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The Best LGBTQ+ Bars & Clubs in Florida

LGBTQ Bars & Clubs in Florida

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Florida’s LGBTQ+ bar and club scene lights up the night with enough colors that everyone in the queer community can shine. Across the state, you find a mix of gay bars and nightclubs that are as different as the towns themselves. From the streets of its bigger cities to the laid-back vibes of its beach towns, there’s a spot for every mood. 

Come out and into a world where the music never stops, the drinks are always flowing, and the dance floors have you moving to the beat of the latest heart-pounding jams. Join us in our tour across the state as we share our picks for the best LGBTQ+ bars and clubs in Florida.

The Panhandle

You can find most, if not all of the LGBTQ+ nightlife in Pensacola on the Florida Panhandle. You don’t want to miss these two.

The Roundup

560 E Heinberg Street,  Pensacola

As its name implies, The Roundup is a country & western-themed bar with a laid-back, chill vibe. Catering to the bear and leather communities, head out back and relax on the patio, grab a drink at the bar, shoot some pool, or maybe show off your talent at weekly karaoke.

The Cabaret Pensacola

101 S Jefferson Street E, Pensacola

A gay bar with a friendly feel is the best way to describe The Cabaret Pensacola. It’s located in the historic district, right in the middle of where all of the after-dark action happens. Come for the “heavy pours” and stay for bingo, karaoke, trivia, or, if you’re lucky, a drag show, depending on what night of the week you’re there.

North Florida

While it might not be the first region in Florida that comes to mind when you think about where the best LGBTQ+ bars and clubs are in Florida, North Florida may surprise you. We were surprised by the number of gay bars and nightclubs that are here, especially in Jacksonville.

Boot Rack Saloon

4751 Lenox Avenue, Jacksonville

The Boot Rack Saloon is a gay-owned leather bar that knows how to throw a party. It’s a beer and wine bar with DJs, special theme nights, game nights, and karaoke, where everyone fits in. Shoot some pool or hang out on the outdoor patio. There’s no cover and on cool evenings you can cozy up by the fireplace.

Incahoots Nightclub

711 Edison Avenue, Jacksonville

For more than 40 years, Incahoots Nightclub has been Jacksonville’s largest and most popular LGBTQ+ night spot. With four bars each with its own entertainment, including go-go dancers, drag shows, dancing, games, and more. It’s open six nights a week with some of the cheapest drink specials in “Gayville.” 

Park Place Lounge

931 King Street, Jacksonville

With a well-stocked bar, an inviting outdoor patio, and pool tables ready for a friendly game, what more can you ask for from your neighborhood gay bar? For more than 30 years Park Place Lounge has been a spot for relaxing, kicking back, and socializing for the community. It’s not quite Cheers-worthy, but it’s close. 

926 Bar & Grill

926 W Tharpe Street, Tallahassee

The capital city of Florida is where you find 926 Bar & Grill. Affordable drinks, great bartenders, delicious food, entertaining drag shows, and DJs that keep the dance floor jumping all night, are what keep you coming back for more. It’s a must-experience when in Tallahassee. 

Central Florida

Central Florida is certainly where you find “the most magical place on earth.” And, while there is so much to see and do there by day, if you still have some “fuel left in your tank” as the sun goes down, check out these LGBTQ+ bars and clubs we suggest you not miss.

Southern Nights Orlando

375 S Bumby Avenue, Orlando

At the top of our list is Southern Nights Orlando. A multi-room megaclub with cheap drinks and awesome drag shows. It’s known for its huge parties, themed nights, and big outdoor area to hang out. Home to the biggest weekly party for the lesbian community, be sure to get there early to avoid the line to get in.

Stiffy’s Orlando 

2405 E South Street, Orlando

Part of the Southern Nights family, Stiffy’s Orlando is a bear and leather bar that welcomes everyone. There’s a sexy, fun, red-light kind of atmosphere here with scantily-clad male dancers perched nightly on several platforms around the bar. You don’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind experience.

