READERS' PICK: Bars have historically been central places for gays and lesbians to meet and "The Biz," as it's affectionately referred to by regulars, is no exception. The Biz is Tucson's lesbian Cheers, but with hip music, a good dance floor and an Amazon attitude. There's always a familiar face and something going on here, from Latin night to karaoke to the occasional drag show. Even on a slow night, it's a place to play pool or darts, talk, drink, dance and otherwise appreciate Tucson's vibrant lesbian community.
READERS' POLL RUNNER-UP -- TIE: IBT's, 616 N. Fourth Ave. (also see Best Gay Bar, page 121); and Hours, 3455 E. Grant Road. This friendly neighborhood bar and homoerotic honky-tonk caters primarily to gay women, but also welcomes men and any straight-but-not-narrow folk who wander into its unassuming interior. The jukebox is stocked with a selection of old and new country-western tunes, dance favorites and queer classics, and on weekends the country DJ spins for the two-steppin' cowgirl crowd on the small dance floor.