Nicknamed the Queen City, Charlotte has a fascinating history and a blooming cultural scene. The name may conjure images of an eclectic gay life, with extravagant parties and gay establishments at every corner and, while you can find some of that here, Charlotte’s gay scene is rather small. Even so, the general attitude towards the gay community is extremely friendly and you can find a plethora of bars, clubs, restaurants, and shops catering to LGBTs.

While NODA is becoming known as Charlotte’s gay area, there are plenty of gay-friendly venues sprinkled all around downtown and beyond. From sports bars to sleek lounges and hooping nightclubs to gay-friendly bistros and pizzerias, you can find pretty much anything you want in gay Charlotte.

Start the day by visiting one of Charlotte’s many historic sites like Rosedale Plantation or Historic Brattonsville. Step back in time with a horse-drawn carriage ride and discover the Queen City’s fascinating history.

Have lunch at one of Charlotte’s gay friendly restaurants or relax in a café bar while gazing at the bustling streets. As the sun sets, get ready for a night of fun and entertainment. Drag queen shows, exotic male dancers, go-go boys and hooping dance floor await you.

Charlotte manages to satisfy every taste and need – from leather daddy joints to sports bars and go-go boys/girls trendy venues, there is something for everyone. So, what’s the best gay hot spot in Charlotte?