Last updated on September 15th, 2020
If you are trying to locate the best gay and lesbian bars or clubs in Calgary we have all the info you need on this page. This LGBT nightlife guide will also cover things like mixed clubs, trans bars, drag shows, the main queer area of town and more!
On top of that we need to tell you about the best LGBT dating sites, and our favorites are more about quick hook ups than finding a life partner. Plus we will mention all of the best LGBT pride events and meet ups we know about in Alberta.
We don’t all like to do things the same way which is why we are trying to cover all the options so that you can go with whichever sounds best to you. Lesbian and gay bars are not the only way to make this happen anymore. Be sure to read our posts on the Canada Gay Scene at that link.
Best LGBT Bars & Clubs In Calgary
Let’s start this off with a list of the best mixed LGBT bars and nightclubs in Calgary:
- Broken City at 613 11 Avenue SW
- The Bank and Baron Pub at 125 8th Avenue SW
- Cowboys Dance Hall at 505 8 Ave SW
- The Texas Lounge at 308 17th Avenue S.W.
- The Backlot at 209 10 Ave SW
- Twisted Element at 1006 11 Ave SW
Best Gay Bars & Clubs
If you are looking for gay bars and clubs in Calgary for men to meet men all of the above should work out well. We used to live in a world where things were more segregated, but these days most venues in Alberta have become more LGBT friendly than strictly gay bars.
Don’t sweat it, the gay bars we just listed in the mixed section are great places for men to meet men.
Best Lesbian Bars & Clubs in Calgary
Along the same vein we don’t know of any solely lesbian bars in Calgary for women to meet women. The venues on the mix list should usually work but if there are no cute girls around to hit on head out and find another place to try.
Drag Shows & Trans Bars
You can often find drag shows that may help you locate ts near you at Calgary trans bars like:
- Carly’s Angels at Lolita’s Lounge on Saturdays
- Twisted Element on weekends
- Dickens on Fridays
- High Line on Sundays
- Beers4Queers every other Sunday
- Drag Brunch Calgary
Even though we try our best we can’t be true experts on all the cities that we cover. Obviously locals who go party at Calgary gay bars are going to know things a little better than some bloggers who try to cover over a hundred cities.
It would be really cool if you could let us know about any errors we made or if anything is out of date on this page in the comments section at the end. Also, if you think any venues should be listed as solely places for men to meet men or women to meet women fill us in, thanks a lot.
Many of these gay or lesbian bars and clubs can be found in the LGBT nightlife area of Beltline. We have also written about:
Weekly, Monthly, & Pride Events
Here are some of the best LGBT events that occur on a weekly or monthly basis:
- Comedy Monday at Broken City
- Karaoke with Karla at The Texas Lounge on Saturdays
The Calgary Pride event in June is obviously a can’t miss.
Best LGBT Dating Sites
As many of us become more introverted going out to party at an LGBT bar or club may not be our preferred way to meet new people. Thankfully online dating sites give us another option for how to get the ball rolling.
The first sites we want to mention are mainly geared towards casual sex, they aren’t exactly dating sites. As the divorce rates keep climbing lots of people are enjoying the single life and aren’t looking for any commitment at the moment.
Men Nation is a really good gay dating site for hook ups, and if you want to hook up with gay men in Calgary you should definitely check it out. Lesbian Personals is a really cool lesbian hook up site, and they are both run by Adult Friend Finder. You have probably seen AFF ads around the web, probably on porn, sex, or other adult sites.
Those of you that are searching for other gay men near you to hook up with can use Men Nation to get the job done quickly. Women who want to meet lesbian women would be better off using Lesbian Personals to have their fun
Those who enjoy variety and are bi-sexual can check out Adult Friend Finder which covers all the colors of the rainbow. Serious relationships aren’t for everyone these days and gay bars aren’t the only way to hook up anymore.
We also should tell you about the world’s top transgender dating site, MyTransgenderDate. Trans dating in Calgary is trending upwards at a rapid rate as more ts near you are finally comfortable living the life they want to live.
Alright then, we have told you all about the Calgary LGBT nightlife as best as we can. You know where to go to find mixed, gay, or lesbian bars and clubs plus drag shows to party with trans and all sorts of Alberta LGBT dating sites. We hope you make the most of the information at hand.