|Krave||gay club||something different every night of the week|
|Piranha Nightclub||gay bar and club||Gay bar and a gay club in the one building|
|Fun Hog Ranch||gay bar||popular with the 30+ crowd|
|Freezone||gay bar||hot shirtless boys wander around with trays of shots|
|Buffalo||gay Bears bar||mix of bears leather and denim|
|Snick's Place||Gay Bears Bar||the oldest gay bar in Las Vegas|
|Charlie's||gay bar||bar that is always fun with something different every night|
|Eagle||leather and denim||leather and denim bar with regular underwear party’s|
|Gipsy||gay bar||one of the first to lead the way as a gay bar and club|
|Backdoor Lounge||gay bar||popular with transsexuals, Latin guys especially|
|Badlands Saloon||gay bar||country and western gay bar in the middle of a shopping centre|
|The Spotlight||gay bar||friendly laid back bar|
|Goodtimes & Escape Lounge||gay bar||popular with the Vegas show people|
|Flex||gay bar||something different most nights|
|rEVOLution Sundays @ The Mirage||gay bar||Sundays is a gay night at the Mirage|
|Secret Nightclub & Cabaret||gay club||fun friendly place to spend the night|
While each of Las Vegas' gay bars has a unique flair to it, most have gambling and inexpensive drinks in common. There are all sorts of machines for you to try your luck on, and "busts" at nearly every club on certain days and times. You can drink, cruise and gamble here 24/7!
Despite the city's size, the gay scene in Las Vegas is fairly small and local, and, with a few exceptions, it's not known for its friendliness. Because of the city's transient nature, crowds at bars can vary a lot from night to night and season to season; this is one reason the crowds don't always seem especially warm and friendly. But the variety keeps things interesting. Another bit of good news is that the bars are easy to find and cluster around two major areas, with about half the nightspots on Paradise Road between Hanson and Tropicana and many of the rest in Commercial Center.
Also, you should feel perfectly at ease asking any waiter, waitress, bell person, concierge, or taxi driver for a list and map of gay bars. They'll happily direct you without batting an eyelash. Most bars in Las Vegas start and run late, generally getting busy after midnight.
In the neighborhood affectionately known as the Fruit Loop, Freezone,is one of the most popular all-around gay bars in town, and it's one of the few places that pulls in a mix of lesbians and gay guys, especially the under-30s set. By Vegas standards, it's a friendly place, and it has some nice amenities, including a decent restaurant, a pool hall, and great drink specials (okay, every LV gay club has great drink specials, but they're especially impressive here). Tuesday is specifically geared toward lesbians, and Thursdays toward guys. Otherwise, it's very mixed.
Buffalo has a laid-back saloon feel and attracts a mixed-age crowd, 30-plus. Like FreeZone, it’s open 24 hours.
Also of note: SinCityQSocials, a group that presents GLBT events at various locales around town, including Trendy Tuesday martini mixers, Sunday brunch, and the pool parties alluringly known as Soaked Sundays. Check their website for details and locales of upcoming events; it’s a great way to mingle with the local community.
Back Door Lounge (1415 E Charleston Ave) with a Latin flair, hosts frequent Naked Papi Parties, muy caliente, with top DJs and special shows.
Badlands Saloon (Commercial Center, 953 E Sahara), plays country music and offers beer and liquor busts on weekends, plus domestic-drink specials Monday through Thursday.
Buffalo (4640 Paradise Rd), a longtime country & western men's favorite with a dash of Levis & leather. Lots of local guys.
Charlie's (5012 S Arville) is part of a chain with venues also in Chicago, Denver, and Phoenix. A popular country & western local hangout, they host a variety of dance classes and hoedowns plus funky disco nights. Benefits support Street Teens and the Nevada AIDS Project.
Eagle (3430 E Tropicana) leather/levi-influenced bar with game room, known for busy underwear nights: strip off for free drinks here.
Shyer singletons can practice their flirting at iBar at the Rio. The bar’s Microsoft Surface table tops have multi-touch capabilities which create an exciting private way to flirt, chat and meet people from one table to the next. Strategically placed video cameras at each table add another playful element and offer the ability to take and send photos across the lounge.
A bit off the strip, Flex (4371 W Charleston) is worth the trip for their cheap drinks, game room, weekend DJ dancing, male strippers and live music nights.
FunHog Ranch (495 E Twain) is a men's club for Levis & leather guys and bears. Darts, gaming, and pool and a down-home "be yourself" atmosphere. Cheap drinks attract early drinkers before they hit the dance clubs.
Goodtimes (1775 E Tropicana Ave), popular with a young hispanic cowboy crowd, has show nights and Papi dancers, open 24 hours, right next to the now closed Liberace Museum.
