J.Son (pronounced Jay-dot-son) Dinant is probably best known for his video blog,, and more recently as the host of Temptation Sundays pool party at Luxor. He also owns the successful and popular gay nightlife resource and free app, You can find out more about J.Son at

Best Place To Make New Friends

Free Zone is the Cheers of the Las Vegas gay community. The friendly staff welcomes you with a smile and makes you feel right at home. If you are hanging out on Thursday’s Boys Night or dancing into the wee hours on Saturday, you are bound to see new faces every time. And any club with a stripper pole in the middle of the dance floor gets my vote for friendliness.

Sexiest Go-Go Dancers

The only full-time gay nightclub on the Strip, Krave offers a wide variety of go-go dancers—you are sure to find the eye candy you’re looking for. Whether you have a taste for muscles, that lean swimmer’s build or even a sexy little lady, you can find these guys and gals dancing the night away at Krave. Bring plenty of dollar bills as you will no doubt want to tip them throughout the night for their efforts.

Best Bartender

He greeted everyone that walked through the doors of The Garage bar with kindness and a perpetual, genuine smile on his face. There is no doubt that the late Phil Wells was the friendliest bartender gay Vegas has ever had. He will be truly missed by the entire community.

Most Community-Minded DJ

When it comes to caring about the gay community, there is one person in the nightlife industry who stands out. DJ Axis not only spins the hottest tunes, he also wholeheartedly supports many charitable events throughout the year from the AIDS Walk to the Black & White Party, and often spins for those events free of charge. It’s rare to find such a talented person so willing to donate those talents for a good cause.

Best Community Event

The Aid For AIDS of Nevada Black & White Party started with a few friends getting together to donate canned foods to the AFAN food pantry. August’s event drew thousands of attendees raising millions of dollars in donations for the state’s largest HIV/AIDS organization. If you think Las Vegas is lacking a sense of community, then you have never been to this event. The annual party brings together people from all walks of life (different age groups, sexuality, etc.) for one cause: to help those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Biggest Comeback

Six years ago on a Monday night there would be a long line to get into Goodtimes; this popular hangout was the hottest spot in Vegas. Then came new bars and new clubs, and Monday’s crowd moved on. But talk about your comebacks! With a new promoter and fresh DJs, Saturday night at Goodtimes has become the hottest Latin night in gay Vegas. Welcome back, baby!

Best Overall Nightclub Experience

Recently celebrating its five-year anniversary with a complete remodel, Piranha Nightclub offers gay Vegas’ best nightlife experience, the only to offer two completely different rooms with their own DJs and atmospheres, not to mention an outdoor patio area—it’s like an all-access ticket to three different clubs in one. The hottest local and celebrity DJs spin regularly at the club, and you never know what celebrity might pop in for a drink or two.

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The Downtown Cocktail Room’s doors are impossibly un-door-ish. You walk up from the intersection of Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard, happy to join the buzzing downtown camaraderie—the urban revolution taking hold of Las Vegas—and you’re faced with walls of one-way glass and no apparent door handle. For the uninitiated, it makes for an awkward moment. Had this happened to me, and I’m not confirming that it did, the larger metaphor wouldn’t have been lost: Maybe everyone doesn’t fit in here.