The LGBT Scene in Vegas: A Complete Guide

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Want to know more about the LGBT scene in Las Vegas?

Las Vegas has a reputation for many things. It’s not known as Sin City for no reason and this hedonistic party town is a Mecca for all kinds of vices including gambling, sex and an ‘anything goes’ kind of mentality. As well as being a popular spot for bachelors and bachelorettes, tourists and gamblers, Las Vegas is also a hub for the LGBT community. The city embraces diversity in many forms and you can find a whole range of venues that are primarily geared for the ‘pink dollar’.

In this guide, we explore all the popular places in Las Vegas that are aimed at the LGBT scene including nightclubs, bars, saunas, cruising areas as well as community groups and events. We also look at popular apps for LGBT dating in Las Vegas plus take a peek at the opportunities for LGBT escorts and in Nevada’s brothels.



The LGBT population in Nevada is one of the higher, per capita, in the United States with recent Gallup polls reporting that 4.3% of state’s population identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. As the jewel in the crown of Nevada’s celebration of diversity, Las Vegas very much flies the Rainbow Flag for the LGBT community. It is a city that is rich with variety in terms of entertainment, communities and events, helping residents and visitors to celebrate their identity.

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Cities don’t come much more fabulous than Las Vegas and with a huge LGBT population, Sin City is also a Pink City. Image via Pixabay.

Bars

Las Vegas has a great range of bars and drinking holes that are principally aimed at the LGBT community. Unlike a lot of cities, Las Vegas is used to tourists and visitors, so the bars tend to be far less ‘cliquey’ than in some other U.S. cities. As you would expect from this flamboyant city, a lot of the venues are themed and offer great entertainment and, sometimes, a little side line of gambling….just so you remember where you are!

Our top picks of the LGBT clubs and bars in Las Vegas are:

Badlands Saloon

953 E Sahara Ave #22B, Las Vegas, NV 89104

www.badlands-saloon.com

Themed around Country & Western, the Badlands Saloon is a trendy and easy-going bar situated in the historic commercial district.

Popular with men seeking a cowboy of their own, the space includes video poker games, a pool table, darts and shuffleboard as well as a dance floor and sound system.

Though it is one of Las Vegas’s oldest gay bars, it’s a modern space and welcomes all guests irrelevant of their sexuality. The owners pride themselves on being one of the friendliest and most laid back bars in Sin City.

The bar is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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A popular bar, Badlands is relaxed and informal with a touch of ‘Country’ class. Image via website.

Bastille on 3rd

1402 S 3rd St, Las Vegas, NV 89104

http://bastillelv.com/

Situated at the entrance to the very popular Arts District, Bastille on 3rd is situated on the site of Las Vegas’s oldest gay bar, Snick’s Place. The new venue under its current name in 2015 and is, unsurprisingly, themed with a French feel.

A quaint and intimate bar, Bastille on 3rd has some gaming machines and there are special promotions run on a regular schedule including top shelf Tuesdays, half price Martini Mondays and Whiskey Wednesdays.

The bar is open daily from 10.00am to 2.00am with happy hours being run midday to 7.00pm.

Charlie’s Las Vegas

5012 S Arville St #4, Las Vegas, NV 89118

www.charlieslasvegas.com

Referring to itself (tongue in cheek) as ‘a little bitty piss ant country place’, Charlie’s is a country themed bar which features line dancing, live bingo as well as regular entertainment. They were voted the best gay nightclub bar in Vegas and remain a popular venue to hit up for some cowboy action.

Aptly, Charlie’s is situated a few minutes’ walk from the Wild Wild West Casino to the west of the southern tip of the Strip.

Charlie’s also has venues in Denver, Phoenix and Colorado.

Charlies is open daily from 2.00pm to 5.00am with happy hour run from 4pm

Flex Cocktail Lounge

4371 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89102

http://flexlasvegas.com/

More of a gay-friendly bar than an out and out LGBT venue, the Flex Cocktail Bar is located in the north west of the city in the Kensington/Artesian Heights district.

Opened over twenty years ago, the bar has a club feel to it and the weekends can get very loud and busy. There are bar top gaming machines and a main stage where you can catch live events from karaoke to drag and even movies.

It’s got more of a locals feel to it than some of the other venues in the city and has a strong reputation with the community for its friendly staff, competitive prices and great drag entertainment.

