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.




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




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


The Body Shop Bear Bar
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Recently re-opened under new management, the Body Shop Bear Bar is a gay 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...  Read More


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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


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Outside the city
Quench Lounge
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Quench Lounge is a popular club located across the Howard-Franklin Bridge in Largo that bills itself as an "all-welcoming" LGTBQ bar although it serves a mainly gay clientele. Every night is a party at this friendly spot with a neighborhood vibe...  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




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




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


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


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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


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Meet Skye Rodgers

Skye is a freelance writer that adopted Tampa as her hometown over a decade ago and never looked back. As a native of Canada, Skye has happily embraced the no snow climate, and in her spare time...  More About Skye

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