50 Most Popular Gay Bars in the US

by Anna Harissis

Gay bars have long been an important part of the LGBTQ+ community, providing a safe and welcoming space for people to socialize, celebrate, and connect. From dance clubs to dive bars, these establishments have played a pivotal role in the history and culture of the LGBTQ+ community. Here are the 50 most popular gay bars in the US, according to customer reviews and ratings:

#50 X Bar

Denver, CO

Happening gay friendly hangout with DJs, dancing & drag queen bingo, plus big outdoor patio.

#49 This Is It!

Milwaukee, WI

Gay bar & cocktail lounge, open since 1968, with a jukebox & events such as karaoke nights.

#48 Piranha Nightclub

Las Vegas, NV

Compact-but-lush gay nightclub offering theme nights, drag shows, VIP skyboxes & cozy outdoor patio.

#47 The Mix

Tacoma, WA

Gay bar & nightclub featuring karaoke, music videos, DJ dance parties & drag queen shows.

#46 Atlas Social Club

New York, NY

Happening saloon with a retro athletic-club atmosphere that includes boxing & wrestling memorabilia.

#45 Diesel

Seattle, WA

Comfortable gay bar with a short menu of pub grub, a long daily happy hour & a pool table.

#44 Ramrod Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Gay leather bar with different theme nights, DJ music & weekend crowds in the mood to cruise.

#43 Freddie's Beach Bar

Arlington, VA

Tiki-style gay bar with drag shows & karaoke serves beach-inspired cocktails, beer & pub grub.


Houston, TX

Laid-back gay bar with a patio, pool tables & darts, serving a diverse crowd since 1980.

#41 Purgatory Gifford House

Provincetown, MA

Gay dance club with various theme nights in the basement of a vintage inn, open tourist season only.

#40 The Pumping Station

Memphis, TN

This easygoing gay hangout with a compact menu of bar snacks features pool tables & dartboards.

#39 Larry's Lounge

Washington, DC

Welcoming gay bar offering a popular happy hour, pub grub & a dog-friendly outdoor patio.

#38 Play Dance Bar

Nashville, TN

Pumping music, a large dance floor, a full bar & snacks energize crowds at this gay-friendly spot.

#37 Roscoe's Tavern

Chicago, IL

Neighborhood gay & lesbian bar dating back to 1987 with a dance floor, pool table & outdoor spaces.

#36 Dudley's

Charleston, SC

Energetic LGBT-friendly hangout with drag performances, karaoke, billiards & dancing.

#35 The Stable

Providence, RI

Small, gay-friendly cocktail bar with an equestrian theme, plus backyard seating.

#34 Blue Moon

Pittsburgh, PA

Energetic LGBT-friendly hangout with drag performances, karaoke, billiards & dancing.

#33 The Boom

Oklahoma City, OK

High-energy gay bar featuring cocktails & American eats, with dancing, regular drag shows & karaoke.

#32 Below Zero Lounge

Cincinnati, OH

Trendy spot with upbeat music serving over 100 vodkas, with featured vodkas served at 6° F.

#31 Marie's Crisis Café

New York, NY

This historic piano bar draws a crowd of gay locals & musical theater performers in dimly lit digs.

#30 Pint

Jersey City, NJ

Neighborhood joint offering a wide range of American craft brews, plus jumbo "fishbowl" cocktails.

#29 Doogie's Bar and Grill

Manchester, NH

Gay bar & American grill with a laid-back vibe offering a pool table, dance floor & patio seating.

#28 Mixx Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

Nightclub offering food & drinks, plus a dance floor & outdoor patio with a fireplace.

#27 700 Club

New Orleans, LA

Chilled-out neighborhood gay bar lined with TVs, plus pub grub from the grill served till late.

#26 The Phoenix Bar & Lounge

Las Vegas, NV

Easygoing gay bar with a loungey feel offering karaoke, pool & a dance floor in a low-key setting.

