LGBTQ Nightlife in Little Rock, Arkansas

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Although the LGBTQ+ community in Little Rock, Arkansas, is much smaller than in big southern cities like Austin, Texas, or Memphis, Tennessee, there are a few places for you to hang out with kindred spirits and have a good time.

Known as "The Biggest Little City in the South," the Little Rock metropolitan area (including North Little Rock) is home to over 1,000,000 people, a busy nightlife scene, plenty of great places to eat, and some great historical attractions, including the Bill Clinton Presidential Library.

From grabbing a drink at Chaps, a gay bar in North Little Rock, to dancing the night away at Club Sway, plan your perfect gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer-friendly night on the town with some of these destinations.

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    Trinity Nightclub is consistently voted as the place to be in the Little Rock metro area for the LGTBQ crowd, but the club is only open on Friday nights and is actually three bars: LeBistro, 501, and 701,

    At LeBistro, you can let your stresses fade away as you take a seat in the relaxed atmosphere and give your dancing feet a little break. LeBistro also provides access to the outdoor patio and the smoking area.

    501 is where you should rock your dancing shoes as the rotating DJs spin the night away with both modern and classic tunes. Weekly drag shows are presented at 701, along with performances from famed dancer Dominique Sanchez of Dominique’s Dollhouse.

    Address: 1021 Jessie Drive, Little Rock, 72202

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    Located next door to Trinity Nightclub, Discovery Night Club (also called "The Disco") is a huge venue with a fun and bizarre vibe that offers one of the best dancing opportunities in Little Rock on Saturday nights. The club DJs play everything from techno to Top 40 and from trance to live bands, depending on who's hosting the evening's events. Discovery is gay-friendly and has multiple rooms, an outdoor patio, and a pool table as well as occasionally hosting professional dancers. You must be 21 or over to enter Discovery Night Club.

    Address: 1021 Jessie Drive, Little Rock, 72202

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    Located in North Little Rock and originally known as Old Rusty's Oyster Bar, Chaps was established in 1985 and has become known as one of the best gay bars in the metro area.

    Although considered a dive bar, Chaps has been compared to the bar in the show "Cheers!" for its friendly, welcoming staff and casual patio environment. While everyone may not know your name here (yet), Chaps features a classic jukebox, couches, bar seating, and a quiet environment perfect for a great conversation or a quick drink.

    Address: 2619 Pike Avenue, North Little Rock, 72114

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    Club Sway caters to the entire LGBTQ+ community, and anyone is welcome to join in the fun on Friday and Saturday nights (providing they are 18 or over). Featuring a huge central dance floor surrounded by video screens and a state-of-the-art sound system, Sway hosts several themed dance parties and drag shows throughout the year. Since it opened in 2010, nearly 20 entertainers from the popular show "RuPaul's Drag Race," as well as several international nightlife legends including Amanda Lepore, have been featured at Club Sway.

    Address: 412 S Louisiana Street, Little Rock, 72201

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    Six Ten (610) Center is a beautifully designed hip spot that serves tasty bar food in addition to an extensive drink menu. While not exclusively a gay bar, this centrally-located dive spot draws a large LGBTQ+ crowd, especially for karaoke nights (Thursdays starting at 7 p.m.). The menu at 610 combines American classics with Cajun traditional dishes like gumbo and boudin. 610 is open every day of the week, but the kitchen and bar have separate hours.

    Address: 610 Center Street, Little Rock, 72201


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    This rustic, cabin-like bar has a woodsman style decor and offers inexpensive beer, a limited food menu, and bar snacks. Live music performances are common at White Water Tavern, and while not exclusively a gay bar, it does often host queer musicians and always has a welcoming staff that accepts all sexual orientations and gender identities. Shows are usually on Thursdays through Saturdays, but White Water Tavern is open daily except for Sundays. 

    Location: 2500 West 7th Street, Little Rock, 72201