It is cool that you are checking out this post on the best gay and lesbian bars or clubs in Des Moines as our local LGBT nightlife guide will also discuss topics like mixed clubs, trans bars, drag shows, the main queer area near you and more!
We will also be mentioning the best options for LGBT online dating, particularly for those who are more interested in hooking up than getting too deep into a serious relationship at the moment. Plus we will mention all of the best Des Moines gay pride events and meet ups we know about currently.
Everyone reading this won’t want to party at a lesbian or gay bar or nightclub in your area to try and meet people so we will try to cover the full gambit.
Best LGBT Bars & Clubs In Des Moines
The best Des Moines gay, lesbian, or mixed LGBT bars and nightclubs would be:
- The Garden Nightclub at 525 E Grand Ave
- Buddy’s Corral at 418 E 5th St
- The Blazing Saddle at 416 E 5th St
Best Gay Bars & Clubs
For previous generations most gay bars in Des Moines were only full of men looking for men to hook up with. Things have changed in the 21st Century and currently most venues are more mixed LGBT style while some are even mixed gay and straight. Don’t worry, there should be numerous men looking to hook up at the mixed venues we just listed.
Best Lesbian Bars & Clubs in Des Moines
Anyone that is trying to find lesbian bars in your area for women to meet women probably already knows that what we just said about the gay bars is true for you too. Go party at the spots in the mixed list and if there is nothing to your liking around find another place to search.
Drag Shows & Trans Bars
We aren’t really to the point of having full on trans bars in Des Moines, but you can find drag shows that may help you locate ts near you at:
- Drag Shows and Other TS Events at The Garden Nightclub
- Wednesday to Sunday Drag Shows at The Blazing Saddle
The truth is trying to differentiate between a strictly gay bar or a mixed LGBT bar can be pretty difficult. We did our best to try and point out the differences between the two, but we aren’t going to claim we did a perfect job.
If you disagree or if we just posted any out of date information then please tell us in the comments below so that our lists can be as correct and up to date as possible. If our readers chip in we can keep these lists of the best gay, lesbian, and LGBT bars in your area up to date for all of our future visitors.
You can also check out our:
- Omaha Gay & Bi-Sexual Nightlife Guide
- KC Gay & Bi-Sexual Nightlife Guide
- Twin Cities Gay & Bi-Sexual Nightlife Guide
- Madison Gay & Bi-Sexual Nightlife Guide
Weekly, Monthly & Pride Events
Here are the best pride events held throughout the year:
Best LGBT Dating Sites
Let’s face it, going out to an LGBT bar or club isn’t for everyone. Sure, there will be some drunk people around you might be able to hook up with, but you have to deal with being around a bunch of intoxicated strangers which can be fun, but isn’t always.
Plus not everyone is fully ‘out’ yet and may not feel comfortable in that type of setting at the moment. Whatever your reasons or motivations are LGBT dating sites are a great way to meet people without having to get all dressed up and head to a gay or lesbian bar near you.
We have a few options to tell you about, and the first ones are mostly geared towards casual sex, not full on serious dating. Men Nation is a really good dating site for local gay hook ups, and if you want to hook up with gay guys in Des Moines you should look into it.
Lesbian Personals is a really good lesbian hook up site, and they are both run by Adult Friend Finder. You have probably seen their links online before which are mostly found on porn, sex, or other adult sites.
If you are gay and looking for guys near you to hook up with try Men Nation, if you are a lesbian and want to find lesbian girls in Des Moines to hook up with try Lesbian Personals, and if you are bi try Adult Friend Finder. Not everyone is ready for a serious relationship but we all still have needs, and this is a nice and discreet way for you to fulfill them without visiting the LGBT bars, cubs, and nightlife.
We also want to mention the world’s top transgender dating site, MyTransgenderDate. Trans dating in Des Moines is more popular than ever before and will only continue to grow as more ts feel confident enough to be the person they really want to be.
At this point we have covered the LGBT nightlife in your area in full. You know all about the best mixed, gay, or lesbian bars and clubs in Des Moines plus drag shows to party with trans and all sorts of LGBT dating sites. Now choose the best option for you and enjoy yourself.