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Forget Romance and Check Out These Five Bathhouses

Travel Tips | Rayme Gorniak | January 28, 2020

Valentine’s Day is coming up and we all know it as a holiday for romance, but it can also be one for lust. Call us Cupid-haters, but it can get sick-to-your-stomach saccharine on Valentine’s Day. So, to celebrate lust this V-Day, we created a list of the best gay bathhouses in the United States.

Blow Buddies
San Francisco, California

San Francisco is the gayest city in America, as if you weren’t aware. What you may not know is the secret of San Francisco: Everyone is a little gay. Everyone. The other secret: A club that operates with no signage at 933 Harrison Street — Blow Buddies. A popular facility in SoMA, calling itself the “largest sex club in San Francisco,” Blow Buddies opened almost 31 years ago. Technically, it’s a private club for men over 21. Membership costs $13 for six months, and there’s a $17 entry fee on top of that — cash only. Included is access to glory holes, play rooms, and such.

Berkeley, California

Across the Bay, 11 miles from San Francisco’s Blow Buddies, is the original location of the legendary bathhouse chain Steamworks (can also find them in Chicago and Seattle). As a sex-positive venue that provides health-focused programming like HIV and STD testing, Steamworks provides a place for the gay and queer community to gather safely and freely. Their recently renovated rooms (well, updated in 2016) come with a host of amenities (beds, TVs, phone chargers and slings). Pro tip: Add Steamworks to your weekly worship schedule for their “Sunday Service.”

Club Philly
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

It’s not surprising that the City of Brotherly Love has a gay bathhouse. Philly’s old school bathhouse Club Philly (think: 70’s vibe) is located in the heart of the Gayborhood. This gay-owned and operated facility is $10 for a day pass with private rooms available at an additional cost. The renovated club, popular with an older crowd, includes what you’d expect: lockers, steam room, sauna, showers, dungeon-themed sling and play rooms, and gay porn showing on each of its 4 floors. Most noteworthy, this club also offers a gym in case you’re looking to do a little cardio before you get stroked.

Flex Spa
Atlanta, Georgia

The daddy of Atlanta’s sex scene is Flex Spa (formally Flex House or Flexbaths) near Georgia Tech. This very popular gay bathhouse is part of the national chain with additional locations in ClevelandLos Angeles, and Phoenix. The extensive club is popular day and night, thanks to plenty of amenities including a very nice sundeck and pool, a well-outfitted gym, a maze steam room, and a Jacuzzi, You can also arrange for the services of a licensed massage therapist. Pro tip: Pay the extra $10 for a private room to host any cute Ramblin’ Wrecks that you may come across.

Providence, Rhode Island

Mega-Plex, the largest sex club in New England, is a spacious — dare I say, mega — club located five-minutes from downtown Providence along a small strip of sexually charged, mostly straight, “gentleman’s” clubs. The club lives up to its name with over 500 lockers, 75 private rooms, and plenty of cruising spaces. It is no wonder people drive from miles around to have fun here. The crowd here is all ages, ranging from college students (Providence and nearby Boston are both major university towns) to more mature patrons of bathhouse culture.

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