Best Of 2011: Gay Bar
Straight people, weird people and goth people are just some of the descriptors that manager Bryan Williams uses to explain the crowd that steps into the Underground. "Everyone is accepted," says Williams. For six years in a row, the Underground has been named Best Gay Bar in the Springs, or some variation thereof. Williams credits the bar's staff, its commitment to community and its energy. The Underground is fully committed to being part of the community, as well as providing tasty drinks. It sponsors fundraisers, guest appearances and other events (such as last month's celebration of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal) to serve the LGBT community, as well as anyone else in the Springs. "Everyone can throw a party," Williams says. "What's important is to benefit the community as a whole." — Ellie Cole
The Springs' Best Gay Bar also dishes totally decent pub fare at lunch and dinner, including gourmet pizzas, sandwiches and burgers. Drinkers at the adjacent Brewer's Republic (one of the town's finest craft brew scenes) can also order from the Underground's menu.