Gaybar.com has released its first annual list of winners for World's Best Gay Bars. Dividing the winners into two categories - one for the United States and one for Global winners - the website's editors have selected 20 gay and gay-friendly bars from around the world to be on the 2006 winner's list.
US winners included SideTrack in Chicago, I-Candy in LA and Boom in Minneapolis. Among global winners were London's Heaven, Toronto's Fly and Melbourne's Diva.
Criteria for making the two top ten lists included the standard of music, the reputation with the local gay and lesbian community, décor, accessibility and the overall vibe. Winners came from all over the US as well as from Canada, Australia, France, Brazil and Germany.
"The number of gay bars worldwide has grown significantly over the last 15 years and they have become much more visible and part of the entertainment mainstream." said Marsh from GayBar.com. "The result is a huge variety of venues with some of the most up-to-date sound systems, innovative programming and creative marketing, in some cases to the broader straight community."
The website plans to run the competition annually. Next year, GayBar.com plans to open the competition to voting by site visitors.
For additional information on the list of winners visit the website www.gaybar.com or contact Kevin Marsh.
GayBar.com is a directory of gay bars and features the net's largest, searchable, interactive list of bars. The site features maps, reviews and articles on gay, GLBT and gay-friendly bars throughout the world.
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