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Though not far from Cleveland, Akron has its own vibrant gay scene that
attracts many men who live in the suburbs between the two cities. Students from the University of Akron and Kent State mix with young workers from the gigantic Goodyear plant in this tidy, well-planned city spread over several hills.
Parkside Male Residential Hotel (1431 S Main St; 330-724-1800) has 15 fully-furnished rooms and six shared bathrooms in the Firestone Park area, just minutes from downtown. Three home-cooked meals are served each day in the dining room and they have a fitness area, tanning facilities, plus gay movie nights in the surround-sound theatre area, and other special events.
Three general-public hotels close to everything include:
Best Western Executive Inn (2677 Gilchrist Road; 330 794-1050);
Comfort Inn Akron (2873 S Arlington Rd; 330 645-1100 ); and
Red Roof Inn Akron South (2939 S Arlington Rd; 800 843-9999), right off the I-77 exit 120 ramp.
Bars & clubs
Adams Street / Pecs (77 N Adams) opens nightly with
something for everyone from college boys to leathermen. There are piano bar
sing-alongs, a dance club, strippers, drag shows, country nights. There are Wii game nights Sundays through Thursdays, an internet Jukebox, outdoor patio, and lots of special parties here too.
Cocktails (1009 S Main) hosts strippers nightly. The
upstairs bar, Daddy's, is Akron's Levi, leather and fetish bar
with a Saturday night dress code.
Interbelt (70 N Howard) is a sprawling dance club of many years, with a mixed, young, energetic crowd, and plenty of events to bring 'em in from far and wide. Square (820 W Market) is a
neighborhood bar in Highland Square.
Open daily, Tear-EZ (360 S Main) is Akron's downtown gay neighborhood institution that always manages to make out-of-towners feel truly welcome. Here too there's 'always a show, but never a cover charge.'
Roseta Club (627 S Arlington) women's bar welcomes all, and they're home to the Rubber City Royals entourage of drag kings who perform here.
Two more recent arrivals on the mixed gay/straight scene include: the
Office (778 N Main St) with bistro food and cocktail lounge; and
Angel Falls (792 W Market St), a gay-owned coffee shop specializing in the finest Venezuelan beans with a variety of flavors.
A little to the south in Canton, Crew (304 Cherry Ave NE)
is a dance club and show bar.
Still further down Interstate 77, Circle JJ Ranch (1104
Amsterdam Rd, Scio; 330-627-3101) is a gay tents or RV campground with lodge
rooms and cabins, heated pool, spa and nightclub. It's open April through