World’s Best Gay Bars

Gay today released its first annual list of winners for World’s Best Gay Bars. Dividing the winners into two categories — one for the United States and one for Global winners — the website’s editors have selected 20 gay and gay-friendly bars from around the world to be on the 2006 winner’s list.
“Our site features literally thousands of gay bars worldwide and we wanted to select a list of those bars that consistently receive rave rating from our readers,” said Editor Kevin Marsh. “Our editors took the lead from our readers and sent out our correspondents to look at their recommendations and we created our list of winners. There are a lot of great establishments out there.”
US winners included SideTrack in Chicago, I-Candy in LA and Boom in Minneapolis. Among global winners were London’s Heaven, Toronto’s Fly and Melbourne’s Diva.
Criteria for making the two top ten lists included the standard of music, the reputation with the local gay and lesbian community, décor, accessibility and the overall vibe. Winners came from all over the US as well as from Canada, Australia, France, Brazil and Germany.
“The number of gay bars worldwide has grown significantly over the last 15 years and they have become much more visible and part of the entertainment mainstream.” said Marsh. “The result is a huge variety of venues with some of the most up-to-date sound systems, innovative programming and creative marketing, in some cases to the broader straight community.”
The website plans to run the competition annually. Next year, plans to open the competition to voting by site visitors.
from Press Release

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