Anyone that is trying to learn more about the best Philadelphia gay, lesbian, and trans bars and nightclubs near you will definitely do so if they read this page. We will also be diving deep into subjects like mixed clubs, trans bars, drag shows and more in this local LGBT nightlife guide.
There are even a few Philly gay pride events that also deserve a mention. And since most of us are addicted to our cell phones it would be pretty weird for us to leave out the best LGBT dating sites.
We don’t all enjoy doing things the same way so we are trying to cover all the bases so that you can go with the one that sounds best for your needs and desires. Fortunately the Philadelphia lesbian, trans, and gay bars in your area are no longer your only way to make this happen.
Some of you may want to read more about gay bars across the East Coast at that link.
Best LGBT Bars & Clubs In Philadelphia
The best Philadelphia gay, lesbian, and mixed LGBT bars and nightclubs would be:
- The Bike Stop at 206 S Quince St
- Bob & Barbara’s at 1509 S St
- Stir at 1705 Chancellor 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
- Knock at 225 S 12th St
Best Gay Bars & Clubs
Those that want to find purely gay bars and clubs in Philadelphia for men to meet men can have success at the venues off that main list. Things were far less inclusive, but these days most venues have become more LGBT friendly instead of strictly gay bars. Don’t worry, local men can meet men at plenty of spots around town.
Best Lesbian Bars & Clubs in Philly
Along those same lines we are not aware of any straight up lesbian bars in Philadelphia 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.
With that said, Frank Bradley’s is probably where you should start your search.
Drag Shows & Trans Bars
While these may not exactly be trans bars in Philadelphia 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 N Front Street
- Ladies of Tabu Drag Brunch at Tabu at 254 S 12th Street
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:
- NYC’s LGBT Nightlife
- Baltimore’s LGBT Nightlife
- Washington DC’s LGBT Nightlife
- Pittsburgh’s LGBT Nightlife
- Fire Island’s LGBT Nightlife
Weekly, Monthly & Pride Events
Here are some of the best LGBT events in Philly 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
Then you have some more annual events like:
Best LGBT Dating Sites
Let’s face it, going out to a local 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 without having to get all dressed up and heading out to a Philly 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 LGBT nightlife in your area has been covered in full. You know all about the best mixed, gay, or lesbian bars and clubs in Philadelphia plus drag shows to party with trans and all sorts of LGBT dating sites. Now choose the best option for you and enjoy yourself.