Cleveland Gay and Lesbian Bars

Out and About in Cleveland

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, 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 9am to 8pm 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.

11633 Clifton Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44102
216 221-2333

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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 5pm.

216 357-2997

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Leather Stallion Saloon

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

216 961-3115

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A Man's World/The Shed/Crossover

This three-bar complex is geared primarily towards men. Upstairs is a dance club; the main floor is a social bar; and the downstairs is a leather bar. Man's World hosts the "Rainbow Wranglers" country line dancing group each Sunday at 6pm (women welcome).

216 574-2203

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The Hawk

The Hawk

216 521-5443

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The Rec Room

The Rec Room