Flex is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Fun Hog Ranch

495 E Twain Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89169

http://funhogranchlv.com/

A rustic watering hole in the north east of Las Vegas, the Fun Hog Ranch is a casual bar with a country feel to it. Less of a nightclub and more of a road bar, you will definitely be drinking beers and spirits and not wine and cocktails.

Everyone is welcome but fetish and leather wear is strongly encouraged, particularly on themed event nights like ‘Gear’ on the first Saturday of the month. The 2nd Friday of the month is when bears get to roam the ranch.

The Fun Hog Ranch is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Meet the bartenders (and bears) of Fun Hog Ranch. Image via Facebook.

The Garage

1487 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89119

www.thegaragelv.com

Another casual bar but this one themed around an auto-body shop, the Garage has pool tables, darts, video poker and daily drink specials.

It’s a bar that proves popular with tourists as much for its great atmosphere and cheap drinks as its gimmick.

Situated just east of the Strip, the bar is quite close to the University and does well with students, both as customers and as bar staff. If you like the idea of being served by a fresh faced and clean cut grease monkey then The Garage is the best place in Vegas.

The Garage is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Las Vegas Eagle

3430 E Tropicana Ave Suite 47, Las Vegas, NV 89121

www.facebook.com/thelasvegaseagle

Situated in the busy entertainment district of Paradise, the Las Vegas Eagle was reopened in 2017 and now continues to provide a casual but fun atmosphere.

They run plenty of special events to keep regulars coming back and to draw in visiting tourist. The most popular of these is the underwear party nights, now the Underwear and Karaoke Night. There are plenty of other promotions to enjoy including ‘No Shirt, Free Drinks’ and drag performances.

The bar is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Las Vegas Lounge

900 E Karen Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89109

https://thelasvegaslounge.com/

The only Las Vegas bar specifically dedicated to TSs, TVs and CDs plus their admirers. It’s an ordinary enough bar and has eschewed the temptation to go for a theme in favor of providing a simple and casual bar experience.

Situated in the heart of the historic commercial center district, the Las Vegas Lounge has weekly TS drag shows, video poker and pool tables as well as a juke box, photo booth and boxing machine. They also run speed dating events.

The Las Vegas Lounge is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Happy hour is from 8.00am to 9.00pm.

Phoenix Bar & Lounge

4213 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102

www.facebook.com/thephoenixlv

A casual bar located to the west of the Strip, the Phoenix Bar & Lounge is a classy gay and alternative venue. Customers regularly commend the venue on its friendly atmosphere, great music and good food and spirits.

The lounge has regular events which they post details of on their Facebook pages which can include burlesque, fetish and drag. They’ve even had fire performances with Blazing Art.

The bar is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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A sizeable bar, Phoenix is popular in the LGBT community for a good atmosphere and great prices. Image via Facebook.

Quadz

4640 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169

www.quadzbar.com

A video and gaming bar offering plenty of side entertainment, Quadz is a popular spot within the famous ‘fruit loop’. They play upbeat music but the venue is pretty chilled out and social rather than a club hub. As well as loose slots they also have pool, darts and video poker.

You can find the Quadz bar to the east of Las Vegas in Paradise.

The bar is open 24/7.

Spotlight Lounge

975 E Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89104

www.spotlightlounge.com

Another gay bar in the historic commercial center district, the Spotlight Lounge is known for its daily drink specials and a warm welcome.

They offer pool tables, darts, shuffleboard and video poker as well as a touch tunes sound system, free Wi-Fi and six 50” flat screen TVs. They also hold regular events including karaoke.

It might not be the glitziest and most glamorous of bars but it is a decent spot to get a drink and to socialise rather than ‘vamp it up’.

The Spotlight Lounge is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Night Clubs

As well as bars that cater to the LGBT community, you can also find nightclubs where the party atmosphere is more hedonistic, lights are darker and the beats louder. Las Vegas is well known for its night time entertainment scene and these clubs are all well regarded for their great atmosphere, good prices and warm welcome for the LGBT community of Las Vegas.

Flair Night Club

1700 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89119

www.flairvegas.com

Situated east of the Strip past the University of Nevada you will find the Flair Night Club. It is a reasonably large dance club covering around 14,000 sq. ft. of space and incorporating three bars and two dance floors with a main stage.

Events are mixed and varied and include live music and entertainment such as the Sin Sity Sisters and the Southwest EOY FI (Entertainer of the Year Finals).

