The Ten Best Gay Bars in St. Louis
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.