Exploring Cleveland's Gay and Lesbian Bars

Cleveland has a number of gay and lesbian bars, ranging from dance clubs to those with karaoke nights to leather bars. Each has its own specialty. Here's a look at some of the most popular, in no particular order.

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Twist Social Club


11633 Clifton Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44102-1319, USA
+1 216-221-2333

Twist, located on Clifton at W. 117th St., just steps away from the gay-friendly suburb of Lakewood, is a two-level social club. In the summer, the fun spills out onto the front patio, a great place to watch the parade of food traffic in the interesting neighborhood.
Regular promotions include Happy Hour Monday- Saturday from 9 am to 8 pm and the Sunday "Build your own Bloody Mary" bar.
Twist is also headquarters for the annual "Dancing in the Streets" gay party held each summer.

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Bounce/Union Station Cleveland

Bounce and Union Station are located just west of downtown, across the Detroit-Superior Bridge. The huge complex includes a cafe, a cabaret stage, a dance club, even an Internet cafe. It's open evenings, seven days a week, from 5 pm.

216 357-2997

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Leather Stallion Saloon

2205 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114-4046, USA
+1 216-589-8588

Located just east of downtown on St. Clair Ave., the "LSS" is a "boys-only" bar for those who prefer leather. More social than scary, the saloon is not nearly as rough as similar bars in other cities. The patio is a favorite meeting spot in the warmer months.

216 589-8588

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9208 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102, USA
+1 216-961-3115

Cocktails, formerly called Rockies, is a typical corner bar, only with a gay, primarily male clientele. Regular promotions include karaoke on Wednesday nights.

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Exploring Cleveland's Gay and Lesbian Bars