10Best LGBTQ bars in Nola for Decadence and beyond

Calling New Orleans gay friendly is like saying red beans and rice is a good idea for Monday supper. The city has long been a landing spot for people of all stripes and polka dots, the artistic, expressive and the type that dances to his/her their own drummer.  Although Decadence, aka gay Mardi Gras is ground zero for off the charts partying, there are gay and inclusive bars and clubs that cater to the queer set year round. Cis-genders welcome too.

Picking the bar/club largely depends on your mood. There are low key Cheers-y bars where doggies are welcome and sometimes even command their own stool, dance clubs that attract the young and good looking, bar/cafes for drag shows and brunches and party spots along the "pink" stretch of lower Bourbon closer to the Marigny than the CBD. If it's leather lords you seek, The Phoenix on Elysian Fields is the premier destination for the gay, bear, pup, and leather communities.



Unpretentious with unbeatable prices, Lafitte's is a low-key favorite among New Orleans locals. One of the oldest gay bars in the country and once frequented by Tennessee Williams and Truman Capote, this unassuming spot remains a welcoming...  Read More

French Quarter


One of the most popular gay clubs New Orleans has to offer, Oz is a French Quarter frenzy of bar-top go-go boys, high-energy music and a laser show that adds to the electrifying atmosphere. Repeatedly named NOLA's best dance club by "Gambit" and...  Read More

French Quarter


Napoleon's Itch is a dance club and gay bar located on the far end of Bourbon Street if coming from Canal. The theme of the club is based off the premise that when visitors come into the city, they are often looking to satisfy their "itch", or...  Read More



Bourbon Pub and Parade is located in the cluster of gay bars on Bourbon. The venue is known for its male go-go dancers prancing around the bars, regular karaoke and spacious balcony for people watching. There is usually a mixed bag of queer...  Read More



Phoenix Bar is an interesting anything goes establishment catering to the leather and bear community. Known for being grungy, edgy and pretty much out there, (there's an infamouse sex swing in the back), this is a popular neighborhood hang-out....  Read More

Historic Bywater


Cutter's is a sweet quirky neighborhood hole-in-the-wall with a mix of gay, straight, and everyone in between welcoming clientele. Tuesday is usually trivia night, organized by sometime bartender Marc Paradis, better known for his band Johnny...  Read More



Tubby's has been a New Orleans staple for years, set on the quiet end of the vibrant French Quarter. The bar is the starting point for the famous Southern Decadence Parade (the LGBTQ event held over Labor Day weekend) and a gathering spot at...  Read More

French Quarter
The Corner Pocket
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The Corner Pocket has been called an institution by some. The main draw is the endless supply of scantily clad twink types up on the bar/stage dancing for dollars. These dancers tend to keep things more to the "R" side as opposed to "PG", so if...  Read More

French Quarter
Good Friends Bar


Although it's just a stone's throw from the raucous club scene on Bourbon, Good Friends is a calmer, cozier respite from the fray. Relax at the lovely mahogany bar or head upstairs to the Victorian-vibed pub space, complete with piano music on...  Read More

Historic Bywater
The Country Club
Photo courtesy of Beth D'Addono


The Country Club may just be the best kept 40-year-old secret in New Orleans. Located in a stunning circa 1884 Italianate manse in Bywater, the restaurant bar has it roots as a gay staycation spot, and still attracts a strong LGBTQ crowd to the...  Read More


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