The Beagle Tavern in Norristown
1003 East Main Street, Norristown
Norristown’s unassuming, beagle-loving gay bar (it was named after the owner’s pooch Timmy) has great drink specials for happy hour and, on Wednesday nights, drag queens Thunder Showers and Summer Clearance stop by to give out blush-worthy prizes at their Kinky Quizzo event. The cozy atmosphere and cheap beer are always a welcome bonus. Best for: Kinky Quizzo, karaoke on Friday nights, and a decent lesbian scene outside Philly.
Bob and Barbara’s
1509 South Street
One of the more fun, worn-in bars that houses our rowdy little community. Plenty of our favorite performers—drag and burlesque alike—have done shows here, and it houses regular performances by queer-centric performance art troupe the Dumpsta Players. Best for: Cheap drinks (go for the Citywide Special), live jazz, and raunchy shows.
Boxers PHL | Photo by Patrick Hagerty
1330 Walnut Street
The Gayborhood’s newest addition to the gay-bar scene, this New York City chain stands apart by having its bartenders slinging drinks in nothing but red mesh shorts (Inside tip: it’s rumored that most of them don’t wear undies.) There are pool tables upstairs, and a twice-weekly poker night for those looking for a little game-play in the hood. Best for: Great happy hour prices, unpretentious feel, bartenders in mesh shorts (duh).
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The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus (PGMC) are reprising their popular annual bachelor auction, just in time to snag a Valentine.
For its 14th Bachelor Auction, the Chorus will offer up at least five of their songbirds and two mystery bachelors to the highest bidder. The auction takes place on February 7th from 7 to 10 p.m. at Woody’s. The witty Stella D’Oro will play host to an evening of drink specials, raffles, games and eligible men who—if it all works out—can sing you sweet lullabies every night before bed.
Here’s the list of this year’s five confirmed PGMC bachelors. Start saving now; it’s a selection worth forking over some dollars for:
The $10 admission goes a long way: entry to Woody's upstairs dancefloor when the auction ends, and proceeds benefit PGMC's upcoming projects, which most recently will include Proud Marys: A Diva Sing-Along. Info on the auction and upcoming shows can be found on PGMC's website.