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Best Gay & Lesbian Bars In Oakland (LGBT Nightlife Guide)

Last updated on September 23rd, 2020

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If you are trying to locate the best gay and lesbian bars or clubs in Oakland we have all the info you need right here. In this LGBT nightlife guide we will be covering topics like mixed clubs, trans bars, drag shows, the main queer area of town and more!

Of course we can’t forget the best LGBT dating sites, we will be focusing on a few for those who are more interested in hooking up than getting too deep into a serious relationship at the moment. After that the best LGBT pride events and meet ups we know about in this city.

We don’t all like to do things the same way which is why we are trying to cover all the options so that you can go with whichever sounds best to you. Oakland lesbian and gay bars are not the only way to meet new people these days.

By the way, if the scene here doesn’t offer enough for you then surely all the gay bars in San Francisco will.

Best LGBT Bars & Clubs In Oakland

Let’s start this off with a list of the best mixed LGBT bars and nightclubs in Oakland:

Best Gay Bars & Clubs

If you are looking for gay bars and clubs in Oakloand for men to meet men just about all of the above should give you some opportunities. We used to live in a world where things were more segregated, but these days most venues have become more LGBT friendly than strictly gay bars.

Don’t overthink this, the mixed bars we just listed are great places for men to meet men.

Best Lesbian Bars & Clubs in Oakland

Along that same vein we don’t know of any solely lesbian bars in Oakland for women to meet women. The spots in the mixed list should all be fine but if there are no cute girls around to hit on head out and find another place to try.

Drag Shows & Trans Bars

We aren’t really to the point of having full on trans bars in Oakland, but you can find drag shows that may help you locate ts near you at:

  • Illusions The Show on Saturdays
  • Latin Explosion at Club 21
  • White Horse Inn on Wednesdays
  • Black Girl Magic at Port Bar on Sundays
  • Gaymes at Port Bar on some Wednesdays

We can admit it, there is no way for us to know as much as the locals do when we are covering over a hundred cities around the globe. It would be great if you could let us know about any errors we made or if anything is out of date on this page in the comments section at the end.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 let us know, thanks if you can help. Be sure to look through our other LGBT guides for:

Weekly, Monthly, & Pride Events

Here are some of the best LGBT events that occur on a weekly or monthly basis:

  • Party Nights at The White Horse Inn on Saturdays
  • DTF Friday at Port Bar
  • Greetings, from Queer Mountain at Temescal Brewing on Tuesdays

Plus every June you have the Oakland Pride event.

Best LGBT Dating Sites

As many of us become more introverted going out to party at an 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.

Plus not everyone is fully ‘out’ at the moment and may not necessarily want to be spotted and get posted about on social media. It doesn’t really matter what your reasons or motivations are, LGBT dating sites are a great way to meet people near you without having to get all dressed up and head to a gay or lesbian bar to do so.

The first sites we want to mention are mainly geared towards casual sex, they aren’t exactly dating sites. These days many people are staying single longer as they watch the divorce rates go higher and higher.

Men Nation is a really good gay dating site for hook ups, and if you want to hook up with gay guys in Oakland you should definitely check it out. Lesbian Personals is a really cool lesbian hook up site, and they are both run by Adult Friend Finder.

You have probably seen AFF ads around the web since they have been in business for coming on twenty years. Men looking for other gay men near you to hook up with can use Men Nation to get the job done quickly.

Women who want to meet lesbian women would be best off using Lesbian Personals, and those who are bi-sexual and like all spices of life can check out Adult Friend Finder which covers every damn body.

We also should tell you about the world’s top transgender dating site, MyTransgenderDate. Trans dating in Oakland is trending upwards at a rapid rate as more ts near you are finally comfortable living the life they want to live.

We have told you all about the Oakland LGBT nightlife as best as we can for the time being. You know where to go to find 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.

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