Diving in Ft Worth Gay Bars
One recent warm and sweaty Saturday night after a lengthy day of drinking beer and devouring tacos at a house party, 3 hardened scuba divers as well as I laid out to find indications of a gay-bar scene around. Only a few years ago, the Gayborhood-- a touch of places on or around Jennings Method on the Near Southside-- looked all set to blossom but appeared to pass away out atop the smoldering ashes of the Rainbow Lounge after that precious establishment refuted back in 2017.
Our initial quit was 515 Bar (515 S Jennings Av, 817-338-0515), among the last holdovers from the scene that was. The structure is a practical, standalone, white, windowless rectangle---- even more art installment or neglected shelter than a location of festivity. On entry, we were greeted by a well-lit area with chessboard tiles on the flooring and a pool table in advance. The long bar causes the rear of the room where there are a few high tables and stools scattered throughout. Guys bellied up to the bar, pairs chatted, and an older mixed group rested enjoying the Cowboys' preseason labors. My impression was of a scrupulously tidy area wattering hole. Our smiling barkeep, Tito, was welcoming and also continued to be attentive and also expanded friendly as our see passed. A few 12-ounce jugs straight from the fridge freezer welcomed Bud Light and Coors Lights from the faucet. Tito freely poured from the good alcohol choice right into brief glasses. I bantered with a couple of men pointed on stools while Tito found out a ropey-looking Coors Light on among our three rounds. For a Saturday evening, the location was lightly booming, though as we were completing beverages, a large combined team rocked up and the environment expanded livelier.
We ambled a couple of miles away to the Urban Cowboy Watering Hole (2620 E Lancaster Av, 817-707-5663). The large, pebble-dashed structure from the outside softens within to a nightclub honky-tonk. Consider a regular honky-tonk, packed with a shine guitar hanging over the dancing floor, but with a disco-and-dance soundtrack. The facility of the area is loaded with a bent bar area. There are a few Rahr faucets, though one of them offers $2 Coors Light. I went with a put of Rahr Blond, which was frustrating verging on indistinguishable from the bubbly, crisp yellow reward that I like. The subsequent Coors Light was its usual self, and also the well vodka-tonic was par-for-the-course severe. We shot some pool on among the 3 tables. Fortunate for us, the vomit and also beer had lengthy dried out on the towel such that it did not prevent use an or else good table. The area hosts drag acts, yet we did not see any kind of in the time we invested after 10pm on a Saturday. Possibly the summer season heat hindered would-be boozers, as the Cowboy was dead. There were perhaps 20 people dotted throughout. One standout function was the huge fenced-in patio with clear views of downtown from its elevated position.
Nearby, we satisfied our last stop of the night, theoretically. Club Changes (2637 E Lancaster Av, 817-413-2332) checks all packages of a late-night dive bar: dark, a little bit drab, has a swimming pool table, active but not loaded, and serves super-strong alcoholic drinks. On the last point, I was unable to finish my high vodka-tonic, which was so solid and astringent from affordable vodka that it tossed me off the high cliff of buzzy-ness into a sea of drunkenness. That cocktail belonged to a round that consisted of two liquors, one beer, as well as one OJ that totaled a mystifyingly reduced $8. The highlight\/lowlight of the night came at Changes, wherein someone pinned one more up against the wall and beginning gradually grinding on them while their partner held a phone up high behind the various other's shoulder, obviously keen not to miss a beat of Insta-life.
Generally our diving would certainly have stopped at this point, but we were dehydrated for a place leaking with revelers. The three dives had actually all been somewhat under-populated. Back in the direction of Bar 515, we headed to the tried as well as relied on Club Reflections (604 S Jennings Av, 817-870-8867) for a nightcap, some drag queens, bottled beers, and also formation dancing to event songs. Happily, the location was loaded. We left content as well as chose our designated motorist for the now-traditional huge feed at the nearby Whataburger. What a time to be alive.