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Ten Best Gay Bars in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach

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5. Bill's Filling Station
2209 Wilton Drive, Fort Lauderdale

Bill's is the more tame version of Ramrod. Go on a Friday or Saturday night, and it's packed with burly men from god knows where. On a Sunday night, Tranny Palace delivers a free drag show performed by the cast of the drag diner extraordinaire, Lips. Host Misty Eyez is a great MC, but the real stars are Twat Larouge, Tina Torche, and the occasional cameo from Hialeah's Finest, Juliesy y Karla. Karaoke on Tuesdays rounds out the bar, offering up entertainment for both gay and straight patrons alike.
4. New Moon
2440 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors

New Moon is the main lesbian bar in all of Broward county. Located across from Rosie's, this indoor/outdoor hotspot includes drink specials, blue jean-wearing bartenders, and a plethora of posters of female singer-songwriters who once might have performed at Lilith Fair. If you love Lisa Loeb, Melissa Etheridge, and Ani DiFranco, this is your new home.
3. Torpedo Bar
2829 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

If you feel the need to drink and dance past traditional closing time, just know that you really shouldn't. Grab a cab home, take a bath, and evaluate your life to figure out what got you to this point of desperation. But if that isn't feasible for you (most apartments only have showers now anyway), there's always Torpedo. Its location is conveniently located just blocks from the Swap Shop, so if you make it to daylight, you can make a pit stop at Denny's then hit up the bargains.
2. The Manor Complex
2345 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors

If you just got some new shoes and want to dance with your "girls," there's pretty much only one option in Broward: the Manor. This dance club and restaurant is gigantic. There's a smaller room  for hip-hop on some nights and salsa on others. In the main room, there's traditional dance music with shirtless men dancing and singing in sync to some Rihanna song, and everyone looks happy and determined to get laid. More than at Ramrod, these people are dtf, if you know what we mean.

If you don't feel like dancing, you can always crash at the smaller lounge area that serves craft beers and ciders, in case some customers wander over from Gaysha.
1. Rosie's
2449 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors

Sunday Brunch to a gay is like Sunday Mass for Catholics. And if you get there too late, your seat at your friend's table is gone, and the next time you try to tag along, you'll get a neurotic: "You can't sit with us."

Rosie's brunch happens to be the best of the best — although their regular menu served daily isn't anything to turn your nose up to either — gay or straight. Their bloody marys are also unbeatable, and for $3, you really can't say no.

The bar advertises itself as "the place to see and be seen." So don't drink too much on Saturday night at the Manor. You wanna look good when being seen.
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Grant James
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