The Ten Best Gay Bars in St. Louis

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Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this RFT Music series, we're beeboping and scattin' our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. This week: The best gay bars in St. Louis.

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Absolutli Goosed Martini Bar
Oh my, can the bartenders make a good drink here. Known to regulars as "Goosed," this place keeps newbies and old friends alike coming back again and again for fierce cocktails and a chill bar atmosphere. With tons of small but tall tables for two, this place is a perfect place to take first date. While the capacity is low and the tiny space creates intimacy, it's not necessarily a mingling atmosphere. So bring your date here and get him drunk on classy cosmos -- you won't have to worry about him going home with anybody else.


Attitudes Bar & Grill
Attitudes was one of St. Louis' first gay dance clubs. It's still everything a club should be: dark, mirrored, crowded and loud. The space has a built-in stage for entertainment and drag shows, but on the weekends it's a full-on hedonistic dance-fest. There's a little cage for the exhibitionists to freak-dance in, a deep dance floor lined with leather couches and a long perch above the crowd to watch the action from above -- highly recommended if you're into people-watching. Visit Attitudes if you're seeking lots of people, reasonable drink prices and bumpin' bass.

Boxers 'n Briefs
Boxers 'n Briefs' website boasts: "All races, colors, sexes and sexual orientations are welcome," and that is the damn truth. It doesn't matter if you're gay, straight or a penis-veil-wearing bachelorette, if you want to ogle dancing dudes, this is the only place to be. The cover charge is a little steep -- $10 on the weekends -- but you get hours of fun. The entertainment rotates all night, and it doesn't take the dancers long to get fully nude and do acrobatic flips right on the bar; here the entertainers are very accessible. The club also boasts a shower (on the bar -- for the dancers to perform in), private rooms and a drag show every Sunday night.

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Boxers 'n Briefs

55 Four Corners Lane, East St. Louis, IL

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2001 Menard St., St. Louis, MO

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The Grey Fox Pub

3503 S. Spring Ave., St. Louis, MO

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JJ's Clubhouse

3858 Market St., St. Louis, MO

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Just John's Club

4112 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO

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Novak's Bar & Grill

4121 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO

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Rehab Lounge

4054 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis, MO

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4100 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO

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frankly it's sort of astonishing there are bars that still clearly ID as Gay, Lesbian or Straight. I thought the paradigm was moving towards decent people or asshole bars and let the market dictate the spirit and interest of the clientele.


Its a little surprising how many gay bars there are in STL. You would probably think for a city it's size maybe 6 or 7, but actually there are at least 14.


I've always considered Absolutli Goosed an "Everybody" bar. I always see a great mix of all walks of life in there.

Ed Goltermann
Ed Goltermann

Balderdash. If the gays would do what they were evolved to do in the first place and learn Opera, Ballet and Show Tunes they could use their powers to ressurect not only the Kiel Opera House and the Muny but St. Louis and the entire north American continet at the same time. This planet would become known as the artistic mecca of the cosmos and life from all planets and dimensions would flock here en masse makign this the top tourist draw in the history of all creation. Slay, Schoemehl, Grand Center, Levi Strauss, the Blues and the Bill Dewitt would kill this in a heartbeat because they want people to focus on their rabble games and sweaty drunken tank tops destroying all of creation in the most evil plot since Savvis was conceived. Is that crazy enough for ya'? Want me to take a shit on the floor?

Mr. Crotchrot
Mr. Crotchrot

I love going to Novaks to watch and hit on the gorgeous lesbians.

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