The Best Gay Bars in Tampa, FL

Gay Bars in Tampa, FL
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Ybor City, known as “GAYbor” to the locals, and “the gayborhood” to the queer community, is most definitely, the center of Tampa’s gay nightlife. The queer bar scene is a mix of dance clubs, bars, and even some quiet spots where you can have a cocktail or just hang with friends. Many of these bars host fun events like karaoke and trivia nights, as well as themed parties, drag shows and two for one happy hours. Are you looking to dance the night away, or maybe get a taste of Tampa’s local drag scene? No matter what kind of night you’re in the mood for, these gay bars in Tampa have whatever you’re looking to find. Read on to learn about the best gay bars in Tampa.  

Bradley’s on 7th

1510 E. 7th Avenue

Bradley’s on 7th sits right in the heart of the gayborhood and is a favorite among the locals. One of USA Today’s “Ten Best,” its quirky decor is sure to charm you, with realistic-looking tree trunks sprawling from floor to ceiling, and a stream of flowing water that runs the entire length of the bar. But, it’s the friendly staff, inclusive vibe, and “heavy pours” that keep you coming back for more. 

City Side Lounge

3703 Henderson Boulevard

With three separate bars – the main bar, a weekend-only patio bar, and a sports bar, there’s always something going on at City Side Lounge. Here, you can relax, enjoy a cocktail, and “drink in” the great vibes. Stop in for daily drink specials and events, including karaoke nights, drag bingo Sunday, “Free for all Friday”, game nights, bear nights and more. There’s a friendly, easy-going feel here, where top 40 music, and strong drinks are always on tap.

Southern Nights

1401 E 7th Avenue

Never a dull moment is the best way to describe Southern Nights. Formerly known as G-Bar, it’s the place to be if you’re looking for a night of dancing, drinking, and entertainment. With a goal “to provide a premier nightclub experience for the LGBTQ community in greater Tampa,” this expansive, glitzy club has amateur drag competitions, college nights, and drag shows, while welcoming all who come through its doors.

Johnsons Tampa

2606 N Armenia Avenue

Tampa’s only gay male strip club and formerly known as Cristoph’s, Johnsons Tampa is an upscale social experience with performers from around the world. Handsome bartenders are masters at crafting delicious cocktails, while, at the same time, making you feel right at home. Happy hour is every night with half priced drinks. Sorry ladies, Johnsons is for men only. Females must be accompanied by a male for entry. 

MR D’z Men’s Emporium

1510 N Nebraska Avenue

Don’t let the word “emporium” throw you. While there is a retail space here for all things leather, Mr D’z Men’s Emporium is an LGBTQ+ bar in Tampa that’s billed as “an alternative leather-vibe bar/establishment.” And, while the vibe may be leather, make no mistake, all are welcome at Mr D’z, where an outdoor seating area, good music, lockers, fun vending machines, and great drinks, are all waiting to greet you.

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Reservoir Bar

1518 E 7th Avenue

Looking for a local dive bar? Perhaps the Reservoir Bar is for you. It’s your traditional low-key dive bar that describes itself as “the finest hole-in-the-wall” in Ybor City. You can shoot pool, throw darts, or play other games while enjoying cocktails and specialty beers. While not technically a gay bar, Reservoir is open to all and is patronized by a diverse group of friendly, laid-back locals. 

The Castle

2004 N 16th Street

Every night is Halloween in this Eastern European, gothic-style castle. “Everyone is welcome, nothing is taboo” are the words The Castle in GAYbor live by. It’s a multilevel dance club playing music from top 40 to new age where you are free to be who you are with a mode of dress from Goth to fetish to superhero. Be sure to check out their awesome mix of single malt scotches, handpicked bourbons, aged tequilas, and beers from around the world.

Club Prana

1619 E 7th Avenue

Famous for its five levels of entertainment, Club Prana is more than just your typical nightclub. Each floor has its own vibe and music style, from hip hop and top 40, to Latin and reggae. The top floor is where you find the Sky Bar, a tropical-themed bar with amazing views of Tampa’s skyline. Accessibility and the “red-carpet” treatment are part of the package, making Club Prana a VIP experience for all.

Tampa’s Gay Bar Scene: Come as You Are, Be Who You Are

Regardless of who you are, how you identify, what you’re into, or who you love, there’s a gay bar in Tampa that’s right up your alley. Whether you like to party to the wee hours of the morning, dance the night away, enjoy some live entertainment, or just chill and chat over cocktails with friends, Tampa’s gay bar scene has the perfect spot for you. 

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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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