Petersburg, Florida and the surrounding region , from St. Pete Beach and artsy Gulfport up the coast to Clearwater and Dunedin. Arguably the largest and most popular gay destination on Florida's Gulf Coast, the St. Petersburg region has a good mix of gay nightspots. There's a lot going at this energetic space a short drive from Clearwater and not terribly far from Tampa.
The Square Grouper. Death or Glory. The Leopard Lounge. For decades, city directories listed nearly a hundred dives, clubs, burlesque palaces and pick-me-up spots that enticed night-tripping barflies with clever, come-on titles. An evening of entertainment included everything from exotic dancers to female impersonators to dance bands, You could spin to Art Trout and the Rhythm Makers, "Fingers" Reece and his Melodaires or the Wick Wacks Combo. Jackson, the only dancer with his own exclamation mark. The duo Ross and Ross put on an improv comic act where they punched five bags at a time.
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