Twin Cities hangouts

The best gay bars in Minneapolis

Pride flags on the Wabasha Street Bridge / Photo via: Visit Saint Paul

Minneapolis has always been the pioneer for LGBTQ+ rights and inclusivity in the Midwest, establishing itself as a hub of food, entertainment, and amazing Pride events. The nightlife scene continues to grow, with many exciting options centered primarily around the downtown area. Here’s a list of the most popular gay bars to hit up next time you visit.


Gay 90’s Minneapolis

Mega-mall of dance clubs 408 Hennepin Ave · Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 333-7755

This multi-floor dance haven serves up great food and even better entertainment. When you’re in the mood for a lively and wild night out, this sprawling venue will easily scratch that itch. As the Twin Cities’ #1 dance club, there is never a shortage of events and performances, so be sure to check the calendar!


The Saloon

Trendy bar with tons to do 830 Hennepin Ave · Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 332-0835

Get ready for an energizing evening anytime you stop by The Saloon. This ultra-hip club offers daily happy hour deals, DJ and drag entertainment every night, and a dance floor that is always packed. Hosting some of Minneapolis’s sexiest talent and friendliest bartenders, you’ll find yourself returning again and again!



Casual gay dive for LGBTQ+ locals 515 S Washington Ave · Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 338-4214

Welcoming to all members of the LGBTQ+ community, this casual pub is a local favorite in the Twin Cities gay scene. Enjoy a burger on the patio any time of year with your fur baby, or spend some time inside with the welcoming staff and regulars. Dedicated to creating a safe and inclusive space, this cozy watering hole will quickly find a place in your heart. 

19 BAR

19 Bar

Classic pub for the younger LGBTQ+ crowd 19 W 15th St · Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 871-5553

As the oldest gay bar in the city and one of the oldest in the US, this watering hole holds a lot of history. A casual pub offering pool, darts, and a jukebox, 19 Bar attracts a young, vibrant community. Additionally, during the warmer months, you can enjoy drinks and pizza on the outdoor patio!


The Brass Rail Lounge

Cabaret acts and exotic dancers 422 Hennepin Ave · Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 332-7245

The bodies are hard and the drinks are strong at the Brass Rail Lounge, making it a popular spot for anyone looking for a great time. There is entertainment for every taste and special events sprinkled throughout the week, including low-key soirees and fetish nights. As one of the longest-running gay bars in the Midwest, it has garnered a famous reputation. 


Ground Zero Nightclub

Gothic bondage 15 SE 4th St · Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 378-5115

Considered one of the Twin Cities’ most interesting and diverse clubs, Ground Zero is a gothic horror fever dream at its finest. The dancing, drinks, and dramatic decor make this bondage bar stand out in Minneapolis. Hosting talented artists and creating an atmosphere of acceptance and freedom, Ground Zero is a one-of-a-kind experience. 


LUSH Lounge & Theater

Drink, dine, dance, drag 990 Central Ave NE · Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 208-0053

As one of the more upscale gay bars in Minneapolis, Lush attracts a diverse and attractive crowd. Offering world-class entertainment and fantastic happy hour deals, there’s no wonder this lively club has been voted one of Minnesota’s best. Get ready to laugh, drink, and meet some brand-new friends!

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