The bar offers plenty of intimate spots for conversation along a tufted red-vinyl banquette softly lit with Edison bulbs hanging from a ceiling of salvaged wood—though you may find yourself shouting to be heard above the din at peak times. For forty years, Wild Side West has welcomed queer women and those that love them to their authentic tavern and lush outdoor patio. Like what you see? After dark, regular events including 1 Up gaming night on Tuesdays, Wednesday night karaoke and bar-dancing-go-go-boys on Friday and Saturday nights keep the crowd in excellent spirits. First opened more than 40 years ago, Midnight Sun rejoined the A-list following a makeover. The back of the bar is dominated by a pool table and photo booth. Sign up and get the best of your city in our newsletter, as often as you like.
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Inside it can be slow on weekdays but wend your way to the rear, past the pool table, past the DJ booths and bathrooms, down the hallway lined with decades of gay memorabilia, to find the crowd chomping cigars and sharing cigarettes on the outdoor patio. With a blazing fireplace to warm you on foggy days and a jukebox chock full of 80s favorites, this cozy pub will keep you in your seat until last call rolls around. Love the mag?
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