Shine Like a Star at the Best LGBTQ Venues in Las Vegas

If you want a wild night in Vegas, look no further than these off-Strip LGBTQ venues
If you want a wild night in Vegas, look no further than these off-Strip LGBTQ venues | © Gavin Hellier / Alamy Stock Photo
Krista Marie Diamond

From dive bars to vast nightclubs, the LGBTQ venues near Paradise Road, UNLV and McCarran Airport in Las Vegas are great spots for an evening of dancing and drinking. Get your groove on at one of these nightspots in the area known as the Fruit Loop.

Loved by over 40s

Las Vegas Strip often steals the thunder as the go-to place for bars and nightclubs, but there are venues elsewhere in Sin City with a thriving scene to rival it. Here’s our pick.

Fun Hog Ranch

LGBTQ Bar, American

Just east of Paradise Road, near the Strip, is the laid-back, western-inspired Fun Hog Ranch, a no-frills venue with wood paneling that makes you feel as if you’ve stepped into a country bar miles away from the neon lights of Las Vegas. The interior has a rustic feel, creating a relaxed atmosphere where fetish wear is encouraged but not required. Unlike many of the bars in Vegas, Fun Hog Ranch has a drinks menu that keeps things simple – and cheap. Expect late-night happy hours featuring beers, drinks and tequila shot specials. Come on a Tuesday for sweet deals, with $2 drinks and wild revelry until 1am.

The Phoenix Bar and Lounge

LGBTQ Bar, American

This award-winning, 24-hour hotspot sits just a few minutes away from the Strip, in Chinatown. The entrance is unmissable, with a bold painting of a rising phoenix on the wall. Famed for its raucous karaoke nights, go-go dancers, dance parties, themed nights and drag shows, the Phoenix has a lively atmosphere that results in an often-packed venue. Besides booze, it also sells food, including delicious pizzas.

The Garage

LGBTQ Bar, American

A popular hangout for University of Nevada, Las Vegas students and the wider LGBTQ community, the Garage specializes in signature martinis. Stop by for a chocolate-covered cherry martini or a Godiva chocolate liqueur with chocolate and vanilla vodka. You can also enjoy a round of pool, darts or shuffleboard; food options include tacos, wings and jalapeño poppers.

Flex Cocktail Lounge

LGBTQ Bar, American

Like many great things in Las Vegas, this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it spot is located in a nondescript area that belies the festive vibe going on inside. This 24-hour bar, near the historic Rancho Circle neighborhood in Downtown, has been part of the community for over 20 years. Touting strong but inexpensive drinks, the Flex draws you into a world of fun – featuring video poker, pool tables, drag-queen karaoke and a monthly Las Vegas Bears night.

Piranha Nightclub

Nightclub, Gay Bar, LGBTQ Bar, American

The Las Vegas Strip may be home to nightclubs with world-class DJs and celebrity guests, but Piranha, on Paradise Road, is proof that the LGBTQ community can throw an equally impressive party off-Strip. This intimate nightclub, often graced by entertainers from RuPaul’s Drag Race, is known as one of the best LGBTQ bars in the city. The lush venue offers drag shows, theme parties, VIP skyboxes and a cozy outdoor patio.


LGBTQ Bar, American

Freezone is a thriving club that’s been welcoming guests for 25 years. Located in the Fruit Loop, up the street from the Hard Rock Hotel, by day it’s a neighborhood dive bar with drinks specials starting bright and early at 8am; but by night it transforms into a wild party, even on weeknights – a 24-hour venue that’s big on drag shows and karaoke parties.

Las Vegas Eagle

LGBTQ Bar, American

This dimly lit Eastside bar, a favorite with the LGBTQ community, hosts underwear nights in a casual atmosphere with round-the-clock hours. Unlike other bars in the city, it’s more of a traditional hangout spot than a nightclub and comes complete with pool tables and gaming at the bar.

Badlands Bar

LGBTQ Bar, Bar, Gay Bar, American

Make the short trek from the Strip for a night of Wild West fun at Badlands Bar, a 24-hour venue that evokes the spirit of a western saloon. It hosts karaoke, trivia nights and all-you-can-drink parties with live DJs. Done out with red walls, wooden floors and video poker at the bar, it’s a perfect spot for country-music enthusiasts looking to meet local folks and knock back a few cheap beers.

Hamburger Mary’s

LGBTQ Bar, American

Fans of drag shows will love Hamburger Mary’s, a glittery, technicolor delight of a bar that’s famed for its weekend gospel brunches. Step inside for a buffet and bottomless mimosas, while the entertainment around you gets lively. Every Friday and Saturday, this Paradise watering hole and restaurant goes big with its Stars and Stilettos drag show. Grab a seat at the bar or reserve a table and enjoy fishbowls of spiked punch, burgers and cupcakes from local bakery the Cupcakery.

culture trip left arrow
 culture trip brand logo

Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip

meet our Local Insider


women sitting on iceberg


2 years.


It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.


I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!

culture trip logo letter c
group posing for picture on iceberg
group posing for picture on iceberg

Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.

map of volcanic iceland trip destination points
culture trip brand logo
culture trip right arrow
landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.