Thanks to Melbourne’s diverse culture, the city’s home to some pretty great queer-friendly drinking spots – from iconic gay pubs, to inclusive club nights where anyone and everyone can let their hair down on the dance floor. Whether you’re after a wild night out with your mates, or looking to meet some new like-minded pals, check out our round-up of Melbourne’s best gay bars, clubs and parties.
DT’s Pub
DT's Pub Gay Bars
Upbeat Richmond pub DT’s is about as far from boring as it gets and it sure knows how to entertain. The place has super broad appeal, thanks to a ripper program of midweek fun, drink specials, drag shows and DJ-fuelled dance-floor action. Visit for some twisted Tuesday night trivia, a spot of Wednesday night karaoke, or for drink giveaways and a sausage sizzle on a Sunday afternoon.
Mother @ Attik
Mother @ Attik Gay Bars
Friday nights at Attik are all about that legendary weekly party, Mother – a fun space for queer girls (and their mates) to let their hair down. There’s zero cover charge, free pizza up for grabs at midnight and a line-up of great resident DJ’s fuelling the dance floor all night long. Swing by and make yourself right at home, playing Gay Twister, cutting shapes and soaking a whole lot of happy vibes, all the way through till 3am.
Chasers Nightclub Gay Bars
Gifting Chapel Street with a healthy dose of fabulous every Saturday night, the legendary Poof Doof takes over Chasers Nightclub for a weekly serve of epic party beats and beautiful people. From 10.30pm, the energy is soaring, as buzzworthy DJ acts get the dance floor jumping to a tidy mix of house and electro tunes. Prepare to get a little bit wild, because this party keeps rolling until 7am.
The Laird
The Laird Gay Bars
This male-only gay club is one of Melbourne’s oldest and most renowned, with well over 30 years under its belt. With three separate bars, a pool room and a sprawling beer garden, the industrial-style space is primed for partying, pulling crowds seven nights a week. Regular events include the cheeky Trivial Hirsute each Wednesday and a Sunday session packed with drink specials, DJ beats and BBQ eats.
Yah Yah's Gay Bars
When cult-favourite Thursgay rocks into Yah Yah’s each week, absolutely everyone’s invited to hit the dance floor for a bit of pre-weekend fun. As well as a totally inclusive vibe and a rollicking atmosphere, you can expect a great rotation of DJ’s throwing down back-to-back party bangers. Entry is free and the fun kicks on till 5am…so it might be smart to cancel those Friday morning plans.
The Peel
The Peel Gay Bars
As the self-proclaimed “Gayest Party in Town”, this long-standing, male-focused gay bar has won itself a loyal following, partying hard until the wee hours every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. A swag of great events means you’re sure to find a vibe here to suit your mood, whether that involves kicking back with some casual drinks in the courtyard, or heating up the dance floor to some camp party jam classics.
Sircuit Gay Bars
A fun-loving gay bar with a welcoming vibe, Sircuit has long been a favourite among Fitzroy’s signature mixed bag crowd. Here, you’ll find a different flavoured party each night you visit – from cheap pints, free nuggets and hip hop beats on Wednesdays, to a program of show-stopping performances Thursday through Sunday. Expect zero cover charge, zero judgement and a truckload of fun.
Love Machine Gay Bars
Love Machine’s legendary Gossip Sundays are the ultimate way to cap off a weekend, no matter what your proclivities may be. Each week, the popular LGBTQ-friendly night transforms this three-level club into a plush party paradise, complete with two separate bars, dance floors aplenty and an exciting DJ line-up guaranteed to get you sweating. Don your finest threads and head in for some serious late-night fun.
Pride Of Our Footscray Gay Bars
Footscray’s new gay-friendly haunt is big on community spirit, welcoming everyone with open arms and ice cold beers. It’s a colourful spot to enjoy local eats and drinks, sports on the big screens, or just a laidback game of pool with mates. You’ll find local art exhibited on the walls and a solid line-up of performances and events across each month.
Swagger @ The Bottom End Gay Bars
Taking over The Bottom End one Friday a month is Swagger – the gay-friendly party session with an RnB twist. Instead of the usual sugary pop tunes, this club night thumps to the beat of artists like Pitbull, Eminem and TLC. Each month rocks a different theme, with past iterations including an all-pink party, a Rihanna tribute night and even a birthday celebration for Beyonce.