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helping in planning trip for 2 gay gents

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by LolaDoggie, Feb 2, 2016.

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  1. LolaDoggie

    LolaDoggie VIP Whale

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    I've been asked to help 2 younger gay gents in planning a trip to Vegas. It will be the first time going as a couple, the first time for one of them in Vegas and the first time for the other going since he came out. They're on a budget. I want to help them have a good time. They're very dear to me.

    Historically, gay stuff gets boo'd down on this board. So....if you want to pass on any tips privately, that's fine. I will welcome a private message.

    What I know so far is Blue Moon closed and says they're sending their clients over to the Luxor. I also understand Paris is trying to be gay friendly. I know there are various gay night clubs around town.

    For some reason, I thought Artisan was a gay friendly resort. Not clothing optional like Blue Moon was. Am I barking up the wrong tree there? Any gay friendly downtown hotels?

    Any help?
     
  2. ken2v

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    Is Sam still around? Certainly someone has his contact info, if not.

    (PM on the way, as well.)
     
  3. smerrian

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    You can get a lot of nightlife info at the website www.lasvegasadvisor.com Along the top of the home page is 'Shows and Entertainment'. Click on 'Shows and Entertainment' and a sub menu comes up that has a tab 'Gay/Lesbian'. It has a list of about 20 bars around town. There is a gay news rag that details what's going on around town. Free copies could be had in any of these gay bars.
    Two areas around town have more concentrated gay life. The first is 'The Fruit Loop' (too cute!) which is around Swenson and Paradise Road just north of the airport. The second is Commercial Plaza located on Sahara about 6 blocks East of Westgate (Old Hilton). In Commercial Plaza is the Gay Community Center. Also in Commercial Plaza are the two bath houses in town, The Apollo and Hawk's Gym. Both are good but I like Hawk's a bit better. Apollo does have an indoor pool and a huge steamroom, but I find Hawk's gets the job done a bit better ;) .
    Some fun can also be found at all of the hotel spas, but a few that are particularly good are The Luxor, Madalay Bay, Caesars and The Linq.
    The Luxor has a gay pool party on Sundays during the open pool months.
     
  4. LolaDoggie

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    I would appreciate the help Ken. You might need to resend the PM though.
     
  5. ken2v

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    You have me blocked? lol Here goes again.
     
  6. nostresshere

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    Since they are going as a couple and not looking to hook up, that gives them way more options - meaning they can go anywhere two guys can go, pretty much anywhere. I would assume they would like to spend some time in a "Gay Nightclub" as well.

    As to hotels, they can run from under $100 a night to thousands a night depending on property and dates. Since one has been to Vegas, where did he stay before and where might he like to stay this time. I am thinking any hotel would generally be fine for single, or straight, or gay. But then again, not being gay, I may not "get it".

    I was not aware that gay stuff was boo'd down here, but think you should share as much here vs PM as possible to help these guys and others. I would also suggest that a google on gays in Vegas would bring up plenty.

    And, the best thing your friends can do is to come here vs having someone else guess what they want.
     
  7. LolaDoggie

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    I know they can go anywhere but, no reason they can't enjoy being young and maybe swing from a vine or two :wink2: I dunno, no harm in giving them a few options. When I was young and single I used to go to gay clubs to dance. My mother had some very glam drag queens as clients in her dressmaking business. So, I know some gay info but I'm woefully out of date. I really want to send them to a gay resort. But, maybe a gay cruise would be a good idea?

    If I'm telling the truth, I'm really jealous.
     
  8. Franken Dean

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    I know nothing about the Las Vegas gay scene, but I do a know a great spot for guys/gals who have recently came out.


    I formerly lived in Palm Springs, California. You could not throw a rock and not hit a young(or old) gay couple in Downtown Palm Springs. A former Black gay mayor really made it fine to be openly gay in public there. It has always been a destination for gays, and many wealthy gays own 2nd homes in the community.. When I say openly gay, I do not mean radical or over sexual in public. I mean hand holding, normal kissing, without being judged by locals.


    There are a few casinos, and the weather is the same as LV. It is pretty laid back, and all the downtown bars are pretty mixed with straight and gays. Easter weekend is a huge festival there, but any time is comfortable. If I was to recommend a spot, that is actually really budget friendly, I would send my gay friends there.
     
  9. Snidely

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    If they're not looking to hook up, then there is no need to stay at a gay hotel. Bally's or Paris are gay friendly enough for them. It's Vegas. It's 2016. Not really sure what kind of advice they are looking for. They can google gay bars/nightclubs and see what appeals to them.

