Last updated on December 1st, 2020
Hello and welcome to our site. If you are looking for info on the best gay and lesbian bars or clubs in Philadelphia we have you fully covered. This LGBT nightlife guide will also discuss topics like mixed clubs, trans bars, drag shows, the main queer area of town and more!
We will also be getting into your best options for LGBT online dating, particularly for those who are more interested in hooking up than getting too deep into a serious relationship any time soon. Plus we will mention all of the best LGBT pride events and meet ups we know about around the area.
Not everybody likes to go out to a lesbian or gay bar or nightclub to try and meet people so we will list all we’ve got and let you do what you think is best.
Best LGBT Bars & Clubs In Philadelphia
Let’s start this post off with a list of the best mixed LGBT bars and nightclubs in Philadelphia:
- L’Etage at 624 S 6th St, 2nd floor
- The Bike Stop at 206 S Quince St
- Bob & Barbara’s at 1509 South St
- Stir at 1705 Chancellor St
- Toasted Walnut at 1316 Walnut St
- Woody’s at 202 S 13th St
- Bar X at 255 S. Camac St
- Tavern On Camac at 243 S Camac St
- U Bar at 1220 Locust St
- Voyeur at 1221 St James St
- Franky Bradley’s at 1320 Chancellor St
Best Gay Bars & Clubs
We know that plenty of you reading this post are here to find out about gay bars in Philadelphia where men can meet men. Over the past couple of decades 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 Philadelphia
That is also true when it comes to trying to find a full on lesbian bar in Philadelphia. You can probably have success at most of the bars or clubs from the mixed list and if there are not other lesbian women looking to meet women inside then try another place until you find the right one. This may even mean going to popular nightclubs around town that are not known as LGBT hot spots per se.
With all of that said Frank Bradley’s can often be good spots for women to meet women.
Drag Shows & Trans Bars
We probably should not say that these are trans bars in Philadelphia but you can find drag shows that may help you meet ts near you at:
- Drag Show at Diva Royale at 202 S 13th St
- Running Drag Show at Bob & Barbara’s on Thursdays
- Drag & Dine at Front Street Cafe at 1253 North Front Street
- Ladies of Tabu Drag Brunch at Tabu at 254 South 12th Street
- Ru Paul Drag Race on Thursday at Toasted Walnut
We know the scene here better than most, but we cover way too many cities to have a more intimate knowledge on all of them than the local experts. Our goal is to keep our lists as up to date as possible but we need your help to do so.
It would be great if you could use the comments section to let us know if you notice anything dated. There are a few gay nightlife areas here like of Washington Square West and the Gayborhood in Midtown Village.
We have also covered other nearby cities like:
Weekly, Monthly, & Pride Events
Here are some of the best LGBT events that occur on a weekly or monthly basis:
- Saturday Nights at Woody’s Bar
- Famous Crowd Pleasers every Friday at Bob & Barbara’s
- DJ Ghost every Thursday at Voyeur
Philly Pride in June is also something you won’t want to miss but you probably already knew that.
Best LGBT Dating Sites
Let’s face it, going out to an LGBT bar or club isn’t for everyone. Sure, you might find someone to hook up with but you also have to deal with being around a bunch of drunk strangers which can be very hit or miss.
Plus we also know that not everyone is fully ‘out’ yet and may not feel comfortable in that type of setting. Whatever 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 heading out to a gay or lesbian bar.
The first sites we want to get into are part of the huge Adult Friend Finder network. We bet most of you have seen the AFF links online before since they have helped millions of people get laid 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 you might be shocked at just how many users it has. The ladies will have more success on Lesbian Personals, the name pretty much says all you need to know about that one.
Those who are bi-sexual and enjoy getting laid with all varieties can use Adult Friend Finder where you can find all the users in their huge network. 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. We also want to mention the world’s top transgender dating site, MyTransgenderDate. Trans dating in Philadelphia is more popular than ever before and will only continue to grow as more ts near you are comfortable enjoying the life they want to live.
At this the Philadelphia LGBT nightlife has been covered in full. You know all about the best mixed, gay, or lesbian bars and clubs plus drag shows to party with trans and all sorts of LGBT dating sites. Now choose the best option for you and enjoy yourself.