The blurring of categories represented by the changing face of Wilton Drive fundamentalist Christianity, then fundamentalist gayness, and now gay sports bars is worth celebrating, and you might as well celebrate it at Sidelines. Its clean, comfy, and full of gays, lesbos, straight folk, white folk, black folk, and brown folk, all of whom seemed to be friends. (Moreover, who are watching sports together! In a gay bar!) Sidelines manager Daniel Shannon says this universalistic dealio is pretty much the bars raison detre. We want to be Wilton Manors Cheers, says Shannon.
Shannon is also excited about Sidelines anniversary party a three-day bash, leading up to a giant shindig on the 12th. There will be a massive prize giveaway (last year, some lucky punter went home with a 26 flatscreen), and there shall be some astonishingly generous drink specials made from Sidelines own brand of super-premium vodka, a quintuple-distilled brew so smooth it almost tastes healthy. The vodka drinks will be selling 2-4-1 for the whole month of May. Shannon says that Sidelines has thus far proven more-or-less recession proof, so expect a big, diverse crowd the kind of polyglot bunch you never really saw til Sidelines came to the neighborhood, and which we can all enjoy the hell out of as long as it keeps putting on the years.
The Sidelines Anniversary celebration runs from Saturday to Tuesday at 2031 Wilton Dr. in Wilton Manors. There is no cover. For more info, visit sidelinessports.com, or call 954-563-8001.
May 9-12, 2009