OK, there are thousands of amazing gay bars and clubs throughout the world, but here’s our list of a few that cannot be missed! Great drinks, hot patrons and incredible atmosphere … these 10 venues have it all.
10. Bourbon Pub and Parade (New Orleans)
“The Pub” is the heart of the LGBT community in NOLA. Located on Bourbon Street, the bar is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Gather around the downstairs video bars, dance upstairs or perch on the balcony. Whenever you visit you’re certain to find friendly locals and sexy out of towners that will make for a memorable experience.
9. Bronx Action Bar (Cape Town)
Cape Town’s longest-running gay and lesbian bar remains solidly at the top of most gay nights out. It has a friendly, welcoming vibe, inviting people to bounce to pop music until dawn. The upstairs dance club, Navigaytion, is open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, featuring the best electronic and house music.
8. Club Unity (Montreal)
A staple of Montreal LGBT nightlife, Club Unity offers two dance floors, a rooftop terrace, drag shows and go-go dancers. Friday is college night on Saturday, it’s time to break out the muscles. The best DJs from around the world perform here and the venue is smack dab in Montreal’s world-class gayborhood.
7. Blackbird (San Francisco)
Fabulous cocktails and a crowd ranging from 20s to 40s, this is the spot to see and be seen. If you go during the day it is very chill but if you go on the weekend nights be prepared for a crowd, a very well dressed good looking crowd at that. The specialty drink menu is awesome and a great way to start a big night out in the Castro.
6. Woody’s (Toronto)
Located in the center of Toronto’s Boystown, Woody’s and its brother bar Sailor (located next door) are Toronto’s busiest and hottest gay men’s bars. It’s a large and cavernous complex with five bars and several nights of the week there are great events. Woody’s features nightly DJs and men’s contests Thursday through Saturday (Best Chest, Best Ass, Best Legs). The hot guys aren’t the only great view, Woody’s front windows open up on Church Street providing a terrific look at Canada’s busiest and friendliest gay village.
5. Twist (Miami)
Twist South Beach is Miami’s largest and oldest gay club. It is globally known for playing fantastic music, serving up drinks and fun! The “complex” is two-stories and has 7 bars, all of a different decor. The tiki hut in the tropical courtyard is always packed due to the high gage of entertainment and strippers. Many celebrities party here and if you come on the right night, Lady Bunny might stop in to do a show. If you encounter Pussila the drag queen, be prepared to laugh all night!
4. Boxers NYC (New York City)
If you love sports and drinking with the guys then Boxers NYC is the place to be. With two levels, pool tables, brick oven pizza, beer on tap, a full bar and plasma screens … after work or after the game… it’s a great hotspot in Chelsea. Boxers NYC offers the best happy hour in Chelsea—the perfect place to go after work and before Splash! Come check out the outdoor space or chill out around the pool table.
3. Heaven (London)
The name says it all! Heaven is London’s biggest gay club and attracts a mixed crowd of gays and lesbians for its regular club nights every week. The venue is a series of interconnecting rooms and there’s plenty of space to chill out along with two large dance floors. Heaven is very popular and has some impressive guest DJs playing the best and latest European dance music.
2. The Week (Rio de Janeiro)
The Week Club is Brazil’s most world-renowned gay venue. It completely changed the landscape of the country’s nightlife. The Week Rio is located in the Historical Center of Rio de Janeiro, set in an old palace style built in the beginning of XIX century. There are two other clubs in São Paulo and Florianopolis but they all basically have the same layout ... two incredible dance floors, a lush garden, spacious pool, VIP area and fully-stocked bars.
1. The Abbey (West Hollywood)
The Abbey Food and Bar, has grown from a small, West Hollywood coffeehouse to one of the most popular hotspots in the country. This is the premiere SoCal gay destination - the food is exceptional but the drinks (and men who serve them) are phenomenal! Make sure you try LA WATER! From nice cushioned cabanas to outside seating and cozy fireplaces - The Abbey embodies everything a gay venue should be … cocktails to die for, good looking men and irresistible music.