Sometimes people in the GLBT community walk into a bar and immediately feel unwelcome. It is not always easy to find a gay bar where you can get comfortable and feel at home. Here is a list of gay bars that specialize in doing just that. Whether you are looking for a dance club, drink specials, conversation or a big screen television to watch sports – it is all available in the Baltimore area.



Club Hippo
1 W. Eager St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 547-0069

Located right in the heart of the Mt. Vernon area, Club Hippo is one of the well-known gay clubs in the region. It offers special drink deals, trivia contests and gay bingo on Wednesday nights. On zodiac Saturdays, get in free if the current date is your sign. GLBTs of all ages are made to feel welcome at this home away from home. Dancing is also on the menu at Club Hippo so be sure to wear something that will make you look enticing on the dance floor.

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870 Park Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 539-4993

Leon’s has been a Baltimore institution for over 50 years. It has the homey feel of a neighborhood bar. On those evenings where you just want to hang out with friends and enjoy great conversation, this is the place to go. Join the GLBT community in a safe environment for all. This little saloon offers great happy hour deals to its patrons. Wednesday and Friday evenings are especially well attended.

Club 1722
1722 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 547-8423

Club 1722 is for after-hours only on Fridays from 1:45 a.m. to 5 a.m. and Saturdays from 1:45 a.m. to 6 a.m., making it a great place to go after a late movie or visit to another club. The DJs play a variety of music including techno, progressive, cutting edge and dance classics, so make sure you bring your best dancing shoes. The experienced DJs know how to get the crowd rocking the night away. Be aware, Club 1722 has strict dress code rules including no hats, sports jerseys or heavy boots.

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Grand Central
1001/1003 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 752-7133

Dance in the disco, hang out with friends in the pub or shoot pool in the loft. Between the three areas, there is something for everyone. Drink specials abound every day of the week. In the Mt. Vernon area, this night-time hotspot is just a hop, skip and jump from the Inner Harbor. The self-proclaimed Best Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Complex originally opened in 1991, then expanded to its current size in 2003.

PW’s Sports Bar & Grill
9855 Washington Blvd. N.
Laurel, Md. 20723
(301) 498-4840

This unique GLBT sports bar offers lots of big screen televisions to watch the Caps, Ravens, Wiz, O’s or Nats in a comfortable setting. It offers all sorts of other entertainment from drag shows to karaoke and theme shows. There is never a dull moment at this great venue. PW’s features a full menu for meals any time. The bar sponsors many GLBT teams in a variety of sports, including bowling, softball and volleyball. What a great way to make new friends or meet prospective love interests!

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