Nightlife Primer: Get Your Drink and Drag on with these Bar Specials and Happy Hours for the Gay Games

Sat 08/09

[ 3 - 6 p.m. ]

Drink & Dazzle at Playhouse Square

Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne thanks to the North Coast Men's Chorus. The State Theater at Playhouse Square will be bumpin' bumpin' this afternoon, even before the official opening ceremonies.

[ 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. ]

Renaissance Happy hour

Matt Johnson and a cash bar at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, 24 Public Square. FYI: There will be a Renaissance Happy Hour every day during the games.

[ 9 p.m.]

Neon party at bounce

Bounce is Cleveland's hottest LGBT bar, located at 2814 Detroit Ave. They've got dynamite events every night this week, but tonight, enjoy the Neon Party hosted by Kari Nickels with special guest Pepper Mashay.

Sun 8/10

[ 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. ]

Bloody mary brunch at the music box supper club

Get the drinking started early at the Music Box Supper Club, 1148 Main Ave. They're hosting a killer brunch with Nhojj and Anne E. DeChant. Your $20 ticket covers food, drink and entertainment.

[ 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. ]

Hot in cleveland casino night

Gamblers unite! The Horseshoe Casino is right next to Tower City on Public Square.

[ 9 p.m. - 3 a.m. ]

Renaissance Live Late-night dj

If you're downtown, just keep heading back to the Renaissance, especially if you're hitting up the Casino. Tonight's featured DJ: Brad Petty. He'll be there tomorrow as well.

Mon 8/11

[ 4 - 6 p.m. ]

Big Gay Happy Hour at the Music Box supper club

Need we say more? There will be subsequent Big Gay Happy Hours Tuesday through Friday.

[ 6 - 9 p.m. ]

The Official VIP White Party Cruise

I mean, if you've got $250 to burn, DJ Mike Gunn will be spinning a Boy George DJ set. Plus all-you-can-eat passed and buffet hors d'oeuvres, and an open bar, all on Cleveland's own Nautica Queen as the sun sets over Lake Erie.

[ 8 p.m. ]


Not expressly a drinking event, but your $20 ticket is good for a glass of wine or beer. Enjoy fast-paced comedy games at the Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre in Idea Center, 1375 Euclid Ave.

[ 10 p.m - 2:30 a.m. ]

Drag Night at AURA Ultra Lounge

AURA, at 1313 East 26th St., in conjunction with FLEXspas, is hosting dance parties and pool parties all week long to celebrate the Gay Games. Tonight, come out for Drag Night with special guest Morgan McMichaels performing live. Be ready for a rooftop bash!