Where is Memphis’ Gayborhood?

Midtown - Memphis, Tennessee

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Where is the gayborhood in Memphis, Tennessee? The Dallas Voice points to Midtown:

Memphis extends east toward Midtown, where many area businesses are popular with gay visitors. In Overton Park, you can tour the excellent Memphis Zoo and the acclaimed Memphis Brooks Museum of Art… South of Downtown, the 901 Complex is one of the largest gay clubs catering primarily to African-American patrons — the club hosts Memphis Black Pride in June. The elegant Mollie Fontaine is a trendy, mixed gay-straight lounge in the city’s Victorian Village Historic District and the massive Club Spectrum is the place to dance. Most of the city’s gay bars are in Midtown, clustered mostly around the 1300 to 1500 blocks of Madison and Poplar avenues. These include the Pumping Station, lesbian-popular Dru’s Place and Crossroads Bar.


Memphis’s Midtown gayborhood is flush with a range of gay bars — and not just C&W clubs (though there is, of course, Lorenz/Aftershock and Metro if you groove for that kinda thing … and let’s face it, we all do). Backstreet Memphis has a big dance floor called the Coliseum, and Dru’s Place is a sports bar for gays; Pumping Station is a well-established Levi-and-leather bar.

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