Best Gay Bar

Bonham Exchange

Winner: Bonham Exchange

411 Bonham St.

(210) 224-9219

bonhamexchange.com

Though located deep in the heart of downtown rather than San Antonio's Main Street LGBTQ+ nightlife district, the Bonham Exchange remains an icon. Decades after its establishment by the late Hap Veltman, the club is still prized for dependable DJs spinning everything from hip-hop and Latin to EDM and Top 40, not to mention drag shows that bring folks together inside the historic three-story, 25,000-square-foot landmark. There's something going on nearly every night too — karaoke on Wednesdays and dance parties on Thursdays and Fridays, the TakeOver with Energy 94.1 on Saturdays and drink specials throughout the week. Some argue the bar has been "straight-washed" in recent years, but pride in the Bonham's history remains strong, even after the passing of owner Kenneth Garrett, who died this February. Whether you're part of the city's LGBTQ+ community or just looking for a dance club that's welcoming to all, the Bonham remains steadfast to its mission of serving both audiences.

2. Heat Nightclub

1500 N. Main Ave.

(210) 227-2600

heatsa.com

3. Sparky's Pub

1416 N. Main Ave

(210) 320-5111

sparkyspub.com

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