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Vitaly Milonov

Co-Creator of Russia’s ’Homosexual Propaganda’ Law Wants to Ban Gay Bars

BARS | By Jason St. Amand | Wednesday Apr 16, 2014
One of Russia’s lawmakers who helped create the infamous "homosexual propaganda" bill, which was signed into law by President Vladimir Putin last summer, is now urging for all gay clubs and LGBT social media pages to be banned.

Tinker’s Damn owner Bill Funk (right) and a friend at the bar’s closing party March 31.

Fond Farewell to Tinker’s Damn and The Metropolitan

BARS | By Heather Cassell | Apr 11
It was a bittersweet farewell to Tinker’s Damn, the South Bay’s oldest gay bar, throughout the weekend of March 28 to 30.

Gavin Thompson with gogo hunk Paul William at The Edge

Besties: Bartenders

BARS | By Jim Provenzano | Apr 6
Being a popular bartender takes a combination of skills: Efficiency, a friendly attitude and a lot of hard work. Fortunately, readers voted in a rare three-way tie in our Besties this year.

HiTops’ hunky bartenders

Besties: Bars

BARS | By Michael Flanagan | Apr 5
There is nothing quite as much fun as exploring other people’s favorite bars. So I jumped at the chance to test out the Besties, the annual reader’s poll of the Bay Area Reporter for best bars. Here’s a roundup of your best picks.

The A-CHESS app sounds an alert when alcoholics get too close to bars

Smartphone App Helps Alcoholics Stay Sober

BARS | By Lindsey Tanner | Mar 28
A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found.

NFL draft prospect Michael Sam

Video:: Shirtless Michael Sam Has All The Right Moves

BARS | By EDGE | Feb 11
Anyone hoping to catch new out NFL hopeful Michael Sam shirtless on the beaches of Fort Lauderdale, Provincetown or Fire Island needn’t buy a plane ticket or even wait until beach season. A video shot several months ago has surfaced on TMZ.

Step Through: Wild Side West’s Front Door

Wild Side West’s Wild Life

BARS | By Michael Flanagan | Jan 31
The Wild Side West story reads more like fiction than fact, a tale that includes flying toilets, rock star goddesses, beat poets, folk musicians, strippers and a band of merry pranksters that held the whole thing together.

Patrons at the front bar of Virgil’s Sea Room

NautiCali :: Virgil’s Sea Room

BARS | By Ray Aguilera | Jan 11
Walking into Virgil’s Sea Room is a bit like deja vu. It feels familiar and friendly, but brand new at the same time.

Authorities Investigate Arson at Seattle Gay Club’s NYE Party

BARS | By Jason St. Amand | Jan 2
Police and fire officials are currently investigating a fire that broke out at a popular gay club in Seattle, soon after midnight New Year’s Eve.

Rickhouse (former home of Ginger’s Trois) on a late afternoon

The Ex-Gay... Bars, That Is

BARS | By Michael Flanagan | Nov 16
In the past few years a few familiar gay bars have left the scene, only to be replaced by new bars not geared toward the gay community. To understand the implications, try to remember the last time a bar "turned gay" in San Francisco.

Mood-lit couple on the dance floor at Beaux

Rad Beaux-mance

BARS | By Jim Provenzano | Oct 20
After enduring months of extensive renovations, and no small volley of rumors and speculation, Beaux, the stylish Castro gay nightclub, has opened.