Gay Travel New Orleans

Mardi Gras, jazz and amazing food!  New Orleans is a major tourist destination for so many reasons. Southern Decadence (the biggest LGBT circuit party in the south) takes place in “The Crescent City” every Labor Day Weekend but there’s a gay ol’ time to be had all year round.

If you’re a fair-weather traveler, NOLA is the city for you.  The climate tends to be mild in the winter and spring, while the summer and fall months are more humid.

We all think of the French Quarter, as we should. “The Vieux Carre” (the old square” is filled with great food from a fantastic “po boy” from a simple stand to five star restaurants serving exceptional Creole and French cuisine. If you like jazz, this is your place. The sounds of saxophones can be heard all over the “quarter.” The LGBT nightlife is abundant – you will never get bored.

But New Orleans is more than just the French Quarter. The Garden District is filled with fantastic homes. The Riverbend neighborhood in Uptown is filled with coffee, cuisine, and shops – a great place to wander. And finally, grab a beignet at the Café du Monde and take a ride on the Mississippi River. The Big Easy will not disappoint you!

New Orleans Gay Scene

New Orleans is arguably the most gay-friendly city in the south and for its size, has quite a few gay bars and clubs to choose from. The two most popular gay bars are located on Bourbon Street and St. Ann.

Gay-Friendly Nightlife

Turn the corner - bar. Turn to the other corner - bar. Bourbon Street is like the strip in Vegas, the party never stops. You won’t have trouble finding a gay bar here!

Bourbon Street Pub

This is New Orleans' largest gay bar for Southern Decadence, Mardi Gras, Halloween and New Years Eve nightclub. The original New Orleans French Quarter gay GLBT bar since 1974!


Party at Oz, New Orleans' #1 Gay Dance Club located on Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter!

Good Friends

Good Friends Bar is a multi level venue designed for a casual night on the town or a quiet evening with that special someone or group of friends. Home of the Separator and offers a wide selection of liquor and beer.

Gay-Friendly Dining

Once your stomach calls for a break - and, with all these great restaurants around, it surely will - make sure to eat a global-NOLA-inspired fusion dish at one of the many amazing restaurants around town! Sample gumbo and crawfish pie and don’t forget to grab a café au lait and one of New Orlean’s signature beignets, powdered-sugar French bread doughnuts.

Antoine’s Restaurant

The city’s oldest restaurant offers a glimpse of what 19th century French-Creole dining was like, with a labyrinthine series of dining rooms and a menu as traditional as the architecture. Oysters Rockefeller, Pompano en papillote, crawfish Cardinal and baked Alaska are signature dishes.

Brigsten’s Restaurant

Frank Brigsten serves updated Creole and contemporary Louisiana cooking in a beautiful, converted home. Game dishes like roast duck with cornbread dressing and tart dried-cherry sauce are house specialties.

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