The Complete List of Gay Bars in Akron, OH

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Having lived in Akron for my entire adult life, finding an inclusive and supportive community has always been important to me. When I first moved here as a young college student, one of the avenues to do this was to visit the local bars and nightclubs. What quickly became my favorite? The locally owned gay bars.

The LGBTQ+ nightlife in Akron has a tone that holds true to the downtown area itself: inclusive, fun, and full of life. The gay bars in the Akron community have been in existence for many years and have been supported by the LGBTQ+ locals ever since. The community is a thriving one in the downtown area and has kept these bars thriving as well.

Need a night on the town and not sure where to go? Find my complete list below of all the gay bars in the Downtown Akron area:

Map of Gay Bars in Akron

Square Nightclub

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In the heart of Highland Square is one of the most energetic clubs in town: Square Nightclub. Marked by the single red square on the otherwise white brick building, Square not only has a large dance floor and DJ’s every night of the week, but also includes a pool table, couches, TVs, and a spacious outdoor area.

Need something to give you a little courage to get out on the dance floor? Don’t fret! The drinks at the Square are top notch – and affordable. The bar staff will always point you in the right direction with their recommendations, and please, for me, try the Jolly Rancher Shots.

Square is also known to host Drag Shows and other entertainment throughout the week. Make sure you head over to their social media or their website to find out who will be there soon. Trust me, these shows are not one to miss. So, grab some friends, or that special someone, and head over to the Square for a night out on the town!

Interbelt Nite Club

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Speaking of large dance floors and Drag Shows, you’ll find them both at the Interbelt Nite Club. You can always count on Interbelt to be hosting some sort of community wide event. From open stage nights every Thursday, to Salsa nights, star-studded Drag Queen appearances, DJ’s and more; there is truly something for everyone here.

Interbelt also provides a full bar, pool tables, and plenty of seating. It is the perfect place to cut loose for a bit (or the whole night).

Located in the heart of Downtown Akron, this club is very popular amongst the young LGBTQ+ community. With their affordable drinks, community events and inclusive crowd, it’s always the place to be.

Tear-Ez

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Perhaps dance floors and clubs aren’t quite your scene, but you still want an inclusive space – let me suggest Tear-Ez. Located in Downtown Akron, this bar gives off a contemporary lounge feel, while still holding true to some of its vintage roots. Mainly known for its friendly staff, affordable beverages, and fun-loving atmosphere, Tear-Ez makes it their main goal that you always feel welcome.

With live music and entertainment on the weekends, there’s always something to see at Tear-Ez. Inside you’ll find a full bar, pool table, plenty of seating, and a small stage for shows. They also have a patio space out front, right on Main St.

Something unique about this bar? They offer a full non-alcoholic drink menu for those designated drivers and non-drinkers. And don’t worry, they have their fair share of Drag Shows as well! Be sure to check their Facebook page for event announcements.

  • Address: 360 S. Main St. Akron, OH
  • Website: Tear-Ez

Cocktails Akron

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Last but not least: Cocktails Akron. Known for its large space that offers indoor and outdoor seating, Cocktails is the place to be no matter the time of the year. Open daily at 3:00pm, not only is this a great place to grab some drinks with friends, but the food is good as well! With the kitchen being open from 5:00pm-9:00pm, it’s the perfect place to hang your hat for a few hours.

With weekly Drag Shows on Sundays, live music on the weekends, a beautiful patio for the nicer days and plenty of pool tables, you will find something for everyone at this bar! Located just south of Downtown in the Firestone Park neighborhood, make sure you head over during happy hour for their better-than-most specials.

My top thoughts about this bar? The friendly staff and laid-back vibes. So, plan a night out, grab a meal and a few drinks, and meet some new friends at Cocktails Akron.