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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 Charlotte, 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 Marigny Dance Club. It's a telling example of what you can expect when you go out in Charlotte.


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Wednesday karaoke, Thursday improv, Friday open mic, Saturday variety shows – with so many fantastic events going on at Petra's, you might want to ask if you can just move in. Even if the friendly staff says no, there will be plenty of cheap, delicious drinks and amazing entertainment to cheer you up again. This neighborhood bar welcomes patrons of all sexualities and backgrounds for nightly fun that ranges from burlesque shows to dance parties.


The Bar at 316


Set in a beautifully renovated house, this well-loved gay bar was designed with socializing in mind, boasting several lounge-like rooms, a main upstairs bar and gorgeous balconies that provide a breezy break from the bustling interior. The crowd is delightfully diverse and friendly, as are the barkeeps who are both easy on the eyes and generous with the liquor. Popular special events take place daily and include movie night, game night and karaoke.


Hartigan's Irish Pub


While not truly Irish and more of a sports-bar-meets-nightclub than a pub, Hartigan's is two things for sure: wonderfully friendly and wildly fun. This no-frills neighborhood gay bar is a lot of things to a lot of diverse people, including a scrumptious restaurant for diners, a tailgating spot for Panthers fans and a dance club for late-night partiers. Phenomenal drink specials and events ranging from trivia to pudding wrestling round out the delightfully eclectic experience.


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Marigny Dance Club


Boasting gorgeous decor and even more gorgeous go-go boys, Marigny Dance Club is a sensational standout on Charlotte's gay nightlife scene. The decadence of old New Orleans is embodied by the club's red velvet brocaded walls, lavish VIP lounge and dazzling Swarovski crystal chandelier placed dramatically over the forever-packed dance floor. Creative music mixes keep patrons in a state of dance-inspired ecstasy, enhanced by a hypnotizing lights show, delicious drink specials and dynamic special entertainment.


The Scorpio


Whatever your zodiac, your stars are sure to align at this spectacular GLBT nightlife complex, a Charlotte landmark for over four decades. Party-seekers of all stripes break it down to Top 40 hits on the main dance floor, shimmy up a sweat in the Latin room or chat over drinks on the patio. The Scorpio is also renowned for its sensational drag shows, so stop by during special events for a healthy dose of glitter.


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