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Top 6 Gay and Lesbian Nightspots in Memphis


Looking for the best gay and lesbian nightspots in the city? Here are our picks. For more information on Memphis' constantly evolving gay and lesbian nightlife, check out the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center located at 892 South Cooper Street in Midtown.

1. Crossroads

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1278 Jefferson Ave
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 272-8801
Monday - Wednesday: 3PM - 11PM
Thursday - Saturday: 3PM - 3AM
Sunday: 3PM - Midnight
Crossroads is a predominantly gay dance club and bar, but everyone is welcome. Recently renovated, it is considered a classy joint that is lined with pictures of Cher. You can't even use the restroom without her watching you! Crossroads is considered to be one of the most active bars/clubs in Memphis, in terms of fostering the local GLBT community.

2. The Pumping Station

1382 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 272-7600
Mon - Fri, 4pm - 3am
Sat - Sun, 3pm - 3am
The Pumping Station is a gay bar located in midtown Memphis, easy to spot by its rainbow flag flying above the entrance. Among The Pumping Station's many events are pool tournaments, dart tournaments, beer bust nights, and more. Happy Hour runs daily from 4:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

3. 901 Complex

136 Webster Ave.
Memphis, TN 38126
(901) 522-8455
Friday: 10PM - 3:30AM
Saturday: 10PM - 4:30AM
901 Complex is located off of South Main Street in downtown Memphis. Though only open on the weekends, they draw good size crowds who come for dancing, drinks, and drag shows. 901 Complex typically features hip-hop and R&B music and frequently offers special shows aside from their regular drag shows.

4. Metro

1349 Autumn Ave
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 274-8010
Monday - Saturday: 6PM - 3AM
Sunday: 4PM - 3AM
Metro is primarily a gay bar and dance club in midtown Memphis, although everyone is welcome. Compared to most other local GLBT hotspots, its atmosphere is among the more cosmopolitan with an ambience reminiscent of some of the dance clubs in NYC. However, it is generally not the place to go on most weekday evenings when there are relatively few patrons. The scene is much more crowded on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The older crowd is usually there until about 11PM, and the younger crowd gets in after that.

5. Dru's Place

1474 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 275-8082
Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 12 midnight
Friday-Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m.
Sunday: Noon - Midnight
Dru's Place is a GLBT sports bar whose motto is "where women and sports collide." In addition big screen t.v.'s showing the game, Dru's Place also offers pool tables, darts, trivia, Texas Hold'em, and of course, cold beer and live music.

6. Club Spectrum

616 Marshall Ave. Memphis, TN 38112 This relative newcomer to the club scene is located at the site of the old 616 Club. It features two dance floors with a variety of music, making it the largest GLBT club in Memphis. The club also features drag shows and drink specials.
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