Ten LGBTQ-Friendly Clubs and Bars That Should Be on Your Radar

Dallas' annual Pride celebration takes over the city on the third weekend each September –and with it comes a host of events, ranging from a massive festival in Reverchon Park to a parade down the Cedar Springs strip. But the fun doesn't slow down when Pride is over. After all, Dallas is home to one of the largest gay populations in the country, and as such– it has a vibrant and diverse nightlife scene that caters to the LGBTQ crowd.

Most of the action is concentrated in Dallas’ official gayborhood along Cedar Springs Road in the Oak Lawn area. Here you’ll find dozens of bars and clubs (as well as shops and eateries), each with an unique vibe, and many within walking distance of one another.

Want to let it all hang out on the dance floor ?  Then hit  Station 4– a cavernous nightspot featuring amazing music and an epic motion-sensor light display. The drag shows upstairs in the Rose Room are also a must-see.

Looking for something a little more laid back? Then head a few blocks over to the Grapevine Bar, a funky straight-friendly, gay dive with cheap booze, yard games, pool tables, and an awesome rooftop deck.

Speaking of all-inclusive places: For those who want to take a night out on the town to a new level, there’s Don’t Tell Supper Club, an eclectic restaurant, nightclub and entertainment venue located downtown.  

Whether you’re in the mood to dance away the night, see a drag show or catch a game at a neighborhood dive, 10Best has the lowdown on where to find the best gay party scene.  

The Hidden Door
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Sure, it's as divey as they come, but The Door (as regulars fondly refer to it) has been an Oak Lawn staple for over three decades, and it's easy to see why. It's one of the most welcoming gay bars you'll find, not to mention this place is...  Read More

The Mining Company
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A Dallas institution since 1978, this bi-level haunt (formerly known as the Throckmorton Mining Company) is a popular spot to start or end a night on Cedar Springs. Open Tuesdays through Sundays, TMC features nightly DJs, a dance floor, pool...  Read More

Woody's Sports & Video Bar
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A favorite among locals, Woody's is the best spot on Cedar Springs for kicked-back vibes, fabulous people watching and some of the best drink specials in the neighborhood. Spanning two levels, the bar hosts an assortment of events, from sports...  Read More

Don't Tell Supper Club
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Catering to gay, straight and everything in-between is Don't Tell Supper Club, a hip restaurant and nightclub venue featuring sharable gourmet eats, whimsical cocktails and over-the-top entertainment. The massive, moodily lit, two-story space...  Read More

JR's Bar & Grill
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This sprawling multi-level oasis resting at the gay crossroads of the city-- is a terrific place to drink and an even better place to party. Going strong for over three decades, JR's draws in an eclectic crew of gay, lesbian, straight folk and...  Read More

Sue Ellen's
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The sister club to neighboring JR's (as in the TV show Dallas), Sue Ellen's is arguably one of the country's premier lesbian haunts, although it prides itself on being accessible to folks of all persuasions. Spread across two floors, the bar...  Read More

The Grapevine Bar
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One of Dallas' secret gems, this ultra-laid back neighborhood haunt attracts a following as diverse as its hodgepodge of mismatched furnishings. Voted best straight bar by Dallas' leading gay publication and best gay bar by one of Dallas'...  Read More

Round-Up Saloon
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This legendary Cedar Springs hotspot has been hailed as the nation's best gay country western dance hall-- and with good reason. The saloon boasts multiple themed bars, a rooftop patio and a spacious hardwood dance floor with plenty of room to...  Read More

Station 4
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Easily one of the city's best and biggest gay dance clubs, Station 4 (or S4 as locals call it) boasts late-night house and hip hop madness Thursday through Sunday, plus awesome drag shows and pageants in the Rose Room upstairs. Spread across...  Read More

Rose Room
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Station 4 may be Dallas' preeminent dance club, but its crowning jewel is located upstairs at the Rose Room, the Southwest's premiere show venue for gender illusion. Held Thursday through Sunday nights, the over-the-top performances feature the...  Read More


Meet Ilene Jacobs

As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. When she's not writing about the latest happenings in...  More About Ilene