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The Country Club

LGBT friendly pool, bar & restaurant

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This bar and restaurant has a pool in the back that gets packed on sunny weekends. There is a full bar in the back, so it is 21 and up and there is a $15 cover charge. If you plan far enough ahead, we are talking months, see if you can get a coveted reservation at their Saturday drag brunch.

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(504) 945-0742

634 Louisa St, New Orleans, LA

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Cora Henkemeyer

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NOLA Drag Tours

The only drag queen led tour in the city

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From drag queens to Storyville madams, Quinn Laroux will share the fascinating history of the rebellious and dangerous women who built New Orleans. You can listen to her entertaining stories on her more intimate day tour or her raunchier night tour.

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628 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA

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NOLA Drag Tours

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Good Friends Bar

Laid back gay bar with upstairs balcony

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While it can get loud and crowded, this laid back spot is a nice breather from some of the wilder things happening in the Quarter. Head to the upstairs bar where you can grab a drink and dance inside or hang out on the balcony.

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(504) 566-7191

740 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA

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Jae

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GrrlSpot

Pop up lesbian bar

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While there are no longer any dedicated lesbian bars in the city, GrrlSpot hosts pop up events at venues around the city. Check out their website or Facebook for details on upcoming events.

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Hannah Renton

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Clover Grill

24/7 dinner that invented the Bourbon Street Awards

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Most of the year, this cheap, no-frills spot that serves classic diner fare is a great place to end a long night. But a few days a year it gets a little extra pizazz as the host or sponsor for some truly fabulous events. In 1963 the grill was under some financial pressure so the owner came up with the Bourbon Street Awards, a costume and drag contest hosted on Mardi Gras day, to draw customers to his business. Though he faced much backlash from the city and media because the show and its men dressed in drag "contributed to moral decay," the spectacle became an instant success. After eleven years, the awards outgrew the space and Cafe Lafitte in Exile took over. A short time later, they moved out onto the street, because the show couldn't be contained by four walls. In more recent years, Clover Grill has served as the starting point for the the Mascara Run, a bar crawl and race for charity where contestants have to add a piece of drag at each stop.

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(504) 598-1010

900 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA

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Clover Grill

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Golden Lantern

Cozy, neighborhood spot for drinks and drag

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The home base for Southern Decadence, this spot hosts raucous drag shows most Friday and Saturday nights, so check their Facebook page for upcoming shows. They have happy hour daily from 2 to 8 and serve up a mean Bloody Mary. Cash only.

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(504) 529-2860

1239 Royal St, New Orleans, LA

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Jessica Ber

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