Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2012 wasn't easy. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this RFT Music series, we're beeboping and scattin' our way through notable runners-up in a number of categories. This week, in honor of recent rulings and in advance of upcoming celebrations: The best gay bars in St. Louis.
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Rehab (4054 Chouteau Avenue; 314-652-3700)
Located at the eastern entrance of the Grove neighborhood -- also known as the "Gayborhood" -- Rehab functions as a suiting introduction to the area. Its friendly staff, precise bar and fun patio make it a great place to pop in for a drink or an awe-inspiring drag show before (or after -- Rehab is open until 3 a.m.) cruising the strip. What may keep you here the longest, however, are the unbelievable drink specials: $10 all-you-can-drink beer, $20 all-you-can-drink wells, $30 all-you-can-drink you-call-its and $40 all-you-can-drink top shelf.
Attitudes (4100 Manchester Avenue; 314-534-0044)
Dark, mirrored and loud, Attitudes' crowded dance club is designed for a sweaty groove-fest any weekend night. The built-in stage for entertainment and drag shows is perfectly positioned for all onlookers, but for those into people watching, the perch above the dance floor is ideal for that bird's-eye view of the action. Not to mention that there is a dancing cage for all you thrill-seekers out there. The drink specials are everything one could hope for, especially Wednesday's $10 all-you-can-drink special that's paired with karaoke. For over 24 years, Attitudes has been a consistent good time for party people of all type.
Clementine's (2001 Menard Street; 314-664-7869)
Clementine's is St. Louis' oldest gay bar, located on a quiet corner in Soulard. The relaxed atmosphere and casual crowd allows grown-ups to be grown-ups. Sunday afternoons on the packed patio draws a crowd ranging all types, and on Mardi Gras you can expect Clementine's to be the epicenter of debauchery. Clementine's also hosts the hilarious and beloved High Heel Drag Race, where drag queens, dressed to the nines, race down the street in heels. Clementine's is your place if seek chilled atmospheres and laid-back settings.
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