Dino Maniaci, who owns the King Street gay bar Woof's, says he occasionally faces conflicts when straight patrons want to enter the bar. Anderson says this may explain why some straight women like gay bars: Restaurants to check out. Madison has two other gay bars downtown, the cozy neighborhood lounge, the Shamrock Bar W. That's why they've put a rainbow flag outside.
Emily Mills, the editor of Our Lives magazine and a former Isthmus contributor, was thrilled the first time she went to a local gay bar.
Tell us why! Posted on Jun 13 50 years later and we have several spaces in Madison where you can be yourself, show affection, and have fun without fear or anxiety. And Madison's original gay bars were some of the first places gay people could socialize openly. Gonzalez says the Cardinal started as a gay disco.
It's close to dozens of shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions.