No. 32 -- Leon's

There's some respect that should be paid to <b><a href="http://findlocal.baltimoresun.com/listings/leons-of-baltimore">Leon's</A></b>. For starters, it's among the oldest gay bars in the city, if not the oldest. Except young gay men aren't known for respecting their pioneering elders. In fact, at most gay bars, the two crowds stay as far away from each other as <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PERLL00000198" title="Ted Haggard" href="/topic/religion-belief/christianity/ted-haggard-PERLL00000198.topic">Ted Haggard</a> and his wife. But at Leon's, there's so little room between its circular bar and the walls, there's no choice for seniors and twinks to bump into each other. Sometimes they'll clash over the differences between <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB0004956" title="Donna Summer" href="/topic/entertainment/music/donna-summer-PECLB0004956.topic">Donna Summer</a> and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB0017764580" title="Lady Gaga" href="/topic/entertainment/music/lady-gaga-PECLB0017764580.topic">Lady Gaga,</a> but sometimes, just sometimes, they get over their generational divide and get to know each other. In that sense of community, it's unlike just about any other gay bar in town. Drinks are also dirt cheap, especially on Sundays, when $3 buys two Coors. -- <i>Erik Maza</i>

( Chiaki Kawajiri, Baltimore Sun / May 29, 2007 )

There's some respect that should be paid to Leon's. For starters, it's among the oldest gay bars in the city, if not the oldest. Except young gay men aren't known for respecting their pioneering elders. In fact, at most gay bars, the two crowds stay as far away from each other as Ted Haggard and his wife. But at Leon's, there's so little room between its circular bar and the walls, there's no choice for seniors and twinks to bump into each other. Sometimes they'll clash over the differences between Donna Summer and Lady Gaga, but sometimes, just sometimes, they get over their generational divide and get to know each other. In that sense of community, it's unlike just about any other gay bar in town. Drinks are also dirt cheap, especially on Sundays, when $3 buys two Coors. -- Erik Maza

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