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Text below is an edit of May 2009
The ninth-largest city in the US,
is a cosmopolitan place with
world-class architecture, a booming
district, and a diverse dining
scene. But there's also an old-
sense of community that makes
the city welcoming to it many diverse
Because of its sheer size, Dallas
has one of the country's
biggest gay populations. The Oak Lawn
neighborhood around Cedar Springs
Road and Oak Lawn Avenue has the area's
largest cluster of gay bars,
stores and restaurants.
Run by Dallas Area Rapid Transit
(Dart.org), bus 39 runs from
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
to West End Station, where Blue
and Red Rail Lines connect to Union
Station in downtown Dallas. Single
fare rides are $1.50. Bus number 539
connects to Mockingbird Station.
Voice (Dallasvoice.com) is the
gay community newspaper. Oaklawn
The Dallas Tavern Guild has an always up-to-date and helpful website.
Western (915 West Dallas St;
800-230-4134) budget choice close
Polk Inn (2917 Reagan St; 214-
arts-and-crafts mansion, near bars,
French spoken, free wi-fi.
Inn Select Love Field (3300
West Mockingbird Lane;
214-357-8500), modern amenities,
convenient to airport.
Palomar (5300 East
Mockingbird Lane; 214-520-7969)
Texas-style elegance, spa and gym,
Hotel (3015 Oak Lawn Av at
Springs Rd; 214-521-
5151) ritzy vibe, nice restaurant and
bar, near everything.
Resort B&B and Country Inn
(601 Old Base Rd, Aurora;
817-489-5150) working ranch, outdoor
pool, horseback riding.
Bars and clubs
(4026 Cedar Springs Rd) intimate lounge
and piano bar with
(4025 Maple Av)
women's bar, men welcome, swimming
pool, sand volleyball, live
Inn (2315 North Fitzhugh Av)
cheap drinks, almost naked
Eagle (5740 Maple Ave) Levi/leather
men, bears, underwear and shirtless
nights, busiest late.
Club Elm &
Pearl (2204 Elm St)
young hip-hop crowd, exotic
dancers, drag and variety shows.
(4006 Cedar Springs Rd) Latin
and Afro-Caribbean bar with
food, drag shows, late-night crowd.
Door (5025 Bowser) 'old school'
bar with deep community
ties, laid-back feel, popular
(4144 Buena Vista) piano-bar heaven,
back patio, mature crowd.
(4100 Maple Av) pool tournaments,
Friday 'Lovely Ladies' drag show.
Maple Av), an old-time neighborhood
tavern aka 'the
Brick,' drag, dancers, 18+
nights, mostly African-American crowd.
(3923 Cedar Springs Rd) mostly young
guys, videos, quality
sound, popular deck, Sunday shows.
(4350 Maple Av) Latin dance
club with drag, comedy
shows, hot chico/chica contests.
(3851 Cedar Springs Rd) packed for
contests, bare-chest Wednesdays.
(2615 Oak Lawn Av) easygoing
neighborhood bar for
everyone, shows and karaoke.
Pegasus (3326 N Fitzhugh Av)
popular neighborhood bar,
laid-back feel, wi-fi for working
Saloon (3912 Cedar Springs Rd)
big and busy, beer
busts, country music, karaoke, game
(3903 Lemmon Av) frisky young crowd,
mostly men, DJ
spinning, Wednesday bare-body
4 (3911 Cedar Springs Rd) dance
complex with drag and after-hours
Ellen's (3014 Throckmorton)
women's bar with live bands
early and after-hours dancing.
Room (2514 Hudnall St) cozy
neighborhood club, erotic
dancers attentive for tips.
(3903 Cedar Springs Rd), aka 'the
weekend after-hours dancing.
(4011 Cedar Springs Rd) sports and
show tunes, comedy, outdoor patios.
(3333 North Fitzhugh Av) men's bar with
Pea (3857 Cedar Springs Rd)
home-style cooking, restaurant
chain, outpost in gay district.
(3835 Cedar Springs
Rd) gay-owned restaurant next to
Melrose Hotel, nice ambiance.
(3908 Cedar Springs Rd) great
sandwich and coffee shop
where desserts are born and diets
Henderson (2929 N. Henderson
New American bistro, cuisine
with a Texas accent, live music.
(4000 Cedar Springs Rd and 321 Bishop,
old-fashioned burgers, yummy shakes,
Cafe (3531 Oaklawn Av)
popular weekend breakfast spot in
Saunas and gyms
Spa (2509 Pacific) secret
gym, hot tub, fantasy/theme
rooms, rooftop views, weekend
Dallas (2616 Swiss) fitness
center with trainer, plus all
Fitness (2901 Cityplace W
Blvd Ste 100) gay-friendly gym.
The shops of Cedar Springs Road
(Shopcedarsprings.com) host First
Wednesdays events with great store
deals, street artists and
Masters (2525 Wycliff Av, Suite
124) quality leather,
custom clothing and accessories.
Eagle (2515 Inwood Rd)
upstairs at Dallas Eagle,
custom leather clothing, uniforms and
(4000-B Cedar Springs Rd) safe
award-winning tattoos and body
(3906 Cedar Springs Rd) T-
(4001-C Cedar Springs Rd)
gay emporium of jeans,
g-strings, jockstraps, briefs.
Lenders (3926 Cedar Springs Rd)
a wide spectrum of videos and
This city sprawls in every direction,
a car is a must for getting
Amethyst circuit party
House of Blues
A concert of more than 200 gay men
Meyerson Symphony Center
Gay Day at Six Flags
Pride is September
The 2009 Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade
takes place this year on
Sunday, September 20. There's food and
live entertainment. For more, go