Richmond’s Secretly Gay Bars
Some folks enjoy a a little change in their nightlife excursions. While the gay-bar circuit in Richmond is a popular and viable option, we thought we’d ask our Facebook Fans and Twitter Followers where they preferred to go when they wanted to meet other LGBT individuals, without diving into the gay-scene. Here is a list that got the most ‘likes’. We reached out to the different venues and asked them how they felt about their new title as Richmond’s most LGBT-friendly, but unofficially ‘gay’ hot spots.
Mars Bar – 115 N. 18th St, Richmond – (804) 644-6277
Greg Stephan, Mars Bar’s manager, was very pleased to hear his establishment got THE MOST VOTES for best un-official gay bar. He said it was probably the employees and the weekly events that brought in the LGBT crowds. “Our staff has always been very friendly and open… and some of the theme nights we do make LGBT folks very happy.” Saturday night’s Platinum Dance Party and Monday and Tuesday’s Karaoke nights were when Stephan noticed the most LGBT folks in attendance. “Its a friendly, fun environment and that’s why I think people feel safe and have as much fun as they want to.”
Benny’s Tavern – 3631 Boulevard, Colonial Heights – (804) 526-2536
Balliceaux – 203 N Lombardy St Richmond, (804) 355-3008
Owner Steve Gratz said their inclusive environment was part of being a member of the Richmond community. “We have a pretty progressive demographic,” said Gratz. “We really want to be a good neighborhood restaurant.” Keep an eye out for their dance party nights as they can draw a quality queer crowd.
Pasture – 416 E Grace St Richmond, (804) 780-0416
Michelle Jones, one of Pasture’s owners was thrilled to hear so many of our fans showed them support. “We have a very diverse group of people who work here. Our main focus is we want the food to be delicious and we want people to be super happy to be here,” said Jones. “We are super happy to see everyone.”
Selba – 2416 W Cary St Richmond, (804) 358-2229
Selba’s swanky set up, luxurious back atrium, and beautiful front bar are all good reasons to check out this hot spot on Cary St. They also advertise with us, but that didn’t influence their appearance on our list.
Animal RVA will return to Balliceaux this weekend for their monthly gig, this time, in support of the Richmond Peace Education Center. The collective consists of DJs, musicians, and artists who regularly produce queer-friendly events in the area and will bring their beat-heavy dance party to the venue with DJ CONLEY DIRT ϟTAϟH and ZAVVl. And [...]August 23, 2016
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