Gay Sports Bars Guide - Best U.S. and Canada Gay Sports Bars

Game On: A look at the best gay sports bars in the U.S. and Canada

Among "nightlife" genres, the venerable sports bar holds a special place in the heart of many gay and lesbian communities. It's where local and visiting fans convene to watch anything from college football and basketball to World Cup soccer to Olympic skating and diving. 

Here's a list of some of the best gay or mixed gay/straight bars and clubs around North America for watching games and mingling with fellow players and fans - note the bars listed here are in alphabetical order by city.

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Amsterdam - Atlanta, GA

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Address
502 Amsterdam Ave NE A, Atlanta, GA 30306, USA
Phone
+1 404-892-2227

Amsterdam Atlanta (502-A Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, 404-892-2227) - this friendly and fun Midtown hangout is an Atlanta favorite for shooting pool, having drinks on the patio, dancing, and watching Braves, Falcons, Georgia Tech, and other local teams. See the Atlanta Gay Bars Guide for more details.

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Cathedral Station - Boston, MA

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A relatively newcomer to Boston in the hip South End, Cathedral Station (1222 Washington St., 617-338-6060) serves great pub food at night and during brunch and draws plenty of sports fan to its cheerful patio as well as inside to watch games on TV. See the Boston Gay Bars Guide for more details.

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Trophy Room - Boston, MA

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Address
26 Chandler St, Boston, MA 02116, USA
Phone
+1 617-482-4428

Trophy Room (26 Chandler St., inside the Chandler Inn, Boston, 617-482-3450) - the long-running former Fritz bar received a beautiful makeover as well as a name and concept change in 2014. The Trophy Room is now a smartly decorated bar and bistro, and it still draws plenty of South End gays and lesbians for drinks and watching games on TV in the bar section. See the Boston Gay Bars Guide for more details.

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Sidelines - Charlotte, NC

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Address
4544 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28209, USA
Phone
+1 704-525-2608

Sidelines (4544 South Blvd., Charlotte, 704-525-2608) - in the South, the LGBT community has plenty of ardent sports fans, and this is no more true than in North Carolina's largest city. The attractive bar Sidelines has plenty of pool tables, Wii games, and other diversions. See the Charlotte Gay Bars Guide for more details.

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Rosie's Tavern - Cincinnati, OH/Covington, KY

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Address
643 Bakewell St, Covington, KY 41011, USA
Phone
+1 859-291-9707

Rosie's Tavern (643 Bakewell St., Covington, 859-291-9707) - across the river from Cincinnati in historic Covington, this convivial tavern welcome lesbians, gays, and allies to shoot pool, mingle, listen to live music, and watch games on TV. 

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Woody's - Dallas, TX

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Address
4011 Cedar Springs Rd #3521, Dallas, TX 75219, USA
Phone
+1 214-520-6629

Woody's (4011 Cedar Springs Rd., Dallas, 214-520-6629) - Dallas has always been known for its hot cheerleaders. At this LGBT gay sports bar in the famed Crossroads gay nightlife district in Oak Lawn, Woody's is the premier hangout in these parts for catching Cowboys, Rangers, Stars, and Mavericks games. 

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George - Houston, TX

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Address
617 Fairview St, Houston, TX 77006-2903, USA
Phone
+1 713-528-8102

George Country Sports Bar (617 Fairview St., Houston, 713-528-8102) - hey, why not? A country western bar with a sports mentality. It works in the lively Montrose neighborhood of Houston. 

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Downtown Olly's - Indianapolis, IN

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Address
822 N Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1107, USA
Phone
+1 317-636-5597

Downtown Olly's (822 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis, 317-636-5597) - more an all-around neighborhood gay bar (with some fun drag shows at night) than a true sports lounge per se, Olly's is nevertheless a good bet for watching pro games on TV. There's decent bar food, too.

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The Garage - Las Vegas, NV

Address
1487 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA
Phone
+1 702-440-6333

The Garage (1487 E. Flamingo Rd., 702-440-6333) - decked out with a pretty cool vintage-car look, this fun and friendly spot has pool tables, darts, and other diversions as well as big screens showing pro and college games. See the Las Vegas Gay Bars guide for more details.

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Woody's - Milwaukee, WI

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Address
1579 S 2nd St, Milwaukee, WI 53204-2929, USA
Phone
+1 414-672-0806

Woody's (1579 S. 2nd St., Milwaukee, 414-672-0806) - set amid the many gay bars in Walker's Point, Woody's is a no-attitude, laid-back LGBT neighborhood hangout that, like most people in this ardent sports city, watches games with a certain passion.