Barcodes Orlando

4453 Edgewater Drive, Orlando

If you’re into dive bars, bears, or just a friendly, laid-back neighborhood watering hole, then Barcodes Orlando is definitely a place for you to check out. Have a drink, shoot some pool, play video games, or experience one of their themed nights including bi-weekly underwear night. Needless to say, it’s always a fun time at Barcodes.

SAVOY Orlando

1913 N Orange Avenue, Orlando

Smack in the middle of downtown Orlando’s Ivanhoe Village, is Savoy Orlando. With a daily happy hour, no cover, male go-go-dancers, and drag shows, it’s non-stop action. Put on your cowboy boots and hat every Monday for Full Moon Mondays for some two-steppin’ and country line dancing. 

Hank’s Bar

5026 Edgewater Drive, Orlando

One of the oldest gay bars in Orlando, Hank’s Bar is that friendly, neighborhood, no-frills bar where “everybody knows your name.” Leave your plastic at home, Hank’s is a cash only bar with no cover. Relax with friends, shoot some pool, or throw darts, it’s that kind of place. But, if you’re feeling adventurous, check out the back patio for some adult-only fun.

District Dive

2401 E S Street, Orlando

The name may say it all, but really, what’s in a name? At District Dive, the bar is always buzzing especially during the nightly happy hour as you sip on a cocktail. Plus, depending on the night, there are drag shows, karaoke, dance parties and special themed nights. Suffice it to say, there’s never a dull moment at District Dive.

Honeypot Lounge

4910 Edgewater Drive, Orlando

Calling all “Putting on the Hits” fans. Get yourself to the Honeypot Lounge on Thursday nights for their Lip Synch SmashDOWN! Think you’ve got what it takes to “out lip synch” the competition? If you do, there’s a $200 grand prize waiting for you. Just pick your song, grab the mic, and do your thing!  

The Parrot

1030 E Main Street, Lakeland

If you’re looking for the ultimate hangout spot in Lakeland to kick back and have a drink while having a lot of fun, look no further than Florida’s Oldest Gay Bar, The Parrot. This place is legendary! Weekend nights are always great times to stop in as the Drag Show Revue is where all the glitz and glam are on full display.

Twisted Rooster Bar

1220 W New Haven Ave #150, Melbourne

“Gay, straight, or something in between, everyone is welcome” is the motto by which everyone  at the Twisted Rooster Bar lives. It’s a great place to dance the night away, enjoy happy hour, relax on the outdoor patio, or experience live weekly entertainment. Stop in on a Twisted Sunday a.k.a. Triple D … dance, drinks, and divas, if you think you can handle it!

Tampa Bay & St Petersburg 

From Tampa to St. Petersburg, and everywhere in between, the Tampa Bay area of the Sunshine State is giving South Florida a run for its money for “queerest places to travel to” in Florida.  

Bradley’s On 7th

1510 E 7th Avenue, Ybor City, Tampa

Right smack dab in the middle of Tampa’s gayborhood, Ybor City, is one of USA Today’s 10 Best Gay Bars, Bradley’s on 7th, where there’s never a cover. Its decor features tree trunks stretching from floor to ceiling and a water stream flowing along the length of the bar. Their cocktails’ “generous pours” are the hallmark of this local favorite.

City Side Lounge

3703 Henderson Boulevard, Tampa

With its trio of bars, the main bar, a patio bar open on weekends, and a sports bar, there’s always something happening at City Side Lounge. Swing by for daily drink specials and a lineup of events including karaoke nights, drag bingo on Sundays, “Free for all Friday,” game nights, bear nights, and more.

Southern Nights

1401 E 7th Avenue, Ybor City, Tampa

Southern Nights, the former G-Bar, is where you can dance, drink, have a good time with friends, and catch a live show. They’re all about making sure the LGBTQ+ community in Tampa has a great place to party. With everything from drag contests for newbies, to college-themed nights and awesome drag performances, they welcome everyone no matter who you are.

