Pride

Your Complete Guide to Queer Bars, Clubs, and Shops in Seattle

Updated for June 2021
June 8, 2021
A past performance at Queer/Bar. (Queer/Bar)

Looking for queer havens for celebrating this Pride Month? We've rounded up this list of LGBTQ bars, clubs, and shops in Seattle and have listed their current opening status, so you can plot out your party plans. For more ideas, check out our pride calendar.


BARS AND CLUBS

Pony
The only gay bar in Seattle with an outdoor fire pit also has fantastic bartenders, clever DJs, and vintage gay porn (i.e., huge dicks) wheat-pasted to the walls. Plus, there's a photo booth. Plus, a gloryhole in the bathroom. What more do you want? Go-go dancers? They have go-go dancers on weekends. A tea dance? Sundays at 4 p.m. Karaoke? They have karaoke on Tuesday nights. Once I showed up on a Tuesday, and the entire cast of a touring production of The Book of Mormon was there, singing their hearts out. A word to the wise: The later you show up to Pony, the more crowded it will be.
Status: Temporarily closed, reopening date unknown

Crescent Lounge
Seattle's venerable Crescent Lounge is a seedy, wonderful dive with a colorful host of regulars and the best karaoke on Capitol Hill.
Status: Temporarily closed, reopening date unknown

Madison Pub
A sports bar for men who like men. They have TVs, darts, pool, video games, and pull tabs. It's popular, crowded, and unpretentious.
Status: Open with indoor seating

Diesel
Just steps away from Madison Pub and Pony, this bar caters to bears and the cubs who love them.
Status: Open with indoor seating and takeout

Wildrose
The only bar in the city for women who date women has a screaming deal on tacos on Tuesdays—$1 for beef or bean tacos, $2 for chicken tacos, and $2 Tecates. On Wednesday night, there is karaoke at 9 p.m., and on Thursdays, well drinks are only $3.
Status: Open with indoor seating, outdoor seating, and takeout 

Queer/Bar
This bar is trying to do something unique by being a bar for the entire queer community—including trans folks, nonbinary people, lesbians, and good-old-fashioned gay men. They also have regular drag performances on the weekends.
Status: Open with indoor seating, outdoor seating, and takeout

Neighbours
This is where the dancing happens. Raised platforms, disco lights, etc. Once a stalwart testament to enduring gayness, Neighbours these days welcomes more and more bachelorette parties. But with more than 30 years under its belt—the place is older than most of its clientele—Neighbours still hosts plenty of queer nights.
Status: Open with indoor seating

The Cuff
A leather bar that’s frequently crowded with kinksters, jocks, pups, poz socials, and subs willing to shine your shoes, it also has a large outdoor patio. Seattle Men in Leather meet at the Cuff, and lots of gay sports teams have their social functions there. There are several different areas to hang out in, which makes hiding from your ex much easier.
Status: Open with indoor and outdoor seating

The Eagle
They have underwear parties on Saturdays, a urinal trough, video projections, an outdoor patio with a string of Christmas lights overhead, and screamingly fun parties.
Status: Temporarily closed, reopening date unknown

Kremwerk and the Timbre Room
Kremwerk, located downstairs, is sometimes like a Berlin techno club and sometimes like a punk drag performance venue. Go on the drag nights—but be prepared to get a little blood on you if you sit in the front row. (Or white paint. True story.) Upstairs is the tiny, fun Timbre Room, with a small bar and small dance floor that plays host to popular house music parties and drag events.
Status: Currently online only, reopening date unknown

CC Attle's
The best night to visit this gay bar is the first Saturday of the month—kink night. Guys dress up in the most amazing stuff (or sometimes almost nothing at all). On other nights, go for the slide show of naked men on the TVs, the pool table, and the darts.
Status: Open with indoor seating, vaccination required for entry

Changes
This is North Seattle’s gay bar—the closest gay bar to the University of Washington, the Ballard Locks, or Northgate. They have pool, darts, Seahawks parties, and karaoke on Wednesdays.
Status: Open with indoor seating

The Lumber Yard Bar
This White Center gay bar is lumberjack-themed. Logs are omnipresent: logs wrapped around the cords of Edison bulbs, logs chained to walls, log benches, log stools, log pictures, etc. The menu includes “wood pellets” (olives in cheese breading served with marinara) and a mashed potato bar.
Status: Open with indoor seating, outdoor seating, and takeout 

Union Bar
This gay bar and cocktail lounge comes from gay-bar-scene-dream-team Steve Nyman and Nathan Benedict (former owners of Inside Passage and Thumper’s) and Mark Engelmann (former manager of C.C. Attle’s). The bar features outdoor seating and a menu of appetizers, flatbread pizzas, paninis, burgers, salads, and sandwiches, along with spirits, wines, and beer on tap.
Status: Open with indoor seating and outdoor seating


SHOPS

Babeland
Vibrators on display, classes on everything from rope bondage to strap-ons to erotic massage, and a friendly staff, Babeland is perfectly suited to women who date women—but gay guys, straight couples, and folks across the spectrum are also welcome.
Status: Open for pickup, delivery, and in-store shopping

Doghouse Leathers
A must-stop shop for kinky guys, this place has handmade leather apparel, pup supplies, bondage toys galore, dirty magazines, and a sexy staff.
Status: Open for pickup, delivery, and in-store shopping