Though Nevada did manage to legalize same-sex marriage before the Supreme Court took care of it for the entire country (just barely anyway), Las Vegas seems to have trouble throwing its full support behind the gay community, and recent closures of Krave, Drink & Drag, and Liaison have only added to the frustration. But the scene trudges on! So raise a glass and toast to the progress made so far and the promise of what’s to come at the 13 best LGBTQ bars and clubs in Sin City.
3900 Las Vegas Blvd South
On select Sundays throughout the summer, the Luxor pool transforms into the biggest gay-friendly dayclub in Las Vegas. Expect DJs, overpriced cabanas, and plenty of skin. An honorable mention goes to The Tropicana for its LGBT outreach that took a stab at similar pool parties over the past year.
495 East Twain Ave
Parties can get wild at night and leather, fetish wear, and bondage gear is all highly encouraged. But if you’re not into that, skip the dancing, grab a beer, and play a little video poker. It’s an equally great spot to try to score four queens.
3430 East Tropicana Ave
The best place to belt out a tune is also the best place to drop your pants. Karaoke happens three nights a week, and if you sing in your underwear, a free drink will come your way.