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Top Gay Bars In Connecticut

January 9, 2014 8:00 AM

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Many of Connecticut’s cities and towns have a vibrant nightlife, with several bars and clubs. A number of these cater specifically to LGBT crowds for all or part of the week. Here are five of the best spots in the state for gays and lesbians to hang out and have a fun and relaxing night.

Triangles
66 Sugarhollow Road
Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 798-6996
www.trianglescafe.com

Triangles describes itself as being three bars in one. The main bar is located by the large dance floor, which is open Friday and Saturday nights. It also has an outdoor patio bar during warm weather months, and a billiards lounge open every night, 365 days a year. Triangles has no shortage of special events, from transgender parties one Saturday a month to ladies nights on the third Friday to a male revue every Thursday night. Sunday nights are for karaoke, and Monday is Broadway night where customers can belt out their favorite show tunes.

Partners Cafe
365 Crown St.
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 776-1014
www.partnerscafe.com

Open seven days a week, the two-story Partners always has something going on. Male dancers perform on Mondays, dance parties with plenty of drink specials are held on Fridays and the first and third Saturday of each month feature leather parties set to dark house music. Partners also has occasional Ladies Nights and Latin Nights. A pleasant, laid-back staff and plenty of parking make it an attractive New Haven destination.

Frank’s Place
9 Tilley St.
New London, CT 06320
(860) 442-2782
www.franksplacect.com

Frank’s Place may be one of the friendliest and inviting bars in the state. Whether you’re gay or lesbian – or straight – the staff and regulars at Frank’s go out of their way to make you feel at home. There’s plenty of entertainment from karaoke Wednesdays to trivia Thursdays to drag shows on the first Saturday of the month. Dance to house music spun by DJ Crash on Friday and Saturday nights (the dance floor even has a stripper pole), shoot a game of pool or chill out on the outdoor patio in the summer.

Related: Best Happy Hour Spots In New London

168 York Street Cafe
168 York St.
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 789-1915
www.168yorkstreetcafe.com

This cafe has been a fixture at Yale University for decades – it is one of Connecticut’s oldest gay bars. It also boasts of being the only gay-owned drinking and dining establishment in New Haven. 168 York Street entertains patrons with guests like blues singer Faye Green and drag queen Robin Banks and even holds outdoor barbeques every Sunday during the summer. Also popular is its Beer Bash, every Thursday and Sunday from 9 p.m. to midnight, when all domestic and imported beers are discounted. 168 York Street isn’t just a great night spot either; it’s also famous for its Sunday brunch, held weekly from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Trevi Lounge
548 Kings Highway Cutoff
Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 763-4300
www.facebook.com/Trevi.Lounge

Trevi Lounge is one of the newest gay and lesbian bars in the state, opening in December of 2012. It distinguishes itself by having, in addition to a main bar and dance floor, an elegant piano bar with stained glass windows. But there’s nothing pretentious about Trevi, which creates a fun vibe by throwing holiday celebrations and hosting weekly watching parties for shows like “American Horror Story” and “The Walking Dead.” Ladies night is on the second Thursday of each month, and there’s never a cover charge.

Related: Best Gay and Lesbian Bars In Connecticut

Joshua Palmes is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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