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16 Essential LGBTQ Bars in Dallas

Drink and dance in Dallas' vibrant LGBTQ bar scene

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Expertly mixed cocktails await at Oak Lawn staple Alexandre’s
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For decades, Dallas has long been home to one of Texas’ best LGBT bar scenes. The city is home to an incredibly diverse array of bars that welcome people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Whether you’re looking for a laid-back jazz bar with craft cocktails or a clubby spot with music perfect for dancing, Dallas-Fort Worth’s gay bar scene has a spot that will suit your needs. Many of these bars are located in Dallas’ famous "gayborhood" Oak Lawn, but you’ll also find more off-the-beaten-path options.

During pride month and beyond, use this map as a guide to the finest LGBT-friendly bars in the metroplex.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hidden Door

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5025 Bowser Ave
Dallas, TX 75209
(214) 526-0620
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Your money’s no good here. Well, on your cards, that is. The Hidden Door is a cash-only establishment. Opened in 1979, The Hidden Door is one of the city’s best neighborhood bars thanks to its dedicated crowd of regulars and ridiculously friendly bartenders. 

2. The Tin Room

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2514 Hudnall St
Dallas, TX 75235
(214) 526-6365
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This divey delight features plenty of attractive go-go dancers, and the booze is constantly flowing. Make conversation with some of the scene's friendliest bartenders, drink heavily-poured cocktails, and dance your ass off. Just remember to bring plenty of dollar bills to tip the entertainers.

3. Cedar Springs Tap House

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4123 Cedar Springs Rd #100
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 377-7446
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If you’re on the search for an LGBTQ-friendly place to catch the big game, look no further than Cedar Springs Tap House. This sports bar offers a variety of beers on tap, hearty burgers and wings, and several screens for game watches. Whether you’re into Drag Race or drag racing, Tap House feels like home.

4. Alexandre's

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4026 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 559-0720

The intimate and cozy Alexandre’s offers craft cocktails, like clover clubs and mint juleps. Owner Lee Daugherty encourages his guests to stand up for important causes and opens the bar’s stage for local singers and musicians to showcase their talents.

5. Woody's

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4011 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-6629
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Showtunes, sports, karaoke, and a lot of beer collide at Woody’s, an LGBTQ-friendly sports bar. During patio season, Woody’s offers two spacious patios for guests to chat and drink al fresco. Inside, several TVs play iconic music videos of the past and present.

6. Havana

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4006 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 886-6804
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Feel the energy of Latin and hip-hop music at Havana. With an open floor for drag performances on weekends, the audience feels like they’re part of the action.

7. JR's Bar & Grill

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3923 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 528-1004
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As one of Oak Lawn’s longest-standing watering holes, JR’s is a hub for all the action on Cedar Springs. With two levels, JR’s is perfect for chatting among friends, and for dancing. Not to mention, the sangria swirl margarita here is one of the best in the city.

8. Sue Ellen's

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3014 Throckmorton St
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 559-0707
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One of the nation’s last standing lesbian bars, Sue Ellen’s offers beers, cocktails, and games. There’s a large dance floor at the center of the bar that also doubles the venue for the bar’s Sunday staple, giant beer pong.

9. Round-Up Saloon and Dance Hall

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3912 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 522-9611
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Bask in Texas glory at this country-themed watering hole. The Round Up Saloon boasts a large dance floor, where guests can take free two-stepping lessons. Plus, Lady Gaga, Robyn, and Charli XCX have all made appearances at The Round-Up during Dallas stops on their tours.

10. Station 4 (S4)

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3911 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 516-7171
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Get your groove on at Station 4. With two large dance floors, Station 4 allows for moments of queer joy as you get lost in pop and EDM music. On the second level is The Rose Room, where clubgoers can witness fabulous drag shows. RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni Kennedy Davenport, Alyssa Edwards, and Asia O’Hara all got their starts in this cozy venue.

11. Lava Lounge

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3908 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219
(469) 394-3519
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At the Vegas-themed Lava Lounge, clubgoers can enjoy bottle service and party it up like they’re in sin city.

12. TMC

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3903 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 614-6018
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Formerly known as Throckmorton Mining Company, TMC is the place to gossip on the patio, or to watch go-go boys dance on poles. Resident DJ Mateo spins the hip-hop and pop grooves multiple times a week.

13. Mr. Misster Dallas

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3900 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219
(972) 850-9936
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Craft cocktails like The Pool Boy and the Mint to Be are staples at Mr. Misster. At night, the bar turns into a dance floor, as strobe lights and neon signs illuminate the way.

14. Kaliente

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4350 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-6676

This Maple Avenue bar keeps the party going until 2 a.m., complete with drag shows, dance-friendly music, and strong cocktails.

15. The Grapevine Bar

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3902 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 522-8466
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At the Grapevine, drinkers can shoot pool, hang out on one of the couches, or perch on the rooftop deck for an excellent view of the city. The laid-back atmosphere and strong-ass drinks attract people of all stripes, which makes for killer people-watching, especially when the Everclear-spiked peach bellinis are flowing.

