The oldest continuously operating gay bar in the nation, the White Horse has served the LGBT community since 1933—it just celebrated 90 years this month. Here in this welcoming space, you’ll find karaoke nights, DJ dance parties & drag shows. Crosswalks painted in rainbow colors lead you to the bar from its nearby intersection. Originally called the White Horse Inn, the bar may even be older than 90 years, as its earlier operations would have been on the down low because of Prohibition. Owner Patty Dingle believes she may be the only (or at least rare!) queer woman of color sole owner of a queer/gay bar.
Dancing is the ultimate way to heal, celebrate, and uplift yourself and others—and a gay club is more than just a place to dance. With the exhilaration of a pulsing beat and a dark dancefloor, you can meet others over a delicious cocktail or mocktail, and enjoy the support of community. Whether it’s a drag bar or a bear hangout, a lesbian-oriented venue or a fetish club, this roundup of queer bars shows great places to fly the pride flag and rejoice in your own body. Of course, cities like San Francisco and Providence are well-known for having multiple LGBTQ+ clubs to pick from, but small towns with maybe even just one club that you have to drive a few hours to reach make it worth the trip. Plus, where else are you going to gather to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race?
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