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Guide to Long Beach gay bars, where to go and what to see

LONG BEACH — Visiting the area for Long Beach Pride?

If you are coming to town, here’s our guide to everything you need to know about the festival, parade, and road closures.

Coming to town for shenanigans and partying at Long Beach gay bars?

The Long Beach area has almost a dozen gay bars, and Q Voice News will guide revelers to the dives, dance clubs, and night spots.

Be prepared. More than 80,000 people are expected to attend the festival and parade, Long Beach’s second largest event and most fabulous party along the downtown waterfront.

Partygoers could be lined up out the door. You also could find capacity crowds at the bars and clubs this weekend as visitors will flock to the area to have a gay old time.

Long Beach Gay Bars Mine Shaft

The Mine Shaft is one of several Long Beach gay bars on Broadway. Photo: Q Voice News

Things to note:

Club Ripples is expected to close this year. The property is in escrow and scheduled to be converted into a restaurant.

Black, a skater bar, took over where gay space Paradise Restaurant and Bar use to reside.

Get ready, as Q Voice News helps navigate the way through the nightlife terrain.

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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