With the Super Bowl this Sunday, I thought it would be great to share an article for NewNowNext I wrote on some of the best LGBT sport bars to visit across the country if anyone still needs to make plans to watch the game or for any last minute travels:
Hi Tops (above) must be doing something right: Eater SF ranked this newcomer the second-best sports bar in the city, gay or otherwise. The casual Castro saloon wins over locals and visitors alike with an attitude-free aura and menu of bacon burgers, fried-chicken sandwiches, corn dogs and homemade warm pretzels. Swing by Thursdays for Gym Class and get free whisky shots from jockstrap-wearing bar babes. A double win!
2247 Market Street, San Francisco, CA
Crew Bar + Grill
A Chicago favorite for its array of American and Tex-Mex eats (make sure to stop by during $1 Taco Tuesdays), Crew Bar & Grill is a straight-friendly watering hole showcasing sports on more than 20 screens. Weekly parties include pop-music and karaoke nights, and every last Friday of the month there’s a popular jockstrap contest. If you ‘re new to the Windy City, join the Beer God club: Try all of Crew’s dozen-plus beers on tap and get your picture on the wall, a free “Beer God” t-shirt and discounts on imperial, 20oz, pints for a year.
4804 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL
Model Colby Melvin is best known for his popular work with Andrew Christian, which included video segments such as the Road Trip series and a photo session that had him drenched in paint in a collaboration with The Underwear Expert. A self proclaimed goofball, his fandom grew quickly on the web, and he’s been working on developing his own entertainment group, Colbra, with his fiancée and fellow Andrew Christian model, Brandon Brown (below). As an LGBT activist, Colby is also always sharing news and entertainment reads on his social media accounts and website, and partaking in events to raise money for gay causes.
He’s originally from the Deep South, but has made Los Angeles his new home the past year. If you find yourself in Colby’s neighborhood, the gay mecca of West Hollywood, he’s provides us some of his favorite spots and musts dos throughout LA:
If you’re a New York City gay in his 20s-30s, you either know of or have met nightlife promoter Justin Luke at one of his weekly parties across Manhattan. And if you are a traveler to the city, odds are you’ve been to at least one of them in your last visit during a night out.
Just getting his start four and half years ago at the soon-to-be closed Splash, Justin is the co-director and head promoter of longtime NYC gay nightlife promotion company, BoiParty. Justin is also a published author, a fellow blogger, and has a knack for social media; creating a private VIP Facebook group of over 7,700 international gay men in their 20s, Gorgeous Gay and Twenty-Something (GG20).
Kicking off this new series, Justin gives us his favorites and musts for the ever growing gay hub of Hell’s Kitchen; where he resides and the hottest parties take place.
After over 20 years of putting on countless parties for New York’s gays and his visitors, the Chelsea nightlife icon Splash will be closing it’s doors on August 10th. Owner Brian Landache posted on the club’s Facebook page saying it’s the “end of an era, boys!” and the following note making it official:
Mega parties, go-go dancers in showers, and unfortgetale DJs and artists, Splash was legendary and a favorite for many New Yorkers and visitors. In my case, it was my first New York gay nightlife venture (and NYC club for that matter). For others it was much more personal.
There are some hot new happenings and changes down in Las Vegas for this summer, and even though the golden rule is ‘what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas’, we’re here to spill!
The juiciest, and perhaps largest, addition to LGBT entertainment and nightlife in Vegas is the move of hotspot Krave to the downtown district’s historic Fremont Street at the neon-lit mall, Neonopolis. There, it’s been reestablished as Krave Massive, which has just opened its doors and will be expanding into a mega-club that will feature five uniquely themed dance rooms, reminding me of the South Beach gay party house, Twist.
If you’re visiting New York this Pride week, or thinking of making a last minute trip this weekend, we’ve got your events covered for a glitterfic good time!
Pride Thursday marks the grand opening of Marquee Q Thursdays from a team gay nightlife pros (Brandon Voss, Patrick Crough, Alan Picus, and Justin Luke), and will feature the New York Pride headliner and mega diva, Cher!
Starts at 10:00 p.m. at Marquee, 289 Tenth Ave
Start your weekend officially, since it is an official New York Pride event, at The Pride Kickoff Rally. Hosts this year include Pandora Boxx and KeithPrice, with performacnes by Pam Ann and The Voice‘s Vicci Martinez. Oh, and Lady Gaga will be speaking at the event; added in last minute.
From 7 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Pier 26 Hudson River, at North Moore St
When the sunsets, and after some pre drinks or dinner in Hell’s Kitchen several gay bars and gay-owned eateries, waddle your way down to XL Nightclub (if you aren’t already staying at The OUT) for PAPA vs. Forever Tel Aviv—a sure to be mega party from the two international entertainment groups. Watch the artfully, sexy trailer below:
The LIGHT club opens up this month and marks the third nightlife venture for Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas.
Get turned on by the latest installment from Cirque Du Soleil, LIGHT. The upcoming nightclub at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas will bring together sound and art for club goers to experience in a way that does not involve sitting in a theater. While it is not a gay club, all of Cirque Du Soleil properties are gay friendly (and there is even a thriving gay night at one of them), and LIGHT will surely be one to check out during a night in Sin City after it opens Memorial Day Weekend.
Look Towards the LIGHT
Designed to play with your senses, LIGHT will merge the world-renowned creativity and theatrics with high-tech production and internationally acclaimed DJs and performers to “redefine a night out.” Upon arrival, guests are expected to enter the realm of the unknown, as everyone will be part of the “show”. The DJs will be aided by exclusive performance elements and visuals provided by costumes and unique choreography, video mapping, lighting, sound, and special effects experts Moment Factory, which has provided effects for more than 300 events, shows and installations for the likes of Cirque du Soleil, Disney, Nine Inch Nails, Céline Dion, and Madonna—to name just a few.