Need a night with boys who like boys, girls who like girls, and boys dressed as girls? Tampa is a hot spot for some of the best gay bars offering fabulous happy hours and sexy bartenders! With June being Pride month in Tampa Bay, you have every reason to celebrate what makes you, you! Bring a group of friends and enjoy some of the best gay bars in Tampa. Whether you want to dance your heart out or just chill in a great atmosphere, check out these amazing places where you can party with pride!
Every list of gay bars in Tampa should start with The Honey Pot in the Gaybor district of Ybor City. With an electric sense of energy and amazing drag shows, (shout out to the amazing host Amy Demilo!) you can dance and drink till your little rainbow hearts' desire! With Friday set aside for the guys and Saturday for the girls, party with friends or find that new special someone to dance with! Don't miss Honey Pot's amazing holiday events all year long, connect through 813area to stay informed about the upcoming Fourth of July festivities in Tampa and at Honey Pot!
With three different bar areas, City Side is the place for a truly gay night, no matter the day of the week. Located in South Tampa near Henderson Blvd. and South Dale Mabry, enjoy City Side's 2-4-1 happy hour and classic bar events! You can sing, sing, sing during regular Karaoke on Wednesday's and Classy karaoke on Saturday's! Enjoy their Friday Fantasy dancers or go on Sunday for drag queen bingo!
If you’re a drag queen fanatic who truly loves to dance, Liquid will quench your thirst! Also located in the Gaybor district, at this Tampa gay bar you can enjoy Latin Friday nights and check out popular touring drag queens including Katya, Bob the Drag Queen, and Willam! If you’re ready to get your drink on, slide in for Thirsty Thursday with $3 Long Island Iced Teas! Just be sure to slide out in an Uber or with a designated driver!
Looking for more of a relaxed bar vibe with a spectacular atmosphere? It may not be exclusively for the gay crowd, but First Chance Last Chance is still an awesome bar. Enjoy their 1000 square foot open-air courtyard and some amazing deals like Bartender’s Night Out and Flippin Tuesday’s. First Chance Last Chance stays true to its name by making you feel like you’re experiencing something new while having an amazing time in a familiar venue. No need to dress up, choose this gay-friendly dive bar when you want to hang out in shorts a 'T' and flip-flops.
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They don’t call it Gaybor for no reason! Southern Nights is a fabulous spot where you can dance your way across three different rooms on a huge dance floor! Southern Nights entertains every type of crowd all week. Favorite nights include Man Meat Friday with 2-4-1 drinks and hot dancers, a night of queens on Swank Saturday with Roxxxy Andrews and Jade Embers, and Thursdays So You Think You Can Drag competition with $100 in cash and prizes! This GLBT venue is 18 up.
Located across the street from Honey Pot, this classic LGBTA bar in Tampa serves up daily happy hour of 2-4-1 drinks till 9 pm! If you’re in the mood to look at or be eye candy take part in their Amateur Strip Night on Thursday with a $300 prize. If you enter, dance like your rent is due tomorrow, someone wins big every Thursday at Bradley's, it could be you! If you’re looking to embrace your inner Harvey Feinstein check out the La Cage Aux Follie show on Friday night or the amazing review show on Saturday night!
Hamburger Mary’s isn’t exclusive to Tampa but it’s still where you see the best drag shows, enjoy great food and drinks, and feel nothing but proud! They have a stellar Diva Weekend featuring all their best queens with shows on Friday and Saturday night and even a Sunday brunch show! And if you’re reading this article, I know you love brunch! Find gays and straights partying side by side in this friendly Ybor bar. Don’t forget to head next door and check out Mary’s Pub House where you can grab a beer and watch the game! Wednesdays are for Bingo!
Embrace your wilder (and hairier!) side at Tampa’s favorite bear bar, The Body Shop! On Anything Goes, Friday nights, wear anything you'd like, but on Saturday it's a bear and leather party, where you can embrace your spirit animal. If you want to check it out but are not sure bear hugging is your thing, enjoy college nights with $3 Bacardi and plenty of fun games! Happy hour goes until 8 pm every night and they are open most nights till 3 am
An alternative and gothic bar open to all freaks, geeks, gays and more, Castle makes for an amazing venue! The Castle offers great music and themed nights! You can rewind a few decades during their Monday 80’s night or jump forward a few years with Thursday Pop N’ Wave night! But make sure to head their Sunday night for S.I.N Night, a night for every letter in LGBT! You better be a fast drinker with $1 drinks every 30 minutes till midnight, and then keep the party going with $2 Budweiser products and $3 Sobieski Vodka!
For all you Tampa dive bar fans, Reservoir Bar is perfect for drink deals and great times! Enjoy 2-4-1 wells and drafts ith a very extensive happy hour going from 12 pm to 7 pm! On the weekend, make sure to get their $4 Margaritas and Bloody Mary’s from one of their slutty bartenders! Not only are they nice to look at but they usually have some kind of drink deal to offer!
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Tampa truly is the place for a gay-cation or gay-stay-cation! With so many fabulous bars and clubs in Tampa, you can get your drink and dance on with people from all colors of the rainbow! Gay bars can be far and few between but Tampa brings truly the best gay bar experience, something we can all take pride in! (Cover photo by Andrew Jay, all other photos from respective bar Facebook pages.)