Last updated on September 18th, 2020
Hey everybody, if you are looking for info on the best gay and lesbian bars or clubs in San Jose you are in the right spot. 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 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.
Not everybody likes to go out to a lesbian or gay bar or nightclub to try and meet people, so we will try to cover the full gambit. You may also want to read about LGBT bars in San Francisco which we have covered in detail at that link.
Best LGBT Bars & Clubs In San Jose
The best mixed LGBT nightclubs in San Jose are:
Best Gay Bars & Clubs
Back in the day you used to find strictly gay bars in San Jose where men could meet men. Over the past handful of years that has kind of changed and now most places are more like LGBT nightlife hot spots, not just places for gay men to find hook ups.
Best Lesbian Bars & Clubs in San Jose
We don’t know of any strictly lesbian bars in San Jose for women to meet women, if you do mention them in the comments at the end of the post thanks.
Drag Shows & Trans Bars
We aren’t really to the point of having full on trans bars in San Jose, but you can find drag shows that may help you locate ts near you at:
- Wednesday’s at Cedar Room for drag bingo
- SoFa Market Drag Brunch on 3rd Sundays of the month
- WooWoo’s Cirq-us at Renegades Bar on the second and fourth Saturday of every month
- Diva Royale
Look, trying to differentiate between a strictly gay bar or a mixed LGBT bar is tough and obviously there can be some variance from night to night. We did our best to try and differentiate between the two, but we aren’t going to claim we did a perfect job.
If you disagree or if we just posted any out of date information then please tell us in the comments below so that our lists can be as correct and up to date as possible. Many of these gay or lesbian bars and clubs can be found in the LGBT nightlife area of Plaza de Cesar Chavez and The Alameda.
Go do your partying in those areas of town and you will be able to check out the various venues and find out the right spots for your personal tastes. You can also read our posts on gay bars and clubs in Oakland, Sacramento, Portland and even Honolulu at those links.
Weekly, Monthly, & Pride Events
Here are some of the best LGBT events that occur on a weekly or monthly basis:
- Furst Fridays at Renegades
- Leather Night at Renegades on Thursdays
And then you have the annual Silicon Valley Pride events every summer.
Best LGBT Dating Sites
Let’s face it, going out to an LGBT bar or club isn’t for everyone. Sure, there will be some sexy people around you might be able to hook up with, but you have to deal with being around a bunch of drunk strangers which can be more trouble than it is worth at times.
We also know that not everyone is fully ‘out’ yet and may not feel comfortable in that type of setting just yet. 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 head to a gay or lesbian bar.
We have a few options to tell you about which are mostly geared towards casual sex, not serious dating. Men Nation is a really good gay dating site for hook ups, and if you want to hook up with gay guys in San Jose you should look into it.
Lesbian Personals is a really good lesbian hook up site, and they are both run by Adult Friend Finder. You have probably seen their ads online before, they can mostly be found on porn, sex, or other adult sites.
If you are gay and looking for guys near you to hook up with try Men Nation. Lesbian Personals is where to go if you are a lesbian and want to find lesbian women in San Jose to hook up with. Adult Friend Finder is great for those who are bi-sexual as it pretty much covers everybody. Not everyone is ready for a serious relationship but we all still have needs, and this is a nice and discreet way for you to fulfill those needs without visiting the LGBT bars.
We also want to mention the world’s top transgender dating site, MyTransgenderDate. Trans dating in San Jose is more popular than ever before and will only continue to grow as more ts feel confident enough to be the person they really want to be.
At this point we have covered the San Jose LGBT nightlife 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.