Daniel Craig: ‘I’ve been going to gay bars for as long as I can remember’

Daniel Craig received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Daniel Craig is an ally to the gay community. Just by existing, I suppose. That, and he’s always been pretty supportive to LGBTQ causes and people. As it turns out, Daniel is so gay-friendly that he prefers to go to gay bars rather than “straight” bars. He said this on a SiriusXM podcast hosted by Bruce Bozzi, who has been Daniel’s friend for a long time.

During a recent appearance on the Lunch With Bruce SiriusXM podcast hosted by out host Bruce Bozzi, Daniel Craig opened up about his experiences with gay nightlife, and how he actually prefers going to gay bars versus “hetero bars” because he’s just sick of the energy they exude.

“I’ve been going to gay bars for as long as I can remember,” the 53-year-old No Time to Die star told Bozzi during their interview. “One of the reasons, because I don’t get into fights in gay bars that often…because the aggressive d*ck swinging in hetero bars, I just got very sick of [it].”

“As a kid because it was like…I don’t want to end up eating in a punch up. And I did. That would happen quite a lot. And it would just be a good place to go. Everybody was chill, everybody. You didn’t really have to sort of state your sexuality. It was okay. And it was a very safe place to be. And I could meet girls there, cause there are a lot of girls there for exactly the same reason I was there. It was kind of…an ulterior motive.”

Bozzi and Craig, who have been friends for a long time, then opened up about the time back in 2010 they got caught hanging out together at beloved gay bar Roosterfish in Venice Beach, California and inadvertently caused a media frenzy.

[From Out Magazine]

Their story about hanging out in a gay bar in 2010 was not as exciting as one would hope, but I enjoyed the general warmth Daniel has for gay bars, and you can hear the pod clip below. I would think that “pub culture” is just different in the UK than bar culture here in America. In pubs – especially the pubs Daniel probably went to – the energy is more aggressive and “let’s start sh-t.” Gay bars were probably much more relaxed and genuinely less likely to see fistfights because men weren’t getting wasted and feeling the need to perform their toxic masculinity. But what do I know. I haven’t been in a gay bar in years!

Daniel Craig

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  1. WithTheAmerican says:

    We always went to gay bars over straight bars if we could. I vacation at a gay community in order to see friends who have moved, and it’s also a much nicer vibe frankly.

    So much better energy, fun, and much less toxic. Of course I haven’t been to a bar at all in years now but I’ll be vacationing there as soon as I feel it’s safe again to fly.

    • rainbowkitty says:

      My friends and I would go to gay bars because we legit felt safer there.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      ditto to both of you.

      in college, we LOVED the gay bars…safer, more fun, and THE. BEST. DANCE MUSIC. one of our favorites was open until 6 am and had several dance floors and an outside volleyball court.

  2. Noki says:

    Where is Rachel? She was missing from his premieres and hollywood walk of fame unveiling.

    • Fortuona says:

      And he missed hers . I think it is what they do now as they have a kid this all started with The Favourite and Black Widow for her and Knives Out for him

      • BothSidesNow says:

        I think I read that they don’t attend each other’s premieres as it allows each of them as the focus of being in the cast/movie, not focusing on them as a couple. They don’t want to cast any shadow on each other. Am I making sense?

  3. Christina says:

    In LA, in the 1980s and 90s, my friends and I would always go to gay bars to dance because the music was better, the drinks were stronger, and the crowds were more fun! Straight bars were meat markets. I’d go to them, too, but the best nights I’ve had are at Gay clubs in LA with straight and gay friends in all combinations.

    Good times. The more I know about DC, the more I like him. I’ve always liked him, but now he’s sort of special to me. He is a guys who seems to live and think like all of the artists I know.

    So happy for him and his family.

  4. MissMarirose says:

    A lot of times, my girlfriends and I would go to gay bars when we just wanted to have a good time in each other’s company and not worry about creepy men hitting on any of us. Like Craig says, it felt like a safe space. Same with lesbian bars, but you don’t see many of them anymore.

  5. Gold ladder says:

    I once accidentally went to a bar I found out much later was a gay bar. Bathrooms were clean, no screaming assholes, great cocktails, and awesome 80s music, and really awesome bartenders

  6. Lizzie Bathory says:

    When I studied abroad in the UK, my guy friends avoided pubs on nights when there were football matches. There was too much likelihood of some drunk guy getting worked up & attacking them. And once, a man got thrown through a plate glass window below my friends’ flat on a random weeknight.

  7. Crooksandnannies says:

    I love going to gay bars but as a woman when I was in college I picked up pretty fast on the fact that there are some gay bars where the typical patrons do NOT want women hanging out. Most of the time I would just go with friends and dance but at other places we definitely got the vibe that we were seen as interlopers invading a space we didn’t all belong to.

    I think sometimes people assume gay bars are for everyone – and some are- but we should all realize that it’s not just a refuge for straight people to hide from toxicity, it is also a sacred space we shouldn’t always venture into.

    • micky says:

      I have encountered that as well. When I was in my 20s (back in the 80s), I was refused entry at two different gay bars – one in Dallas and one in SF. I was visiting from out of state on both occasions. I was told by the doorman at the place in Dallas that they did not accept out of state IDs. The place in SF simply told me no women allowed. I was kind of miffed at the time because I was there with male friends who frequented the places. We were disappointed, but moved on to the next gay bar.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ Crooksandnannies, I never realized that!! I grew up in Houston and we would go to the famous Mary’s on several occasions but everyone was very accepting!! We always had a blast and it was an environment that had the goal of everyone having a great time, no matter which way you swung.

    • black&bi&bye says:

      “we should all realize that it’s not just a refuge for straight people to hide from toxicity, it is also a sacred space we shouldn’t always venture into.”

      thank you for understanding that. i appreciate it. i love allies and we need y’all politically, but some allies don’t understand when some lgbt spaces ain’t for them.

  8. Esmerelda says:

    Even “Bond” can’t stand toxic masculinity…
    I also appreciate them as a safe space – I take care to only go to gay bars that explicitly welcome bi/straight allies, and not to intrude in more exclusive spaces. But I’m hoping that all places will become safe spaces, or that we’ll have a helpful labelling system for the toxic ones, so we can all avoid them easily.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      Wouldn’t that be heaven @ Esmerelda!!! I think it’s extremely important for those who want to be their true selves to be able to live their lives free from persecution or bodily harm.

  9. black&bi&bye says:

    it’s totally fine and i welcome cis & straight allies with open arms, but some of y’all need to understand lgbt bars exist for US and not for y’all.

    like, as a bi woman i’ve had str8 women react badly to me flirting with them… when they’re in a gay bar. like… girl.

    • caela says:

      Absolutely! I don’t like straight people going into LBGTQIA spaces, it makes me mad. You all have every other bar, you can’t just give us one safe space? If people are questioning I have no issue but if you are straight – don’t go to a lesbian or gay bar!!!!

      • Lyds says:

        In college we had a friend whose parents had a vacation home on a well-known gay island. Looking back, the friend (a guy) and his straight friends were just so unbelievably rude to the gay vacationers and locals…they would pretend to be gay for sh!ts and giggles, get defensive when guys made passes at them, and just act like “rude expats” of the straight community. My friends and I went to their home as their guests and while there were fun memories, it wasn’t until years later that I realized just how toxic they were and how gracious the gay community was, even in their collective disgust. I wish I had gone without them.