Johnsons Tampa

2606 N Armenia Avenue, Tampa

As Tampa’s exclusive venue for gay male entertainment, Johnson’s Tampa has a refined social vibe, showcasing performers from around the world. Enjoy nightly happy hours with half-priced drinks. Sorry ladies, Johnsons caters exclusively to men. Women must be accompanied by one in order to get in. 

COCKtail

2355 Central Avenue, Saint Petersburg

“Stiff drinks, hard liquor, and a raging good time” is the motto of this popular St Petersburg watering hole. At COCKtail St Pete, you can catch a drag show, sing karaoke, or don your leather. There are different theme nights weekly, so check their website before you go.

Enigma Bar & Lounge

1110 Central Ave, Saint Petersburg

Enigma Bar & Lounge is an absolute favorite spot on Central Avenue in The Edge District. With talented DJs, a top-tier sound and light setup, two bars, and daily drink specials, it’s the perfect spot to hangout. Shoot a game of pool, or maybe try your luck at darts, Enigma is definitely worth a visit when you’re in town.

The Garage On Central

2729 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg

The perfect spot to grab a cold beer or two, The Garage on Central is located in the heart of the Grand Central District a.k.a. the “gayborhood.” It’s chill, dimly lit, and decked out with stuff you usually find in a garage, like model cars and license plates. It’s a cool place to shoot pool, throw darts, catch a game, or just chill with your buddies. 

Salty Nun

2501 Central Avenue, St Petersburg

You probably won’t see many “boys” at the Salty Nun, and while not “officially” a lesbian bar, it definitely leans that way. It’s a restaurant by day and an outdoor club by night featuring lesbian entertainment and is lesbian owned. It’s a great spot for brunch, lunch, late night drinks, watching a game, or just hanging out with friends. 

Lucky Star Lounge

2760 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg

You are going to thank your “lucky stars” that you found arguably “the best kept secret in the district,” the Grand Central District, that is. The Lucky Star Lounge, which has been mistaken for a social club, is really nothing more than your friendly neighborhood gay bar with a happy hour seven days a week.

Pro Shop Pub

840 Cleveland Street, Clearwater

If you didn’t know better, you might think a bar with the name Pro Shop Pub is the 19th hole on one of the local golf courses. But it’s not. What it is, is the oldest gay bar in Tampa Bay which is one reason why we suggest you visit. It’s got a laid-back vibe and a down-to-earth attitude, that once you “belly up to the bar,” you’ll feel like part of the family.

Blur Nightclub

325 Main Street, Dunedin 

Located in beautiful downtown Dunedin, Blur Nightclub adds an upbeat vibe to a rather sleepy LGBTQ+ friendly retirement town. On any given night, this trendy nightclub features live bands, DJ-fueled dance parties, themed events, and karaoke nights. Check out their website to see what’s on tap the night you plan to go.

Quench Lounge

13284 66th St N, Largo

“Come thirsty, get quenched” at Quench Lounge’s day drinkin’ happy hour. Quench is a self proclaimed all welcoming, “straight friendly” Gay/LGBTQ bar located at the center of everything.” Enjoy entertaining drag shows, hilarious comedians. daily specials, and great music.

LuvHer Lounge

Various Locations

The LuvHer Lounge is mixing it up in St. Pete with lesbian pop-up parties in partnership with local LGBTQ-welcoming venues. Events take place throughout the year and offer an elevated cocktail party experience for women of all sapphic identities (she/her/they/them). Women are encouraged to unwind and let loose with cocktails, entertainment, and engaging lesbian-themed games. And, for a chill vibe without the booze, their “LuvHer Sober” Pop-Up concept provides a fun, alcohol-free space to connect.

Southwest Florida

In Southwest Florida, cities like Sarasota, Fort Myers, and Cape Coral are buzzing with a gay bar and club scene that welcomes everyone. Make sure you check out our picks when you’re in the area.

Bambusa Bar & Grill

600 Goodlette Road., Naples

Looking for a very happy happy hour? You can find just that at Bambusa Bar & Grill’s Bam Bam Bar. Get there at 5:00 and stay for either bitchy bingo or karaoke, depending on the night. Grab some dinner too, as the kitchen serves up classic bar food with some salads, seafood, and Italian dishes mixed in.

