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Cincinnati’s LGBTQ+ Scene: Unveiling the Best Gay Bars in the City

Welcome to a vibrant exploration of Cincinnati Gay Bars, a haven of inclusivity within the city’s rich cultural landscape. Embracing diversity, these establishments offer a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community to connect and thrive.

Discovering gay clubs in Cincinnati is not just about nightlife but about fostering a sense of belonging and acceptance. Whether seeking a lively Drag Show or looking for gay Black bars nearby, these venues stand for unity within communities. Join in celebrating love, identity, and solidarity.

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LGBTQ+ Spaces in Black Cincinnati

Discover Cincinnati’s Black Pride organizations and gay bars with Black events, celebrating community resilience and culture. Unite, empower, and create a more inclusive Black Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Black Pride

513-818-9596
[email protected]
Instagram | Facebook
Cincinnati Black Pride aims to mobilize the Black LGBTQ+ Community to promote the health, education, awareness, and social and cultural wellness of people in Greater Cincinnati living at the intersection of Black and LGBTQ+ identity.

Cincinnati Black Pride puts on an LGBTQ+ film festival each year in June. The organization also hosts the annual Vizazi Torch Awards. The awards honor Black Greater Cincinnatians committed to improving the quality of life for Black Queer and Trans folks. Cincinnati Black Pride even has an annual health fair featuring BP checks, STD screenings, mental health forums, exercise, and meditation,

The Flock

927 Race Street (Downtown)
513-381-0563
[email protected]
Instagram | Facebook
Upcoming Events
A low-key LGBTQ+ destination for weekend nights with live entertainment every Friday and Saturday. Guests can enjoy local musicians, burlesque performers, karaoke, and more. This Cincinnati gay bar frequently hosts events created for the LGBTQ+ Black community: Melanin Magic and Unfriendly Black Hotties.

a colorful bar with neon and disco balls

Good Judys

4169 Hamilton Avenue (Northside)
513-384-8708
Instagram | Facebook
A queer dive offering cocktails, mocktails, canned and bottled beverages, celebrating LGBTQ+ culture. Enjoy themed musical parties and weekly performances by Drag and LGBTQ+ entertainers! The Northside bar regularly hosts events for the Queer Black Community: R&B Nite and Melanin Magic

a colorful and decorated bar

Exploring Cincinnati’s Vibrant Gay Bars and Clubs

Cincinnati’s gay bars are about inclusivity, fun, and being yourself. Join the celebration and connect with others in this welcoming community. Whether dancing or chilling, there’s something for everyone here.

Bar 32

701 Bakewell Street (Covington)
859-261-2241
[email protected]
Facebook
A bar with a friendly neighborhood vibe, a delightful selection of beers and cocktails, and a pool table.

a bar with rainbow details

Bloom OTR

1120 Walnut Street (OTR)
513-537-4591
[email protected]
Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
Upcoming Events
A nightclub with a dance floor, karaoke, and weekly drag shows from world-class LGBTQ+ dancers and entertainment.

group of people in a colorful nightclub

Home Base Tavern

2401 Vine Street (Clifton)
513-832-8060
Instagram | Facebook
A dive bar-type bar with pool, open mics, karaoke, and more in an eclectic atmosphere.

a bar with rainbow accents

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Main Event Cincinnati

835 Main Street (Downtown)
513-421-1294
Instagram | Twitter
A simple, streamlined nightspot with drag shows, cocktails, karaoke, and dancing.

a bar with rainbow lights

MixWells Northside

3935 Spring Grove Avenue (Northside)
513-384-8708
Instagram | Facebook
Upcoming Events
A lively and welcoming bar with a diverse crowd and cheap drinks and attractions, including karaoke, drag shows, and burlesque.

a colorful bar with interesting decor

Rosie’s Tavern

643 Bakewell Street (Covington)
859-291-9707
[email protected]
Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
A welcoming community bar known for its talented bartenders, positive atmosphere, and friendly, cheerful patrons.

a bar with wood and exposed brick

Tillie’s Lounge

4042 Hamilton Avenue (Northside)
513-541-1414
[email protected]
Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
Upcoming Events
A lounge with a colorful atmosphere, superb drink options, and weekly lively events.

a bar with dark lighting and romantic seating

Cincinnati Pride Organizations and Resources

Discover empowering events and connect with inclusive communities through LGBTQ+ organizations and resources. These vital networks provide support, advocacy, and celebration for all.

Big Gay Events

A Cincinnati-based Instagram page that frequently hosts parties, festivals, formals, and other events for the LGBTQ+ community.

a group of people posing in formal outfits and sashes

Cincinnati Pride

[email protected]
Instagram | Facebook
Cincinnati Pride provides the Greater Cincinnati LGBTQ+ community with a forum that promotes inclusion and acceptance while affirming individuality. The organization fosters collaboration with area organizations and businesses through sponsorships, partnerships, and programming.

Cincinnati Pride provides resources to positively impact the lives of all individuals regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression. Cincinnati Pride has an annual parade and festival at Sawyer Point Park on the fourth Saturday in June.

queer people attending a festival

GLSEN Greater Cincinnati

866-934-9119
[email protected]
Instagram | Facebook
GLSEN Greater Cincinnati is a grassroots initiative fighting for every student’s right to a safe, supportive education. The organization works locally to ensure safe schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.

a group of smiling people in matching shirts

HRC Greater Cincinnati

[email protected]
Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
HRC Greater Cincinnati works to engage LGBTQ+ people and allies in the fight for equality. The organization raises money to fund HRC’s work, build strong relationships with local businesses and like-minded organizations, and turn out voters to elect pro-equality candidates into office.

a man with sunglasses speaking in a megaphone

PFLAG Cincinnati

513-721-7900
[email protected]
Instagram | Facebook
PFLAG is an organization of LGBTQ+ people, parents, families, and allies who work together to create an inclusive world.

The Cincinnati chapter, PFLAG Cincinnati, offers support through monthly meetings. The organization provides education through periodic guest speakers, online resources, and a lending library. PFLAG also provides advocacy through partnering with local organizations focused on equality and safety for LGBTQ+ people.

PFLAG group smiling in costume at a library

Transgender Health Clinic at Cincinnati Children’s

513-636-4681
The Living With Change Center at Cincinnati Children’s provides an accepting atmosphere and services for patients 5-24 years old. Patients receive an evaluation by a physician, an assessment by a social worker, and other services depending on their needs. The treatment plan is individualized based on the needs and preferences of the patient and family or guardians.

Venture into Cincinnati’s vibrant LGBTQ+ scene and gay bars. Inclusivity builds stronger communities. Join the celebration, embracing diversity for a more welcoming environment.

If there are other gay bars in Cincinnati we missed, let us know at The Voice of Black Cincinnati.

Written by: Sophie Barsan

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