Drew's Gay Guide to Denver


By OUTTraveler Contributer

Guides to great cities by the locals who know them best!

Originally published on Gay.com/travel

My name: Drew

City/town: Denver, Colorado

Relationship status: Single

What was the last vacation you took? Where did you go? Where do you most want to go?

It's been way too long since I've had a vacation, but the last one was probably good old San Diego, California (the pic you see was taken right before I got dropped trou at Black's Beach). There's nothing like sunning your buns and skinny-dipping to make your trip a memorable one.

Are any famous people from your town?

The 'Unsinkable' Molly Brown, India.Arie, Dog the Bounty Hunter, Don Cheadle, Roseanne Barr, Karl Rove (boo!), The Fray. Beat writers Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady, and Alan Ginsberg spent a lot of time in Denver, and former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice both went to school here.

What are some of the things you love most about your town?

It's got a little bit of everything-great food and restaurants, theatres, museums, festivals and cultural events. It's close to skiing and the mountains, and it's a sports fan's wet dream of a city, with the Broncos, the Nuggets, the Rockies and the Avalanche providing year-round entertainment and opportunities to drink beer and eat hot-dogs. The weather's great-it's really a treat to be able to experience all four seasons. And it's pretty centrally located, so that anyplace else you want to visit in the country is only a short plane ride away. It's the best of all worlds. Year after year, Denver is always high on the lists of most livable cities, fittest cities, best date cities-you name the list and Denver's on it!

What are some great ideas for a romantic gay date?

Denver's known for being fitness oriented, so a hike or bike ride is always a great idea. The downtown pedestrian mall, the 16th Street Mall, has horse-drawn carriages on just about every corner-perfect for after-dinner romance. The Bump and Grind Caf? has a fun Drag Brunch every weekend, and Denver's Demented Divas perform every Wednesday night at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret. A concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre is one sure way to wow a fella. And if you like to keep things simple, you can always just grab a coffee at my favorite coffee shop in Denver-St. Mark's.

What are your favorite gay bars and/or dance clubs?

JR's is twink central, and the Sunday Beer Bust at the Wrangler is de rigueur for bears and their admirers (and Denver's got lots of bears-woof!). If you like strippers (I like strippers), you can hit Boyztown just about any night of the week. As for dance clubs, I'm a big fan of our brand-new club Mo's. It's a huge, multi-story building with some truly state-of-the-art amenities (outdoor shower, anyone?) that I am looking forward to taking full advantage of this summer.

What are your favorite gay parties or events in your town, if any? What is the crowd or scene like at those places?

Far and away, the biggest and best gay event is Denver PrideFest. I've been the official blogger for the celebration for the past two years, and with attendance of around 250,000, it's one of the top 10 Pride events in the country. People come from far and wide to experience the sights, the sounds, and the solidarity.

Where is the best public place for a gay person to make out there (or isn't there one)?

I love this question. I recently wrote a series of articles on PDGays (Public Displays of Gayness), and I went all over the city with a really hot guy, kissing and holding hands to see what kind of reactions we would get. From the 16th Street Mall to the Cherry Creek Mall and from local restaurants and cafes to concert venues, we never had a bit of trouble and actually got cheered on a couple of times. However, I'm a big, aggressive boy who doesn't mind confrontation, so I wouldn't recommend it to everybody. It's important to remember to keep yourself safe and always be aware of your surroundings!

What is the gay community like there?

Well, a lot of people are surprised to find out that Denver has the 7th largest LGBT population in the country, and therefore, we are fortunate to have communities and cliques of all kinds. We've got bois and bears, drag queens and kingz, politicos and activists, couples and families, artists and athletes. We've got it all.

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