Purple Rhino Lodge

2920 Beneva Road, Sarasota

The Purple Rhino Lodge is more than just the oldest gay bar in Sarasota, it’s also a private, nonprofit that doubles as a community center, too. So, you’re going to find all the fun stuff you’d expect from a gay bar, like drag shows, drag bingo, and themed leather nights, but everyone is a paid member, and the bartenders are actually volunteers. In other words, tip big!

Sage

1216 1st Street, Sarasota

The rooftop bar at gay-owned Sage is where you want to go for happy hour when your work week ends, or when you’re just ready to get your weekend started. It’s one of the best places to meet friends, have drinks, and enjoy the amazing views, especially at sunset. After drinks, treat yourself to a dish from their seasonal menu. You can thank us later.

The Reserve

1322 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

The Reserve, formerly the home of the Ringling family, is an LGBTQ+ owned restaurant and bar that also doubles as a hotel and coffee bar. A chill spot during the day, bring a book to read and have some of the best food in Sarasota. This is also where you can find some of the best gay-friendly events in Sarasota like the SarasotaOUT.com Awards. 

Cruisers

1517 SE 47th Terrace, Cape Coral

Sitting right on the main “drag,” Cruisers is a twist on your typical gay bar, set up in what used to be a liquor store. It’s got a chill lounge vibe where there’s always something going on. Whether you’re into daily happy hours, weekend dance parties, karaoke, ladies night, Latin night, catching a drag show, or just shooting some pool, it’s got something for everyone.

Rascals

3758 Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers

Flying the pride flag proudly, Rascals is an all-inclusive, smoker-friendly gay bar with nightly entertainment that serves up light pub fare. Depending on the night of the week, you may walk into Drag Me to Bingo, Taco and Trivia Tuesday, Thirsty Thursday, or Fierce Friday, all with great drink specials. 

South Florida

South Florida has been the Sunshine State’s “gay mecca” since the 1930s, cementing it in queer history as one of the largest LGBTQ+ communities in the world. Wilton Manors and South Beach, known locally as “The Gay Villages,” have an unlimited number of LGBTQ+ bars and nightclubs. Here are our favorites. For more, check out our Ultimate Guide To The Best Gay Bars In Wilton Manors

Georgie’s Alibi Monkey Bar

2266 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors

Georgie’s Alibi Monkey Bar is the perfect mix of a restaurant, bar, and nightclub all rolled into one! It’s got an outdoor patio, a menu full of mouth-watering dishes, and a jam-packed schedule of events that make it a favorite in town. And, you definitely don’t want to miss out on their epic drag shows!

Gym Sportsbar

2287 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors

Is the Gym Sportsbar a workout place? Well, you could say that if what you’re looking to “work out” is your bicep each time you raise your glass to sip your cocktail. Specifically geared for the gay sports fan or partygoer, Gym Sportsbar has a huge outdoor space with a 20 foot TV so you can watch the game in style.   

Hunters Nightclub

2232 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors

If you’re looking to dance in Wilton Manors, then look no further. Hunter’s Nightclub has a huge dance floor with the biggest video screen on “the Drive.”  Plus, there’s a video bar with eight screens to watch all your favorites, and an upstairs lounge that overlooks the dance floor giving you a front-row seat to all of the action. 

Ramrod

1508 NE 4th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale

Leather and bears are what you find when you step into Ramrod. Whether you’re a cub, bear, otter, or something entirely different, it doesn’t matter, you’re going to feel like you belong. Styled like a den, the bar is dark and decorated in goth style. The sound system plays classic house music that’s so vintage it’s back in style.

Gaythering Bar

1409 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach

The self-proclaimed “gayest club in Miami Beach, with the most entertainment,” Gaythering Bar is considered by some to be the epicenter of the gay community. Every night is an adventure here with Karaoke Monday, Trivia Night Wednesday, Bingo Thursday & the hottest Friday Night in town, Bears & Hares!

