Last updated on October 13th, 2020
Those who are hoping to learn more about the best gay and lesbian bars or clubs in Madison 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 a few pride events that we will also be mentioning. In this modern cell phone era it would be kind of odd for us to leave out the best LGBT dating sites so we will get into them also.
We know some of you have zero interest in partying at a lesbian or gay bar so we will try to cover all of your options so that you can pick the one that sounds best to you. You can check out all of our LGBT Guides for North America there.
Best LGBT Bars & Clubs In Madison
Let’s kick this off with a list of the best mixed LGBT bars and nightclubs in Madison:
- Shamrock Bar & Grille at 117 W Main St
- Woof’s at 114 King St
- Crucible at 3116 Commercial Ave
- Sotto at 303 N Henry St
- Five Nightclub at 5 Applegate Court
Best Gay Bars & Clubs
If you are looking for gay bars and clubs in Madison 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 not near as inclusive, but these days most venues have become more LGBT friendly instead of solely gay bars.
Best Lesbian Bars & Clubs in Madison
We also are not aware of any lesbian bars in Madison for women to meet women. The mixed list should have plenty of options for you and if there are no cute girls around to hit on head out and find another place to try.
Drag Shows & Trans Bars
While these aren’t trans bars in Madison per se you can find drag shows that may help you locate ts near you at:
- Miz Cracker: She’s A Woman
- Madison Drag Queen Brunch Shows
- Madcity Drag Revue at Five Nightclub on Sundays
- Drag Queen Bingo at Octopi
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 locals who live it every day.
If you happen to notice anything out of date on this page or if we left some place off that is a can’t miss please use the comments to let us know. Along those lines if you think any venues should be listed as solely places for men to meet men or women to meet women we would like to hear more about that as well.
There is not really a full on gay area or gayborhood here but many would consider the East Side of downtown to be so. You may also be interested in reading posts on:
- Gay Nightlife In Milwaukee
- Gay Nightlife In Chicago
- Gay Nightlife In Minneapolis
- Gay Nightlife In Winnipeg
Weekly, Monthly, & Pride Events
Here are some of the best LGBT events that occur on a regular basis:
- Supreme Showcase at Five Nightclub on Wednesdays
- The Flavor on Fridays
And then you have the annual event Outreach Magic.
Best LGBT Dating Sites
Gay bars were pretty much the only places to try and find other LGBT people near you for dating or hook ups a couple of decades ago. Fortunately that isn’t how it is anymore and now we want to tell you about some of our favorite options.
We would bet that most of you have seen Adult Friend Finder links online over the years. It is the biggest hook up site on the planet and has been in business for almost as long as the internet has been mainstream.
Men Nation is their best site to use to find gay men near you to hook up with and you might be surprised at how many users it has. The ladies will be better off on Lesbian Personals and it also can work very well.
Bi-sexuals that like to hook up with all shapes and sizes 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 a wide variety of different kinks and fetishes.
So if you want m4m hook ups Men Nation is going to help you more than anything else, and for f4f hook ups use Lesbian Personals. MyTransgenderDate is pretty self explanatory and trans dating in Madison has never been more popular as more ts near you are enjoying the life they know they were meant to live.
The Madison LGBT nightlife has been covered 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.