Fort Myers and the adjacent and quite famous Sanibel Island region (look to Fort Myers-Sanibel Tourism for further travel information) lies along southwest Florida's pristine Gulf Coast. Although it's not a major market with gay and lesbian visitors, this city of 65,000 (with a metro area of some 625,000) does have a handful of fun and lively gay nightspots, as well as numerous appealing places to eat, especially if you include the larger neighboring (and fast-growing) city of Cape Coral and the hugely popular beach resort of Sanibel Island.
The region also hosts the Southwest Florida Gay Pride celebration each year in October, taking place in the city of Cape Coral.
A sprawling club with multiple bars and levels and a good-size dance floor, the Bottom Line (or TBL) (3090 Evans Ave.) is in a slightly desolate, semi-industrial area about 2 miles due south of downtown Fort Myers, but at 15,000 square feet, it's one heck of a dancing and drinking compound. The club draws a mix of gay guys, lesbians, and friendly heteros, and events include drag shows on weekends and a good variety of drinks special throughout the week.
The Bottom Line is one of four gay bars in this part of southwest Florida, the long-running Office Pub (3704 Cleveland Ave.), which has a strong leather and bear following, being another favorite - it's been going strong since 1982. Also extremely popular is the neighborhood gay bar Rascals (3758 Cleveland Ave.), which is just a block from the Office Pub - plenty of folks move back and forth between the two.
Rascals has a number of friendly promotions, including free billiards on Mondays and a very well-attended country-western night on Thursdays. The attractive space is good for dancing, and there are some great drag shows and other parties, as well as "Bears Night Out" gatherings. Check out the extensive calendar on the website.
Another easygoing hangout popular with the LGBT community in the region is Tubby's City Hangout (4810 Vincennes St., Cape Coral), a friendly video bar conveniently located in the center of Cape Coral. Karaoke nights are held a couple of times per week, and the bar never charges a cover. The owners also operate the famed Green Lantern gay bar, in the French Quarter in New Orleans.
Also check out the gay nightlife options in Naples, which is just 45 miles south. To the north, it's less than a two-hour drive to reach gay-popular St. Petersburg and Tampa, and just a 90-minute drive to get to Sarasota.