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Where to Party with the LGBT Crowd in the Fort Myers Area



Successfully finding a gay club in an unfamiliar city can be trying, especially in the Fort Myers area. At a time when more attention and acceptance has been given to LGBT community nationwide you might think the number of clubs and establishments catering to the crowd would have increased. Instead, at least in the Fort Myers area, the number has actually decreased--significantly.

Some in the community claim victory, citing more acceptance in mainstream clubs, regardless of sexual orientation.

Operating a restaurant, bar or lounge is challenging. The fact that so many have closed over the years in Southwest Florida is no reflection on the interest, activism or size of the LGBT community. 

There are a number of bars hosting activities to draw both straight and gay patrons, with things like drag shows and drag queen bingo. However, the two most consistent gay bars in the area are Rascals in Fort Myers and Cruisers in Cape Coral. Find more about both here and rest assured that when the rumors of new clubs become reality, we'll update you ASAP.


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Found on the main drag (pun intended) of Cape Coral's downtown entertainment strip, Cruisers is housed in an old liquor store. More of a lounge than a club, this laid back spot offers patrons more than just a bar with cold drinks and good service. You'll also find bingo, pool tables, video bowling, and other games. There is an ever changing calendar of events featuring things such as karaoke, ladies night, Latin night, drag shows, pride parties and much more. Enjoy daily happy hours, weekend dance parties, Sunday Tea Dances, and a party commemorating almost anything that can be found on your Hallmark Calendar.

Recommended for Gay Clubs because: A former liquor store in downtown Cape Coral, Cruisers is a large, laid back lounge with lots of entertainment.

Gina's expert tip: Check the website for weekly updates in entertainment

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Rascals has a sizable bar, video screens and a large outdoor patio if you prefer fresh air and easier conversation. Calling itself a neighborhood bar with a gay flag, Rascals is more than a place to get a cold drink and listen to good music. The lounge is not apologetic about its edgy entertainment welcoming leather daddies, fetishes, drag queens, and the old school "hanky code;" let bar goers know your intentions by which pocket you put your hanky in. The color of the fabric offers even more clues as to your desires. Happy Hour lasts all day on Sunday and the week begins on Monday with Drag Queen Plinko. Check the website for a list of celebrations and special events.

Recommended for Gay Clubs because: Rascals bills itself as a neighborhood bar, just one that flies the gay flag. A calendar full of special events, there's always something happening here.

Gina's expert tip: Eat free taco's on Tuesdays

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