Courtesy of MGM resorts
Peter Schlesinger
July 27, 2017

Sin City is famous the world over as a party town where you can be whoever you want to be, and as one of the most LGBT-friendly cities in the country. After all, Las Vegas is home to its own gay rodeo association, and hotels here offer everything from "pride concierges" to massive summer pool parties specifically for the LGBT community. Here are the best gay bars and clubs in Las Vegas, where revelers can release their inner party animal or unwind with a few beers.

For a Dance Party: Piranha

It turns out that size doesn’t always matter. That’s one of the major takeaways from Piranha, a diminutive club with an inordinate sway in the Vegas social scene. This is the place where partiers go to dance all night to hit tunes under pulsing colored lights. When it gets too steamy inside, take a breather on the patio.

For a Low Key Night: Badlands Saloon

For years, Badlands Saloon was Sin City’s bar for cowboys who like cowboys. Recent renovations mean it’s shed its country twang and opted for a more contemporary feel. Enjoy pool, arcade games, and ridiculously cheap drinks ($2 margaritas!) in a laid-back, friendly atmosphere.

For the Dive Bar: The Garage

A welcoming team of “mechanics” serve as barkeeps at the auto-themed Garage. East of the Strip, it draws an eclectic crowd all nights of the week to play pool, darts, and shuffleboard in between rounds of beer and cocktails from the uniformed bartenders.

For the Pool Party: Temptation Sundays at Luxor

Now in its eighth season, Temptation Sundays is the Luxor resort’s weekly daytime bash at its massive Oasis Pool — and the longest running gay pool party in Vegas. Soak up the blinding Nevada sun while enjoying the view of beautiful men and women (mostly men, though) splashing around to live DJ sets.

For the Locals: Bastille on 3rd

You won’t find many tourists at Bastille, a downtown spot now owned by the team behind The Garage. Songs transition from pop to country to rock, and the corresponding music videos appear on TVs above the bar, where Eric the bartender serves standout martinis.

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