has revealed the results of its reader contest of Best Gay Bars of 2009.

The site writes:

Splash Bar in New York captured the grand prize–“Bar I’d cross the country for”–besting Chicago’s Sidetrack and Los Angeles’ Abbey in a close vote. GayCities will send one lucky member on a trip to New York to enjoy a night at the club, compliments of GayCities sponsors Delta Airlines and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.
Here are the other winners:

Best Dance Bar: Bourbon Pub/Parade, New Orleans
Best Country/Western Bar: Round Up Saloon, Dallas
Best Stripper Bar: Dick’s Cabaret, Phoenix
Best Leather Bar: Ramrod, Fort Lauderdale
Best Lesbian Bar: Egyptian Club, Portland, Oregon
Best Drag Bar: Parliament House, Orlando

In addition, the site allowed readers to vote for the best bars in their hometowns. Asheville and Raleigh were the only Carolinas cities listed. Scandals and Legends were voted best gay bars there, respectively.

Back in June 2009, qnotes published its first-ever “QList — Best of the LGBT Carolinas, Readers’ Pick.” Readers voted on best bars, nightclubs, eateries, coffee shops, non-profits and more.