Southern Nights knows what a good gay bar needs to succeed

Southern Nights knows what a good gay bar needs to succeed
Photo by Erin Sullivan

Southern Nights
375 S. Bumby Ave., 407-412-5039; southernnightsorl.com

After work or after hours? Happy hour is good, but the place is usually really hopping on weekend nights.

Beer/wine or liquor too? All of the above

Check all that apply:
☐ fancy cocktails
☒ make 'em strong and keep 'em coming
☐ wine list (5 choices or more)
☐ craft beer
☒ beer: the usual suspects
☐ wide selection of bottles (more than 15)
☐ wide selection on tap (more than 15)

Food? ☐ Y ☒ N

Smoking allowed inside?☐ Y ☒ N

Outside drinking? ☐ Y ☒ N

Dog-friendly? ☐ Y ☒ N   (even if you can bring your dog to the club, please don’t)

Bathrooms: nightmare or not bad? Not bad

Bag hooks? ☐ Y ☒ N  

TVs? ☒ Y ☐ N

What's on? When we visited during happy hour, a news show was on, but most people don’t really come here to watch TV.

DJs? Sometimes

Loud music or background music?
Loud during club nights; no music was playing at all during our happy hour visit.

Essay question: Why should I drink here?  
This bar has changed its name many times – from Southern Nights in the 1990s to Revolution to RBarr and now back again to Southern Nights – but what’s important is that the proprietors know what a good gay bar needs to succeed: Hot guys, cute girls, drag shows, pajama parties, more hot guys, dance nights and 2-4-1 drink specials during happy hour.

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