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New Orleans Gay Bars

Throughout its 300-year history, New Orleans has been a place for people of all ethnicities, sexualities, and backgrounds to come together. Always diverse and adapting to modern life, the city has a space for absolutely everyone as well as thriving arts and culture. Its social calendar is packed with events like Mardi Gras, plus many a night of jazz and other great music. The New Orleans nightlife is legendary, and the LGBTQ+ side of it is no exception. Such an outgoing and fun-filled city is the ideal destination for any gay traveller looking for a party.


Bourbon Pub Parade

Dancing, Outdoor Seating

Voted Best Gay Bar in New Orleans & French Quarter, Bourbon Pub Parade has been around for over 45 years. A central location in the heart of the French Quarter brings all sorts of people flock to this bi-level club every night of the week. Award winning drag shows are hosted here regularly, and there's always a great energy on the dance floor. For a more relaxing night, hang out in the video lounge or on the wraparound balcony.

Cafe Lafitte in Exile

Sports, Outdoor Seating

Opened in 1953, Cafe Lafitte in Exile is the oldest continuously operating gay bar in the United States. It's open 24/7, providing a fun hangout space in the popular Bourbon Street. You'll find a characterful wraparound balcony, perfect for people watching and enjoying the atmosphere of the city. Both upstairs and downstairs areas have full bars and outdoor seating, and in the upstairs space you can enjoy a game of pool, an intimate conversation, and views over the French Quarter.



Crossing in a friendly neighbourhood video bar in the historic French Quarter. The equally historic building has recently been renovated to create a truly unique space that remains high on the list of go-to destinations on the gay scene. The decor combines steampunk with a Victorian twist and an air of true New Orleans culture, resulting in a quirky hangout spot that suits anyone. Crowds regularly gather to watch the game on huge TVs around the bar.

Golden Lantern

Cocktails, Cash Only

Established in 1964, The Golden Lantern maintains a reputation as one of the best neighbourhood bars in the French Quarter. It has historically been central to the LGBTQ+ community, as a traditional yet inclusive space and home to the legendary Southern Decadence event. Inside you'll find a cosy bar area with exposed brick walls, creating a no-frills atmosphere where anyone can be themselves. Enjoy draught beers or classy cocktails and watch the world go by.

Good Friends Bar


Good Friends Bar is located in the lively French Quarter, surrounded by other gay bars and in the heart of the scene. This traditional yet quirky venue is designed for a quieter night out, serving classic drinks at unbeatable prices in a charmingly old-fashioned space. Downstairs there is a solid mahogany bar, brick fireplace, pool tables, and a host of unique decor, while upstairs you'll find the Queen's Head Pub offering an intimate Victorian atmosphere.


Drag, Cocktails

Priding itself on true Southern hospitality, GrandPre's is an all inclusive gay bar. The friendly local crowd that gathers here does not care who you are, they are sure to welcome you in for a drink and to enjoy the entertainment. Tucked away in a corner of the French Quarter, GrandPre's offers good clean fun with none of the big city attitude or prices. Classic cocktails coupled with drag shows make for an enjoyable night.

Mag's 940


This gay bar unusually doubles as a guest house, making it the perfect destination if you want to immerse yourself in the New Orleans gay scene. It's a dive bar and performance space that represents the dingy and more traditional side of the Marigny neighbourhood, hosting fabulous drag shows and offering the biggest liquor selection in town. For some good old-fashioned fun and stiff drinks, this is the place to be.

Napoleon's Itch

Cocktails, Outdoor Seating

This is Bourbon Street's premier bar for classy craft cocktails and a sophisticated night on the town. There's never a cover charge but always an upscale style and a brilliant energy. It's also known for its live entertainment such as music and other shows, all hosted in this prime location in the bustling French Quarter. Be sure to sample all the signature drinks and enjoy the fresh air at any time of day.

Oz New Orleans

Drag, Dancing, Dancers

Oz is the number one gay dance club and show bar in New Orleans. Located in the lively French Quarter, this two-level club experience attracts a variety of people. Explore a huge dance floor, complete with cute dancers, or hang out the balcony to watch what's going on below. Drag shows are hosted regularly and feature local legend Persana Shoulders, while other events range from bingo to burlesque so everyone can find a bit of fun.

Phoenix Bar

Bear, Older Crowd, Fetish

Phoenix is the premier destination for the local bear, pup, and leather communities. Home to the New Orleans Eagle nights, huge parties during Southern Decadence, and events throughout the week. There's never a cover charge so you're free to visit for a pint with some very masculine men whenever you like. Regular events include pet friendly Mondays, jock days, and gameshow nights, and there's even a leather and underwear shop on site.


Cosy, Outdoor Seating

QiQi is a tiny but super cosy gay bar in Uptown New Orleans, offering a dive bar experience unlike any other you'll find in the city. The decor is rustic and a little hipster, adding to the personality of the place and making it feel like home. They serve all your favourite bar snacks and great value drinks, plus daily specials to take advantage of. QiQi prides itself on sarcastic bartenders and a friendly crowd that makes everyone welcome.

Rawhide Lounge

Bear, Older Crowd, Fetish, Cruising

Rawhide Lounge is a down to earth leather bar known for its daily happy hours, pool tournaments, and karaoke. Everyone is welcome but the focus is definitely on a cruisey leather crowd. Adult videos play on TVs throughout the venue, strong drinks flow till late, and there are frequent events throughout the week to keep you entertained. You're sure to meet plenty of hot guys to chat with, mostly leather-clad bears who enjoy a no-frills approach to a night out.

The Corner Pocket

Cocktails, Dancers, Dancing

This is a place where boys dance nightly on the bar, but it's also a classic neighbourhood bar with a down-to-earth attitude. The bar has an 80s and 90s vibe so you can get lost in nostalgia, especially at daily happy hour with great value vodka cocktails and your other favourite drinks. Crowds gather every night to enjoy the views of the dancers, and every Friday is New Meat Night where new and attractive guys dance for a jackpot.

The Four Seasons Bar

Drag, Outdoor Seating

Hidden away in Metairie away from the central gay scene, Four Seasons is a reliable hangout spot for the local queer community. It's something of a hidden gem, off the beaten path but always up for a party. Parties here attract a fun and friendly crowd, and the bar also hosts regular drag revues that are especially popular. To explore a different part of the city get a taste of a smaller gay hideaway, this is the place to go.

The Page Bar


The Page is the number one Black owned gay bar in New Orleans, providing a truly inclusive atmosphere. This is the perfect place to hang out after work and stay late into the night for strong drinks and daily happy hours. The bar attracts a welcoming crowd of locals who come here for reliably good music and delicious craft cocktails, so if you want a true taste of diverse New Orleans culture, The Page is the place to go.

Recommended gay friendly hotels in New Orleans

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