Top 5 Cities for Gay Nightlife

The beat goes on…and on…and on in these sizzling-hot nightlife cities!

BY Advocate.com Editors

November 17 2008 1:00 AM ET

Toronto

Social stats: There’s a reason Toronto was
chosen for the role of body double for Queer As
Folk
. Hot bars, hot boys (and girls!), and no
shortage of social enthusiasm keep Canada’s hottest
gay city sizzling -- no matter how low temperatures
drop outside.

Hotspots: Woody's (465-467 Church St;
416-972-0887) is a labyrinthine complex of five bars
famed from Queer As Folk. It attracts the
after-work crowd and has nightly events such as the
"Best Chest Contest." Another famed QAF venue is the
throbbing Fly NiteClub (8 Gloucester St;
416-410-5426), the 10,000-square-foot dance emporium
that served as the original Babylon for the gay
series. Gay folks also frequent super-club Circa, a mixed
straight/gay venue in the predominantly hetero Entertainment
District.

Chicago

Social stats: Visitors will find Chicago's nightlife
scene refreshingly less aggressive and style-conscious
than New York's or L.A.'s. The majority of gay bars
are in Boystown (Lakeview) on North Halsted Street, or
farther north in Andersonville.

Hotspots: Sidetrack (3349 N. Halsted St.;
773-477-9189) is a video bar specializing in theme nights
('70s & '80s; show tunes; comedy night), and is
busy most every night of the week. It's by far the
most popular gay bar in Chicago. Roscoe's (3354 N. Halsted St.;
773-281-3355) is the stomping ground for a wide-eyed and
barely legal set of young gays. Circuit (3641 N. Halsted St.;
773-325-2233) is Boystown's largest dance space, with 3D
glitter-effect flooring and a young dance crowd. The
city’s freshest, hippest hotspots are
Scarlet (3320 N. Halsted St; 773-348-1053), a chic
red and exposed brick drinking den; and sleek Minibar (3341 N. Halsted St;
773-871-6227), home to the city’s stand and model
set.

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