Flair is open Thursday to Sunday nights from 11.00pm to 4.00am.

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Hosting some great drag acts, Flair is a key night out on the LGBT scene. Image via Facebook.

Free Zone

6665, 610 E Naples Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89119

http://freezonelv.com/

This is a pretty casual night club that also offers some gambling, food and pool tables as well as live entertainment including karaoke and drag.

Less of a night club and more of a bar with a clubbing feel, Free Zone doesn’t have so much of a ‘theme’ or ‘style’ but just offers a good, old-fashioned night out in a party atmosphere. Enjoyed by all members of the LGBT community, Free Zone has recently been remodelled.

Drag shows start at 10.00pm and regular promotions include the popular $10 bottomless beer from 8.00pm till 2.00am and an all you can drink liquor bust from midnight to 3.00am (prices correct at the time of review, May 2018).

Piranha Night Club

4633 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169

www.piranhavegas.com

The Piranha Night Club is a colorful and vibrant gay nightclub in Las Vegas and is open seven night a week. It has consistently been voted as the Best Gay Nightclub in sin city.

The club features several bars that stock a wide range of domestic and international beers and spirits as well as serving cocktails. The club itself is divided into three main rooms, each playing different styles of music plus an outside patio area with comfy seating and fireplaces for socialising and relaxing.

20+ Go-Go dancers help keep the party pumping and the Piranha is also home to some of Las Vegas’s best drag queens including some that have featured on Ru Paul’s Drag Race.

Opening hours for the Piranha Night Club are as follows:

  • Sunday to Wednesday: 10.00pm to 5.00am
  • Thursday: 6.30pm to 5.00am
  • Friday and Saturday: 10.00pm to 6.00am
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Events at Piranha are big and bold with a lot of bite. Image via website.

Spa and Sauna Clubs

Spas and sauna clubs have always been popular places for gay men to meet and cruise for pick ups as well as to socialize and relax with other guys. There are two places in Las Vegas for men only.

Hawks Gym & Spa

953 E Sahara Ave #35 B-102, Las Vegas, NV 89104

http://hawksgym.com/

Opened in 2002, Hawks is owned and operated by gay ad bisexual staff and is the only such club in Las Vegas. The facilities cover a space of around 6,500 sq. ft. and incorporate a gym, sauna and steam room plus play zones.

There are 23 private dressing rooms each equipped with a TV and that shows erotica, shower facilities, plus:

  • Meditation room
  • Games room
  • Gymnastic room
  • Smoking lounge
  • On-site shop and vending machine

Hawks runs plenty of events to encourage guys to get intimate including the Cum Union International Sex Party which attracts almost 200 guys.

The gym is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week with daily membership being charged at $7 per day plus locker and private room hire fees. Discounts apply to military men, students and early birds.

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Plenty of parking & a reasonably discreet entrance, Hawks is well located. Image via Google Earth.

Entourage Vegas Spa and Health Club

953 E Sahara Ave A19, Las Vegas, NV 89104

http://vegasgayspa.com/

Conveniently located in the historic commercial center district, the Entourage Vegas Spa and Health Club is a popular men-only club.

Originally opening in 1994, the venue is gay-owned and gay-operated and has a strong reputation for its customer service, hygienic facilities and good atmosphere.

Facilities include:

  • Heated swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Jacuzzi
  • Steam room
  • Dark room
  • Play room
  • 69 Private dressing rooms
  • 2 Locker rooms
  • Gym
  • Snack café
  • Group and private showers

The Entourage has a regular calendar of weekly events include:

  • Boys Monday – $5 lockers for those men under the age of 25
  • BLT Tuesdays – $15 rooms and $10 lockers for men who are Black, Latino or BlaTino.
  • Wise Wednesday – $15 rooms and $8 lockers for men over the age of 40
  • Dirty Thirty Thursday – $15 rooms and $10 lockers for men who are over 26 and under 40
  • Friday and Saturday – Open House
  • Over 40s Social Sunday – $15 rooms and $8 lockers for men over 40

Entourage is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Cruising

As in most major towns and cities, cruising is a popular way to hook up for a casual encounter in the gay community. Las Vegas is no exception and there are lots of places around the city that are apparently quite well-known gay cruising areas. Though they tend to be frequented by gay men, be aware that most of these places are public spaces and local decency laws apply if you are caught fooling around.

