In cities around the world, bars bearing the name “Eagle” are gay — and usually gay leather — bars. New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Dallas, and many other cities have local dives bearing the name “Eagle.”
One city that doesn’t have one? Philadelphia. There, The Bike Stop has been the big gay leather bar for years.
So you’ll have to forgive the Philadelphia Eagles fans in Minneapolis yesterday who stumbled into the Eagle Bolt bar thinking it was a bar for Eagles fans. Instead, it’s Minneapolis’ version of the gay series of bars that have been around for decades.
From the reports, there were a lot of straight Eagles fans making the “mistake” yesterday:
A good number of #Eagles fans seem to have mistaken the @eagleBoltbar for a fan watering hole. Who will tell them? Not this guy.— Javier Morillo (@javimorillo) February 5, 2018
I can confirm a number of Eagles fans here at @eagleBoltbar were drawn by the name. Including a guy from Hamburg, Germany pic.twitter.com/RQvGRfO9Yz— Eric Roper (@StribRoper) February 5, 2018
One of the patrons told Eric Roper of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, “We were just walking around as we were looking for a bar. I said we’re stopping there, it says Eagle.”
Of course it doesn’t matter where you watch the game, as long as you’re surrounded by some fans cheering along with you. Most gay bars I know of were showing the game yesterday; The Abbey in West Hollywood, where I watched the game, went all-in on the Super Bowl with extra TVs and even ditching the usual dance music for the audio of the game.
Last year we reported on Wisconsin fans heading to a gay bar in Provo, Utah, to watch the Badgers football team play against BYU.
You don’t have to be gay to watch the Super Bowl in a gay bar. Heck, you don’t have to be a football fan either. You just have to be cool, and it sounds like a bunch of cool Eagles fans had the night of their lives in a gay bar called Eagle.