Best Gay And Lesbian Bars In Cleveland

May 27, 2011 8:32 PM

Cleveland’s gay and lesbian bar scene is thriving, and bars range from trendy dance clubs to casual pubs. Here are four of the city’s best gay and lesbian bars. – LeeAnn Mullen

The Leather Stallion Saloon

2205 Saint Clair Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 589-8588

The oldest leather bar in the Midwest, The Leather Stallion was opened in 1970. This downtown gay bar is almost a home away from home for many. With its “Cheers”-like atmosphere, The Leather Stallion welcomes all who take an interest in alternative lifestyles, particularly those who enjoy leather apparel. The bar offers a variety of cocktails and beer brands, and special events include things like holiday parties, potluck dinners and live music. The facility has a laid-back corner-neighborhood-bar feel, and the crowd dresses very casually. The Leather Stallion Saloon is open daily from 3 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.


2814 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 357-2997

Bounce is an expansive, modern lesbian and gay nightclub that is famous for its large overhead media screens and weekly drag shows. Well known for its affordable (and strong) drink specials, Bounce attracts a large crowd of LGBTs each evening, providing all with comfortable seating, elaborate lighting and gay-friendly music videos on the huge media screens. Bounce Night Club is open Thursday through Saturday from 10:30 p.m. to 2:15 a.m. and Sunday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Twist Bar and Night Club

11633 Clifton Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44102
(216) 221-2333

Located in the very gay-friendly west side suburb of Lakewood, Twist Bar and Night Club features two trendy stories of fun. Creative lighting, heart-pounding music and a large dance floor bring in customers who are looking for a place to just let loose and have a lot of fun. The bar also features a patio, which is open during the warmer months. Twist Bar and Night Club is open Monday through Saturday from 9 to 2:30 a.m. and Sunday from noon to 2 a.m.

The Grid-n-Orbit

1437 Saint Clair Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 623-0113

Maybe it’s the karaoke parties that bring in the crowds at The Grid-n-Orbit Nightclub, or maybe it’s the male strippers. Whatever it is, though, it’s working. This often-packed LGBT club is a favorite hangout for all who enter, including straight people. Plenty of cold cocktails and thumping beats make The Grid an attractive option for everyone who is looking for fun in Cleveland’s alternative bar scene. The Grid-n-Orbit Nightclub is open Monday through Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., Thursday and Friday from 5 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., Saturday from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

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