bars and clubs in the charming and progressive coastal city of Portland, Maine, along with gay-friendly restaurants and cafes.
Does Palm Springs have Gay Bathhouses and Saunas? Not exactly - you will find that many of the city's gay, clothing-optional men's resorts permit (or at least turn a blind eye to) sexual activity around the grounds. But in nearby Cathedral City, where laws and zoning are considered more lax, you will find the region's closest thing to a gay sex club, The Barracks, which is a cruising-encouraged fetish and leather bar and hangout will a hugely popular following. Page 4.
A guide to the best gay-friendly guest houses, hotels, and B&Bs in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
A gay guide to New Hope, Pennsylvania, the popular and gay-friendly resort community near Philadelphia, and a 2014-2015 New Hope and Bucks County Events Calendar
A preview of Pensacola's Gay Memorial Day Weekend Celebration, held in late May 2014
A preview of Dallas Southern Pride, known also as Dallas Black Gay Pride, which is held in Dallas in early October 2014
A gay guide to and 2014-2015 events calendar for Providence, Rhode Island, the second-largest city in New England and one of the most liberal and gay-welcoming small cities in the country.
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.
Just a short drive south of the main gay-nightlife action in Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale's super-butch, totally cruisy Ramrod Bar is a bit less about leather these days than it might have been back in the day, 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. Page 12.
A preview of the three annual Eureka Springs Diversity Weekends, this northwest Arkansas community's festive GLBT Pride and cultural celebrations, held in early April 2014, early August 2014, and late October-early November 2014
Austin's gay bathhouse, the Midtowne Spa, is located a 15-minute drive north of downtown, near Highland shopping mall and just north of the Hyde Park neighborhood. The sizable facility that's part of one of the nation's largest gay-bathhouse chains (with branches in Dallas, Denver, Hollywood, Houston, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, and Wilmington, CT) is pretty popular and draws a pretty good mix of ages and types, including some students from nearby University of Texas. Page 32.
A nightlife guide to Gay Albuquerque. The lowdown on the gay Albuquerque bar scene, including clubs, lounges, coffeehouses, and bars.
The best gay bars and nightclubs in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, including a few favorite gay-popular restaurants and coffeehouses.
An overview of the gay nightlife scene in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, plus a handful of gay-friendly lounges, restaurants, and coffeehouses in and around this charming city.
A primer on the gay nightlife scene in Panama City, Florida, plus gay-friendly lounges, restaurants, and coffeehouses in and around downtown and Panama City Beach.
By far the most popular gay beach in Hawaii, and one of the most scenic and well-known in the world, Queen's Surf Beach is a relatively secluded stretch of sand in the heart of Waikiki, but along a section with no direct hotel frontage - this accounts for the fact there's more privacy and fewer families here than to the north or south. The beach here draws a mostly gay-male crowd, although certainly not exclusively so, as plenty of lesbians and straights seeking seclusion tan their hides here.
A Gay Guide to Philadelphia, along with a 2014/2015 calendar of Philadelphia events and festivals
Las Vegas has both a gay gym-sex club, Hawks Gym, and - in the same rather bizarre and shopping center - a slightly more lavish bathhouse called Entourage. Hawks, pictured here, is beside the Vegas LGBT Center along the same strip of buildings that includes the Badlands Saloon gay bar. It's all part of the Commercial Center, a seedy and rather downcast shopping center a couple of miles east of where the Strip bumps into downtown. Page 9.
Find the best bars and nightclubs in Honolulu, Hawaii, including gay-popular restaurants and coffeehouses in Waikiki.
A guide to gay bars and other gay-friendly establishments in the coastal New Hampshire city of Portsmouth and elsewhere on the NH Seacoast.
A reader asks where to find the gay scene in Costa Rica, and for other advice on planning a gay adventure in this beautiful Central American country. Here are some tips on gay-friendly places to stay and gay bars and saunas in Arenal, San Jose, Quepos, and Limon.
Sizzle Miami, a circuit party geared toward the GLBT black community, taking place in Miami over Memorial Day Weekend 2014; and Sizzle South Beach, which is held in Miami Beach over Labor Day weekend 2014
The best bars and nightclubs in Palm Springs for gay travelers, from warehouse-style dance clubs to trendy lounges to cruisy leather bars.
