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Posted by @cddNY on 07/12/2010
A gay sports bar will never be like a straight sports bar for one simple reason: straight men at a bar will not be into each other, will not cruise, and will not flirt. The focus of the entire place will truly be the game or games on TV. As a gay man, I hold this truth to be self-evident: that gays in a room full of other gays will spend a lot of time checking each other out. This means that attention at a gay sports bar will be never be primarily centered on the game. The exception might be when some kind of hugely popular event (think a big World Cup game) forces even those who don't give much of a crap to pretend that they do--if nothing else, because no one is looking at them, so they might as well stare at the TV themselves and try to figure out what's so interesting. That said, I do love sports, and had been to a couple of allegedly gay sports bar before visiting Boxers, Nellie's, in DC, and Gym Bar here in New York. Both of those failed miserably at living up to their label. Gym Bar tries too hard, and Nellie's doesn't try at all--at least it didn't the one time I was there, well over a year ago. Boxers got the notion of "gay sports bar" just right, becoming my new favorite watering hole. The bartenders are hot and shirtless; there's TVs everywhere you turn, ensuring that whichever game you want to watch will be on; they have good specials on beer; there's pool tables and dart boards; the music--for the benefit of those who don't care about the games--is good, and I'd say the place is even roomy enough to dance. I haven't made it out to the back deck, but it looks nice, too. Now, this is MenuPages, so let's talk about the pizza. It's tasty, sized just right, and cheap. What more do you need?