From the tourist draws of Broadway to the dive bars that dot our neighborhoods, there are now any number of LGBT friendly options for enjoying Nashville’s nightlife. If you’re looking for the best LGBT establishments in town, your options are more limited but still delightful.


Bartender—Maggie Prater (Lipstick Lounge)

For fourteen years, Maggie Prater has been a fixture of one of Nashville’s favorite LGBT bars—The Lipstick Lounge. She says working there has instilled in her the philosophy that “any good bar is one where you can walk in and be who you are.” So head on down and let her make you a drink.

Maggie Prater, photo via Facebook


Karaoke—Lipstick Lounge

Lipstick Lounge’s karaoke nights are legendary. The drink specials are plentiful, the crowd is friendly, and bar owner Jonda Valentine—who has been a professional singer—is known to take a few numbers. Head to Lipstick and join the show!

Karaoke at The Lipstick Lounge, photo via Facebook

For more, see their Facebook page & their website.


Place to Dance—PLAY Dance Bar

Year after year, O&AN readers continue to vote Play Dance Bar as the best place to dance in Nashville, and there’s a reason, the venue has a great bar staff, top notch drag entertainers, and a group of DJs and VJs that know exactly what the crowd wants.

Photo courtesy of PLAY Dance Bar

For more, see their Facebook page & their website.


DJ—Jane Dupree

DJ Jane Dupree is a local favorite and is always one of our strongest contenders in this competitive category. This year, she took top honors. If you aren’t familiar with her work, find her next show and see why she’s Nashville’s favorite!

Photo courtesy of DJ Jane Dupree

Follow her Facebook page for more information!


Drag Queen—Vanity

This year’s favorite Drag Queen is no surprise—Vanity became one of PLAY Dance Bar’s fan favorites, even before she was a Playmate!

Vanity, photo via Facebook

Follow Vanity’s Facebook page for more!


Drag King—Chase Sky

Chase Sky has definitely impressed our readers with costumes and drag performances: drag kings don’t always get their share of the attention, but Chase Sky has a devoted group of fans!


Happy Hour—Tribe

Year in and year out, Tribe remains our favorite happy hour. This year, Tribe remains the place to go for drink specials—and especially drink specials and Show Tunes!

Tribe bartender, photo via Facebook

For more, see their Facebook page & their website!


Overall LGBT Bar—Lipstick

With its a homey atmosphere, fantastic food, beloved bar staff, and karaoke and theme nights, Lipstick has again been voted our overall Fave LGBT bar!

For more, see their Facebook page & their website.


LGBT Friendliest—Beyond the Edge

For a second year in a row, Beyond the Edge has been voted one of Nashville’s favorite LGBT-friendly places to hang out.

See their Facebook page & their website for more!


Check out all of our Nightlife, Dining, Look Good/Feel Good, Professional Services, Community, Places, & Wedding Services FAVES & RAVES 2018 winners!

ALSO: 2017’s FAVES & RAVES: Nightlife winners here!


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