For over years, Gay New Orleans has been a nexus for everything decadent and alive. Regardless of who you and or who you love, this is one place where you can just be -and is like no other destination on Earth. Here music, art, history, food, and people of different ethnicities, nationalities, and sexual orientations all commix and coalesce into creating something unique. Queers and straights share the infamous Bourbon Street, although the LGBT crowd gravitates toward the northern end, with a host of bars and clubs serving up something for everyone. When it comes to queer festivals, the gay community here also knows how to party with Southern Decadence, Gay Easter, and Halloween, all being wildly popular. New Orleans wants everyone to know whether your a leather daddy, twink drag queen, butch lesbian or trans; you can come, enjoy, and be accepted as you are.
Beth says, Don't leave New Orleans without eating a barbecued shrimp po'boy at Liuzza's at the Track. Calling New Orleans gay-friendly is like saying red beans and rice is a good idea for Monday supper. The city has long been a landing spot for people of all stripes and polka dots — the artistic, expressive and the type that dances to their own drummer. Although Decadence, aka gay Mardi Gras is ground zero for off-the-charts partying, there are gay and inclusive bars and clubs that cater to the queer set year-round. Cis-genders welcome too. If it's leather lords you seek, The Phoenix on Elysian Fields is the premier destination for the gay, bear, pup and leather communities.
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The French Quarter has a long tradition of embracing diversity. There are many bars and clubs that are especially geared toward the LGBTI community where everyone can go and have a good time. Due to Covid restrictions, hours and schedules of some businesses and services may be disrupted. Please check directly with individual businesses as you make plans, and see more about our phased reopening plan. Read More X.
The line between gay and straight bars is a blurry one in New Orleans, a place where diversity is a given and differences of perspective are celebrated in festivals like Southern Decadence. Even Easter has a gay parade. There are lively dance clubs, as well as neighborhood Cheers-style watering holes. Here is a list of them all. Due to Covid restrictions, hours and schedules of some businesses and services may be disrupted.