Bastille on 3rd Formerly Snick’s Place, Downtown’s sole gay watering hole has the distinction of being the oldest gay bar in Las Vegas. In March 2015, the owners of the Garage purchased the space, giving the dive a facelift and offering Arts District bar-crawlers some of the same drink specials that made their first bar such a hit with the community. 1402 S. 3rd St., 702-385-9298, bastillelv.com.
Charlie’s Las Vegas The Western bar has long been a hangout for gay cowboys and the bear community, but its laid-back atmosphere and fun-loving promotions have attracted a diverse following (count the twinks on underwear night). You’ll find line-dancing to diva hits as well as Tuesday’s “Trouble Dare” game night. Don’t miss its “Hungry Hungry Homos” finale, a hilarious riff on the classic kid’s game, with gay men scrambling to collect plastic balls while riding dollies on their stomachs. 5012 Arville St., 702-876-1844, charlieslasvegas.com.
FreeZone The Fruit Loop staple might be the most lesbian-friendly gay bar in town—and that’s not restricted to its weekly Girls Night promo. Outlasting nearby spots like Angles and Buffalo, its permanence has solidified its stance on the standard Loop crawl. Whether your destination is Quadz, Piranha or the newly opened Unity, chances are your night on Naples will involve knocking back cheap-ass cocktails during a FreeZone drag show. 610 E. Naples Dr., 702-794-2300, freezonelv.com.
The Phoenix Formerly Escape Lounge, the Phoenix also boasts an extremely eclectic clientele. With a Burning Man-inspired Burner Mondays promo, a projector screening Wii and Xbox scenes for “gaymers,” the monthly Lady Nation lesbian night and a decent draught beer selection (Green Flash’s IPA at a gay bar—what?!), everyone is welcome at the neighborhood bar. 4213 W. Sahara Ave., 702-826-2422, facebook.com/thephoenixlv.
Pride702 Club On the scene late last year, the under-the-radar Pride702 is decidedly Latin-focused, with Latin go-go boys, its Las Reinas drag show and a soundtrack of exclusively Latin and international music. Its opening is a huge win for East Las Vegas, which isn’t home to many other gay bars. Go get your orgullo on! 3977 Vegas Valley Dr., 702-373-0445, pride702club.com.
Share Nightclub One of the Valley’s few gay nightclubs, Share is the closest thing you’ll find to the mainstream danceterias lining the Strip. The venue has become known for its scantily clad shot boys and go-gos (some of them skilled on the stripper pole), perpetual free cover and its weekly Stripper Circus promo. Did we mention the private rooms? 4636 Wynn Road, 702-258-2681, sharenightclub.com.