Get the best of both worlds during your next visit and grab a drink at the best Madison, Wisconsin gay bars. Happy hour runs until on weekdays, and brunch on Saturday or Sunday is a community favorite — no matter how much sleep you had the night before.
Patrons are a mix of younger, older with plenty of regulars and new faces. On St. I suggest going to the Shamrock after work, when starting the night — or ending it low key.
This is where the scene ends up on Friday and Saturday. This goes hand-in-hand with the overall atmosphere, which is fun, but a bit more exclusionary than other gay bars in the area.
Drinks are more expensive as well. The crowd is friendly and slants older.
You can expect to see a dozen tv screens playing slideshows of nude men and a fairly open space for darts or billiards. The sidewalk patio with picnic tables is a big plus in the summer.
Head there for some fresh air and people watching. For a gay bar on the highway, Five Nightclub has a lot of heart with relatively cheap drinks and heavy pours.
Unfortunately, Five is a ten-minute drive from downtown. The downstairs dance space has a mixed reputation for poor management. Check it out and see what you find.
Madison is a gay-friendly city that has time and time again ranked high for livability. Sounds nice to me. But if you need something a little warmer in the winter, check out the gay bars of Kansas City.
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