Last updated on August 26th, 2020
Hey there, if you are looking for info on the best gay and lesbian bars or clubs in New Orleans we have got your back. We will be discussing all kinds of things like mixed clubs, trans bars, drag shows, the main queer area of town and more in this LGBT nightlife guide!
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 LGBT pride events and meet ups we know about in this city.
Some people like to party, others don’t really want to hang out in lesbian or gay bars all night and because of that we will attempt to give you as many options as possible and then you can choose which way you wish to proceed.
Best LGBT Bars & Clubs In New Orleans
Let’s start this off with a list of the best mixed LGBT bars and nightclubs in New Orleans:
- 700 Club at 700 Burgundy St
- Good Friends Bar at 740 Dauphine St
- The Page NOLA at 542 N Rampart St
- The AllWays at 2240 St Claude Ave
- Razzoo at 511 Bourbon St
- The Friendly at 2301 Chartres St
- Mag’s 940 at 940 Elysian Fields Ave
- Café Lafitte in Exile at 901 Bourbon St
- Phoenix at 941 Elysian Fields Ave
- Golden Lantern at 1239 Royal St
- Bourbon Pub Parade at 801 Bourbon St
- Napoleon’s Itch at 734 Bourbon St
- Oz at 800 Bourbon St
- Pal’s Lounge at 949 N Rendon St
- Bayou Beer Garden at 326 N Jefferson Davis Pkwy
Best Gay Bars & Clubs
We know that lots of you reading this are here to find out about gay bars in New Orleans for men to meet men. In our lifetimes we have done a great job of making the world a more inclusive place. These days most gay bars are actually mixed, and gay hook ups should be possible at just about all of the above spots.
Best Lesbian Bars & Clubs in New Orleans
That same can be said for women trying to meet women at lesbian bars. 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.
With that said starting your night at Pal’s Lounge or Bayou Beer Garden would not be a bad idea at all. Plus the Grrlspot parties are probably just what you are looking for.
Drag Shows & Trans Bars
We aren’t really to the point of having full on trans bars in New Orleans, but you can find drag shows that may help you locate ts near you at:
- Show Night every Wednesday and Sunday at Oz
- Hello Gorgeous at Southern Rep Theater on third Wednesdays
- Sunday Shows at Mag’s 940
- Mondays Are A Drag at Southern Rep
- Turnin Da Page Drag at The Page NOLA
- Queen’s of Dauphine at Double Play
- Golden Lantern on Thursdays and weekends
We know the scene here pretty well, but not as well as the local experts. Our goal is to keep our lists as up to date as possible but we need your help to do so.
If anything on here is old news 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 give us an assist.
There really is not a main LGBT area or gayborhood here, just mix in with the crowd and you should be fine. We have also covered:
Weekly, Monthly, & Pride Events
Here are some of the best LGBT events that occur on a weekly or monthly basis:
- Strip Off Every Thursday at Oz
- Zingo! at The Corner Pocket at 940 St Louis St on Sundays
- Superstar Female Impersonation on Friday & Saturday at Bourbon Pub
- Extra A Political Cabaret at The Allways Lounge & Cabaret
- Grrlspot roaming lesbian parties
And these are the best pride events held throughout the year:
Best LGBT Dating Sites
Trying to find other LGBT people near you for dating or hook ups was a lot more difficult back in the day. Gay or lesbian bars were pretty much your only choice, but fortunately that isn’t how it is anymore.
We 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 have their photos taken at a gay bar. The first sites we want to discuss are owned and operated by Adult Friend Finder. We bet most of you have seen the AFF links online before since they have helped millions of people hook up in their over fifteen years in the game.
Their best site to use to find 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 have more success on Lesbian Personals, you can probably guess what it is all about.
Those who are bi-sexual and enjoy hooking up with all genders can use Adult Friend Finder because it covers all the users on their numerous kinky sites. For fast m4m hook ups nothing out there is going to work better than Men Nation.
For f4f hook ups Lesbian Personals is going to be your top option. MyTransgenderDate also needs to be mentioned since it is the biggest and best of its kind as well. Trans dating in New Orleans Draft is more popular than ever before and we doubt that changes any time soon since more ts than ever feel confident enough to be the person they really want to be.
At this point we have covered the New Orleans LGBT nightlife in full. You know all about the best mixed, gay, or lesbian bars and clubs near you plus drag shows to party with trans and all sorts of LGBT dating sites. Now choose the best option for you and enjoy yourself.