    And what gay stuff is boo'd on here?
     
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    That's not quite fair. We work pretty hard to make sure there's a limit to the booing down of most topics around here. There was a thread a while back that got a little ugly, but we took care of that as quickly as we could.

    He hasn't been here in a few months. I think he's still writing over at VegasBright.

    This is another one of those Vegas topics that is just not in my wheel-house. I don't research it for myself and I'm not asked that often to look into it for someone else. Paris sends me a good amount of marketing material specifically targeted to a gay audience. I'd like to think that times are changing to the point that I wouldn't be too concerned about where to stay and what to do in general.

    Hopefully you'll get some good feedback here or in PM. Let me know if you don't and I'll dig around to see what I can find for them.
     
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    If they're into country music there is Charlie's over near the Orleans.
     
  12. roycpa

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    Not much help on this topic, but the Bronze Café inside the "Center" at 401 S Maryland Parkway has a great sandwich menu and will give them a chance to interact with a few locals outside the bar scene.
     
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    My BF and I like to stay at Aria, and a lot of my other gay friends have enjoyed it there. I've also personally stayed at Mirage and Delano, and have a couple of gay friends who love staying at the Cosmo. Luxor is the only Strip hotel that I know of that caters specifically to the gay crowd. They have special room offers and the gay pool party on Sundays during the summer. We had a great time at the pool party on two different occasions. https://www.luxor.com/en/offers.html

    We've had fun at Share nightclub which is not far from the strip, as well as Piranha which is near the Hard Rock. Share seemed to be a little more upscale and fun, and hot dancers.

    The only "unfriendly" experience I've had in Vegas was a rude comment from a patron at the Rush lounge at the Golden Nugget....
     
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    The whole of Vegas is about as gay friendly as you can imagine. In a place where drinking a yard cocktail from a plastic guitar while half naked chicks are dancing beside you is considered normal then being gay doesn't even get onto the weirdometer.

    I know a few gay Vegas locals quite well and they have never once been put off accompanying us anywhere for drinks based on attracting a negative reaction.

    Their favorite bars are fun hog ranch and badlands.
     
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    Why not advise them on what to do like you would any other couple? I would think being treated like any other couple is what they would want.
     
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    I was thinking this, but I suppose it depends what they want to do and what their goals are...

    Either way I'm sure you'd get vastly different ideas based on what they like and what their budget is. I always vote for Cosmo ;)

    You asked about downtown, are they looking for more budget friendly options?
     
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    My partner have stayed at nearly all of the hotels downtown (not yet made it to Plaza or Four Queens), and we have always felt welcome. We have not received so much as a sidelong glance or raised eyebrow when checking in and asking for a king bed.

    We don't really frequent gay bars when in Vegas, so I can't really be of much help there. I think I read of Sunday events taking place at both Luxor and Flamingo.
     
  18. LolaDoggie

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    If you wanted to get under my skin you did it. We're close to the one kid (he's almost 30 but whatever) and have been for several years. We've been at his side through his whole process of accepting himself, slowly coming out and finally finding somebody to love and be loved by. Of course I want them to be treated like any other couple. Are you kidding me? If I gave you the impression that I'm a hick who doesn't know better then I apologize.

    Once again, so happy I came in here to ask a question........so happy.....
     
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    My husband and I go to Vegas a couple of times a year. I don't think our travels are any different than a straight couple's trip would be. We eat, we gamble, we check out the sites, we sit at the casino bars and comment on the people that walk by...all just typical fare. The only difference is if we go out at night (and I'm too old for that stuff anymore) we'd want to go to a bar with a gay atmosphere. Just google 'gay las vegas' and you'll get all the added nightlife that you might want.
    All of the casinos are gay friendly. Nobody at any of them will raise an eyebrow to us getting a King bed, not in this day and age. Paris and Mirage will advertise that they're 'gay-friendly', but they don't do anything other than advertise it. What would they do? We're just normal people only our spouses are the same sex. Well, Luxor does have the Sunday pool parties. That's the only thing 'special' that I see the casinos doing.
     
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    Good for your support in helping your friend through his process. That's admirable and he's probably very grateful for your assistance. My girlfriend has two friends who are gay (one male and one female) and they're from an area that is not accepting at all. Their network of friends has been invaluable in helping them through everything.

    I haven't seen anyone really be disrespectful here though. Most responses have been helpful imo
     
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