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Denver Gay Bars

Denver the true LGBTQ+ hub for the West, with welcoming locals and plenty of fun places to explore. Most of the hotels and restaurants welcome LGBTQ visitors who come here from across the country and from overseas. Denver's popularity means it has a lively gay nightlife scene, welcoming gay neighbourhoods, gay friendly places to shop and dine across the city, and plenty of annual pride events that draw huge crowds. RiNo Art District is definitely a destination for you list, as it was named one of the top 5 emerging gay neighbourhoods in America.


Blush & Blu

Dancing, Drag

Blush is not just a bar, it's a community with a super inclusive atmosphere where everyone of any gender and sexuality is welcome. There is always a positive vibe, amazing events, and DJs who keep everyone entertained. Events include yoga classes, drag game nights, open mics, and dance parties so you'll find something you want to join in with. Alternatively, sit back and relax with local hot drinks, craft beers, or a delicious range of liquors.



This small yet popular bar attracts a great crowd of guys every night for happy hours, which are accompanied by exotic male dancers six nights a week. The casual atmosphere and affordable drinks make this is great place to hang out with friends and enjoy a show. Friendly staff make sure your night is one to remember, and the DJs who keep things lively can even help you book a lap dance with your favourite dancer.

Charlie's Denver

Dancing, Drag, Karaoke

Charlie's has been around on Denver's gay scene for years, but it has changed with its community to stay modern and fun. There are many events and themed nights hosted here at Charlie's, including courtyard parties, trivia, karaoke, dance lessons, drag shows. If a big night out isn't what you're looking for, then you'll find great food served throughout the day and coupled a large drinks menu of cocktails, beers, and spirits. Daily specials mean you always grab a bargain.

Denver Sweet

Bear, Cocktails, Outdoor Seating

Denver Sweet is primarily a bear bar but it's friendly to whole LGBTQ+ community. Its central Downtown location means its easy to pop in for a drink or a bit to eat, and friendly staff will make sure you feel welcome. The rooftop bar serves a range of wonderful cocktails and beers to choose from, plus tasty bites from the kitchen. Across the two floors of the venue there are always music videos playing and good times to be had.



There's always a good mix of genders at the bar at Gladys, as the venue bills itself as a hub for trans and non-binary people. The party really starts here after dark, as performers bring a nuanced and complex vision of gender to shows their shows. A favourite staple is the Mx. Weirdo competition, when kings, queens and folks in between take on anything from politics to pop culture.

Hamburger Mary's

Gay Friendly, Drag, Food

Hamburger Mary's is an open-air bar and grill that serves a full menu of delicious food. From hearty gourmet burgers to soups and salads, the menu has everyone's favourite meals and is coupled with an extensive bar menu featuring craft beers and cocktails. The dining experience offered here is wonderfully flamboyant, accompanied by nightly entertainment including drag, bingo, and trivia. The atmosphere at Mary's is truly unique, quirky, and accessible for everyone.

Li'l Devils Lounge

Cocktails, Outdoor Seating, Gay Friendly

Li'l Devils Lounge is a popular hangout for the queer community and their allies. The lounge specialises in hand crafted and seasonally appropriate cocktails, but also offers 8 beers on tap including local Colorado craft beers. You can enjoy your drinks on the award winning patio, perfect for a fun catch up with friends. Be sure to look out for daily happy hours and nightly specials if you want to grab a bargain.

Pride and Swagger

Cocktails, Outdoor Seating

Pride and Swagger is Denver's premiere LGBTQIA bar located in Uptown at the corner of 17th and Pennsylvania. It offers cheap drinks including drafts, all the reliable pub grub classics, and even the added bonus of free parking! Pride and Swagger is a stylish hangout spot for all the community that's modern but with a friendly neighbourhood vibe. The interior is an atmospheric loft-like space, while the outdoor patio is the perfect place to enjoy those signature cocktails.

R & R Denver

Cosy, Cocktails

This little gay bar has been around on the scene for years, offering a more low-key get still lively alternative to the modern clubs on Capitol Hill. With a definite neighbourhood vibe that encourages you to meet new friends and catch up with old ones, for a casual game of darts or some classic cocktails. Drop in for regular happy hours throughout the week and find your crowd in this hidden gem.



Tracks is Denver's premier LGBT nightclub with the best sound and light show in the area. With a name that stretches back for decades, Tracks is deeply rooted within the LGBT scene here, as a place where the community can dine and be entertained in safety. Multiple dance floors host lively parties with all your favourite tunes, plus occasional live performances. Tracks generally draws a younger crowd but welcomes everyone.


Bear, Fetish, Cruising

Trade offers an unpretentious spot for gay men in the kink community to congregate and enjoy a stiff drink. Expect underwear and leather nights, loud underground house music, and crowds of hairy men from across the fetish community. Friendly bartenders serve great drinks and make sure you enjoy your night. Trade has established itself as a queer-friendly bar that's welcoming and unbiased regardless of your identity, and that's what makes it so special.

Triangle Denver

Cocktails, Food

Located in the heart of downtown Denver, Triangle serves crafted cocktails, fresh local food, and even your favourite Starbucks coffee. This is a bar that strives to offer an elevated queer experience by offering as many sustainable products that they can on their farm-to-pub menu, plus live entertainment seven days a week. Performers and good food are pride of place in this beautiful modern space, including a newly renovated lounge and restaurant.


Cocktails, Drag, Food

This premier LGBTQ+ bar in the heart of Denver boasts a delicious food menu, amazing craft and classic cocktails, plus beer and wine. Good food and drink are paired with lively drag and dance performances, as well as regular TV viewing parties. There's always something going on to keep everyone entertained. The weekend brunches hosted here, complete with a diverse cast of entertainers, are particularly popular with all crowds.

Recommended gay friendly hotels in Denver

There are so many places to stay in Denver, Colorado, and at GayMapper, we want to make sure you get great value and a good experience, so check our recommendations below for Gay Friendly hotels. As an LGBTQ+ traveller, it's important to stay somewhere welcoming, with great value and maybe near to gay venues. Treat yourself to a luxury hotel or stay budget and spend what you save on partying! Please support GayMapper by checking out our hotel deals in Denver, Colorado as this helps us to keep the site updated with all this useful information!

Tours & Experiences in Denver

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