Go: Providence


Contrary to popular belief, we at Queerty do occasionally manage to drag ourselves out of our great big city. And it’s not just to score some hot little farm boy in the country. We’re far deeper than that. Sometimes we go out in search of Melina Kanakaredes’s large curly mane in Providence.

Providence has a lot to offer. It’s a small, beautiful historic city with a thriving gay community. We suspect that the cute young arty types at the highly respected Rhode Island School of Design might have something to do with the large homo count. Or maybe it’s the mayor. Over the last few years, the city has been run by out mayor David Cicilline. He’s even led the city’s Pride Parade as Grand Marshall.

What’s truly surprising about Providence is the swinging gay nightlife. Even big city Bostonians make the 45-minute trek each weekend.

So what do you get once your arrive? Well for starters, Mirabar. Its your obligatory dance club with typical offerings: Twinks and go-go dancers galore. If that’s not your style then new kid on the block Dark Lady (of course it’s named after the Cher song, silly!) offers a more casual atmosphere. But be prepared to rub up against hordes of people as you make your way to the bar. Somehow we don’t think you’ll have a problem with that.

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