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Lauren Cusimano

Pat O's Bunkhouse Saloon

Pat O’s puts the “G” in the Melrose District’s LGBT scene — its clientele is largely gay males, many of whom are unabashedly members or fans of the bear or leathermen subcultures. Owner and namesake Pat Olivo (a fixture in the local gay scene for decades) keeps his bunkhouse inclusive. Here, you might stumble into discussions of Phoenix’s LGBT history or trans rights, shows by the local Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence performance troupe, or daytime dog-washing parties out on the ample, fenced-in outdoor patio to go along with “Bear-e-oke” on Wednesdays and underwear night on Thursdays. Within its roomy interior (it’s a former home converted decades ago), an enormous island bar with daily drink deals, various tables and countertops, relics from now-defunct local gay bars, and plenty of playful banter and flickering laughter are waiting. Like its proprietor, Pat O’s is a local institution.

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