The Best Gay Bars In Orlando
by Nakita Mason | Updated 05 March 2020 | Posted in Top Lists, Florida
If you’re looking for somewhere to have a great night out in Orlando, then be sure to try these excellent gay bars and clubs that have been reviewed by customers as some of the very best! Plus, we’ve also looked at what LGBT+ events are in Orlando and Florida at large for 2020, including when Gay Pride Orlando is and what you can expect! Enjoy.
1: Barcodes OrlandoBarcodes is renowned as one of the best gay bars in Orlando. With exceptionally friendly staff and some great themed nights to enjoy, there’s also a lovely outdoor patio to sit and have a cold beer on too. Inside there’s music, cosy places to relax in and of course some wonderful banter from the bar staff. Location: Edgewater, Orlando, Florida.
2: Stonewall BarOperating on multiple levels, the Stonewall Bar is a fantastic gay bar in Orlando with a strong fanbase. With multiple themed nights playing out across the various bars within it, this bar is also known for its excellent music, the tropical styled patio and some great bar food too. Location: Church Street, Orlando, Florida.
3: Savoy OrlandoThis gay bar in Orlando is among the best for a great night out with friends. From a wide variety of bar classics like pool tables and TVs, The Savoy is also hailed as having a fantastic beer selection (not to mention other tipples) and the famous shirtless go-go dancers known as The Men of Savoy! Oh, it’s also open 7 days a week so the fun need never stop!Location: Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida.
4: Southern NightsWhen it comes to classic gay bars in Orlando then Southern Nights is something of a legend. It’s been open for a good few decades by now and within that time has remained faithful to its original theme and feel. With a dancefloor, drag shows and of course great drinks, the atmosphere in Southern Nights is frequently hailed as one of the best for those looking for an LGBT+ friendly evening.
Location: Bumby Avenue, Orlando, Florida.
5: Hamburger Mary's OrlandoIf you’re looking for something with a slightly different vibe then Hamburger Mary’s is a real treat. It's not only a fantastic gay bar and restaurant, but it also offers some of the best entertainment around including drag shows and Broadway brunches. The menu is diverse and cheap, with burgers, macaroni cheese, chilli and salads all up for grabs among many other tasty delights, so what are you waiting for? Location: Church Street Station, Church Street, Orlando, Florida.
6: Hanks’s BarFor a more low-key gay bar in Orlando then Hank’s bar is the one to go for. Open for roughly 30 years now it’s known for its laid-back feel and friendly staff. There’s plenty of sports to be watched on the TVs, a wide range of drinks and an outdoor area for those hot nights too! You can also get involved in trivia evenings and there’s pool competitions too for those of you feeling competitive! Friendly, fun and with good food too, this is a hidden gem in Orlando.Location: Edgewater, Orlando, Forida.
7: Parliament HouseParliament house is perhaps the largest gay club in all of Orlando and renowned as a brilliant place to go to party. With great music and plenty of spin off areas for food and entertainment, Parliament House is a wonderland of fun including theatre, karaoke and drag shows. Location: Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, Florida.
LGBT+ Events For 2020 In Florida
Not only are there some great gay bars and clubs in Orlando, but Florida at large is a great location that’s got plenty of excellent LGBT+ events and attractions on throughout 2020. Take a look below to find out more about some of the main ones!
Winter Party Festival
Dates & Location: March 4th – 10th 2020, Miami Beach, FloridaIf you like to play hard then the Winter Festival Party is a week to remember. One of the most loved gay events in all of Florida, the festival features a selection of amazing parties and exploits as well as a focus on giving back to the community too.
Pride of the AmericasDates & Location: April 21st-April 26th 2020, Fort Lauderdale, Florida With arts festivals, beach parties, symposiums and a parade among many more antics, this highly anticipated event will be the maiden voyage of the Pride of the Americas experience and is set to be one of the most powerful, fun and memorable events for the LGBT+ community in all of Florida.
Gay Pride Week in PensacolaDates & Location: May 22nd- May 25th 2020 Pensacola Beach, FloridaIf a beach party is right up your street then this gay pride party is the one for you. You’ll not only find the beach beautifully decorated, but also great music, plenty of drinks and a whole host of parties and events throughout the weekend.
Orlando PrideDates & Location: June 4th - June 8th 2020, Orlando, Florida2020 will see this fantastic event enter its 30th year and you can join the wonderful celebrations across a long weekend in warm and welcoming June! With nightly events and revered DJs, not to mention parties galore, it’s the place to be to get your pride on.
Fantasy FestDates & Location: October 16th – October 25th 2020, Key West, FloridaFantasy Fest is one of the best gay events in Florida and is essentially a huge opportunity to dress up and go to town as one of your favourite fictional characters, with a new theme being chosen each year! When you arrive you'll see that Duval Street becomes awash with parades and little offshoot festivals, making it an impressive sight to behold!