Where to begin to talk about gay Provincetown…
The Boatslip (mapped) is best known for its daily Tea Dances => It turns into a giant, outdoor dance party at the stroke of 4pm when a wild world of revelers comes out of the woodwork to dance, dance, dance until 7. You have to experience Tea Dance at least once in your life; it’s practically one of the stripes in the rainbow flag. Last dance on Labor Day is particularly heady.
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Pied Bar (508-487-1527; 193A Commercial St) => a gay and lesbian waterfront bar and club that’s been around since 1971.
Atlantic House (508-487-3169; 4 Masonic Pl) => More commonly referred to as the A-House, with three diverse bars: the so-called Macho Bar (a nationally known men’s leather bar); the nautically decorated disco Dance Bar; and the Little Bar (more intimate, with a roaring fireplace in the off-season). Open 365 days a year until 1 AM.
Crown & Anchor (508-487-1430; 247 Commercial St) => Provincetown’s Disneyland, in a way, but way more fabulous. With six bars (including cabaret, piano, nightclub, video, poolside, and leather bars) a restaurant, and hotel. This is where it’s happening as the sun goes down: the best drag shows, comedy shows, dancing, cabaret acts, and other routines best left to the imagination. Ground zero for Provincetown revelers of all stripes.
The Provincetown Business Guild (508-487-2313) was established in 1978 to support gay tourism and today promotes about 275 mostly gay-owned businesses.