Best Gay Bar

Babe’s of Carytown

Readers' Pick

3166 W. Cary St.

Second Place: Godfrey's Restaurant and Nightclub

Third Place: Nations Restaurant and Bar

For the second consecutive year readers are sticking with Babe's of Carytown. But don't let the "gay bar" keep you away — Babe's welcomes everyone. Just make sure you have an open mind and are ready for some good times. In the heart of Carytown, Babe's has been around more than 25 years. And it isn't just about the dancing, the mixing and mingling, or the big patio and volleyball area out back. It's the vibes. "We like for people to come, and have a good time, and come back," manager Elizabeth McGaha says. The club's closed only on Mondays, with special nights such as karaoke on Wednesdays, trivia on Thursdays, live music and events on Fridays heading into a DJ. Drag shows on the first and third Sundays. And Saturdays are for dancing. "It's one of our busiest nights," McGaha says. And if you can pull yourself out of bed the next morning, stop by for Sunday brunch as early as 9.

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