Whether you’re looking for an evening with friends, gay or straight, wanting something different in entertainment or feeling streetwise, the Las Vegas “Fruit Loop” district is the perfect part of town to find what you want. But then again, maybe you are looking for a little adventure in a real goth/industrial sense away from the obvious gay scene? You can find it all in Las Vegas.
Gipsy Night Club
4605 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89169
Gipsy is one of the anchors of Las Vegas’ affectionately nicknamed “Fruit Loop” – a group of several gay and lesbian bars and clubs located along Paradise Road, just north of the airport and south of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. This is one of “the” places to party with a relatively young crowd on weekends, with some excellent drag shows, entertainment and a floor meant for dancing. Gipsy is currently being refurbished as the SBLV Ultra Lounge with a fresh look and awesome renovations after a redo by Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue.” It will be business better than ever when it reopens soon.
4633 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89169
Piranha has been voted one of the best gay bars in Vegas for good reason, with some of the best drag queens in town regularly performing on the stage and no cover charges (with reasonably-priced well drinks). One night you may see “Britney Spears” on stage, and the next, “Marilyn Monroe” may be doing the entertaining. There’s beer pong and drinking games, some kinky and fun hot bodies and nightly ‘specials.’ Locals get special deals but all are welcome.
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Fun Hog Ranch
495 E. Twain Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89169
The Fun Hog Ranch is a place for men, where everyone is accepted in a casual atmosphere. It’s in a very different location, just off Paradise on Twain, and serves guys who like to wear fetish wear and leather and are looking for a good time and the chance to hang out and drink with like-minded individuals. It’s comfortable, with hot bartenders and staff and a more rustic atmosphere. So dress fit for the streets and find your niche with the other fellas.
3765 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
From PJ parties to nightly entertainment, Krave has it all. As the first gay and alternative club on the Strip, it’s earned its reputation as a bar that attracts those looking for fun, gay-friendly nightlife. This is an intimate place, with a full-service bar and a great dance floor, so come ready to show your moves. Krave is also chic and modern, the perfect place to meet with friends or make new acquaintances.
1775 E. Tropicana Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Goodtimes serves everyone at different times of day, from quiet regulars to wild rockers, but it’s mainly known as a goth/industrial/rocker gay bar during the weekends, whether as Vector or Club Cyanide on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. So take a right to the bar or a left to the wild dance floor, where sci-fi geeks can cavort with stripper contortionists and everyone is comfortable in their own reality. It’s not flashy or obviously gay, but it’s certainly original!
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953 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 22
Las Vegas, NV, 89104
No visit to Las Vegas would be complete without a visit to a Western bar. Badlands, with its eclectic cowboy vibe, jukebox celebrating all Western music and its quietly gay clientele, somehow fits its niche nestled into a shopping strip mall. Badlands has a comfortably rustic atmosphere and with no pretentions. This is the perfect spot for a drink with friends or a more casual gathering. It’s a friendly place, with a pool table that may just be calling your name.
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