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Forget Romance and Check Out These Four Bathhouses

Travel Tips | Rayme Gorniak | February 1, 2024

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.

Berkeley, California

Just across the San Francisco Bay, about 11 miles away from the now closed infamous Blow Buddies, you’ll find the original location of the legendary bathhouse chain called Steamworks. They’ve got branches in other cities too, like Chicago. Steamworks is a super chill spot where the gay community can gather and have a great time. It’s all about being open-minded and sex-positive here, with cool stuff like health-focused programs for HIV and STD testing. Their rooms got a makeover back in 2016, so you can expect some sweet amenities like beds, TVs, phone chargers, and even slings! It’s a place where everyone can feel safe and free to be themselves.

Pro tip: Add Steamworks to your weekly worship schedule for their “Sunday Service.”

Club Philly
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

It’s not surprising that Philadelphia, famously known as the City of Brotherly Love, has a gay bathhouse. Tucked away in the vibrant heart of the Gayborhood, you’ll find Club Philly. It’s a charmingly retro bathhouse that brings back the groovy vibes of the 70s. This locally owned and operated gem offers day passes for just $11, with the option to upgrade to a private room for some extra comfort. The renovated club, a favorite among the seasoned crowd, has all the classic amenities you’d expect: lockers, steam room, sauna, showers, and even dungeon-themed sling and play rooms. And each of its 4 floors features some tantalizing gay porn. Plus, for those looking to get a little workout in before getting down and dirty, they even have a gym!

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. This place is packed with everything you need to have a blast: sundeck, pool, top-notch gym, steam room maze, and even a Jacuzzi! Plus, they’ve got licensed massage therapists on hand if you want to treat yourself.

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 biggest sex club in New England and one of America’s best gay bathhouses, is a seriously spacious club located just five minutes from downtown Providence amidst a row of mostly straight “gentleman’s” clubs that are charged with sexual energy. This place truly lives up to its name with over 500 lockers, 75 private rooms, and an abundance of cruising spaces. No wonder folks travel for miles to have a blast here. The crowd is a mix of all ages, from college students (Providence and nearby Boston are both major university towns) to more seasoned patrons of the bathhouse scene.

So there you have it, folks! Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about hearts, flowers, and clichéd romance. It can also be a time to celebrate lust, exploration, and pleasure. And what better way to do that than by visiting one of America’s best gay bathhouses?

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