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The Complete Guide To Lesbian Bars In The U.S.

Lesbian Bars of the U.S.

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Lesbian bars are now, and have always been a significant part of LGBTQ+ culture, providing safe spaces for lesbians and other members of the community to socialize, find support, and express their identities. Historically, these venues have played a crucial role in activism within the lesbian community, but the number of these bars has been in decline for years. The Lesbian Bar Project supports and preserves the remaining lesbian bars in the United States, by raising awareness and funds to assist them. Cheers to the 31 bars still standing!

If you’re wondering “Are there any lesbian bars near me, or near where I live?” Read on to find out in our complete guide to all of the lesbian bars across the United States.

Boycott Bar

Boycott Bar is the hottest club in the Melrose District of Phoenix, with a little bit of Cheers on the side! A community dive bar that welcomes you, and treats you like family, Boycott is the only Latin-owned lesbian bar in the country. Enjoy themed nights, a jumping dance floor, and girls dancing on the bar. Boycott Bar website

Gossip Grill

The Gossip Grill in San Diego is the only lesbian bar in Southern California. Half outdoor patio bar, half nightclub with disco balls, the bar has feminine-inspired art on its walls and drinks named after lesbian sex innuendos​​. Serving modern American comfort food, it’s ladies’ night every night. Gossip Grill website

Wild Side West

Wild Side West was named after the film “Walk on the Wild Side.” It is the only lesbian bar in San Francisco, and one of the oldest lesbian-founded and continuously lesbian-owned and operated. Welcoming people of all shapes and colors, “every night is a blend of lesbians and locals, eclectic art, and neighborhood sports bar.” Wild Side West website

The Ruby Fruit

The Ruby Fruit in Los Angeles is so named to honor Rita Mae Brown’s The RubyFruit Jungle. This strip mall restaurant and wine bar for the “sapphically inclined,” is a come-as-you-are, sit down and have a glass of wine or grab-a-bite-to-eat kind of place. Open for lunch and dinner. The Ruby Fruit website

Honey’s

Honey’s describes itself as a “queer, lesbian, trans-inclusive bar” where you can dance the night away to your heart’s content. If dancing is not your thing, or you feel you were born with two left feet, Honey’s also hosts comedy nights and karaoke. Honey’s website

Scarlet Fox Wine Bar

The queer-owned Scarlet Fox, in The Marker San Francisco, is all about great wines and the flavors of Italy. Dive into their light menu of charcuterie and cheese boards and family-style Italian favorites perfectly paired with wines handpicked by the owner herself. Scarlet Fox Wine Bar website

Jolene’s Bar

At Jolene’s Bar you can groove to late-night beats, challenge friends to a game of pool, and enjoy American classic foods with a twist. It’s a laid-back, all-welcoming space in San Francisco where the queer community comes to dine, dance, and watch live entertainment. While you’re there, be sure to check out the “boob room.” Jolene’s Bar website

blush & blu

Blush & Blu is your cozy corner for top-notch drinks and friendly vibes in Denver. They’ve been mixing up creative concoctions with a dash of dedication and the finest ingredients for over a decade. Warm and casual, it’s queer inclusive where “all are welcome, intolerance is not.” blush & blue website

My Sister’s Room

My Sister’s Room has been the go-to spot for Atlanta’s lesbian and queer community for more than a quarter of a century. It’s not just a bar, it’s a place to meet, hang out, and enjoy a night with friends. Here, you can enjoy drag shows, burlesque performances, comedy, and karaoke. My Sister’s Room website

Dorothy

Dorothy is tucked away in the basement of a Ukrainian Village restaurant and art gallery in Chicago’s West Town. A 70s-themed, cozy cocktail lounge for the lesbian community and friends of “Dorothy,” it’s the place to be for inventive cocktails and an exciting lineup of events. Dorothy website

Nobody’s Darling

Chicago’s “Queer Cheers,” Nobody’s Darling, is a cocktail bar inspired by an Alice Walker poem. The drink menu is a unique take on classic cocktails, with some upscale options.  Nobody’s Darling has zero-proof drinks (mocktails) for non-drinkers and designated drivers. Nobody’s Darling website

