Whether you are looking for a rowdy dance club, a convivial piano bar, a sporty gay bar, or a chill lounge — the thing that ties all LGBTQ+ establishments together is community — a safe spot for newcomers and a familial site for the elders. We put together a list of the best LGBTQ+ bars across the nation to feel the love and celebrate inclusion. Some are brand new spots filling a void in less represented areas, and others are historic bedrock establishments of the gay rights movement. When many of these places came into existence, they were underground operations. Now widely recognized as cornerstones of equality, the transition of these establishments shows just how important it is that places of acceptance exist.
When considering the subjectivity of being the “best,” we considered several aspects. In compiling this list, we looked at a space’s quality of food and drinks, creativity in event planning and hosting, the interior design and ambiance, service, contributions to society, and most importantly, a feeling of safe fellowship. So, pony up to the bar, pour your favorite drink, and show some pride for the 21 spots that made our list.