Are There Any Gay Bathhouses In The US?

Gay bathhouses have been around for centuries. While they are technically a place where gay men can go to chill in a sauna or spa, many gay bathhouses often allow sexual activity and will have designated rooms for it. Therefore, they are often a top location for gay men looking for a more casual hookup. So, if you are in the US (or are traveling to the US), then you may be wondering – are there gay bathhouses in the US?

There are gay bathhouses in the US. As you can imagine, most of the gay bathhouses are located around the main gay districts in the country. While there have been times where gay saunas in the US have been shut down, either due to laws making them illegal or in response to the AIDs epidemic, you should have no issues finding gay bathhouses throughout the country. However, what you can do there will be dependent on the state.

On this page, we’ll tell you a bit more about gay bathhouses in the US. We’ll also let you know some of the best places to head if you are looking for a gay bathhouse.

Gay bathhouses in the USA

Are There Gay Bathhouses in the US?

As we said – there are gay bathhouses in the US, although perhaps not to the same extent that you would find in a few other countries.

In 1976, the first gay bathhouses started to appear in San Francisco, and it wasn’t long before they spread throughout many of the major gay regions of the United States, although the services vary depending on the laws in each state. So, while some gay bathhouses would be fine with sexual activity, others would ban it (or at least put strict limits on it).

Gay bathhouses in the US have gone through a lot since 1976, particularly in San Francisco. You would think that San Francisco would be one of the more open places in the US for gay bathhouses, but it isn’t. Laws were introduced that would highly limit the amount of sexual activity that could take place in a gay bathhouse within the city. This resulted in many of them shutting down, or outright banning sexual activity. A few remain, but nowhere near as many as you would find back in the late 70s and early 80s.

As we said – the rules for visiting a gay bathhouse can vary from state to state. In most cases, you can’t just attend a gay bathhouse. You will need to become a member. This will cost a small amount of cash, and it is more for legal purposes than anything else. It is also important that you do not pay for sex while in a gay bathhouse. In almost all places in the US, prostitution is illegal, and thus paying for sex in a gay bathhouse (and yes, it does happen) is highly illegal.

We aren’t going to focus too much on the rules of attending a gay bathhouse here. Chances are that you already know them. Instead, you want to know more about the top gay bathhouses in the US.

The Top Gay Bathhouses in the US

Unfortunately, operating a gay bathhouse doesn’t really seem to be a fantastic business model. While it can be a fantastic place to hangout for gay men, they don’t really generate that much in the way of income. This does mean that gay bathhouses in the US have been shutting down at an astonishingly fast rate.

In this section, we are going to walk you through the top gay bathhouses in the US. However, do bear in mind that some of these places may be on their last legs. There is no guarantee that they will be around a few years from now.

Steamworks Chicago

If you’re looking for the best gay sauna in the US, you’re going to struggle to find something better than Steamworks Chicago. This is one of the gay saunas that we reckon is going to be around for an incredibly long time too.

One of the fantastic things about Steamworks Chicago is just how large the place is. You have over four floors of fun to explore. Because it is open 24/7, you’ll always find people willing to have a chat with you, and you may even get to have a bit of a play too.

This is a member’s club which does have a small fee to get in, but it is more than worth it. Once you head into Steamworks Chicago, not only will you be enjoying one of the best bathhouses in the US, but you’ll be getting to enjoy private rooms, a bar, showers, a fitness center, and even a live DJ on some days of the week.

Because of all of these amenities, we don’t think there is a better place to enjoy the single gay lifestyle (or, if you’re willing, enjoy the lifestyle as a couple).

Club Fort Lauderdale

Club Fort Lauderdale Pridely Gay

There are a few gay bathhouses in Florida, and Club Fort Lauderdale is one of them (we’ll discuss another shortly).

Club Fort Lauderdale is known for its amazing décor. A lot of the gay bathhouses around the US haven’t had a huge amount of cash spent on them over the years, mostly because running this type of business doesn’t make a huge amount of cash. However, Club Fort Lauderdale has. Walk in, and you’ll be in a gay wonderland.

