722 E. Burleigh St.
in Riverwest, Art Bar offers an eclectic hangout for the East Side’s
LGBT crowd and their allies. Grab a $2 mystery beer and catch some of
the live music offered several nights a week or attend Open Canvas
Night, a great way to experience local art while taking back a few
drinks. Art Bar is for those who are young at heart seeking a relaxing
night out. (Jon Tingley)
819 S. Second St.
you’re looking for a relaxed, inexpensive spot to hang out, Fluid is
just the place. With solid drink specials, including 2-for-1 Mondays,
and special events like Hot Fudge Bingo, this is a hangout where
everyone feels welcome. Located just next to the booming club scene of
LaCage, Fluid is a welcome retreat for low-key guys and girls looking
for a drink after work. (J.T.)
117 E. Greenfield Ave.
Harbor Room is like a corner bar with gays. The “half-price drinks if
you take off your shirt” deal is what sets this dive apart. The Harbor
Room is a friendly, low-key place to grab a few drinks and hang out
with the bears. If you’re an open-minded guy looking for a relaxed
atmosphere and cheap drinks, check out the Harbor Room.
801 S. Second St.
night at LaCage is like getting three bars for the price of one. Etc.,
with its streaming videos and chill atmosphere on the first floor,
offers a relaxed scene, while LaCage’s giant dance cage on the second
floor is sure to cause a few gasps, and the recently added Montage
Lounge provides fun times on the spacious third floor. Female
impersonation shows every Friday and a wide variety of special
performances keep the entertainment fresh. (Emilee Weier)
818 S. Second St.
its rustic atmosphere, this is not The Uptowner for lesbians. At
Walker’s Pint, unless part of the “in crowd,” your existence is ignored
by everyone but a friendly, attentive bartender. Clientele is roughly
90% lesbian (ages 21-55) and 10% younger gay men taking a break from
LaCage or Fluid. Music from Black Eyed Peas to Journey to Johnny Cash
plays at a conversation-friendly volume. It’s a nice place to be left
alone while conversing with your girlfriend. (Nevenka Crnojevich)