16. Barbara’s Pavilion

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325 Centre St
Dallas, TX 75208
(217) 941-2145

Located a quick drive away from Cedar Springs in Oak Cliff, Barbara’s is a delightfully divey hidden gem. The shabby mid-century modern decor lends a vintage vibe, and copious cheap cocktails keep things interesting all night long.

1. Hidden Door

5025 Bowser Ave, Dallas, TX 75209

Your money’s no good here. Well, on your cards, that is. The Hidden Door is a cash-only establishment. Opened in 1979, The Hidden Door is one of the city’s best neighborhood bars thanks to its dedicated crowd of regulars and ridiculously friendly bartenders. 

5025 Bowser Ave
Dallas, TX 75209

2. The Tin Room

2514 Hudnall St, Dallas, TX 75235

This divey delight features plenty of attractive go-go dancers, and the booze is constantly flowing. Make conversation with some of the scene's friendliest bartenders, drink heavily-poured cocktails, and dance your ass off. Just remember to bring plenty of dollar bills to tip the entertainers.

2514 Hudnall St
Dallas, TX 75235

3. Cedar Springs Tap House

4123 Cedar Springs Rd #100, Dallas, TX 75219

If you’re on the search for an LGBTQ-friendly place to catch the big game, look no further than Cedar Springs Tap House. This sports bar offers a variety of beers on tap, hearty burgers and wings, and several screens for game watches. Whether you’re into Drag Race or drag racing, Tap House feels like home.

4123 Cedar Springs Rd #100
Dallas, TX 75219

4. Alexandre's

4026 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75219

The intimate and cozy Alexandre’s offers craft cocktails, like clover clubs and mint juleps. Owner Lee Daugherty encourages his guests to stand up for important causes and opens the bar’s stage for local singers and musicians to showcase their talents.

4026 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219

5. Woody's

4011 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75219

Showtunes, sports, karaoke, and a lot of beer collide at Woody’s, an LGBTQ-friendly sports bar. During patio season, Woody’s offers two spacious patios for guests to chat and drink al fresco. Inside, several TVs play iconic music videos of the past and present.

4011 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219

6. Havana

4006 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75219

Feel the energy of Latin and hip-hop music at Havana. With an open floor for drag performances on weekends, the audience feels like they’re part of the action.

4006 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219

7. JR's Bar & Grill

3923 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75219

As one of Oak Lawn’s longest-standing watering holes, JR’s is a hub for all the action on Cedar Springs. With two levels, JR’s is perfect for chatting among friends, and for dancing. Not to mention, the sangria swirl margarita here is one of the best in the city.

3923 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219

8. Sue Ellen's

3014 Throckmorton St, Dallas, TX 75219

One of the nation’s last standing lesbian bars, Sue Ellen’s offers beers, cocktails, and games. There’s a large dance floor at the center of the bar that also doubles the venue for the bar’s Sunday staple, giant beer pong.

3014 Throckmorton St
Dallas, TX 75219

9. Round-Up Saloon and Dance Hall

3912 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75219

Bask in Texas glory at this country-themed watering hole. The Round Up Saloon boasts a large dance floor, where guests can take free two-stepping lessons. Plus, Lady Gaga, Robyn, and Charli XCX have all made appearances at The Round-Up during Dallas stops on their tours.

3912 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219

10. Station 4 (S4)

3911 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75219

Get your groove on at Station 4. With two large dance floors, Station 4 allows for moments of queer joy as you get lost in pop and EDM music. On the second level is The Rose Room, where clubgoers can witness fabulous drag shows. RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni Kennedy Davenport, Alyssa Edwards, and Asia O’Hara all got their starts in this cozy venue.

3911 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219

11. Lava Lounge

3908 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75219

At the Vegas-themed Lava Lounge, clubgoers can enjoy bottle service and party it up like they’re in sin city.

3908 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219

12. TMC

3903 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75219

Formerly known as Throckmorton Mining Company, TMC is the place to gossip on the patio, or to watch go-go boys dance on poles. Resident DJ Mateo spins the hip-hop and pop grooves multiple times a week.

3903 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219

13. Mr. Misster Dallas

3900 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75219

Craft cocktails like The Pool Boy and the Mint to Be are staples at Mr. Misster. At night, the bar turns into a dance floor, as strobe lights and neon signs illuminate the way.

3900 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219

14. Kaliente

4350 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

This Maple Avenue bar keeps the party going until 2 a.m., complete with drag shows, dance-friendly music, and strong cocktails.

4350 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

15. The Grapevine Bar

3902 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

At the Grapevine, drinkers can shoot pool, hang out on one of the couches, or perch on the rooftop deck for an excellent view of the city. The laid-back atmosphere and strong-ass drinks attract people of all stripes, which makes for killer people-watching, especially when the Everclear-spiked peach bellinis are flowing.

3902 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

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16. Barbara’s Pavilion

325 Centre St, Dallas, TX 75208

Located a quick drive away from Cedar Springs in Oak Cliff, Barbara’s is a delightfully divey hidden gem. The shabby mid-century modern decor lends a vintage vibe, and copious cheap cocktails keep things interesting all night long.

325 Centre St
Dallas, TX 75208

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