Twist

1057 Washington Ave, Miami Beach

A gay pub crawl, you say, where you don’t have to hire a driver? Yes, please! Twist is home to seven different clubs, each with a distinct vibe and décor, allowing you to “bar hop” without ever having to leave the building. It’s a “must-visit” spot in Miami, being the most popular and longest-standing gay club in the city.

Nathan’s Beach Club

1216 Washington Ave, Miami Beach

Nathan’s Beach Club in downtown Miami is the spot for an unforgettable night.  With top DJs and a huge selection of awesome drinks, it’s the perfect place to dance the night away or just kick back with friends. Known for its chill vibe and friendly staff, Nathan’s is a favorite among the LGBT community.

Palace

1052 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

At the Palace, you can either dance all night, soak up the Palace energy, sip on drinks from the bar, or chill on the patio as the Divas entertain. Its drag brunch is epic, with multiple seatings from Friday to Sunday and one seating on Monday. Be sure to check out the rooftop bar, where you’ll catch the best views of any place on Ocean Drive.

The Florida Keys

Like a string of pearls scattered over the ocean, each with its own charm, when it comes to gay bars and nightclubs in the Florida Keys, they are just as precious. Here are some of the best.

801 Bourbon Bar

801 Duval Street, Key West

If there is one club in Key West to put on your “must do” list, it’s the 801 Bourbon Bar. Famous for its amazing drag shows, and where the world-famous 801 Girls take the stage nightly, there’s always something going on. Weekly karaoke brings out some of the best amateur voices and costumes in the Keys.

Aqua Key West

711 Duval Street, Key West

Voted Best Bar by the South Florida Gay News and the Key West Bubba Awards, Aqua Key West  is another bar to put on your list. Their neon-lit atmosphere where food, cocktails, dancing and some of the best drag shows in the Keys come together for a one-of-a-kind club experience. 

Bobby’s Monkey Bar

900 Simonton St, Key West

If you’re looking for a place that’s off the beaten path, you can find it at the local hot spot, Bobby’s Monkey Bar. Shooting pool and karaoke are always on the menu in this classic dive bar. If you’re planning to sing, make sure you bring your A game. The talent here is that good. And, along with your A game, bring cash, the bar doesn’t accept cards.

Bourbon Street Pub

724 Duval Street, Key West

Gay-owned and operated, the Bourbon Street Pub is a New Orleans-themed bar featuring “the Men of Bourbon, beads, boys, and booze.“ Feel like taking a walk on the wild side? Then check out the men-only, clothing-optional, Garden Bar, an outdoor theater and tiki bar with a pool and jacuzzi.

Saloon 1 Key West

504 Petronia Street, Key West

Key West’s only leather bar, Saloon 1 Key West is where you can let your imagination and inhibitions run wild. This clothing optional, anything goes bar is definitely not for the shy or the timid. Suffice it to say, at Saloon 1, it’s up to you what you want to make of your night.

La Te Da

1125 Duval Street, Key West

If there’s one place that seems to capture the essence of Key West’s laid-back, island-life vibe, it’s La Te Da. The perfect spot to unwind with a drink in hand, it’s where the energy of live music and the allure of cabaret shows collide, creating the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable night.

LGBTQ+ Bars & Clubs in Florida Offer Something for Everyone

Whether you are looking for a relaxing sip at the bar while catching up with friends, or cruising for excitement, there are LGBTQ+ Florida nightlife experiences for all. Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know! And, to learn more about queer entertainment throughout the Sunshine State, visit our regional pages.


**Disclaimer: There is a good chance that this post contains affiliate or sponsor links. If you make a purchase through them, we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you (for which we are extremely grateful).

Also, while we do our best to highlight LGBTQ-friendly destinations and businesses, info provided is based solely on personal experience and recommendations by community partners. We hope that nobody experiences discrimination or homophobia while visiting Florida and beyond, but we make no guarantees. Please inform us if you experience discrimination or homophobia while visiting any destination so we can make updates to our recommendations.

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