#25 Shipwreck Lounge

Provincetown, MA

Brass Key Guesthouse’s bar serves martinis & wine in cozy, parlor-like digs with a fireplace & patio.

#24 Chill Bar Highlands

Louisville, KY

Relaxed gay bar featuring DJs & a patio, plus trivia nights, showtunes sing-alongs & other events.

#23 Rain on 4th

Austin, TX

Predominantly gay club draws a mixed crowd for dancing, weekly events & specials, even bingo.

#22 Downtown Olly's

Indianapolis, IN

Longtime, always-open bar & grill with sidewalk seating, a neighborhood vibe & karaoke nights.

#21 Sidetrack

Chicago, IL

Behomoth gay club drawing a diverse crowd, serving up slushy drinks & known for showtune nights.

#20 Wang Chung's Karaoke Bar

Honolulu, HI

Snug & lively karaoke bar serving specialty cocktails in dark, cozy space outfitted in Asian decor.

#19 Blackstones

Portland, ME

Low-key gay bar with a leather-&-Levis slant, serving cocktails from a classic wood bar since 1987.

#18 Wang Chung's Karaoke Bar

Honolulu, HI

Snug & lively karaoke bar serving specialty cocktails in dark, cozy space outfitted in Asian decor.

#17 Club One

Savannah, GA

Boisterous, multi-level night club known for dancing, drag shows & a basement video bar.

#16 Camp Bar Twin Cities

St. Paul, MN

Modern lounge & piano bar with cocktails & a full calendar of entertainment, including cabaret.

#15 Pony

Seattle, WA

A 1930s-era gas station now houses this gay bar with a tiny dance floor, outdoor patio & fire pit.

#14 EGO

Providence, RI

Energetic gay bar featuring a dance floor, DJs & a stage & a lineup of regular events.

#13 Darcelle XV

Portland, OR

Upbeat nightclub & featuring cocktails & musical performances starring female impersonators.

#12 Club Cafe

Boston, MA

Happening gay-friendly cabaret, piano bar, dance club & classy New American bistro.

#11 Club Marcella

Buffalo, NY

Late-night dance scene features guest DJs, hip-hop nights & a variety of drag shows.

#10 Cubbyhole

New York, NY

Longtime lesbian & gay Village local has jukebox, free popcorn, drink specials & colorful decor.

#9 The Loft

San Diego, CA

Neighborhood Gay Bar with Happy Hour, Pool Table, Snacks, Karaoke, and Saturday Brunch.

#8 San Francisco Eagle Bar

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Eagle is a gay bar in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood, in the U.S. state of California. The bar caters to the bear community and the leather subculture. Lex Montiel is one of the bar's owners, as of 2018

#7 Oasis

San Francisco, CA

Sprawling gay nightspot in a former bathhouse featuring cabaret & drag shows, DJs & dance parties.

#6 The Lipstick Lounge

Nashville, TN

Gay-friendly, all-are-welcome bar with karaoke, trivia & dancing plus pub grub in a bright setting.

#5 Akbar

Los Angeles, CA

Lively, gay-friendly bar with an unpretentious vibe, tiny dance floor & well-stocked jukebox.

#4 Stacy's at Melrose

Pheonix, AZ

This gay- & lesbian-friendly nightclub features Gothic architectural elements, DJs & karaoke.

#3 Bulldog’s

Atlanta, GA

A wide variety of drinks are available at this small gay night spot with DJs & a dance floor.

#2 Parliament House

Orlando, FL

Parliament House was a gay resort on the Orange Blossom Trail in Florida, United States, that included several bars and hosted performances such as drag shows. There were 112 rooms in the complex, which encompassed ten thousand square feet, including an outdoor stage, a swimming pool, and a dance floor.

#1 The Stonewall Inn

New York, NY

Gay bar & National Historic Landmark, site of the 1969 riots that launched the gay rights movement.

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