This article was published on May 21st, 2014
The rumours are true. Straight people are frequenting gay bars like the trend is going out of style. We’re welcome – and often encouraged – to share drinks and strut through these establishments, while keeping in mind that there are ‘rules’ to be familiar with. For us girls in particular, it’s important to know how to behave and act in your favourite gay clubs.
Here to help save the day, below are 5 tips for straight girls in gay bars.
1. You won’t get your tab covered, so check your attitude at the door.
Playing with your hair and batting your eyelashes won’t work here. Although your local watering hole might know you by name and the cute brunette at the next table could be covering the bill for your favourite bottle of wine, this is a whole new ball game. Unless your bestie is treating you for the night, bring some cash.
2. Be the wing-man (or wing-woman) for the night.
No one likes a cockblocker. If you’re heading to your local gay bar, you’re the wing-man (or wing-woman) tonight. Embrace it. Don’t be a drag keeping your guy from a potential connection by cornering him at the bar or keeping him as yours on the dance floor. If you see love blossoming, get out of the way.
3. If you’re seeking attention, you won’t get it here.
Though you might be used to head turns while you walk through the door of your club next door, I hate to break it to you – but you won’t get any action tonight. Though you might have spent hours on that blow-out and carefully selected those heels last Friday night, this isn’t the place to get attention. Enjoy a night out with your girls (or best gay friend).
4. Don’t order a cosmo.
5. There are some places you should really just avoid.
Although your best gay friends really do love it when you join them at the bar, there are some establishments we need to avoid. These are usually the ones that are frequented late-night with one intention. There’s no place for us at bars that are named after male genetalia.
Next time you’re responsible for selecting the next bar to frequent, keep these five rules handy. Become familiar with being a wing-woman and don’t forget to pack some cash in your clutch. Enjoy your night out 😉