LGBTQ+ Bars & Nightlife in St. Pete, Clearwater
When the sun goes down, the night lights up with entertainment and a lively bar scene in St. Pete/Clearwater.
Kick back and relax or dance the night away – the choice is yours. Gay-friendly destinations range from hipster havens to drinking dives, and offerings include everything from cocktails and high-end cuisine to jukeboxes, pool and drag shows. Most LGBTQ+ nightspots are concentrated west of downtown St. Pete in the Grand Central District, but others can be found in the beach communities and nearby cities of Clearwater and Dunedin. Expect to find a full range of ages, styles and orientations.
Party with Drag Queens at Blur Nightclub
Blur Nightclub is located just north of Clearwater in the quaint town of Dunedin. You'll love the drag shows featuring some of Tampa Bay's best-known performers every Friday night at 10:30 p.m. and midnight.
Live Like a Local at the Pro Shop Pub
One of downtown Clearwater’s oldest business locations (since 1915), and a gay bar since 1976, this small bar has a pool table and a juke box, but its main draw is the people. The staff members at Pro Shop Pub are known for their friendliness and they attract a robust crowd of regulars, both gay and straight. The daily specials are also a potent hook: Get there early on Fridays for well drinks under $3.
Go Clubbing at Enigma
Enigma Bar & Lounge brings a fun and colorful vibe to The Edge District. You'll find all-day drink specials, friendly bartenders and – depending on the day – drag shows and talent contests. It's easy to fall into the beat and hit the dance floor, but there's also plenty of outdoor space to catch up with friends.
Have a Stiff Drink at COCKtail
COCKtail, in the lobby of the new Mari Jean Hotel in the Grand Central District, features stiff drinks, hard liquor, raging good times... and a fair share of innuendos. Enjoy a great happy hour with two-for-one drinks Tuesday through Saturday from noon until 9 p.m. and on Sundays from noon until 3 a.m.
Take the Plunge at The Wet Spot
The pool at the Mari Jean Hotel is home to The Wet Spot, a pool bar and day club for gay adults in St. Pete with a Las Vegas atmosphere, entertainment and drag queen shows.
Get Naughty at The Saint
If COCKtail is where the party gets started, its sister speakeasy, The Saint, is where the after-party continues. Behind a red door on a side street in the Grand Central District, The Saint serves a deadly-sin selection of cocktails. As a true speakeasy, there is an entry process each time you visit, so be sure to follow their Instagram stories for the "sin" that gets you in.
Sing and Dance at The Garage on Central Avenue
The Garage on Central Avenue is another bar located in St. Pete's Grand Central District. Enjoy dance music nights, drag shows, exotic drinks and friendly bartenders. There's also karaoke on Thursday and Saturday nights.
Quench Your Thirst at Quench Lounge
Quench Lounge in Largo claims to e "the sexiest, all welcoming gay/LGBTQ bar (straight friendly)" in the area. Quench specializes in parties, special occasions and fundraising events. Enjoy comedy nights, drag queen shows and bingo, karaoke, dance nights and more.
Find Your People at The Lady's Room
The Lady's Room lays claim to being the only lesbian bar in the St. Pete/Clearwater area. The place is super-chill, a relaxed place to hang out with friends (or meet new ones). Also enjoy drag shows, bingo and a DJ on some nights.