The 5 best gay bars in Detroit

Two shirtless bartenders smile at the camera. Photo via: The Escape Lounge

Although there isn’t a designated ‘gayborhood’ in Detroit, the city is sprinkled with inclusive venues, events, performances and more! From Ferndale to Palmer Park, you will find a diverse, lively, and welcoming crowd when you visit Motown. Here are some of the most popular and populated gay bars to check out next time you’re in town. 



Bear, leather, Levi’s 950 W McNichols Rd #928 · Detroit, MI 48203
(313) 863-3934

This longstanding party spot has entertained the queer crowds of Michigan since the 1970s. Serving sequins, sultry events, and salacious drinks non-stop, you can never go wrong with a night at Menjo’s. 



Sexy local favorite 744 E Savannah St · Highland Park, MI 48203
(313) 891-5798

A local favorite, Innuendo invites all to enjoy the tasty soul food and wild parties. Popular with a young Black crowd, there are tons of fun events and even more people to meet. Get ready to catch a vibe!


Escape Lounge

After-hours, all-night eatery & bar 19404 Sherwood St · Detroit, MI 48234
(313) 892-1765

When the rest of Detroit falls asleep, Escape Lounge is just getting started! Popular with gay and bisexual men looking for a fun pool game and a few more drinks before the sun comes up, this gay-owned watering hole is a favorite local spot.


Hayloft Saloon

Where men meet men 8070 Greenfield Rd · Detroit, MI 48228
(313) 581-8913

No one ever leaves feeling like a stranger after visiting the Hayloft Saloon. The staff and regulars are warm and welcoming to all. Offering great happy hour deals and a relaxed environment in which to enjoy a cold beer and conversation, Hayloft Saloon is a favorite of locals and travelers alike. 



Drag queens, go-gos, hot bartenders 16920 W Warren Ave · Detroit, MI 48228
(313) 584-6525

Home to the oldest drag show in Michigan, Gigi’s is famous with locals and travelers alike. Stop by to enjoy Detroit’s most talented drag stars strutting their stuff on the catwalk stage or enjoy a cocktail at the wrap-around wood bar. The staff is friendly, the performers ‘lit’, and the drink specials are on point!

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