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While it's true that quite a few lesbian nightlife institutions have shuttered in last decade - i.e. The Palms in West Hollywood, The Lex in San Francisco, Phase 1 in DC, Rubyfruit Jungle in New Orleans - it's fair to say that there are also quite a few that continue to hold their ground on the lesbian bar scene, both in dedicated or at least lesbian-popular brick and mortar spaces (listed here) or through weekly and monthly parties held at ladies night venues across cities (listed elsewhere). Even in compiling this list, we thought about breaking it down by region so as not to overwhelm you, dear reader, but here they are in all their glory. Long live the lesbian bar!

Cubbyhole Bar

Cubbyhole Bar

New York City, United States

Cheap beer on draft, upbeat bartenders, and a somewhat goofy décor--Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and lots of vinyl--Cubbyhole is one of the few remaining lesbian-only...
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  • 4.9
  • 5
Henrietta Hudson

Henrietta Hudson

New York City, United States

A favorite lesbian haunt since 1991, Henrietta Hudson is still serving up reasonably-priced cocktails poured by cute, flirty bartenders.  The jukebox has a...
  • For Women
  • 3.4
  • 3
Beaulah Bar

Beaulah Bar

Cape Town, South Africa

Originally a Lesbian bar, Beulah now is not only where girls meet girls but boys meet boys. Beaulah - which means "beautiful" in local gay slang - is In the heart...
  • LGBTQ
  • 5
  • 3
3W Kafe

3W Kafe

Paris, France

A cool Parisian bar with DJs and a small dance floor in the basement, 3W Kafe stands for Women With Women. Men are welcome if they come with a woman.
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  • 4
  • 2
Silver Future

Silver Future

Berlin, Germany

Perhaps the most flamboyant gay bar in the city, it is also the most welcoming for queers of all kinds. With outrageous décor lit in colored lights and punkish...
  • LGBTQ
  • 5
  • 2
Aire Sala Diana

Aire Sala Diana

Barcelona, Spain

Aire Sala Diana, part of the Arena Group, was designed for the lesbian community and remains one of the best lesbian clubs in town. It mixes Latin, mainstream and...
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  • 3.8
  • 1
La Mutinerie

La Mutinerie

Paris, France

Formerly the Unity Bar, La Mutinerie is part neighborhood bar, part library, part screening room, part billiard hall with some yoga and self-defense courses...
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  • 4.7
  • 2
Escape

Escape

Madrid, Spain

Just off Plaza Chueca, Escape is traditionally a nightclub for women but attracts a diverse clientele, particularly beautiful partygoers that like to dance until...
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  • 4
  • 1
Gossip Grill

Gossip Grill

San Diego, United States

Everybody's welcome at Gossip Grill, a lesbian bar and restaurant with female bouncers and female DJs. Known for its three-finger pours, it has happy hour every...
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  • 5
  • 1
El Rio

El Rio

San Francisco, United States

Known for having a large and flirtatious patio scene, lesbian-owned El Rio is like a dive bar wearing lipstick. There are burlesque shows, indie bands, board...
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  • 5
  • 1
Cafe 't Mandje

Cafe 't Mandje

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cafe 't Mandje is one of the longest-running gay bars in the world, opened in 1927 by local lesbian Bet van Beeren and kept by her sister Greet until the 1980s....
  • LGBTQ
  • 4.5
  • 1
SHE Soho

SHE Soho

London, England

SHE Soho is the only "women-priority" drinking establishment in London, a modernist basement bar serving up a classy but laid-back atmosphere, good cocktails, bar...
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Bum Bum Bar

Bum Bum Bar

New York City, United States

The Bum Bum Bar in Queens is full of regulars from the neighborhood-mostly Spanish-speaking-and the women who love them.  A small dance floor, 5USD cover,...
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  • 3
  • 1
My Sister's Room

My Sister's Room

Atlanta, United States

Though it recently shed its East Atlanta Cool for more mainstream Midtown, My Sister's Room is still the go-to spot for lesbians in Atlanta. The crowd is mostly...
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  • 3
  • 1
Las Libertinas

Las Libertinas

Ibiza, Spain

Las Libertinas, opened by two friends, is a fun and relaxed bar on Carrer Ses Passadis that was created for the ladies but welcomes men. It's known for its...
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  • 5
  • 1
Le Bar'ouf

Le Bar'ouf

Paris, France

Le Bar'Ouf is a Lesbian-owned bar where women meet up to play billiards at all levels and games like Scrabble and cards, talk, sing, dance and generally amuse...
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  • 3
  • 1
La Sue BCN

La Sue BCN

Barcelona, Spain

Whether you want to chill out after a hard day on the tourist trail or heat up for a night on the town, La Sue BCN is the cozy living room bar where lesbians of...
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G Spot

G Spot

Fort Lauderdale, United States

"If you're here, you've found it" is the motto of G Spot, a bar for girls who like girls. By day, it's a sports bar. Evenings, it morphs into a full-fledged...
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  • 4.7
  • 1
Möbel-Olfe

Möbel-Olfe

Berlin, Germany

Hidden from view but extremely near the Kotbusser Tor station is Möbel-Olfe, one of the more popular bars in Berlin for the queer crowd. But despite its being...
  • LGBTQ
Club 33

Club 33

Madrid, Spain

Start the evening at Club 33 (formerly known as Medea), the oldest lesbian club in Madrid - a good spot for a drink, meeting people and dancing until the sun...
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Blush and Blu

Blush and Blu

Denver, United States

Although Blush and Blu may be called Denver's last lesbian bar, it is also a big hearted community space on Colfax that is welcoming to all and has hosted...
  • For Women
  • 5
  • 1

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Added 7 months ago

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Brinna Karma

Added 10 months ago

Sadly, Rubyfruit Jungle in New Orleans is permanently closed.

ellgeeBE
ellgeeBE Hi Brinna - it's true - as mentioned in the intro, Rubyfruit and other big ones have closed, but as you can see, there are still some great places!
Jenny Block

Added 10 months ago

Don't forget Pearl Bar in Houston, Texas! http://www.pearlhouston.com/

ellgeeBE
ellgeeBE Thanks Jenny! We have added it!

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