Best Combination Lesbian Bar, Pool Hall, and Beer Garden - 2001
The Wild Side West
The Wild Side West is not your run-of-the-mill lesbian bar. Proprietresses Nancy White and Pat Ramseyer have created a homey watering hole that draws clientele as eclectic as the bar's décor. The walls are adorned with paintings of nudes and a charmingly bizarre collection of knickknacks and memorabilia. A pool table bedecked in smooth, red felt lies in the center of the room, and with the low-key atmosphere in the bar, it practically guarantees a stress-free pool-shooting experience. As if all that weren't enough, behind the building lies the bar's pièce de résistance, an exquisitely unusual beer garden with one of the greatest collections of found objects ever assembled. The combination of fragrant citrus and jasmine bushes, porch swings, garden furniture, statues, bird feeders, and other assorted (please don't call it) junk makes for a spot where one could sit with a whiskey and contemplate the meaning of life for hours on end. Just don't forget to refill your glass when it's empty.