Phoenix Gay Sex Clubs and Bathhouses Guide

The Chute men's club
Andrew Collins

The Phoenix-Scottsdale region, which is home to a good selection of gay bars, has two notable sex and spa venues where gay men meet up, ostensibly for sexual relations and hookups. For those more interested in a casual drink, check the Phoenix Gay Nightlife Guide for more details on where else to go out.

Flex

Phoenix's most popular gay bathhouse, Flex, is just southwest of downtown, along the east side of the service road that parallels I-17 between South 19th Avenue and West Buckeye Road (it's where the freeway curves from east-west to north-south). This is a spacious, well-kept facility that's part of a national chain with locations in Atlanta, Cleveland, and Los Angeles as well. Rates vary greatly, from as little as $3 on Mondays and Tuesdays for a locker to $18 and up for a locker at busy times on weekends.

An $8 single-visit membership, with 6- and 12-month memberships, is also available and a much better deal if you're visiting more than a few times. Full "dressing rooms" with TVs and private bathrooms (even slings) are also available. The common areas of Flex are clean and extensive—there's a popular sundeck (there's no shortage of sunshine in these parts, after all), saltwater pool and hot tub, showers, steam room, sauna, and work-out gym. The staff here is friendly and helpful, too. Saturday nights are the busiest, as are Wednesday's themed Black Out nights.

If you're looking for something more adventurous, try the maze or dark playroom. Because of its diverse clientele and the range of pools and play areas, Flex is the more popular (and cleaner) of the two sexy gay spas and clubs around Phoenix.

The Chute

A "private men's health club" in the heart of the city's gay-nightlife district, The Chute is a clean, well-kept space with a full gym, steam room, private rooms and lockers, and a shop selling sex gear, toys, and adult gadgets. There are also three private video lounges with porn selections. This sex club has built up quite a loyal following over the years, especially with guys into leather, bears, fans of fetish, and so on. In other words, if you're more preppy and pretty, you're perfectly welcome as long as you don't arrive with a sneering attitude toward the predominant clientele, which is bigger and buffer guys in their mid-30s through mid-50s.

Note the club motto: "Big, Butch & Friendly." The only downside is rooms are open-ceiling, so sound carries easily and smokers should step outside since there's no smoking room. The staff here isn't as smiley as you'll find at Flex, so don't expect to become best buds with them.