The Back Door

The Back Door, Indiana’s only lesbian bar, gives you the full monty of fun, from dancing and drag to live bands and films. On Wednesday, it’s open mic night. Not for singers, songwriters, and poets, it’s a “drag only” affair. Monday is trivia night, and on the weekends you can enjoy the food truck on the patio. The Back Door website

Femme

As you step into Femme, expect warm welcomes and friendly smiles all around. It’s the ultimate spot to relax, watch favorites like RuPaul’s Drag Race and Queer Eye, and embrace your authentic self. Check their menus and event lineup, and then drop by Femme when you’re in the Worcester, MA. area to experience the magic for yourself! Femme website

Cubbyhole 

The Cubbyhole, or as the regulars call it “Cubby,” is one of two lesbian bars in New York’s Greenwich Village. Located in a small corner building, Cubby is like a mini-party of drinks, dancing and shooting pool. With a ceiling decked out with lanterns, toy planes, and even a fake lobster, it’s got this awesome, funky, eclectic vibe where everyone feels welcome. Cubbyhole website

Lesbian Bar, Cubbyhole Bar New York
Photo by Jakayla Toney from Unsplash

Henrietta Hudson

Also in “the Village,” Henrietta Hudson is the oldest lesbian bar in New York City. At 30 years of age, “she” is experiencing her first “makeover.” As it moves on from the usual club vibe to a cool, roomy lounge, think of it as part living room, part small cafe. There’s also an outdoor area with a charcuterie bar and fresh cocktail menu. Henrietta Hudson website

Oddly Enough

Oddly Enough, is a cool queer bar in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, bringing a mix of tasty cocktails and a dozen small plates. Sunday is pizza day with Public Display of Affection serving up awesome Detroit-style pizzas and more. It’s not a place to dance, but rather, a place to meet up with friends to share a few small plates and a drink or two. Oddly Enough website

The Bush

Black and lesbian-owned, The Bush in Brooklyn is affectionately dubbed “a dyke bar for queers.” Here, you can kick back in a comfortable setting or head to the back where a dance floor and a DJ await. The Bush has a menu of light bites, as well as karaoke, open mic nights, and speed dating events. The Bush website

Ginger’s

It doesn’t get any more lesbian than the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn where you find Ginger’s. Your typical dive bar, you can shoot some pool, chill out on the patio, dance to the music, or just enjoy a good vibe with a cocktail. Brooklyn Voted Ginger’s Best LGBTQ Bar five years running! Oh, and don’t forget to tap the ATM, Ginger’s is cash only. Ginger’s website

Slammers

Lesbian-owned Slammers, Ohio’s oldest gay bar and only lesbian bar, is known for its “Slammer Style” pizza. Hosting weekly events, including bingo, comedy nights, and dance parties, it’s a must-stop when in Columbus. True to its motto “all walks, one groove,” all are welcome.  Slammers website

Alibi’s

Alibi’s in Oklahoma City has something for everyone. Whether you want to test your singing voice at open mic night, have a go at trivia, enjoy free pool Tuesdays, chill on the outdoor patio, catch a game on the nearly 8 foot screen, shoot some darts, or just enjoy a cocktail, Alibi’s is all about having a good time your way. Alibi’s website

Frankie’s

Frankie’s, in northwest Oklahoma City, combines a neighborhood bar vibe with the buzz of an entertainment venue. You can challenge friends to a game of pool or darts, or simply kick back and enjoy the eclectic mix of music from local live bands to DJs’ playlists. Serving local craft beers, cocktails and classic bar bites, Frankie’s is a gay-owned, smoker-friendly lesbian bar. Frankie’s website

Yellow Brick Road

The local lesbians know the Yellow Brick Road in Tulsa, Oklahoma  as the “YBR Pub.” Somewhat of a throwback dive bar, you find music provided by a jukebox, and, of course, the ever present pool tables that are a must in a lesbian bar. So, if you’re looking for a friendly, relaxed out-of-the-way bar to hang out, throw darts, shoot pool, or catch up with friends, look no further than the Yellow Brick Road. The Yellow Brick Road website