Although by no means strictly a gay bar, the charming and friendly Cabaret is very much a fixture in Pensacola's GLBT community, drawing a mixed bunch each evening for happy hour, karaoke, videos, comedy shows, live music, and all-around hobnobbing and socializing. The warmly decorated bar is in one of the city's most historic areas, a short walk northwest of historic Seville Square's lively restaurants and cafes, and right next to the famed Saenger Theatre. Page 38.
A guide to gay nightlife in Naples, Florida, plus gay-friendly lounges, restaurants, and coffeehouses in and around the area.
A gay guide to Denver, along with a 2014-2015 events calendar
A primer on the gay nightlife scene in Fort Myers, Florida, plus gay-friendly lounges, restaurants, and coffeehouses in and around the area.
A look at the best gay bars, clubs, and nightlife options in Seattle, including R Place, Neighbours, Purr, Pony, CC Attle's, Wildrose Tavern, Lobby Bar, Terra Plata, Saint John's, Cuff Complex, Seattle Eagle, and more.
A list of the world's 20 gayest beach towns and small cities with populations under 150,000, and with locations on the water (oceans or large lakes).
The first Texas property opened by the super-cool, gay-friendly Kimpton Hotels group , the posh Hotel
The best bars and nightclubs in Burlington and north-central Vermont (including Middlebury and Stowe) for gay travelers, including bars, dance clubs, cafes, and gay-friendly restaurants.
A preview of New York City's Gay Pride Celebration, in late June 2014, including the Gay Pride Rally, Teaze, VIP Rooftop Party, Pride March, Pridefest, Dance on the Pier, and more.
A profile of Gay New York City travel, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, including a New York City 2014/2015 Events Calendar.
Often dubbed one of America's most livable and progressive cities, the Pacific Northwest river metropolis of Portland, Oregon, ranks among the more gay-friendly destinations of the West. Take a look at this visual guide to gay-popular Portland neighborhoods, businesses, nightclubs, and attractions throughout the Rose City.
If the East Village has an all-around, much-loved, go-to gay bar, it's the Phoenix, which opened a few years back and takes its name from the long-ago Phoenix gay bar that used to be a few blocks away and was never anywhere near as popular. Part of the bar's lure is that it's relatively large as EV gay bars go, with a main bar area (pictured here), a pool table in back, decent-size bathrooms down a flight of stairs, and a small conversation nook around the corner from the main bar. Page 8.
A 2014-2015 Calendar of Gay and Lesbian Film Festivals around the world.
The queen of the many funky and gay-sensible neighborhoods on Portland's slightly sprawling East Side,
Rather impressively, F Street Adult Video & Gifts has been a fixture among fans of porn, sex toys, lube, and racy adult treasures since the mid-'70s. The regional chain has eight locales, and the one pictured here, on University Avenue in the western edge of North Park (very close to Hillcrest) tends to draw the highest percentage of GLBT customers. The selection of gay videos and mags is actually marginal - it's more hetero. But this is still a reliable place to stock up on lube, toys, condoms. Page 34.
An overview of the gay bar scene in the southern Alabama city of Mobile, the site of one of the largest Mardi Gras celebrations in the country, and a city with a surprisingly vibrant GLBT nightlife district, despite its small size.
A preview of Fargo-Moorhead Gay Pride, which is held in the neighboring North Dakota and northern Minnesota cities of Fargo and Moorhead in mid-August 2014
Melrose Spa, West Hollywood, California. Page 102.
Destination Resorts Hawaii, which a huge portfolio of condos, villas, and other vacation homes in the highly desirable Wailea Resort community of Maui, is
A gay guide to Los Angeles, including a 2014-2015 Events and Festivals calendar
A gay guide to Athens, Georgia, including a 2014-2015 events calendar
Tiny, offbeat, and easily missed if you just happen by its nondescript exterior, Cafe Delux has become a stalwart of the South End dining scene, to the point of having a cult following. This is bad news if you show up on a busy evening (Delux doesn't take reservations), because the entire dining room is about the size of a Hummer. Hipsters, both gay and straight, descend on this kitschy little spot for its reliably inventive comfort food, buzzing bar scene, and late hours (it's open till 1 am). Page 14.