Many of the areas of Club Fort Lauderdale are outside. This means that you can enjoy the amazing Florida weather in their outdoor pool or the sundeck. But, if you want a bit more privacy then there are private cabins indoors, a jacuzzi, steam room, and more. You can also enjoy the indoor fitness center.

At just $13 for a lifetime membership, becoming a member of Club Fort Lauderdale is easy, and if you live in this part of Florida, it is somewhere that you will want to return time and time again.

Club Aqua Miami

Club Aqua Miami has become a staple of the Florida gay scene over the last few decades. Any single man looking for a bit of casual fun in Miami should swing by. As it is open 24/7, you’ll always find tons and tons of people in the club.

While it isn’t the most luxurious club in the world, it is part of Miami’s gay history. It has also recently undergone several renovations which have given it a much fresher look. You can enjoy staple gay bathhouse amenities here including a steam room, private rooms, jacuzzi, outdoor pool, fitness center, and more.

Eros in San Francisco

Eros is one of the few gay bathhouses that operate within San Francisco, although thanks to laws made by San Francisco health and safety back in the 1980s, it doesn’t quite have the same amenities that you would find in other gay bathhouses. For example, you won’t be able to book a private room here, and sexual activity is limited. Still, if you want to enjoy some of the best of the gay lifestyle in San Francisco, then heading along to Eros may be worth it. Due to the thriving gay community in San Francisco, you’ll always find people hanging around here.

Eros is known for running theme nights that encourage people through the doors (including their famous underwear-only day every Wednesday). They also have various activities, including nude yoga.

Crew Club, Washington DC

Crew Club is somewhere to be if you are one of the younger guys (18 to 24), if you’re looking to hook up with one of the younger guys. This is because the club tries to encourage the younger crowd to sign up with free membership. This makes sense, really.  A lot of gay bathhouses do trend toward the older side of things, and this is one of the best ways to bring in the younger crowd.

There are loads to enjoy within the Crew Club. The décor is absolutely impeccable, and we’ve had some amazing chats in the halls, steam room, and sauna of the Crew Club. We’ve also had a lot of fun in the darkroom.

Club Dallas, Dallas

Yes. We know that a lot of Texas isn’t quite happy about gay people. However, Dallas is fine. It is one of the more liberal cities in the US, and the membership of Club Dalas is absolutely booming. Memberships are free for those aged 18 to 24, with affordable prices for everybody else.

Club Dallas is packed with things to do, including a pool, steam room, and fitness center.

Club San Diego, California

Club San Diego is an awesome gay bathhouse that has become a staple of the San Diego gay scene. You’ll find a lot of sex happening here (the place even promotes swinger nights), and they encourage you to get nude in the bath house. In fact, most of the people that you do stumble across in Club San Diego are going to be in their birthday suit.

One of the things that we absolutely love about Club San Diego is the private rooms. When you are in one of the private rooms, you can enjoy sex swings. How is that for spicing up your casual sex life?

When you are at Club San Diego, you can even pick up a few things that can help to jazz up your experience. This includes poppers, cock rings, and a few other sex toys.

East Side Club NYC

East Side Club NYC Gay Bathhouses in the USA

Finally, we’ve got the East Side Club in New York City. Having been around since the 1970s, the club has seen the gay community grow up around it. It is also one of the most talked-about gay clubs in all of New York City.

This is one of the more expensive of the gay bathhouses in the US to visit, but we think it is more than worth it. The NYC gay scene is hot. The building is well maintained, and you’ll find plenty of people to chat with.

When you’re done, you can even head to the nearby Lips (which is the home to some of the best drag acts in the world). So, you can make a night of your queer adventures!

Final Thoughts

While the gay bathhouse scene in the US is nowhere near as large as it was a few decades ago, there are still a few gay bathhouses dotted around the country. If you head to a town or city with a larger gay population, then you can almost guarantee that there will be a gay bathhouse there. The one exception is San Francisco, where you don’t really have the typical gay bathhouses (thanks to a legal decision that should really be rescinded), but you should have some gay bathhouses in surrounding cities, so it isn’t too much of an issue if you want to go out and have a bit of fun.  

Gay Worlley

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