10 Favorite Gay Bars in Greater Phoenix

Here's a little factoid that's perfect for your mental Rolodex: The Valley's oldest gay bar still in operation is the venerable Nu-Towne Saloon, which has been alive and kicking over by the Tovrea Castle since 1971. A few years later in 1974, the equally esteemed Apollo's Lounge opened up along Seventh Street right around the time that Tricky Dick was in some seriously hot water.

While both Apollo's and Nu-Towne (which recently reopened after nearly being destroyed by a major fire in 2010) are still in existence, the local gay bar scene is a much busier place. More than two-dozen bars and nightclubs dot the Valley, each aimed at a different slice of the LGBT community and each offering their own mix of potent pours, cheap drinks, and cheap thrills. Here's a rundown of some of our favorite spots.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.