Gay bars downtown

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Many of the top options are located in Tampa’s GaYBOR district, a section of historic Ybor City where many businesses friendly to the LGBT community are located. There are also a smattering of bars and lounges in other locations throughout the Tampa Bay area. To tap into one of the most popular clubs in the area head to the Honey Pot. The spacious dance floor features a premium light show and sound system to strut your stuff. Featuring Steam Fridays with drag shows for the men and Tease Saturdays that cater to women, there is something for everyone. Frequently host to special events and great guest DJs. If you’re for somewhere a little more upscale and laid back, check out the City Side Lounge in South Tampa.

Catering to a slightly older, professional crowd, City Side features a main bar, sports bar and outdoor patio area for lounging with modern and contemporary decor. There is also a games area with pool, darts and arcade games. If you’re heading across the bridge from Tampa to St. Petersburg, you might want to check out Enigma while you’re there. Located downtown in the Edge District, a vibrant and and eclectic historic neighborhood with a variety of dining, shops, and entertainment. The bar itself has an upscale feel while still offering reasonable prices and strong drinks. The staff are friendly and the place has a welcoming vibe.

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The Body Shop is a gay-owned and operated gay and lesbian bar located in North Tampa. This is a friendly and comfortable neighborhood spot to relax and enjoy good company. There is a full bar and smoking is allowed. No food is served, but they do host a BBQ on Sundays. There are large screen TVs, pool tables and dart boards to keep you busy. Want to get outside and enjoy the weather?

Located in Ybor City, Bradley’s on 7th is a popular gay bar that has something going on every day of the week. The decor is uniquely rustic and features realistic-looking trees and a stream running down the length of the bar. Happy hour leads off each day with 2-4-1 drink specials through 7pm. On Thursday’s Bradley’s lets the amateurs show their stuff hosting a strip show for cash and prizes.


Tampa’s Reservoir Bar located in historic Ybor City bills itself as the the finest hole in the wall in town. Open to all, this fine dive bar serves both gay and straight clientele who are looking to do some serious drinking. The bar features a wide variety of specialty beer and some sinister concoctions brewed up by the friendly bartenders. This massive club has a different theme for nearly every night of the week, ranging from pop video night to goth or trance.

There are 3 different areas for music, and 5 areas altogether to hang out, each offering something a little different and it’s a good bet you’ll leave having seen something completely new. Despite the alternative clientele, everyone in The Castle is friendly and welcoming. Hamburger Mary’s is a bar and grille location in Tampa’s Ybor City historic district. Friday and Saturday nights feature two drag shows each evening. Southern Nights, formerly G-Bar, is a popular gay club in the heart of Tampa’s Ybor City neighborhood.



Catering to the full LGBT spectrum, each night features a rotating list of events including a lesbian night with burlesque show on Friday and a night for the men featuring drag performances on Saturdays. In addition, Tuesday’s focus on the service industry, Wednesday’s feature an amateur drag contest and Thursdays are college night. This high-end, high energy dance club and lounge is located in the heart of Ybor City. The club features videos, go-go boys, martinis, sexy bartenders and so much more.

Happy hour is from 4-9pm, and from 7-9pm you can get 3-4-1 wells or 2-4-1 calls. There are different themes every night including karaoke on Mondays and Thursty Thursdays. One of the most welcoming, laid-back gay clubs Tampa has to offer, City Side is located in trendy South Tampa. TVs, and patio bar that is only open weekends.