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The Rainbow Connection: New Orleans vs. San Francisco

What San Francisco has to offer, New Orleans is matched with its vibrant gay scene, full of hot bars, cool restaurants, and lgbt-friendly hotels.

San Francisco is known for many things, among them natural beauty, a vibrant local culture, and glorious Pacific seafood. In addition to these local gems, San Francisco is known for their vibrant LGBT scene, making it a top destination for gay and lesbian travelers for years.

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The Bourbon Pub is a top destination for gay travel in New Orleans. (Photo from Flickr by Tim Serkes)

If you didn’t already know, New Orleans has quite a strong gay community with plenty of fun attractions as well.

For nightlife, check out the area of the French Quarter and affectionately known as the Fruit Loop. This area is on the east end of the party areas of the Quarter, and runs along sections of Bourbon, Dumaine, Burgundy and St. Ann streets. There’s a bar for every scene in this area, from the trendy Napoleon’s Itch, to the “classic gay bar,” Bourbon Pub, to the leather-and-proud-of-it Rawhide 2010 Lounge, to the refreshingly divey Ninth Circle. If you need a snack between drinks, pop by the Clover Grill for fast and delicious diner food. It’s open 24/7/365, so you can grab a bite among family whenever the mood strikes you.

On a more practical note, New Orleans Online has also collected a list of gay-friendly, TAG-approved hotels. They’ve also gathered a guide to dining that includes restaurants with a “rainbow connection” – and, of course, unbelievably good food.

And if I haven’t convinced you, here’s a video of the handsome and talented Bryan Batt of Mad Men fame showing off the sights of his home city.

Yes, his home city. New Orleans produces men like Bryan Batt. I told you you wanted to come.

The New Orleans Saints will compete against the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday, November 25 at 3:25 p.m. CST in both football and gay pride. May the most fabulous city win.

This is part of a 2012 New Orleans Saints season series, pitting not only opposing football teams, but their native towns’ differences against each other in some good, old fashioned, good humored smack talking. 

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