Orlando’s top gay bars
Our guide to exceptional Gay Bars in Orlando. Without a doubt, Orlando is not a city where the LGBT community holds up only in the gay neighborhood. For years Orlando has been known as a tolerant place you can hold a partner’s hand or be affectionate in public and nobody cares. In fact, for the most part, residents are used to LGBT people and you’ll rarely encounter hostility, let alone even a single anti-gay comment or glance from a local. Granted that Orlando has been a pioneer in LGBTQ+ tourism dating back to the original Gay Days in 1991. The vibe in Orlando is not just tolerance, but rather an acceptance. Very few cities in the world offer the same kind of welcome to LGBT+ residents and visitors and were named the first-ever “City of the Year” by GayCities.com.
Barcodes Orlando (Gay Bar)
Got an open mind?
First off, if you are looking for a classy place, this is not it. Also, if you are squeamish about human bodies or open displays of affection, probably not for you… At least on certain days. Given that this is not your typical gay bar nightclub atmosphere, on the contrary, it’s a very low-drama establishment. No one there seems to be too good to start conversations with wallflowers to wild-child. Barcode has a great staff who care about taking care of people. Importantly, owners seem to care about patrons’ enjoyment and wallet. Barcode might be a small bar, but one with a loyal following and familiar faces. They also have a gift shop with clothing, accessories, and supplies for your “bedroom” activities.
Barcodes is also known for its outdoor amenities, especially after dark.
So, If you’re wanting to have a little bit of fun just go outside to indulge in some debauchery!!! This is a gay establishment that has a cruisy back patio designed for casual “encounters” with strangers. Overall we had a good time but it’s meant for open-minded patrons.
Hank’s Bar (Gay Bar)
The oldest Gay Bar in Orlando
Hank’s was Established in 1987 and is indeed one of the oldest Gay Bar in Orlando.
Sly Fox Pub (Gay Club, LGBTQ )
A Dive bar meets speakeasy vibe
They do Emo nights on Thursdays.
Savoy Orlando (gay-friendly, LGBTQ )
“A neighborhood bar with chandeliers
Drag queen shows, Karaoke, Happy hours…A hidden gem in Orlando. Locally owned, and with great energy. At Savoy and the adjacent pool bar, you come as a customer and leave as a friend. Great atmosphere and friendly people. Located in downtown Orlando, Ivanhoe Village Neighborhood, Savoy Orlando is one of the most recognized and visited gay bars in the city beautiful. They host lots of events and have a showroom that’s intimate and fun. Once the DJ starts spinning, the dance floor comes alive!
Savoy is a lively, multi-roomed gay nightclub with dancers, billiards, TVs, and an outdoor patio.
Overall, a nice place – Savoy has something for everyone with 4 separate areas. In addition, the drink prices are great and the staff is amazing. The weekends are usually really busy – more nightclub-like. The weekdays are more “neighborhood bar with chandeliers!”. Also, the restaurant has great food. It’s bar food and quick bites but super yummy. Definitely worth the stop. Also, Savoy has gone through vast improvements over the last few years and it has been brought back to life as a staple in the Orlando LGBT community.
Hamburger Mary’s (Drag Queen shows,LGBTQ )
Church Street Station, 110 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32801
Hamburger Mary’s is a perfect spot to get away from all the stingy assholes of the world and surround yourself with like-minded, fun, and friendly people. And have a great laugh! If you come to Orlando and don’t eat a burger here, you’ve wasted your time.
If you want to laugh out loud, come see their shows.
This place is entertainment for adults so we do not recommend bringing small children. We doubt this place is to pick up single people but we recommend it to go with a group of friends and have a good time with their drag queen shows. Boasting laughter is mandatory.
Also, be generous with the artists, they spend a lot of money on dresses and accessories to create a nice show so give them a nice tip for their efforts. Among their entertainment, they offer a variety of different shows. Go on Tuesday for Twisted Bing, Fridays for Dining with the Divas Variety Show from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Marys and Mimosas Brunch Affair Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Leigh Shannon’s Cabaret Dinner ShowSaturday from 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Broadway Brunch Sundays from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Southern Crafts (LGBTQ -friendly)
2405 E South St Orlando, FL 32803
Southern Craft is located on the same property as Southern Nights, a gay bar that has a few locations in the state of Florida, and it’s adjacent to yet another gay bar that has a more divey feel to it. Southern Craft is the more trendy spot, offering carefully created craft cocktails in a somewhat industrial-looking, but smaller and more intimate venue.
We’re big fans of craft cocktails and bars with proper mixologists, so we were delighted to discover this establishment. We found parking in front of the building (though the spaces were filling up fast with clientele patronizing the various businesses in this complex). We walked up to the bar and were immediately greeted by an outgoing, friendly bartender and given menus. We both ordered cocktails, and the ones he made for us were delicious.
We liked the decor and atmosphere of Southern Craft.
It has a long, well-stock bar on one side, and seating on the opposite wall, it has some interesting decor, and the atmosphere of a more industrial space.
It appears as if the majority of the customers are regulars. They recently underwent remodeling, and now the entire location is adorable, spotless, and welcoming! The current cocktail menu was developed by the best bartender, Kyle Bates. The cocktails are original, delicious, and fresh! Even their seasonal cocktail menu has been expanded. Cool music and interesting movies are typically playing. The restrooms are spotless and gender-neutral. Every day from 5 to 8 p.m. there is a happy hour with $8 cocktails. This is a must-stop location!
District Dive (LGBTQ -friendly)
2401 E S St Orlando, FL 32803
Is it possible for a location to be both a breath of fresh air and old-fashioned at the same time? District Dive is the location.
It makes me think of what a bar should be. Not only do the serve just strong drinks at a reasonable price, but also, have no gimmicks. The guys to my right must have been in their sixties, and the group to my left was made up of young hipsters with tattoos. Everyone was having a great time. This is precisely what Orlando’s LGBTQ community needed. Bravo to the management and owners!
It’s a fun, laid-back spot to drink and play pool during the day. Due to its proximity to Southern Nights, it has a more boisterous atmosphere at night. District Dive is connected to two additional venues, making it simple to move between a bar, a patio, and a nightclub. We heartily endorse it! Excellent music and pure joy. Wednesdays feature bingo as well!