The bear community has come a very long way since the new millennium in terms of visibility and acceptance, not only from other gay men, but from society overall. Where bears used to be the outcasts due to their body types not fitting the eight pack norm has now done a complete 180 and several bars that cater to our furry friends are performing on the same level (if not greater) than the ones where twinks and muscular men inhabit.
These bars have become a watering hole of sorts for bears and bear aficionados to get together and enjoy each other's company while drinking some beers and either dancing the night away and or engaging in activities that are a bit more debaucherous than that.
After doing some major "fur" related research, we have found the most common answers to the question "where are the best bear bars in the world?" The locations cover the globe from the states to Paris, London and more.
Check out the list of the ten best bear bars in the world, in no particular order.
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Duke of Wellington (London, England)
Spacious, gay-friendly corner pub with busy downstairs bar, music videos and quieter upstairs area.
Fun joint that bills itself as a homo activity centre with entertainment every night of the week.
Lone Star Saloon (San Francisco, California)
Gay bar & local hangout with a pool table, patio & events like Sunday afternoon beer parties.
Diesel (Seattle, Washington)
Comfortable gay bar with a short menu of pub grub, a long daily happy hour & a pool table.
Le Bear's Den (Paris, France)
"Amazing place, if you are up to a beer (or a bear), this is the place."
Woodshed Bar (Charlotte, North Carolina)
Unpretentious gay leather bar offering daily drink specials, diverse theme nights & a patio.
Rockbar (New York City, New York)
There's an anything-goes vibe at this well-worn haunt, where weekends attract a lively crowd.
Eagle, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, California)
Long-standing gay hot spot caters to a leather-wearing crowd, with cheap beer nights & DJs.
Le Stud (Montreal, Canada)
Dark gay bar with a casual vibe offering weekly events such as pool tournaments & house-music DJ's.
JJ's Clubhouse (St. Louis, Missouri)
Easygoing gay bar offering entertainment such as DJs & karaoke nights, plus billiards & darts.
The Iron Bear (Austin, Texas)
Lively LGBT-friendly hangout offering DJ parties, pool, karaoke & daily happy hour.
This list was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.