Five LGBTQ+ Bars, Lounges, and Nightclubs to Celebrate Pride

Even beyond the month of June, Cincinnati pride runs deep. LGBT-friendly bars and nightclubs are not just the perfect place to let loose this weekend, but all throughout the year.

All month, celebrations of queer joy, the LGBTQ+ community, and universal acceptance have been ringing through the streets of Cincinnati. Even as Pride month comes to a close, there are several locations nestled throughout the area ready to continue the festivities all year long.

Photograph by Brent Hofacker,

Good Judy’s

“Judy is that girl!” Enjoy all the best of queer culture at this hyper-pink, hyper-friendly Northside dive. Attend a themed musical party, cheer on a drag show, and watch weekly performances from LGBTQ+ entertainers while sipping on your favorite cocktail. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 8 pm–2 am and Sundays, 5 pm–1 am. 4169 Hamilton Ave., Northside

Bar 901

If you’re looking for great atmosphere, friendly crowds, and fantastic bartenders, stop by downtown’s corner gay bar at the Brittany. In this laid-back, old-school joint, all are welcome. Open Sundays through Thursdays, 4 pm–midnight and Fridays, Sundays, 5 pm–2:30 am. 901 Race St., downtown.

Crazy Fox Saloon

Ever tried Absinthe? This Newport location is known for the concoction, sipped while surrounded by local art, jukebox music, and playing free pool offered Sunday through Tuesday. This LGBTQ+ friendly bar likes to keep its crowd fun and diverse, open to everyone. Open daily, 3 pm–2:30 am. 901 Washington Ave., Newport

The Birdcage

Having dubbed itself “Cincinnati’s hottest,” this gay-owned and operated bar sure knows how to throw a party. With different events for all groups–from drag shows, to movie nights or karaoke– there’s something for every interest. Step into The Birdcage to let loose and be yourself, they’d love to have you. Open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 5 pm–1 am, Fridays and Saturdays, 5 pm–2:30 am, Sundays, 3 pm–midnight. 927 Race St., Over-the-Rhine

Bloom OTR

Formerly the Below Zero Lounge, Bloom is the newest LGBTQ+ nightclub in Cincinnati. With weekly Drag performances and DJs, this lounge hopes to, once again, be a community cornerstone. Stop by for the grand opening as Cincinnati Pride hits its peak. Open Thursdays and Fridays, 4 pm–2:30 am, Saturdays, noon–2:30 am, Sundays, noon–6pm and 7 pm–2:30 am. 1120 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine

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