Gay Clubs

Successfully finding a gay club in an unfamiliar city can be trying. That's why 10Best has sought out the top candidates in New Orleans, detailing their clientele, music, and atmosphere. We let you know which ones cater to gay men or lesbians, what kinds of shows and entertainments they host, and what tracks the DJs spin. To tap into one of the most popular clubs in the area according to 10Best readers, head to Bourbon Pub and Parade. It's a telling example of what you can expect when you go out in New Orleans.

Café Lafitte in Exile

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, this unassuming spot remains a welcoming neighborhood hangout...  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. Named NOLA's best dance club by "Gambit" and one of the...  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 know for its male go-go dancers prancing around the bars, regular karaoke and spacious balcony for people watching. Unlike some of the other niche bars, this...  Read More

Phoenix Bar is an interesting "anything goes" establishment catering to the gay levi/leather community. Known for being grungy, edgy and pretty much "out there", Phoenix is know around the gay community as being a revered Marigny neighborhood...  Read More

Michael's on the Park is a newer gay bar, off the beaten path on the Treme side of the French Quarter. Michael's boasts some of the city's best drag shows in a town full of them. They offer a great outdoor patio/courtyard area from which to...  Read More

Tubby's has been a New Orleans staple for years, set in the heart of the vibrant French Quarter. The bar is the starting point for the famous Southern Decadence Parade (the gay and lesbian event held over Labor Day weekend) and Mardi Gras' Krewe...  Read More

French Quarter
The Corner Pocket
Photo courtesy of Hangry Starfish Studios

The Corner Pocket has been called an institution by some. Its main draw is the single pool table; actually that's wrong. The main draw is the endless supply of scantily clad twink types up on the bar/stage dancing for dollars. These dancers tend...  Read More

John Paul's is located in the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans, an area known for its eclectic crowds. Though labeled a gay bar, the mix here is basically a 50/50 split of gay to straight, and is welcoming to all orientations. This is a...  Read More

French Quarter
Good Friends Bar

Piano music and billiards attract a mature male crowd to this French Quarter hangout.