Calling Pink Metal a queer spot is a bit of a stretch, but hang inside long enough (or late enough) and you’ll start to see that it doesn’t need an official LGBTQIA+ stamp to become a cherished part of the community. The narrow femme bar initially planned its grand opening for March 13, 2020—the day the US declared a national emergency for COVID-19—but even through a pandemic, it found a way to gain a cult following among locals. Its pink neon lights and emphasis on sexuality emulate Berlin’s nightlife scene, and the regular no-cover burlesque nights and drag performances all but seal the deal. Grab a colorful craft cocktail and sidle up to the bar for an experience that’s perfect for the ‘Gram and far from cliché.
While not technically a queer bar, Pink Metal identifies as a safe space for the community with “a high femme aesthetic.” Neon pink lights create an entrancing vibe here, rounded out by kinky cocktails like The Pink Straddler—a summer-ready concoction of vodka, Campari, citrus and prosecco. Come thirsty on Tuesdays and Thursdays for free burlesque shows featuring beautiful queens.