Best Gay Bars in Denver: Best Gay, Lesbian, Queer & LGBTQ + Bars
The Denver LGBTQIA + community continues to grow, prosper, and celebrate the people for who exactly they are, and luckily there are many destinations that support that growth. The city’s bars and nightclubs are dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQIA + community, and there truly is a place for everyone.
Self-proclaimed as “Denver’s premier LGBTQIA + nightclub,” Tracks is arguably Denver’s most popular dance venue, residing in the heart of colorful RiNo. The club is not only friendly for all walks of life and people of all kinds, but also for those with varied musical tastes. Feel the blood flow through you to EDM on one dance floor, heavy bass from rap and hip-hop on another, and carefree pop hits on another. With three huge dance floors, multiple bars, live dancers, frequent events, and the largest LED screens, there’s plenty to keep you busy.
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If we told you that there were around 15 lesbian bars left in the country, you might not believe us. But it’s true, and Denver is lucky to have one still in operation. Blush & Blu is in the midst of all the energy of East Colfax and in addition to being one of the few lesbian bars in the country, it has also survived a global pandemic and continues to thrive thanks to the support of the community. . Every night there is a theme and a special food or drink (Flannel Fridays?), So it’s always a good time to pop in, and the bar also has its own product line, a percentage of sales which is donated to a local LGBTQIA + youth organization. Also be sure to check out Sunday brunch or visit anytime for a sparkling chai if alcohol isn’t quite your thing.
Have you ever found street parking at the southern tip of the Artistic Santa Fe District and noticed a cool gray building with rainbow flags in the windows? This is the Trade Bar and worth stopping by the next time you pass by. The harmless building is home to an LGBTQIA + compatible fetish and kink bar featuring strong drinks and sexy underground house music. Commerce serves as a place of community where like-minded people can connect and not only feel safe, but also totally welcomed and not judged.
Driving down Lincoln, especially during rush hour, can cause you to miss out on many interesting hidden gems. Fortunately, Denver Sweet isn’t that hidden away; you have probably seen the rainbow flag and the large mural on the side of the building and if you haven’t you may need to get out more. The bar is a “Bear Inspired” place, with a rooftop offering stunning views, tasty applications, sandwiches and pizzas, and just about any liquor under the sun. Enjoy two levels of entertainment, rotating DJs, and being in the heart of downtown Denver.
Triangle knows what a good time looks like. A chic interior with plush leather cabins and sexy lighting along with a huge outdoor patio means tons of space to dance, drink, and have fun. The bar is located in the historic Triangle Lounge building and has a menu that includes craft cocktails, farm-to-table bar bites and even Starbucks coffee for night owls looking for a shot of caffeine, and on Fridays. is reserved for tacos and tequilas. Additionally, Triangle is particularly dedicated to the environment, serving as the most eco-friendly LGBTQIA + bar in Denver by sourcing locally and using sustainable, compostable products when available. On its own, Triangle is composting and sustainability enough to keep a truckload of trash from ending up in landfills every month.
Alright, alright, alright, grab your ten gallon hat and spurs and head over to the bar that completely covers the gay-Wild West dating market. Charlie’s is a Denver institution at this point, operating for 40 years and remaining one of the default LGBTQIA + bars for a weekend (or weekday evening) in town. In addition to its Mediterranean cuisine, which includes gyros, falafels and baklava, the bar / restaurant recently announced that tacos, burritos, bowls, quesadillas and more are now available on the menu. There’s also a wide selection of libations, from generous beer and spirits lists to carefully crafted Cowboy cocktails.
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While some of the bars on this list are primo, laid back and laid back places, the X Bar is definitely the place you want to go to chill out and dance your assless guys. Also a destination in East Colfax, this place has it all: weekend brunch, constant influx of themed events, live performances, karaoke, DJs and so much energy. Drink specials are plentiful and the hashtag is #partyoncolfax, so style your hair, check your nails, and feel good as you strut around some of the funniest places Denver has to offer.
We love a name that gets straight to the point. This bar offers acrobatic and truly impressive pole dance performances, and the purchase of lap dances (now that they are back) is encouraged. The venue might not be the biggest, although what it lacks in size makes up for it with character, top-notch entertainment and a guaranteed good time.
The bar that claims to be Denver’s oldest gay bar is one of the more laid back of the bunch. Functioning as a bar since the 1950s, the place has definitely had its fair share of history, good and bad. With this in mind, the name comes from a change in the 1970s to become an openly gay bar, which included a name change. To the surprise of many people, R&R does not mean “rest and relaxation”, but rather the owners of the bar at the time of change, Rick and Roger. It might not be the place to go to dance, but there is comfortable seating, cold drinks, and a safe space to be yourself and enjoy great company.
Known now as “Denver’s Disco Lounge,” this is another must-see weekend visit to relieve the stress of the week and instead be engrossed in the music and colorful lights. Lucid is vibrant, fun, and energetic, on par with a Tito and Cranberry vibe as opposed to a Colorado craft beer, although you can probably still find one. And did we mention that this second floor nightclub is located in Kyu Ramen? Well, we’ve done it now – if you haven’t tried Kyu’s Hot and Salty Ramen Bowls yet, make it a priority. So stay for the hottest, pinkest bar Colfax has ever seen.
Li’l Devils describes itself more as a watering hole for creative types than a flashy and sexy dance place. In fact, it’s actually a tavern / lounge serving mostly draft beers, many of which are local to Colorado, along with seasonal rotating beverage menus. Any time spent on the spacious terrace or patio is indeed time well spent, but the warm and comfortable interior is the perfect place to chat with friends and feel right at home, especially since the weather cools down.
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A catchy pun always hooks us, although the fact that this place is Denver’s ‘only gay sports bar’ is mainly why we had to have it on our list. Oh and it’s literally across the street from Blush & Blu if you pop into a gay bar. Whatever your favorite sport – yes, even cricket – there’s a good chance Tight End has the game on one of the big screens. Have fun, cheer on your team and sip a cocktail or one of the many beers on tap knowing that you are in a safe space where discrimination of any kind is not tolerated. And if the Big Game isn’t on its way but you’re still looking to have some fun, attend a number of regular events, from Balls Deep Bingo to Beer Bust Thursdays, to get your fix.
Fusions Bar and Grill is one of those bars that got a chance to try their hand at opening during the Covid-19 peak. Because you know it, opening a bar is that easy. Well, not only did it open, but it’s since become a RiNo hotspot, and not just because it serves mouth-watering Mongolian stir-fries seven days a week (although it certainly attracts a lot of people). Fusions is gay owned and operated and has a bar on the first and second floor, outdoor seating with a dog friendly patio, and plenty of free parking in the nearby Industry parking garage. Order a tropical drink, one of the inspired cocktails of the month, or a spinning beer, and enjoy the good vibes and scent of stir-fried noodles.
Be on the lookout for Denver’s new gay bar, SIR, arriving in November from father-son duo Tyler and Trey Stewart. He will reside in the former Vesta space on Blake Street.
Erica Buehler is a contributor to Thrillist.