Those of you that want to find out about the best gay and lesbian bars or clubs in Cleveland can definitely do so right here. This local LGBT nightlife guide will also discuss topics like mixed clubs, trans bars, drag shows, the main queer area of town and more!
We also have some intriguing LGBT online dating sites that are mostly about hook ups and not really about finding a life partner. With a lack of gay or lesbian bars in Akron and the other suburbs outside of the inner city these dating sites might just be the right game plan for many reading this.
A section that dives into the best LGBT pride events and meet ups in your area we know about will also be shared. We know you all will want to do things your own way so will share as much info as we can and then let you choose your own adventure.
Best LGBT Bars & Clubs In Cleveland
Let’s start this off with a list of the best mixed LGBT bars and nightclubs in Cleveland:
- Vibe Bar + Patio at 11633 Lorain Ave
- Shade Nightclub at 4693 State Rd
- Twist Social Club at 11633 Clifton Blvd
- Leather Stallion Saloon at 2205 St Clair Ave NE
- The Hawk at 11217 Detroit Ave
- Now That’s Class at 11213 Detroit Ave
- Cocktails Cleveland at 9208 Detroit Ave
- Villafortè’s Social Lounge with Roaming Parties
Best Gay Bars & Clubs
We used to live in a world where most gay bars in Cleveland were only full of men looking for men to hook up with. Over the past decade the lines have become a lot more blurred and most venues are more mixed LGBT style, and some are mixed gay and straight. There will be plenty of men looking to hook up at the mixed venues we just listed.
Best Lesbian Bars & Clubs in Cleveland
The above is also true when it comes to finding lesbian bars in Cleveland for women to meet women. Go party at the spots in the mixed list and if there are no cute girls around to hit on head out and find another place to try.
Drag Shows & Trans Bars
While they aren’t exactly trans bars in Cleveland you can find drag shows that may help you locate ts near you at:
- GlamGore Monthly Drag Show at Grog Shop
- QUEENS of The 9 at Alex Theater
- Drag Shows at Cocktails Cleveland
Listen, we cover way too many cities and these scenes change way too fast for us to be perfect in all of our posts. We know the scene here pretty well, but of course locals are going to be experts and we are just trying to keep up.
It would be great if you could let us know about any errors we made or if anything is out of date on this page in the comments section at the end.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 in your area fill us in, thanks a lot.
There isn’t one main local gay part of town but Ohio City and Shaker Square both have plenty of LGBT friendly places nearby. Some of you may also want to read about the scene in:
Weekly, Monthly, & Pride Events
Here are some of the best LGBT events that occur on a weekly or monthly basis:
- Night Sport at Leather Stallion on Thursdays
- Brown’s Backers at Twist Social Club on Sundays
- Free Pool All Night at Vibe Bar & Patio almost everyday
- DJ Mike Filly at Twist Social Club on Saturdays
And these are the best pride events held in June:
Best LGBT Dating Sites
As many of us become more introverted going out to party at a local LGBT bar or club may not be our preferred way to meet new people. Fortunately technology has opened up some new doors for us and now we have more options at are disposal.
It is also safe to say that we aren’t all in the same position and there are probably people reading this who may not want to be seen at or have their photos taken at a gay bar. Plenty of us don’t mind, but we aren’t going to expect everyone to feel the same way as we do. And with pretty much all of the gay and lesbian bars being downtown people in Akron and other suburbs don’t really have easy access to them anyway.
Our first sites to tell you about are both run by Adult Friend Finder. We think most of you have seen the AFF ads online in the past since they have been helping millions of people like us hook up since the turn of the century.
Their top site for finding gay men near you to hook up with is Men Nation and it is very popular in major cities like this one. The ladies will be better off on Lesbian Personals, and if you don’t have a preferred gender to hook up with then Adult Friend Finder is probably best for you because it covers all the user bases on their numerous sites.
So for m4m hook ups look into Men Nation, and for f4f hook ups try out Lesbian Personals. We also want to mention the world’s top transgender dating site, MyTransgenderDate.
Trans dating in Cleveland gets more popular by the day as more ts feel confident enough to be the person they really want to be. At this point we have covered the Cleveland LGBT nightlife in full.
You have learned all about the best mixed, gay, or lesbian bars and clubs in your area plus drag shows to party with trans and all sorts of LGBT dating sites. Now choose the best option for you and enjoy yourself.