The Lipstick Lounge

The Lipstick Lounge in East Nashville, better known as “The Lip” is the only lesbian bar in Tennessee. Voted Best LGBTQ Bar and Best Karaoke Bar by Nashville Scene’s readers, The Lip is known for its karaoke nights, along with live music and trivia. “Come as you are, whatever you are” is not just a motto here, it’s an attitude. The Lipstick Lounge website

Lesbian Bar Lipstick Lounge, Nashville
Photo by Rachel Covello

Pearl Bar

There’s something different every night of the week at the Pearl Bar, a staple of the Houston lesbian scene. There’s queen karaoke on Tuesdays, H-town drag kings on Wednesdays, drag bingo on Thursday, DJ dance parties on Friday and Saturday, and the ever popular food trucks on Sunday. But, what about Mondays? The Pearl Bar is closed on Mondays. Pearl Bar website

Sue Ellen’s

The oldest gay bar in Texas and the last standing lesbian bar in Dallas, Sue Ellen’s is a two-story nightclub hosting weekly karaoke, live bands, and local DJs. With fully-stocked bars on both levels, two covered patios, and the largest game room on “the strip,” you can dance the night away or just relax over cocktails with friends. Sue Ellen’s website

Babes of Carytown

While Babes of Carytown may be Richmond, Virginia’s “everybody’s bar,” it’s ladies’ night every night. Featuring a monthly king and queen drag show, Wednesday karaoke & shrimp nights, and live bands every Friday, Babes of Carytown also serves up some of the best pub food around along with the biggest and best burger on Cary Street. Babes of Carytown website

Wildrose

The oldest lesbian bar in the country and the only one in Seattle, Washington, Wildrose is the perfect place for dancing and fun on Friday and Saturday nights as local DJs spin the best dance tunes.  Throughout  the week, there’s drag bingo, trivia, queer songwriter’s night, Karaoke, and tacos every Tuesday. Wildrose website

A League of Her Own

A League of Her Own is a queer women’s neighborhood bar in Washington, DC. Located in the Adams Morgan neighborhood, this bar has a cozy and relaxed atmosphere, ideal for both casual hangouts and more upbeat nights. From pool tables to the dance floor, the bar regularly hosts events like DJ nights, trivia, and themed parties. A League of Her Own website

As you Are

As You Are is a cafe by day, where you can grab a cup of joe and a quick bite of breakfast or lunch, catch up on your emails, or work remotely. But when the sun goes down, this Washington, DC, lesbian-owned and operated space transforms into a lounge, with a dance floor and DJ booth for drag king shows and dancing. As You Are website

Walker’s Pint

A laid-back lesbian dive bar that welcomes everyone, Walker’s Pint in Milwaukee, Wisconsin sits in the heart of what was once the Gay Bar District. Sundays through the NFL season, are always the Green Bay Packers’ day, where you can catch the game on the big screen, and have a “pint” and a bite to eat. Speaking of pints, don’t miss the outdoor covered beer garden.  Walker’s Pint website

LuvHer Lounge Events
LuvHer Lounge Events. Photo by Rachel Covello

LuvHer Lounge

LuvHer Lounge Events hosts classy yet edgy lesbian-themed LuvHer pop-up parties for Florida’s Sapphic community. These events are currently hosted in the St. Petersburg area with plans to expand. LuvHer Lounge website

Lesbian Bars In The U.S. Are Adjusting To Changing Times

In 1980, there were over 200 lesbian bars scattered throughout the United States. In less than 50 years that number has decreased by 85%. This decline reflects broader changes in social attitudes, the rise of online communities, and the “perceived” less need for face-to-face social interactions. As they adapt to changing times, often reinventing themselves, these bars continue to celebrate diversity, empower women, foster connections, and enrich the cultural fabric of their respective cities. They are reminders of the importance of such dedicated and safe spaces in an ever-changing lesbian, and to a broader degree, LGBTQ+ landscape.


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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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