Happy Pride, Charlotte. As we celebrate our LGBTQ+ community this month, there’s no better time to highlight the local spaces where it’s Pride month all the time.
From nightclubs to social groups, here are 13 LGBTQ+ bars, spaces and gatherings to check out in Charlotte.
Of note: We asked our 315K Instagram followers, along with our newsletter subscribers, for suggestions for this guide.
- This is not an exhaustive list, and it’s in no particular order.
- Event details may change — be sure to check each organization’s website or social platforms for the most up-to-date information.
Bars and Clubs
Bar Argon is “Charlotte’s only LGBTQ+ video lounge and dance bar,” according to its website.
What to expect: A video lounge (think music videos on TVs playing along with the music), a dance floor, cocktails, wine and a variety of beer.
Details: Bar Argon is located at 4544 South Blvd. Unit H
- It’s open Thursday-Saturday 8pm-2am and Sunday 4-8pm.
Located in NoDa, Chasers is a long-time Charlotte LGBTQ+ bar that’s been recently renovated with a “modern new look,” according to its Facebook page.
Specials: Chasers offers a lineup of daily specials, including Werk It Wednesday, Twerk It Thursday, EDM Friday, Sinful Saturday and Social Sunday. Each night offers varying drink specials.
- Check their website or follow along on Instagram for details on upcoming events.
Details: Chasers is located at 3217 The Plaza (near The Artisan’s Palate).
- The parking lot is located in the back.
- It’s open Wednesday-Sunday 4pm-2am.
Sidelines is an LGBTQ+ sports bar located next to Bar Argon. It opened in 2007 as a place for the “LGBTQ+ community, allies, sports fans, and even non-sports fans who are looking for a welcoming space to relax,” the bar’s about us page reads.
Details: Sidelines is located at 4544 South Blvd.
- It’s open Monday-Thursday 4pm-midnight, Friday 4pm-2am, Saturday 2pm-2am and Sunday noon to midnight.
The Scorpio opened in 1968 and is Charlotte’s “longest running live entertainment complex catering to the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Community,” per its website.
What to expect: A nightclub atmosphere with three bars and two dance floors, plus weekly events, like Fabulous Fridays and Set It Off Saturdays.
- Stay updated on all events on their Instagram.
Details: The Scorpio is located at 2301 Freedom Dr.
- It’s open on Fridays 10pm-3am and Saturday 10pm-4am.
Located in West Charlotte, Woodshed Bar is a friendly neighborhood bar “where everyone is welcome.”
What to expect: Daily drink specials, pool tables, a spacious patio and two outdoor bars.
- Woodshed Bar requires a membership to enter — it’s $10 and you can sign up at the door.
Details: Find Woodshed Bar at 3935 Queen City Dr. (off Tuckaseegee Road and a few miles from the airport).
- It’s open Monday-Saturday from 5pm-2:30am and Sunday 3pm-midnight.
Bar 316 has been part of the Charlotte community for more than 30 years and is inside a Victorian-style home in South End.
What to expect: An LGBTQ+-friendly space with two floors, fireplaces, an outside terrace and patio in the summer. Plus, events ranging from karaoke nights on Tuesday and Sunday to drag shows.
Details: Bar 316 is located at 316 Rensselaer Ave.
- It’s open Tuesday-Sunday 9pm-2am.
- Doors open at 9pm unless otherwise noted.
Broken Promises isn’t exclusively an LGBTQ+ bar, but the South End cocktail bar hosts an LGBTQ+ event each month called Heart Throb with drag performances and $10 cocktails until midnight.
- It’s 21+ and there’s no cover to enter.
What’s next: On Saturday, June 24, Broken Promises is hosting a Pride day party from 2-8pm.
- The event is 21+ with no cover and will include drink and bottle specials, like Pride punch and giant espresso martinis.
Details: Broken Promises is located at 214 W Tremont Ave Suite 101.
- It’s open Tuesday-Friday 5pm-2am and Saturday-Sunday 3pm-2am.
Of note: Broken Promises has a minimum age requirement of 25 to enter. (This does not apply to their Pride party or Heart Throb Tuesdays, both of which are 21+).
Similar to Broken Promises, Petra’s is not purely a gay bar, but the live music venue in Plaza Midwood is an LGBTQ+-friendly space.
Events: One popular event is a “Hazy Sundays,” an outdoor day party held on Petra’s back patio every first, third and fifth Sunday.
- It’s from 4-9pm and $10 at the door. You must be 21+ to attend.
Details: Petra’s is located at 1919 Commonwealth Ave. (across from Common Market).
- It’s open Monday-Saturday from 7pm until close.
Gatherings and Events
Girl’s Room is a “party created and curated by queer women,” that spotlights women, non-binary folks and minorities in music and art.
- Girl’s Room hosts their events at music venues around Charlotte (and sometimes Raleigh).
What’s next: Girl’s Room has upcoming parties at The Music Yard and Blackbox Theatre during Charlotte Pride in August — check their Instagram for details and tickets.
While June is national Pride month, Charlotte Pride hosts its festivities, including the Charlotte Pride parade and festival, in August.
Mark your calendar: This year, the Charlotte Pride Festival will run Saturday, August 19, through Sunday, August 20, in Uptown — get event details here.
- The parade will be on Sunday, August 20 (rain or shine).
Twirl to The World is a nonprofit organization that hosts events in Charlotte to support the LGBTQ+ community, ranging from takeovers at Blackbox Theater to charity drag brunches.
What’s next: Twirl to The World will host WONDERLAND: 2023 Pride Party with DJ Sam Gee at Blackbox Theater on Saturday, August 19, from 10pm-2am.
- A portion of proceeds will benefit Twirl to The World’s Twirl Assistance Program that supports the local LGBTQ+ community.
- Get event details and tickets for WONDERLAND here.
Monthly Drag Brunch at Artisan’s Palate
The NoDa restaurant and cocktail bar hosts a monthly drag brunch that supports local LGBTQ+ organizations.
What’s next: Their Lady Gaga themed drag brunch will be Saturday, June 24, at 11:30 am. Proceeds will benefit Twirl to The World.
- The event is currently sold out, but you can check for updates on their EventBrite.
Details: Artisan’s Palate is located at 1218 E 36th St A
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Prism is a social group that hosts “QTBIPOC-centered events for community, connection and inspiration,” according to the Instagram bio. Allies are welcome, too.
- QTBIPOC stands for Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color.
- Past events include a silent disco at Hi-Wire, a happy hour at Vinyl and Black trivia night at Weathered Souls.
RAIN: a Charlotte-based nonprofit “serving youth, adults and seniors living with HIV and those at risk,” according to their website.
- RAIN also runs a drop-in resource center for LGBTQ+ youth in Charlotte called The Drop.
PFLAG Charlotte: Founded in 1987, PFLAG Charlotte is an organization that supports LGBTQ+ people and their families.
- Stay connected on Instagram.
Transcend Charlotte: A nonprofit organization dedicated to equity and social justice for transgender and gender-diverse communities.
- Keep up with Transcend on Instagram.
Charlotte Gaymers Network: Founded in 2020, CGN is a network of folks “from all walks of life who are united in our passion and love for all things gaming.”
- Events take place in Charlotte and surrounding areas — stay connected on Instagram.
QnotesCarolinas: An LGBTQ+ news publication based in Charlotte, covering everything from local arts and entertainment to sports and wellness.