Bars – LGBTQ
Located in downtown Detroit, across from GM World Headquarters, Briggs Sports Bar is a popular after-work watering-hole. This attractive club draws an energetic crowd to its Trophy Room dance club with kickass djs. The bar features 22 craft beers and two alcohol infusions on tap, and the full kitchen offers a menu that is decidedly meat-oriented BBQ, burgers and housebraised corned beef. The SkyBox rooftop is perfect for enjoying a cocktail while taking in an unrivaled view of downtown.
One of Detroit’s oldest and most popular night spots, Club Gold Coast features male strippers and is open 7 nights a week. Located near the Palmer Park area of Detroit, once the epicenter of Detroit’s gay scene. The area is coming back after decades of decline, and Club Gold Coast has thrived through it all, featuring male strippers, dancing and an extensive bar every night.
Hayloft, Sports & Video Bar is a male club offering Karaoke, pool, darts, six LCD screens and internet juke box. Open since 1980, The Hayloft is owned by Ron Harrington who also owns the gay bar, Side Traxx in Traverse City. Happy Hour starts a 2 p.m. everyday. This is a no-nonsense sports bar where men meet other men for fun, friendship and more.
Great little bar in the heart of Pontiac, Michigan. Food, drinks, in business over 60 years. They have a pub menu, with a trendy twist, and an extensive drink menu with a huge beer selection. Open for lunch too. Interactive videos, go-go dancers and Thursday Karaoke. Welcomes men, women and trans. Very friendly atmosphere.
Menjo’s Complex (or just Menjo’s for short) has been a gathering place for the gay community of Metro Detroit for decades. It’s also a bit of a Madonna mecca since she used to be a regular when the Material Girl was also a local Michigan girl. The mostly male 20-to-30 something crowd comes for the dancing and entertainment. The Complex includes the Menjos Bar, the Eagle Leather bar and the Olympus Theater. Karaoke, go-go dancers and strippers, trans events, concerts and performers – check out the website and Facebook for an events calendar. Open 7 Days a week. There’s always something going on at Menjo’s.
This classy spot features wine, jazz, martinis and a comfortable, casual environment. Located right in the heart of Ferndale’s gay district, Soho has a weekly line-up of trivia, karaoke, dance parties, and sweet drink specials. Popular with both men and women. Frequent special community events, like “Homophobia is Such a Drag” fundraiser for the Ruth Ellis House homeless shelter for LGBT youth. This is a great place to meet a friend to catch up before or after an evening out.
In the heart of Midtown, Woodward Bar and Grill is the oldest gay bar in Detroit dating back to 1960. Its storied history is reflected in the pictures on the walls and in conversations youll hear from loyal patrons. The Woodward is open for lunch and dinner with simple but excellent fare, especially their burgers. During the day it serves the many business people in the area, turning mostly LGBTQ after 5 p.m. Its popular with the Black LGBTQ community and is a welcoming environment for men, women, trans.