11+ of the very best lesbian bars within the US

Even earlier than the pandemic, lesbian bars had been an endangered a part of LGBTIQ+ tradition.

Right this moment, of the practically 63,000 bars in America, simply 23 of them are lesbian bars — down from about 200 within the Eighties. Perhaps it’s on-line courting, neighborhood shifts or societal modifications which have diminished the variety of devoted lesbian areas. However regardless of the explanations, The Lesbian Bar Project is elevating funds and consciousness in regards to the small handful of full-time queer-gal hangouts nonetheless open from coast to coast.

After elevating greater than $260,000 since its 2020 launch, The Lesbian Bar Challenge has boosted help for these last-standing bars, thanks partly to the help of multi-talented performer Lea DeLaria. DeLaria narrates and govt produced the short documentary of the identical identify, directed by Erica Rose and Elina Avenue, which is up for a Tribeca Film Festival award in 2022.

Past the venture, although, there’s the IRL solution to present some love for lesbian bars: visiting them for some in-person patronage (matronage?) in any of the 20 US cities the place they’re nonetheless shaking, stirring and pouring. In fact, these bars are there primarily for lesbian and queer folx to really feel secure and cozy, however respectful LGBTIQ+ allies are welcome — and hey, there’s at all times room to throw again a shot and a beer, similar to DeLaria within the brief movie. 

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The jovial scene inside NYC’s Cubbyhole © Cubbyhole

Henrietta Hudson & Cubbyhole, New York Metropolis: West Village icons of lesbian tradition

Every of those legendary bars have served lesbians of Manhattan and past because the early Nineteen Nineties, after they had been amongst a number of different downtown woman bars. They’re owned by two totally different ladies, and serve up totally different vibes—i.e. Cubbyhole is adorably compact, whereas Henrietta Hudson is roomy with dancing and karaoke. However they’re each beloved lesbian-centric establishments of the West Village, situated only a few blocks aside, and a stunning stroll from the Stonewall Nationwide Monument.

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Wildrose, Seattle: Serving the very best of the Pacific Northwest’s lesbian scene

Anchoring the lesbian contingent of Seattle’s LGBTIQ+ neighborhood since 1984, the Wildrose has every little thing you’ll ever need or want in a nook bar. There’s a pool desk, pleased hour, karaoke, theme nights, DJs, a flirty bar for singles and loads of tables for outdated pals. 

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Sue Ellen's lesbian bar in Dallas
Sue Ellen’s lesbian bar in Dallas © Courtesy of Sue Ellen’s

Sue Ellen’s, Dallas: Ship the boys to JR’s and invite the ladies right here

Opened in 1989 and occupying its spot on Throckmorton Avenue since 2008, Sue Ellen’s is the longtime girls’ selection of Oak Garden in central Dallas. With two tales, an outside patio, pool tables and stage for reside reveals, it’s simple to begin early with happy-hour drinks on the bar, and finish by kicking up your heels with late-night dance events. 

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Herz, Cell, Alabama: Southern fave for sports activities, hookahs, and fancy cocktails

In a state that’s politically flaming pink, you’ve acquired to boost a glass in solidarity with Herz for representing and serving the LGBTIQ+ neighborhood in Cell, Alabama. Opened by dynamic married duo Sheila and Rachel Smallman in 2019, Herz survived the pandemic with help from The Lesbian Bar Challenge and dependable locals who depend on such a pleasant neighborhood gathering place within the conservative South—not not like Stonewall-era bargoers, who wanted a spot simply to be themselves.

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Blush & Blu, Denver: Drag kings and burlesque are solely the start

Simply down from Denver’s LGBTIQ+ Heart on Colfax is one other neighborhood house, this one with all method of lesbian-centric enjoyable. Blush & Blu is a three-story bar with sturdy cocktails, arcade video games, a library lounge, and a busy calendar of occasions spanning burlesque reveals, poker nights, reside comedy, lesbian velocity courting, and extra.

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Walker's Pint in Milwaukee
Walker’s Pint in Milwaukee © Courtesy of Walker’s Pint

Walker’s Pint, Milwaukee: The nook faucet for on a regular basis janes and sports activities followers

Sustaining a secure, pleasant spot for ladies is the mission of Walker’s Pint, probably the greatest, easygoing hangouts for lesbians within the Midwest. It’s occupied its 2nd Avenue nook in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Level neighborhood since 2001, drawing largely ladies (and a mixture of different folx) for pool, patio time, reside music and native Bucks, Brewers and different massive video games. 

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Wild Facet West, San Francisco: The West Coast’s oldest lesbian bar nonetheless pouring

This San Francisco outpost of lesbian satisfaction has welcomed radically queer flirtations since 1962. It moved from its authentic Broadway location as much as Bernal Heights again in 1976, and at this time Wild Facet West nonetheless feels the love of devoted queer ladies (and their friends) who flock right here for weird-but-true trivia nights, stiff drinks and its eclectic beer backyard. 

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My Sister’s Room, Atlanta: Hotlanta’s favourite Midtown ladies’s bar

Superstar pop-ins, reside reveals, sturdy drinks and sultry weekend soirees maintain Georgians coming again to My Sister’s Room in Midtown Atlanta. This out, proud lesbian-owned membership has welcomed ladies since 1996, amplifying the “L” within the LGBTIQ+ attraction round Piedmont Avenue.

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Ginger’s Bar, Brooklyn, New York: Proud queer outpost within the coronary heart of Brooklyn

The final official lesbian bar within the outer boroughs of New York Metropolis, Ginger’s brings the cool old-school pub vibes to Park Slope. Bartenders and patrons are equally sociable, making this one of many best bars on the town to stomach up solo and meet new pals. There’s a pool desk, drink specials, karaoke nights and a wonderful again yard normally buzzing with a mixture of lesbians and the individuals who love them.

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Pearl Bar, Houston: The lesbian hitching submit of Houston

Many agree with Pearl Bar’s self-proclamation of being “The very best rattling lesbian bar in Texas.” This big, rustic-style bar is a fast jaunt from Montrose, Houston’s LGBTIQ+ neighborhood. Ladies love the large, colourful patio, crawfish boils and barbecues, rollicking reveals and Pearl Bar’s nice massive coronary heart, the place queer folx come to carouse with their neighborhood.

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On a be aware of optimism, a number of daring entrepreneurs have added much more satisfaction to the lesbian bar roster of late. Right here’s a particular shout-out to a few brand-new queer-gal hangouts, all opened up to now yr: Nobody’s Darling, a refined cocktail lounge in Chicago’s Andersonville; As You Are, in Washington, DC, a restaurant and bar that warmly welcomes lesbian, trans and non-binary folx; and The Sports Bra, Portland, specializing in all issues ladies’s sports activities. 

Try the Lesbian Bar Project website here for different nice spots for queer ladies in seven different US cities, and to contribute to the trigger with a donation or an in-person go to.