Orlando has a vibrant and proud gay community with plenty of places to hang out with like-minded people from all walks of life. There are bars and clubs well known as liberal haunts where you can mix and mingle, as well as all-day establishments like restaurants and cafes that are known to attract the pink dollar. There’s even annual gay days at some Disney parks during the early summer! Even though the LGBT scene in Orlando isn’t as prominent as in cities such as San Francisco or New York, you will nevertheless find an incredible array of things to see and do for the kings and queens of Florida.
The arts scene is particularly prominent in Orlando, helped in no small part by the thousands of performers who ply their trade in the theme parks and live shows in and around the city. This has spurned such acts as drag shows in burger joints to topless male go-go dancers… and everything (and anything) in between!
As one of the largest and most popular gay clubs in Orlando, Parliament House is considered one of the premier entertainment destinations in the city. Home to the Rainbow Café, Footlight Theater and seven different bars, the club itself is known for its locally produced plays and musicals, as well as its daily drink specials. A large dance floor occupies center stage, complete with laser lights and fog effects. The Rainbow Café is open seven days a week and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. An even more unique feature of Parliament House is the 112-room motel attached to the entertainment complex. The motel features single and double rooms surrounding a large courtyard pool. The whole complex is gay friendly and open throughout the week.
- Address: 410 North Orange Blossom Trail Orlando
- Tel: (407) 425-7571
Popularly billed as ‘an open-air bar for open-minded people’, Hamburger Mary’s provides a flamboyant dining experience complete with drag shows and trivia nights. A menu of burgers, soups and salads is offered alongside an extensive bar menu of craft beers and cocktails. The nightly ‘Dining with the Divas’ drag shows incorporate singing, dancing and improv as the ladies put on a performance while you dine. Charity trivia nights, bingo and karaoke are also held here regularly. Hamburger Mary’s Orlando is located on Church St., in the heart of Downtown Orlando.
- Opening Hours: 14:00 - 17:00 and 22:00 - 24:00
- Address: 110 W. Church Street, Downtown Orlando
- Tel: +1 321-319-0600
From humble origins of just a few hundred people, Dinsey’s de facto day of gay celebration has turned into one of the world’s most popular gay and lesbian celebration takes place in Orlando every summer. The festivity attracts more than 150,000 travelers from all over the world. Although not affiliated with Disney itself, Gay Days is an extremely popular event celebrating the LGBT community. The summer 2017 event is scheduled for the first week of June, starting in Magic Kingdom. Read More...
This College Park gay bar is widely recognized for its lodge-like appearance on the outside. Complete with a koi pond and backyard deck area, Barcodes radiates an extremely relaxed and laid-back atmosphere. This is a friendly gay friendly bar in Orlando if you fancy grabbing a few drinks with friends. A billiards area has recently been added alongside an adult novelty shop selling adult toys and movies. Thursday Latin nights are by far the most popular nights at Barcodes. The bar is also known for its biweekly ‘underwear nights’, where entrance is not permitted if you’re wearing anything but.
- Opening Hours: 12:00-02:00
- Address: 4453 Edgewater Dr, Orlando
- Tel: +1 407-412-6917
White Wolf Café & Bar
White Wolf Café & Bar is a gay-friendly café and bar in Orlando’s Ivanhoe Village District – a colorful bohemian community. This award-winning bistro serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is renowned for its locally sourced crab cake eggs benedict. Weekend brunch is an extremely popular event at White Wolf, featuring specially priced dishes and mimosas. Named one of Orlando’s ‘Top Ten Gems’, this eclectic restaurant is family-owned and decorated with a large assortment of antiques. White Wolf Café & Bar is openly accepting of people of all races, religions and, of course, the LGBT community.
- Address: 1829 N Orange Ave, Orlando
- Tel: +1 407-990-1367
As one of Orlando’s oldest LGBT clubs, Southern Nights has been welcoming partygoers for over 35 years. The club closed down for a major renovation in 2014 and reopened bigger, better and more colorful than ever. Southern Nights is known for welcoming popular local DJs and hosting various live events. Weekdays usually include a number of different drag shows. Happy hour is between 16:00-21:00, and there is no cover before 23:00.
- Address: 375 S Bumby Ave, Orlando
- Tel: +1 407-412-5039
This popular bar has been part of the Orlando gay scene for over 30 years and is known for holding various pool tournaments and trivia nights. The friendly atmosphere at Hank’s is due in part to their antique jukebox and the large private patio behind the bar. Although an understated building on the outside, Hank’s is popular amongst locals for its great drink specials. Beers are always around $2 and college students get their first draft free. Happy hour takes place daily between 12:00-20:00.
- Opening Hours: 12:00–2:00
- Address: 5026 Edgewater Dr, Orlando
- Tel: +1 407-291-2399
A gay nightclub with entertainment dancers and LED lights, Savoy Orlando is made up of two separate bars – Savoy and Tattoo Lounge. Both include a premium liquor selection and over 30 imported and domestic beers. Located on Orange Ave., about 10 minutes from downtown Orlando, Savoy is renowned for its modern atmosphere. Pool tables, electronic darts and flat panel TVs are located in the large outdoor patio. Savoy is also home to The Men of Savoy, shirtless go-go dancers, every day from 18:00-2:00.
- Opening Hours: 17:00-02:00
- Address: 1913 N Orange Ave, Orlando
As the only gay bar in Downtown Orlando, Stonewall is an industrial-chic establishment with multiple levels and a state of the art sound system. The main bar hosts different themes throughout the week, while the patio bar provides a tropical themed seating area. The newest addition to Stonewall, Sky Bar, is an open-air bar located on the second floor with a stunning view of the downtown Orlando skyline. Various TVs line the bar, where you can order your favorite bar food anytime from Monday through Saturday.
- Opening Hours: 16:00-02:00
- Address: 741 W Church St, Orlando
- Tel: +1 407-373-0888
The Pulse Nightclub Memorial is dedicated to the 49 victims of the June 12th, 2016 mass shooting that took place inside the gay nightclub in Orlando. As the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in U.S. history, the Pulse shooting was followed by the largest outpour of LGBT support Orlando has ever seen. A temporary memorial was established outside Pulse Nightclub, complete with posters, candles, rainbow lights, balloons and a personally designed arrangement for each of the victims. Located at the corner of Orange and Kaley Ave., hundreds of people visit the memorial per day. Pulse Nightclub have announced the construction of a permanent memorial located at the same site.
- Address: 1912 South Orange Avenue