  • Angel Park, Angel Park Trail, Las Vegas, NV 89145
  • W Wayne Bunker Park, 7351 W Alexander Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89129
  • Duck Creek Park, 8650 Pollock Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89123
  • Sunset Park, 2601 East Sunset Road, Las Vegas, NV 89120
  • Woofter Park, 1600 Rock Springs Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89128
  • Jaycee Park, 2100 E St Louis Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89104
  • Wild Wild West Car Park, 3330 W Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89103
  • Wetlands Park, Wetlands Park Ln, Las Vegas, NV 89122
  • Arroyo Grande Sports Complex, 298 N Arroyo Grande Blvd, Henderson, NV 89014
  • Nellis Meadows Park, 4949 E Cheyenne Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89115
  • Gold Crest Park, 714 Craig Creek Ave, North Las Vegas, NV 89032
  • Alexander Villas Park, 3620 Lincoln Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89115

Other areas in Las Vegas that are good for cruising is the Downtown First Street area and Fremont Street.

A little way outside of the city and you can find a nude gay beach at Lake Mead National Park. It’s actually found across the state line, but you can find it at Temple Bar Marina, AZ 86443. There are no facilities at this location so pack essentials for a day trip.

Another popular spot outside the city is the Gold Strike Canyon Hot Springs (Great Basin Hwy, Boulder City, NV 89005) where you can bathe for a fee (swimming gear optional) and can be a good place to pick up.

LGBT Community

Gay & Lesbian Community of Southern Nevada

401 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89101

www.thecenterlv.org

This is a community center that is active with promoting social events, awareness campaigns and providing a focal point for LGBT families. It is a well run hub that is very active in providing an important space for groups to meet.

The Center is open Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 8.00pm.

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The Center is a hub for the LGBT community and provides an important service. Image via Google Earth.

Metropolitan Community Church of Las Vegas

1140 Almond Tree Ln #302, Las Vegas, NV 89104

www.mcclv.com

A part of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (the largest, and first, LGBT focused ministry in the world), you can find a host of family orientated and community events including choir, social picnics and religious services.

They also run the popular Creating a Life that Matters classes.

Gay Vegas

www.gayvegas.com

Gay Vegas is one of the principle community websites for the LGBT community of Las Vegas. It is a directory on all the hotels, shows and restaurants that are LGBT-friendly. It also features regular news and features of upcoming community events that can be as varied and diverse as Jewish LGBT community balls and book clubs to sports events and celebrity interviews.

It’s a great online magazine for anyone who anyone living in the area of visiting Las Vegas who wants to know more about the LGBT scene.

You can register as a member and customise the types of information you want. Definitely one to bookmark.

Events

The annual LGBT Pride Festival and Parade is usually held during October and full details can be found via the Las Vegas Pride website.

The organisation (and others) also hosts regular weekly events throughout the year including family days, social meets and workshops. A firm favorite is the weekly LGBT pool party held at the Luxor Hotel every Sunday (Temptation Sundays) as well as:

Their calendars cater for men and women who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transsexual and you can find full details, here.

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Temptation Sundays at Luxor are very popular….wonder why. Image via Luxor’s website.

Escorts

Presumably because of the sheer number of ways to hook up for casual sex in Las Vegas, there are a lot less gay escorts and rent boys than you might find in some other major U.S. cities. However, you can book and pay for the services of a male escort as well as with a T-girl using one of the agencies or directories below:

Transsexual Escorts – Las Vegas

Gay Escorts – Las Vegas

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Rent Men is the top gay escort service in the USA. Image via website.

Nevada Brothels

Despite the opening of an all-male brothel in 2010, the Shady Lady which subsequently closed, there are no gay brothels in Nevada.

In 2015, the popular Love Ranch (owned by Denis Hof) made history when it signed up the first transsexual prostitute to work in a legal brothel in Nevada. Madison Montag no longer works at the venue and, as far as know, there are no other bordellos in the state that offer the services of a T-girl.

Hook Up Apps

And, lastly we’ve covered a few of the most popular hook up apps that you can use whilst in Las Vegas to meet up with other gay, lesbian, trans and bisexuals.

All operating in a similar way to Tinder, each has their own USP, from some additional features to the kind of users they appeal to. They are all popular in Las Vegas and offer a convenient way to pick up locally.

Featured image via Pixbay.



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