Located right by the Strip near the Sahara monorail stop, a gay Vegas must-see is Snick's Place (1402 South 3rd St). Las Vegas' first gay bar is still among the friendliest in town, especially during their happy hours 2-4am and 2-4pm. They have wi-fi, video poker, reasonable drinks prices, Saturday beer busts, and liquor to-go too.
Spotlight Lounge (957 E Sahara) friendly and popular for their daily drinks specials, pool table and video poker games. A gay bar for the guy who doesn't frequent dance clubs and likes just hangin' out and playin' pool. It's one of the few venues that is crowded every day, but Spotlight also offers a Sunday evening Beer Bust and a Saturday night Jock Night. With more of a working-class vibe, it's in the Commercial Center, which is also home to another low-key neighborhood joint,the country-western Badlands
Of course, you don’t even have to leave your resort to find some pretty wonderful ways to pass the time, particularly in the people-watching department. Stroll through the lovely environs of the Encore, one of the plushest resorts in town, or wander down the Parisian-themed “alleyways” that snake through the Paris. Join the crowds oohing and aahing over the spectacular fountain at Bellagio, or admire the statuary and gleaming décor at the Palazzo. From rides to displays to about a million shopping opportunities, your resort is likely to keep you busy without even having to venture out onto the street—particularly since the hotels are definitely “mega” in size, and it can take you a half hour to walk from one end of your resort to the other.
Gay Clubs in Las Vegas
As night falls, it’s time to surrender to the temptation of Vegas’ seductive nightlife. KRAVE, the original high-profile gay club on the Las Vegas Strip, is a glitzy warehouse disco featuring alternating boy parties that will leave you wanting more. Located in Planet Hollywood, Krave attracts a young crowd of gays and friends for such events as WTF Wednesdays and Boys and Barry Sundaes, a late-night event with Derrick Barry presenting a male revue, female impersonation, and (in case you wondered about the name) ice cream sundaes. On Saturday nights, KRAVE hosts DJ Lisa Pittman at Candy Bar, the club for girls who like girls.
Located just off The Strip is The Loop, which boasts numerous alternative hotspots including Gipsy, the city’s original gay dance club. A popular weekend dance club, with sunken dance floor, drag shows, and top 40 tunes.
Men enjoy Piranha Nightclub and 8 ½ Ultra Lounge, which offers an amazing view of The Strip, VIP cabanas and skyboxes. Porn stars Benjamin Bradley and Roman Heart show their stuff every Friday and Saturday night.The ladies enjoy Freezone, with a dedicated ladies night on Tuesdays.
Pirhana/8 1/2 Ultra Lounge is a swanky two-in-one spot. The Lounge describes itself as a “pimped-out lodge,” and that’s a great description, with its fireplace and stone walls accented by red and gold drapes and more than one touch of gilt. Pirhana, meanwhile, is a nightclub like none you’ve seen, with its huge dance floor, tanks of swimming pirhanas, and fire-topped waterfall. Only in Las Vegas!The largest dance club, Krave (3663 Las Vegas Blvd S) has the gay and mixed late-night crowd on the Strip and world-renowned DJs. Weekly nights' entertainments include cabaret, theater, celebrity appearances, go go boys (Fridays), and amateur strippers (Wednesdays for cash prizes). Saturday is Girls Night and Sundays feature all-male revues and drag-tribute performers.
A must do is, Closet Sundays, the mostly-gay eWeekly party in this phantasmagoric, must-be-seen-to-be-believed Beatles Revolution Lounge at Mirage, a psychedelic venue created by Cirque de Soleil in conjunction with their Beatles-themed Love show.
SinCityQSocials, Tel: 702- 493-7193. This invaluable social organization sponsors a variety of events from brunch and pool parties to martini mixers, at various locales. www.sincityqsocials.com
Just about all of the discos and nightspots in the major casino resorts are gay-friendly, which is not to say that you'll actually see a lot of other Friends of Dorothy in some of these places. If, for example, you see an openly gay person at a horny-hetero hangout like New York-New York's Coyote Ugly, it's probably because you're looking in the bathroom mirror.
There are exceptions, though. The super-gay-friendly MGM Grand draws plenty of same-sexers for partying at its reincarnation of the legendary Studio 54 (3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-891-7254); similarly, the MGM's swank Tabu Ultra Lounge (702-891-7183) tends to glow a little pink. Just about any of the bars and clubs at such gay-favored casinos as Mandalay Bay, the Hard Rock Hotel, and the Palm Casino have a small but discernible gay presence (or, at the very least, draw plenty of hip metrosexuals who seem, uh, a tad bi-curious).
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