Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now.
Louis has a thriving gay scene that really comes alive at night. Numerous LGBT exclusive and friendly establishments exist, perfect for mingling with singles, dancing the night away or having drinks with friends. The nightlife in this beautiful Midwest city is great for locals and travelers alike, for everyone is friendly and interested in making great conversation.
Which Pride Festivals should I visit? Apparently the city has one the largest populations of gays and lesbians in the country — who knew! The Grove — this is the center of gay nightlife in St Louis and you find around a dozen gay and gay-friendly bars here, including St Louis most famous gay club, Just John.
The remark amused me on a couple of levels. We asked our readers to tell us what St. Three are near the Mississippi River, four out of the five are in the city, all have impressive historic housing stock, all have LGBTQ businesses in walkable proximity to residences, and all serve as magnets for LGBTQ visitors from throughout the region and beyond. Most importantly for the purposes of this poll, all of these neighborhoods have passionate supporters.
Louis has grown from a fur-trading village into a major American city made up of distinct neighborhoods. Hot spot neighborhoods include:. The ever-expanding scene boasts more than a dozen friendly hot spots, each with a unique vibe.
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The "Gateway City" is famous in the Midwest for its diversity and relative gay-friendliness in America's heartland. Gregory Kompes named St. Louis one of the "50 Fabulous Gay-Friendly Places to Live" for its live-and-let-live attitude, extensive cultural attractions, and flourishing nightlife.
Just as France was giving up their American territories they provided a settlement for French families at a point where British, soon AmericanFrench, Indian and Spanish interests converged. Drawing from its unique geographic location on the Mississippi River, bordering the Midwest to the east and the Ozarks to the west, the city soon became a jumping-off point for people headed in every direction, but especially to points west. Today, St Louis is a magnet for young and ambitious folks from vast areas of surrounding farmland and small towns of the region. The Gateway City is a also a gay-friendly destination marked by diverse neighborhoods, eye-catching architecture and local charm.
The Central West End would become one of St. This racial betweenness kept many straight whites out and property values low—but was less objectionable to the gays. Darnell also points to nearby institutions of higher learning Washington University and Saint Louis Universitya major entertainment district Gaslight SquareForest Park and the local art and theater scenes as major draws for young, unattached, adventurous and idealistic residents—all traits that made the area more hospitable to queers.
A neon marquee twitches above the entry, and a pulsing beat welcomes gays to their first stop of the night. For years, this edgy strip of bars has been a hub for the LGBT community, but that was eight years ago—back when gay bars were the only thing in The Grove. Now, the night is shared by the echoes of other bars—straight ones—that symbolize change in the neighborhood. While the music from the gay bars is still loud and proud, it feels the scene is closing in.