Kansas City Gay Sex Club Guide - Kansas City Gay Cruising

Side Street Bar
••• Side Street Bar, one of the top venues in Kansas City for gay cruising and boozing. by Andrew Collins

Kansas City is without any men's bathhouses or saunas (the state's only gay bathhouse, Club St. Louis, is several hours' drive east), but there is one option that comes close to offering this kind of a scene, albeit on a small and very private scale. Hyde's Men's Gym & Guesthouse (816-561-1010) differs from typical gay accommodations and gyms in several ways. First, the facility, which the owners describe as a "period Arts and Crafts boardinghouse", is in a semi-residential neighborhood near Midtown.

It's a private club, with memberships by referral, so first you must contact Hyde's by phone to apply, and only then, upon acceptance, will you be told the address. Walk-ins are not accepted, nor can you make reservations via e-mail or text message, so call in advance if you're interested. Hyde's includes both a small gym and guest rooms - you either must rent a room or locker. There's no sauna or steam room, so as far as sexual activity is concerned, this tends to take place in the rooms of guests (these are very affordable, too, ranging from about $79 to $100 per night). You can view photos of the rooms, which are decorated with antiques, on the website.

Popular Gay Bars for Cruising in Kansas City

Short of heading over to Hyde's for a hookup or meeting guys on the usual apps, your best bet in Kansas City for meeting men on the make is probably heading to one of the several gay bars around town. In Union Hill, not terribly far from Hyde's, the Side Street Bar (413 E. 33rd St., 816-531-1775) is good bet for meeting fairly cruise-y dudes, especially those with a leaning toward bears, leather, and such. In warm weather, you can mingle and exchange vitals while seated in the covered patio area in back. Another of the city's gay bars with an especially strong following with single guys looking is Buddies (3715 Main St., 816-561-2600), a low-keyed men's bar that's right next to the long-running and well-frequented country-western gay club, Sidekicks Saloon (3707 Main St., 816-931-1430), which is far less of a pick-up spot than Buddies but is still very fun to spend time in.