Providence Gay Bars
Providence, Rhode Island is the smallest state in America. But if its June Pride festival was any indication it could be the gayest state – or at least the gayest by landmass. The state’s compact size also applies to LGBTQ nightlife, because nearly all of Providence’s gay bars are within a five-minute walk of one another.
On your next visit, look for these popular Providence gay bars to get your fill of drinks and dancing.
125 Washington St
Frequently the first or last stop during a night out, The Stable is Providence’s neighborhood gay bar. Drinks are strong and the crowd is mostly younger gay men. But in keeping with the neighborhood-style, it still caters well to lesbian and straight guests. Before my visit, The Stable was recommended multiple times – so expect to find a healthy share of outside visitors who make this their first stop.
It’s a small bar inside with a few tables outside. During busy times, it’s standing room only with noisy surroundings. The bar’s name isn’t hinting at a western-theme, rather it’s a nod to the building’s history. During renovations, the bar’s owner discovered the building was once used for horse stables.
Go to The Stable for a neighborhood vibe where it’s easy to meet new people.
17 Snow St
Following in The Stable’s footsteps, Alley Cat is another cozy, neighborhood bar – but with a crowd more closely reflecting the local community. It’s a non-pretentious, all-identities spot, which caters equally to men and women, cis and non-cis, as is the case with most Providence gay bars.
On weekends, it’s hard to tell where Alley Cat ends and it’s next-door-neighbor begins. So, expect to see plenty of crossover between the bar and the dance-oriented Dark Lady. Plus, on Saturday and Sunday, The Dark Lady and Alley Cat are open until 3:00 AM, an hour later than Stable, Mirabar, and Eagle.
Go to Alley Cat for a neighborhood gay bar with a local crowd.
The Dark Lady
19 Snow St
Sharing a building and crowd with Alley Cat, The Dark Lady features two-story stripper poles, a disco ball, and a spacious dance floor. It’s well-stocked with drag queens and professional dancers – making it one of Providence’s biggest weekend attractions.
Check their Facebook below for the latest events, which include weekly drag shows, karaoke, and EDM evenings. And if you’re visiting during Providence Pride, then The Dark Lady and Alley Cat host one of the largest block parties in the city (second only to Ego).
Go to The Dark Lady for drag queens, accessible dancing, and a lesbian-friendly crowd.
124 Snow St
Providence Eagle is a traditional leather bar with porn on the televisions, dark corners, and lots of looks. Expect to find an all-gay crowd with a plurality of older men vested in bear culture and Levis. Drink pours are generous – with wells being more whiskey than anything else.
Have fun and leave your metrosexual-self at home for this one.
Go to Providence Eagle to experience the city’s old school leather and bear scene.
73 Richmond St
Ego is the premier dance club among Providence’s gay nightlife.
The club is 18+ with a cover on Friday and Saturday. On those days the club closes at 3:00 AM, but you’ll need to queue up by 1:00 AM to get inside. Thursdays feature drag performances by its cast of “Ego Girls.” Fridays bring a mix of Top 40, hip hop, and Latin. Saturdays have a live DJ and draw some of the largest crowds.
Go to Ego for one of New England’s most popular gay dance clubs.
15 Elbow St
Formerly a 3-story nightclub, Mirabar has downscaled in recent years and is geographically disconnected from the rest of Providence’s gay bars. But that distance comes with the benefit of free bar snacks and cheap drinks.
Plus, there’s karaoke on Thursdays with $0.50 grilled cheese.
Go to Mirabar for a lower-key night at the oldest gay club in Providence.
Club Body Center & Mega Plex
257 Weybosset St & 257 Allens Ave
Club Body Center isn’t a gym and Mega Plex isn’t a movie theater. In fact, they’re some of the last gay saunas in New England. I didn’t make it to either during my trip to Providence, RI – and I couldn’t find a single person who’s frequented the bathhouses. So, I’m pulling everything via online sources.
Neither is going to put Steam Works out of business – but if you’re feeling up to it, these are the best places for straight-up sex.