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Lauren Cusimano

The Rock

The showroom of this extremely LGBTQ-friendly Melrose District watering hole is a destination for drag, comedy, and cabaret performances — or often a mix of all three. Popular local queens — Barbra Seville, Lady Christian, Espressa Grande — are regulars on the calendar, performing shows with names like the “Lady Christian Trailer Trash Review.” Definitely stop by this staple of the Phoenix gay bar and drag scene if you’re barhopping around the Melrose Curve. But it works as a solid neighborhood bar, too: The Rock has daily happy hour specials, weekly karaoke nights, a jukebox, and, in non-pandemic times, raucous dance parties.

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