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Station des Sports - Montreal, QE

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Address
862 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal, QC H2L 2E3, Canada
Phone
+1 514-903-8571

Station des Sports - Downtown East (862 rue Ste-Catherine E, 514-903-8571 and other locations) - although it's part of a local chain of mainstream sports pubs, the Gay Village branch of Station des Sports has, as you might expect, a decidedly LGBT following. http://stationsports.ca/

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Boxers - New York, NY and Philadelphia, PA

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Address
37 W 20th St, New York, NY 10011, USA
Phone
+1 212-255-5082

Boxers (in Chelsea, NYC at 37 W. 20th St., 212-255-5082; in Hells Kitchen, NYC at 742 9th Ave., 212-951-1518; in Philadelphia at 1330 Walnut St., 215-735-2977) - this chainlet of stylish gay sports bars, in which the buff bartenders dress in boxer shorts and gay sports teams gather regularly, has locations in both the Chelsea and Hells Kitchen neighborhoods of Manhattan. More recently, the owners opened a snazzy new branch in Philadelphia's City Center. 

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Gym Sportsbar - New York, NY

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photo by Andrew Collins
Address
167 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA
Phone
+1 212-337-2439

Gym Sportsbar (167 8th Ave., New York City, 212-337-2439) - a major player along uber-gay 8th Avenue in Chelsea, Gym draws sports fans and plenty of others for its weekday happy hour deals, good times in the convivial "Locker Room" bar in the basement, and parties for NYC's many LGBT sports leagues. See the Chelsea Gay Guide and Gallery for more details.

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Tabu - Philadelphia, PA

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Address
254 S 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
Phone
+1 215-964-9675

Tabu (254 S 12th St, Philadelphia, 215-964-9675) - this always-hopping gay sports venue has the usual games on TV plus all sorts of other thematic gatherings, from "bearlesque" parties to karaoke to Taco Tuesdays.

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JJ's Clubhouse & Bar - St. Louis

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Address
3858 Market St, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA
Phone
+1 314-535-4100

JJ's Clubhouse & Bar (3858 Market St., St. Louis, 314-535-4100) - a rough-and-tumble club with a major bear-leather following, JJ's is a lot of fun for sports fans, too. It's in Midtown, close to the Central West End, and shows sports on TV, hosts darts and pool leagues, and might just be the cruisiest gay sports bar around. To that end, the crowd is almost exclusively gay male. 

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Redwing Bar & Grill - San Diego, CA

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Address
4012 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104, USA
Phone
+1 619-281-8700

Redwing Bar & Grill (4012 30th St., San Diego, 619-281-8700) - back before North Park became one of the hottest hipster 'hoods on the West Coast, this easygoing neighborhood gay bar was catering to San Diego's queer sports fans - it continues to be a favorite place to watch games, shoot pool, play darts, and mingle. See the San Diego Gay Bars Guide for more details.

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Hi Tops - San Francisco, CA

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Address
2247 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA
Phone
+1 415-551-2500

Hi Tops (2247 Market St., San Francisco, 415-551-2500) - a lively, vaguely hipster-ish sports on Market Street in the Castro. The "Gym Class" parties on Thursdays are a favorite local ritual, and the "killer nachos" are among several delicious bar-food offerings. See the San Francisco Gay Bars Guide for more details.

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Madison Pub - Seattle, WA

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Address
1315 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98122-4058, USA
Phone
+1 206-325-6537

Madison Pub (1315 E. Madison St., Seattle, 206-325-6537) - a cozy Capitol Hill standby that bills itself "your neighborhood living room," Madison Pub has great trivia nights in addition to airing Seahawks and Mariners games and hosting the city's many sports teams. See the Seattle Gay Bars Guide for more details.

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City Side - Tampa, FL

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Address
3703 Henderson Blvd, Tampa, FL 33609-4503, USA
Phone
+1 813-350-0600

City Side (3703 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, 813-350-0600) - a friendly and intimate spot for watching games, with a nice-size patio, too, plus karaoke and other events. It's not purely a sports bar, but it's definitely a good bet when major games are going on. See the Tampa Gay Bars Guide for more details.

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Score on Davie - Vancouver, BC

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Address
1262 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1N3, Canada
Phone
+1 604-632-1646

Score on Davie (1262 Davie St., Vancouver, 604-632-1646) - "Eat, Drink, Watch" is the motto of this convivial sports bar in the heart of the Davie Street gay village in Vancouver's West End. It's a fun place for snacking and watching games.

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Nellie's Sports Bar - Washington, DC

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photo by Andrew Collins
Address
900 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001-4048, USA
Phone
+1 202-332-6355

 Nellie's Sports Bar (900 U St., Washington, DC, 202-332-6355) - this rather classy joint in the trendy U Street Corridor of our nation's capital has well-attended "smart ass" sports trivia nights on Wednesdays, not to mention hosting an encyclopedic list of local gay sports clubs. See the Washington DC Gay Bars Guide for more details.

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Gym Sportsbar - West Hollywood, CA

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photo by Andrew Collins
Address
167 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA
Phone
+1 212-337-2439

Gym Sportsbar (8737 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-659-2004) - an impressive number of local gay sports leagues (flag football, dodgeball, water polo, soccer, three different volleyball teams) congregate regularly at this stylish bar along the Santa Monica Boulevard bar strip; it's the sister establishment to Gym in NYC's Chelsea neighborhood. See the West Hollywood Gay Bars Guide for more details.

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