Last updated on August 23rd, 2020
If you are trying to locate the best gay and lesbian bars or clubs in Cincinnati then you are in the right place. This LGBT nightlife guide will also cover things like mixed clubs, trans bars, drag shows, the main queer area of town and even more
On top of that the best LGBT dating sites will need to get a shout out, particularly some sites for those who are more interested in hooking up than starting a serious relationship. Plus we will mention all of the best LGBT pride events and meet ups we know about around the area.
Not all of you will be interested in going out to a lesbian or gay bar or nightclub to try and meet people near you so we will try to cover all the bases so that you can pick out which option you prefer.
Best LGBT Bars & Clubs In Cincinnati
Let’s start this off with a list of the best mixed LGBT bars and nightclubs in Cincinnati:
- Tillie’s Lounge at 4042 Hamilton Ave
- Home Base Tavern at 2401 Vine St
- Old Street Saloon at 13 Old St. # B
- Rosie’s at 643 Bakewell St
- Bar 32 at 701 Bakewell St
- The Crazy Fox Saloon at 901 Washington Ave
- MixWells at 3935 Spring Grove Ave
- Queen City Radio at 222 W 12th St
- Main Event at 835 Main St
- The Birdcage at 927 Race St
- Bar 901 at the Brittany at 901 Race St
- Below Zero Lounge at 1120 Walnut St
Best Gay Bars & Clubs
If you are looking for gay bars and clubs in Cincinnati 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 have become more LGBT friendly than strictly gay bars.
Best Lesbian Bars & Clubs in Cincinnati
We don’t know of any solely lesbian bars or clubs in Cincinnati but the venues from the mixed LGBT list should work out great.
Drag Shows & Trans Bars
We aren’t really to the point of having full on trans bars in Cincinnati, but you can find drag shows that may help you locate ts near you at:
- Cabaret Saturday at Below Zero Lounge
- Tillie’s Lounge on Thursdays for Drag Race viewing parties
- Old Town Saloon
- Cabaret Cincinnati
We tried our best to differentiate between strictly gay bars and mixed LGBT bars, but we won’t claim that we did a perfect job of it. If you disagree, if any of the venues we have listed have closed, or if any new LGBT hot spots have opened up please tell us in the comments below so that we can keep our lists correct and up to date.
Many of these gay or lesbian bars and clubs can be found in the LGBT nightlife area of Northside. Go do your partying in that part of town and you will be able to check out the various venues and find out the right spots for your personal tastes.
We should point out that this is not a strictly gay area by any means, and plenty of the venues on this page will have some straight people hanging out in them as well.
Some of you may also be interested in the:
Weekly, Monthly, & Pride Events
Here are some of the best LGBT events that occur on a weekly or monthly basis:
- Sunday Fun Day at Below Zero Lounge
- Bears Together at Tillie’s Lounge on Wednesdays
- Friday Night Live Trivia at Home Base Tavern
- Bear Night at Old Street Saloon on Thursdays
And these are the best pride events plus other LGBT events throughout the year like:
Best LGBT Dating Sites
We know that going out to an LGBT bar or club is not for everyone. We don’t all enjoy the party scene, and these days many of us have become more and more introverted which is totally understandable.
We also understand that not all of you are fully ‘out’ at the moment and may not necessarily want to have your pictures posted on social media. Whatever your reasons or motivations are LGBT dating sites are a great way to meet people near you without having to get all dressed up and head to a gay or lesbian bar to do so.
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 great site for fast gay hook ups, and if you want to hook up with gay men in Cincinnati you should definitely check it out. Lesbian Personals is a really cool lesbian hook up site, and they are both owned and operated by Adult Friend Finder. You have probably seen AFF ads around the web as they have been all over porn and sex sites for over a decade.
Any guys that are looking 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 best off using Lesbian Personals, and those who are bi-sexual and like all types can check out Adult Friend Finder which covers everybody. We aren’t all going to be interested in serious dating and these sites are a great way to hook up for those that don’t enjoy partying in the LGBT bars, clubs, and nightlife.
We also should tell you about the world’s top transgender dating site, MyTransgenderDate. Trans dating in Cincinnati is trending upwards at a rapid rate as more ts near you are finally able to live the life they want to live.
Alright then, we have told you all about the Cincinnati 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 LGBT dating sites. We hope you make the most of the information at hand.