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    Dunes Resort, Douglas, Michigan

    photo by Andrew Collins

    Photos of gay bars, nightclubs, lounges, cabarets, and other nightlife options in the Midwest, including Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin

    Dunes Resort, Saugatuck

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    Minneapolis Eagle and Bolt, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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    Ballgame, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (closed)

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    Sidetrack, Chicago, Illinois

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    Union Cafe, Columbus, Ohio

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    Spin Nightclub, Chicago, Illinois (closed)

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    Pronto, Royal Oak, Michigan

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    Pronto Royal Oak

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    Rumours & Innuendo, St. Paul, Minnesota (closed)

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    Five Nightclub, Madison, Wisconsin

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    Greg's, Indianapolis, Indiana

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    Missie B's, Kansas City, Missouri

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    Aut Bar, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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    City Lights, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (closed)

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    Casa Nueva Cantina, Athens, Ohio

    photo by Andrew Collins

    With a central location in Athens, Ohio's charming and walkable downtown, Casa Nueva Cantina (6 W. State St., 740-594-8691) is the closest you'll find to a gay and lesbian bar in this rather rural part of the state close to the border of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Athens is famous as the home of Ohio University, and it's a classic-looking college town with the lively energy you'd expect of such a place. Casa Nueva draws a mix of lesbians and gays, progressive heteros, and creative spirits. It's a bar as well as a restaurant serving creative and healthy Mexican food, prepared using mostly local and often organic ingredients. In the cantina, you can settle in for a beer (the list is immense), try one of the infused vodkas, or order a margarita.

    There are also art shows, live music concerts, and a ever-changing mix of regulars and visitors of all types and ages. It's a great little hangout if you're in town for whatever reason, or perhaps visiting the relatively nearby Hocking Hills area, an increasingly gay-popular weekend retreat about midway between Athens and the state capital, Columbus, which is renowned for its gay scene.

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    Flex Spa, Cleveland, Ohio

    photo by Andrew Collins

    Cleveland's quite popular bathhouse is Flex Cleveland (2600 Hamilton Ave., 216-812-3304). For more details on this facility, check out the Cleveland Gay Bathhouse Guide.

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    Club Escape, Chicago, Illinois

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    The Closet, Chicago, Illinois

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    Buddies, Kansas City, Missouri

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    Jeffery Pub, Chicago, Illinois

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    Rachael's Cafe, Bloomington, Indiana (closed)

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    Harbor Room, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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    Berlin nightclub, Chicago, Illinois

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    Side Street Bar, Kansas City, Missouri

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    La Cage, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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    Woody's, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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    Town House Bar, St. Paul, Minnesota

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    Minibar, Chicago, Illinois

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    Scarlet (formerly Gentry on Halsted), Chicago, Illinois

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    Camp, St. Paul, Minnesota

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    Metro Lounge, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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    Jackhammer, Chicago, Illinois

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    Brass Rail Lounge, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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    Menjo's, Detroit, Michigan

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    Menjo's

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    Sidekicks Saloon, Kansas City, Missouri

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    Kathy's Nut Hut, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (closed)

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    The Saloon, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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    Soho, Ferndale, Michigan

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    Soho bar

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    Danny's on Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri (closed)

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    Baton Show Lounge, Chicago, Illinois

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    Gay 90's Club and Cabaret, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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    Hamburger Mary's, Chicago, Illinois

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    Little Jim's Tavern, Chicago, Illinois

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    Club Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana

    photo by Andrew Collins

    The top gay sauna in town is Club Indianapolis - see the Indianapolis Gay Bathhouse and Sex Club Guide for more details, as well as the Chicago Gay Sex Club and Sauna Guide here for tips on hooking up in the Windy City.

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    Hybrid Lounge, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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    Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club, Chicago, Illinois

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    Brian's Speakeasy, Chicago, Illinois

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    This Is It, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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    Progress Bar, Chicago, Illinois

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    Steamworks, Chicago, Illinois

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    Club Boom, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (closed)

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    Halsted's Bar + Grill, Chicago, Illinois (closed)

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    19 Bar, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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    Triangle, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (closed)

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    Big Chicks, Chicago, Illinois

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    Fluid Lounge, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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    Out A Bounds, Kansas City, Missouri (closed)

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    Walker's Pint, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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    Hydrate, Chicago, Illinois

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    Roscoe's Tavern and Cafe, Chicago, Illinois

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    Nomad World Pub, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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    Man's Country (private men's club), Chicago, Illinois

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    At Random, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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    Buck's Saloon, Chicago, Illinois (closed)

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    Daddy's Backdoor, Kansas City, Missouri (closed January 2011)

    photo by Andrew Collins