New Orleans is one of the queerest cities in the world. Whether it’s parading through the streets in flamboyant costumes or simply knowing that everyone is welcome here, there’s elements of LGBT culture all around. The city is also home to some great bar hangouts for queer women. Although there are no specific lesbian bars, here are some of our favorite places.
1. Pal’s Lounge
Pal’s is a woman-owned bar and has long been a staple of queer lady life in New Orleans. On any given night you are bound to sip shoulder-to-shoulder with a mostly local, eclectic crowd. You’ll find straight, queer, and trans folks slinging some of the city’s most interesting beer/shot combos until closing time.
2. Faubourg Wines
Faubourg Wines is a Marigny hot spot with a large selection of wine and cheese, and it’s a great place to relax with other queer women. As an added bonus, there are plenty of fantastic restaurants nearby to head to after you have had a few glasses of wine. Some notable stops are N7, St. Roch Market, and Kebab.
3. Bayou Beer Garden
Bayou Beer Garden is one of the best places to watch a game with the girls. It has late night eats, lots of draft beers, and a separate area devoted to wine and charcuterie, if that’s your thing. Since the Beer Garden used to host a queer pop-up girl bar, it’s become well-known as one of the go-to places to mingle with other LGBT ladies on the weekends.
GrrlSpot boasts itself as the premier queer women’s hangout in New Orleans, and we certainly agree. Each third Saturday of the month, hundreds of girls from around the city gather for a night of dancing and debauchery. Since this is a pop-up style event, the venue changes monthly but is always in a great location. Past locations have included Eiffel Society, House of Blues, and Santos Bar. Check their website often for all the latest events.
5. 700 Club
700 Club is one of the city’s most popular LGBT bars but still manages to maintain a great reputation among locals as their go-to place. Drinks are always affordable, but Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays feature special deals. Plus, 700 has some of the best bar food in the city, served by in-house restaurant Faubourg Bistro.
For more of our favorite LGBT- specific bars, check out our post here.