Cocktails, Games and Music: 10 Best Las Vegas Gay Clubs and Bars

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By Terrisa Meeks, Las Vegas Local Expert

Gay clubs and bars in Las Vegas are found throughout the city, and many are within a short cab or Uber ride from the Strip. The atmosphere at most Vegas gay clubs and bars is pretty relaxed. You’ll find an abundance of “dive bar” experiences, plus one pool party on the Strip – Temptation Sundays at the Luxor – and several fun spots in between.

Bastille on 3rd is a place that bills itself as the oldest gay bar in Las Vegas–and a recent remodel put on a fresh layer of paint but left its charming hole-in-the-wall appeal untouched. Be prepared for a cash-only evening at Bastille, which is also conveniently located close the bar and arts scenes in the Arts District and on East Fremont.

For a more diverse crowd, try FreeZone in the Fruit Loop District on Paradise Road or The Phoenix on West Charleston. Drag shows and karaoke are popular in both places, along with a host of great drink specials and all kinds of games, like darts, pool, and trivia.

For those looking for a predominately male clientele, Las Vegas has plenty of cowboy-themed gay bars and one with a car theme, The Garage, where you’ll find drink specials, plenty of bar games and regular events.

Still wondering where to find a LBGTQ-friendly bar or club? Check out our list of 10 best gay clubs and bars in Las Vegas.

10. Flair Nightclub
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Flair is one of Las Vegas' newest LGBTQ clubs, and it features a roomy nightclub, three bars and state-of-the-art sound system and lighting. A full bottle service menu is available, with packages starting at $300 for two bottles of well vodka and house champagne, and going up to a $1,000+ package with two magnums and two premium vodkas. Check out Flair's website for their events calendar, which includes karaoke on Saturdays. On any day of the week, enjoy friendly bartenders, DJs and hot dancers. Located just east of the Las Vegas Strip, Flair is a neighborhood bar that does its best to welcome both tourists and locals. Dance, drink and enjoy yourself all night long.

9. Piranha Nightclub
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This two-level gay club is a Las Vegas favorite. Piranha is a chic, high-energy dance club with beautiful go-go boys, a lavish VIP area popular among celebs, skyboxes offering spectacular views of the writhing dance floor and a breathtaking outdoor patio with fireplaces, plush seating and a walk-through aquarium of piranhas (naturally). The attractively designed space is luxurious and modern, with video screens and a small dance floor. The second story overlooks the dance floor, so guests can take a break from dancing to simply check out the crowd–and Piranha is well-known for having some of the best-looking clientele. If you're looking to dance the night away, this is a good place to do it!

8. FreeZone
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Home to Drag Madness, a popular Las Vegas drag show, this alternative nightclub has it all: pool tables, karaoke, dancing, video gaming machines, arcade games...even a restaurant to cure your hunger pangs. Most nights are themed, like the Wednesday Cantina Night, karaoke on Monday and Tuesday, and Thursdays being Boyz Night. Birthdays and special events are welcome. FreeZone is known for being popular with lesbians, although the crowd is definitely very diverse. Sexy go-go boys and girls supply eye-candy for everyone. Look for great drink deals here every night of the week. FreeZone is in the Fruit Loop, close to the Hard Rock Hotel, and just a short drive from the Strip.

7. Flex Cocktail Lounge
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FLEX Cocktail Lounge has been around for or more than 20 years and has maintained its status as an easy-going place to stop for drinks and entertainment. Offering guests a relaxing bar/dance club to unwind in, FLEX features free nightly entertainment, strong but inexpensive drinks, a game room and loose slots. This is a great place to see a drag shows or decide to try out your singing chops with some karaoke. Private rooms and strippers are also available. Often described as having a dive bar ambiance, but in a good way, FLEX is a friendly local spot with an abundance of special events and drink deals.

6. Badlands Saloon
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The Badlands' exterior makes it hard to miss. The Western design is easy to spot when you're looking for this popular country-themed gay bar. Inside, you'll find the usual bar games, like pool tables, darts, video poker and shuffleboard. Badlands is known for cheap drinks and fun events, like the drag queens and performers who fill the little bar on Fabulously Fun Fridays from 11 p.m. - 1 a.m. The Karaoke Challenge on Wednesday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. will keep your singing voice in practice, but whatever day of the week, you'll find something fun going on. The combination of affordable drinks and entertainment has been a winner for Badlands Saloon, which has been in business for 22+ years.

5. QuadZ Video Bar
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Located in the Paradise Fruit Loop district, QuadZ has a dive bar ambiance that goes along with cheap drinks and a welcoming, casual crowd. There's a jukebox instead of a DJ, and the clientele includes a lot of regulars. Relaxed, friendly bartenders are happy to mix up the drink of your choice, and whatever your poison, it will be affordable. QuadZ advertises "some of the best and strongest drinks at some of the lowest prices Gay Vegas has to offer."All the usual bar games are here, like pool, darts, video poker, arcade games. DJs take requests and play music videos on the 7 60+ inch HD TVs, and guests can enjoy special events like Tasty Tuesday, Electric Thursdaze and Fresh Fridays with drink specials and fun events.

4. The Phoenix
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The Phoenix is a short drive west from the Strip, and it's easy to find. You won't have any problems spotting the building, since it's painted with a mural of a phoenix rising out of the flames. The crowd here is mixed, with the inexpensive drinks, cheap (but good) bar food and frequent entertainment drawing a diverse audience. Video games and video gambling, darts, dancing and a steady line-up of special events keep things interesting at this gay bar. Show up on Funderwear night and if you're willing to hang out in your undies, you'll get an all-you-can drink deal for $5. Like most Vegas bars, smoking is allowed inside, which may be surprising to out-of-town visitors. Luckily, there's also an outdoor patio if you need a break from the smoke.

3. Temptation Sundays at Luxor
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Pool parties and clubs are some of the Strip's most popular places to hang out, which completely makes sense if you've been to Las Vegas in the summer. Temptation Sundays at the Luxor brings the only gay pool party to the Strip. The Luxor pyramid serves as a backdrop for fun in the sun, with music and Go Go Boys to make it a real party. A line-up of guest DJs are featured at Temptation Sundays, so you'll want to check ahead to see who's scheduled on the day you're planning to visit. For the full pool party experience, rent a cabana, which includes entry for six guests, water and juice, dry snack or fruit, four padded lounge chairs, flat screen, Wi-Fi, mini-fridge and towels. Guest must be 21+.

2. The Garage
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The Garage's theme is apparent in its name, and the design is just as car-related as you would think. Besides the diamond plating, hubcaps and checkered flag patterns, this fun, popular gay bar features pool tables, darts, shuffleboard, video poker and big screen TVs. It's conveniently located close to the Strip, UNLV and the Paradise Fruit Loop district. The assortment of drink specials (plus food) make The Garage a bargain compared to what you'd spend on the Strip, plus the friendly neighborhood vibe offers a more laid-back atmosphere than what you'll find at many Las Vegas bars. The bartenders get consistently high marks for friendliness and the great drinks they make. Cash only here.

1. Bastille on 3rd
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Bastille on 3rd was formerly Snick's Place, until it was remodeled in 2015. It's the only gay bar in the Arts District in Downtown Las Vegas and advertises itself as the oldest gay bar in town. The refreshed interior gives this cozy bar a sleek pub atmosphere. Drink deals are abundant at Bastille, with a happy hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. featuring two-for-one prices. Additionally, the bar offers a daily special each day from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., like half-price martinis on Monday and $4 Absolut on Friday. Gaming machines, free interactive trivia and gaming machines give guests plenty of options for activities. This is a cash only bar, so come prepared.