Last updated on September 23rd, 2020
If you are trying to locate the best gay and lesbian bars or clubs in Columbus you are in the right place. We will also be discussing topics like mixed clubs, trans bars, drag shows and more in this LGBT nightlife guide.
There are numerous annual and more frequent pride events that also deserve a mention. And in this modern tech era it would be quite silly for us to leave out the best LGBT dating sites.
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. You can look through a huge list of our LGBT Guides for North America there.
Best LGBT Bars & Clubs In Columbus
Let’s kick this off with a list of the best mixed LGBT bars and nightclubs in Columbus:
- Tremont Lounge at 708 S High St
- Club Diversity at 863 S High St
- Southbend Tavern at 126 E Moler St
- Awol Bar at 49 Parsons Ave
- Union Cafe at 782 N High St
- The Toolbox Saloon at 744 Frebis Ave
- Bernard’s Tavern at 630 N High St
- O’Connor’s Club 20 at 20 E Duncan St
- Cavan’s Irish Pub at 1409 S High St
- Local Bar at 913 N High St
- Boscoe’s at 224 South High St
- Axis Nightclub at 775 N High St
- Slammer’s at 202 E Long St
Best Gay Bars & Clubs
If you are looking for gay bars and clubs in Columbus for men to meet men you can go off that main list we just posted. We used to live in a world where things were far less inclusive, but these days most venues have become more LGBT friendly instead of strictly gay bars. Don’t worry, men can meet men at plenty of spots around town.
Best Lesbian Bars & Clubs in Columbus
Slammer’s would probably be the best place for women to meet women in Columbus but lesbian bars are becoming more rare and most of the places on the main list should also work.
Drag Shows & Trans Bars
We aren’t really to the point of having full on trans bars in Columbus, but you can find drag shows that may help you locate ts near you at:
- Commissary at Awol Bar on Fridays
- Wednesdays Are A Drag at Union Cafe
- Southbend on Wednesdays
- Cavan on Saturdays
- Drag Shows at Boscoe’s
We really do try our best to keep our lists current but we cover so many cities around the world that it is very hard for us to keep up. We know the scene here pretty well, but not as well as the local experts.
If you happen to notice anything out of date on this page or if we left some place off that is a can’t miss please use the comments to let us know. 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 if you can help.
There are quite a few gay areas around the city like Merrion Village and the Short Norths, but not really one main one. You may also be interested in reading our LGBT guide’s for:
Weekly, Monthly, & Pride Events
Here are some of the best LGBT events that occur on a weekly or monthly basis:
- Long Island at Union Cafe on Thursdays
- Code Skin Fetish at Awol Bar on Saturdays
- Code Jock at Awol Bar on first Saturdays
- Dance Party at Axis Nightclub on Saturdays
- Sunday Church at Axis Nightclub
And obviously the Columbus Pride Festival and Parade is something you won’t want to miss.
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 makes being around a bunch of drunk strangers even less appealing.
We also know that not everyone is in the same position as far as their status goes and there are probably people reading this who may not want to be seen at or have their photos taken at a gay bar. It is pretty safe to guess that most of you have seen Adult Friend Finder links online before, it is the biggest hook up site on the planet and has been for almost twenty years.
Men Nation is their main site for finding gay men near you to hook up with and you might be surprised at how many users it has in major cities like this one. The ladies will be better off on Lesbian Personals which is obviously just for them.
Bi-sexuals that don’t have a preferred gender to hook up with can go with Adult Friend Finder. It combines all the users on their numerous sites which are not only straight and LGBT but also include swingers and other kinky people.
So if you want m4m hook ups use Men Nation, and for f4f hook ups use Lesbian Personals. Many of you may also be a bit curious about the world’s top transgender dating site, MyTransgenderDate. Trans dating in Columbus is booming at the moment because more ts near you are finally comfortable living the life they want to live.
Alright then, we have told you all about the Columbus LGBT nightlife as best as we know how. You learned all about 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.