Of Vancouver's three bathhouses, F212 Steam has the best location in terms of the West End gay scene - it's right on Davie Street, a mere stone's throw from several gay bars and a short walk from a number of hotels and gay-friendly B&Bs. This is a large and nicely maintained gay sauna, always drawing a substantial - and diverse - crowd. The 6,500-space on the second floor of a building at 1048 Davie Street (604-689-9719) and has private rooms in three configurations, a 12-man hot tub. Page 25.
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.
Although there are no gay bathhouses within San Francisco city limits, per a 1984 court order that eliminated them, the city does have a couple of popular gay sex clubs, including Eros, which is on the edge of the Castro on Market Street - it's close to the Mission and Hayes Valley, by the busy Church Street Corridor. Eros has been going strong for many years and has the feel of a gay bathhouse, but without private rooms. There is a sauna, showers, steam rooms, and professional massage available. Page 68.
An overview of gay nightlife in the college town and gateway to Grand Canyon National Park, Flagstaff, Arizona, as well nearby Williams.
A gay nightlife guide to Madison. The lowdown on the gay Madison bar scene, including clubs, lounges, coffeehouses, and bars.
A preview of Berlin's two seminal Gay Pride events, Lesbisch-Schwules Stadtfest (Lesbian-Gay Festival) and the Berlin Gay Pride Parade/Christopher Street Day, which are held on consecutive weekends in mid- to late June 2014
In the center of Portland's exceedingly charming and small-townish Ladd's Addition neighborhood, Palio Dessert & Espresso House is one of the most inviting cafes in the city. Despite its peaceful, tree-shaded location overlooking a traffic circle with beautiful gardens, this gay-friendly coffeehouse is within walking distance of the bustling Hawthorne, and just a short drive or bike ride from downtown. The two-room cafe with soaring glass windows and ample lounging space serves Stumptown coffee. Page 12.
A fun, welcoming gay club in downtown Panama City, the Fiesta Room Lounge occupies a vintage redbrick building with tall windows, decorative ironwork, and a fantastic old neon sign - it feels a bit like something out of the New Orleans French Quarter. Inside is a colorful bar with drag shows many nights, friendly-priced drinks, and a mixed crowd of gay men, lesbians, and a fair number of straights. It's about a 30-minute drive from the area's other gay club, Splash Bar, in Panama City Beach. Page 36.
A preview of Atlanta Black Pride, known officially as In The Life Atlanta, and held in early September 2014
A look at the gay nightlife scene in Gainesville, Florida, plus gay-friendly lounges, restaurants, and coffeehouses in and around downtown and the University of Florida campus.
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 15.
Tampa's Rainbow Cabaret and Playhouse Theatre, a gay adult porn and sex plex a few miles north of downtown near Tampa International Airport, is one of the most popular men's cruising grounds in Florida. The club is especially popular during Sunday at the Rainbow, a lively gathering on the club's patio, and the theater shows adult all-male movies 24/7. Similar to a bathhouse (Tampa is also home to the excellent Ybor Resort & Spa gay sauna and hotel), the Rainbow Cabaret also has a large video. Page 58.
Formerly Club W, the friendly gay neighborhood bar known as Digs is a casual little hangout in Cathedral City, about a 10- to 15-minute drive from Palm Springs. It's a good bet for drinks if you're staying at one of the few gay resorts in the area or coming from nearby Rancho Mirage. Digs Bar has a pool table, Wii games, country-western tunes, and free barbecues on Friday and Sunday afternoons. Page 5.
A preview of the Pride Bigger Than Texas Block Party and Parade, which takes place in early July 2014
A full calendar of Gay Pride festivals that take place in April and May 2015
A friendly, no-attitude neighborhood gay bar with a particularly loyal following among bears and cubs, C.C. Attle's opened in the early '90s and has, along with its casual restaurant Cadillac Grill, been a fixture of Capitol Hill's gay cruise seen ever since. Dinner (simple, stick-to-your-rib pub fare - burgers, turkey melts, chicken-fried steak) is served nightly, and there's also brunch available on weekends throughout the afternoon. Page 5.
The Leather Rack ( 1723 Connecticut Ave. NW , 2nd floor, 202-797-7401) has for more than three decades
A preview of Jacksonville's Gay Pride Celebration (aka River City Pride Festival), which takes place in early October 2014