Party the Night Away at Tampa's Top Gay-Friendly Clubs and Bars

Successfully finding a gay club in an unfamiliar city can be trying. That's why 10Best has sought out the top candidates in Tampa, detailing their clientele, music, and atmosphere.

Many of the top options are located in Tampa's GaYBOR district, a section of historic Ybor City where many businesses friendly to the LGBT community are located. There are also a smattering of bars and lounges in other locations throughout the Tampa Bay area.

To tap into one of the most popular clubs in the area head to the Honey Pot. The spacious dance floor features a premium light show and sound system to strut your stuff. Featuring Steam Fridays with drag shows for the men and Tease Saturdays that cater to women, there is something for everyone. Frequently host to special events and great guest DJs.

If you're for somewhere a little more upscale and laid back, check out the City Side Lounge in South Tampa. Catering to a slightly older, professional crowd, City Side features a main bar, sports bar and outdoor patio area for lounging with modern and contemporary decor. There is also a games area with pool, darts and arcade games.

Outside the city

If you're heading across the bridge from Tampa to St. Petersburg, you might want to check out Enigma while you're there. Located downtown in the Edge District, a vibrant and and eclectic historic neighborhood with a variety of dining, shops, and...  Read More

North Tampa
The Body Shop
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The Body Shop is a gay-owned and operated gay and lesbian bar located in North Tampa. This is a friendly and comfortable neighborhood spot to relax and enjoy good company. There is a full bar and smoking is allowed. No food is served, but they...  Read More

Located in Ybor City, Bradley's on 7th is a popular gay bar that has something going on every day of the week. The decor is uniquely rustic and features realistic-looking trees and a stream running down the length of the bar. Happy hour leads...  Read More

Tampa's Reservoir Bar located in historic Ybor City bills itself as the the finest hole in the wall in town. Open to all, this fine dive bar serves both gay and straight clientele who are looking to do some serious drinking. The bar features a...  Read More

The Castle
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This massive club has a different theme for nearly every night of the week, ranging from pop video night to goth or trance. There are 3 different areas for music, and 5 areas altogether to hang out, each offering something a little different and...  Read More

Hamburger Mary's is a bar and grille location in Tampa's Ybor City historic district. Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night guests are treated to risque "HamBingo" hosted by some of Tampa's most popular drag queens with proceeds going to...  Read More

Southern Nights, formerly G-Bar, is a popular gay club in the heart of Tampa's Ybor City neighborhood. Catering to the full LGBT spectrum, each night features a rotating list of events including a lesbian night with burlesque show on Friday and...  Read More

This high-end, high energy dance club and lounge is located in the heart of Ybor City. The club features videos, go-go boys, martinis, sexy bartenders and so much more. Happy hour is from 4-9pm, and from 7-9pm you can get 3-4-1 wells or 2-4-1...  Read More

South Tampa

One of the most welcoming, laid-back gay clubs Tampa has to offer, City Side is located in trendy South Tampa. The lounge boasts friendly bartenders, fantastic (and long-lived) happy hours and a well-stocked game area. The venue holds 3...  Read More

Among the most entertaining gay bars in Tampa, Florida, this high-energy club is a sweet spot to shimmy like you mean it on an expansive dance floor bathed in flashing lights. After busting every move you've got, retreat to the balcony where...  Read More


Meet Skye Rodgers

Skye has lived in Tampa for over 16 years and spends much of her time exploring the region and discovering its hidden treasures. As a native of Canada, Skye has happily embraced the no cold, no...  More About Skye