29 Must-Visit LGBTQ-Friendly Bars and Businesses in St. Louis

Do you want to hit up the hottest gay bar? Are you a man wanting to buy your husband a bouquet without getting dirty looks? Are you in the process of transitioning and in need of a specialty tailor to alter your clothes? Or do you just want a place where everyone feels emphatically welcome ... gay, straight, and all points in between? St. Louis has all of this and more. As a bright blue dot in a big red state, St. Louis has long been an oasis for LGBTQIA+ people born in neighboring communities, and for good reason. Our thriving queer culture will make you proud to be from the Lou. If you want to spend your money in a gay way, these are the spots to drop those dollars where you won’t need to hide your love. All of these local businesses will joyfully welcome you (and your partner) with open arms. Some are LGBTQIA+ owned, and others are just super gay friendly -- either way, you can't go wrong.

Do you want to hit up the hottest gay bar? Are you a man wanting to buy your husband a bouquet without getting dirty looks? Are you in the process of transitioning and in need of a specialty tailor to alter your clothes? Or do you just want a place where everyone feels emphatically welcome ... gay, straight, and all points in between? St. Louis has all of this and more.

As a bright blue dot in a big red state, St. Louis has long been an oasis for LGBTQIA+ people born in neighboring communities, and for good reason. Our thriving queer culture will make you proud to be from the Lou.

If you want to spend your money in a gay way, these are the spots to drop those dollars where you won’t need to hide your love. All of these local businesses will joyfully welcome you (and your partner) with open arms. Some are LGBTQIA+ owned, and others are just super gay friendly -- either way, you can't go wrong.

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Hamburger Mary's
400 Washington AvenueSt. Louis, MO 63102(314) 833-4000
A whole bar full of drag queen servers? Yep. When this chain finally came to St. Louis it made waves! Check it out for the most entertaining brunch imaginable. Get a mimosa, kick back and enjoy.
Photo courtesy of Hamburger Mary's St. Louis

Hamburger Mary's

400 Washington Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63102
(314) 833-4000


A whole bar full of drag queen servers? Yep. When this chain finally came to St. Louis it made waves! Check it out for the most entertaining brunch imaginable. Get a mimosa, kick back and enjoy.

Photo courtesy of Hamburger Mary's St. Louis
NOTCH
4187 Manchester AvenueSt. Louis, MO 63110(314) 764-5113
The pride flags outside this salon let you know that you are welcome here. Inside are a number of inclusive options, including a hairstyle menu that doesn't separate "men's" and "women's" styles. It's been said before, but Notch is really a cut above the rest.
Photo courtesy of Jaime Lees

NOTCH

4187 Manchester Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 764-5113


The pride flags outside this salon let you know that you are welcome here. Inside are a number of inclusive options, including a hairstyle menu that doesn't separate "men's" and "women's" styles. It's been said before, but Notch is really a cut above the rest.

Photo courtesy of Jaime Lees
Block Garment Alterations
1922 Cherokee StreetSt. Louis, MO 63118(314) 218-5413
Run by an activist and a cis queer femme from St. Louis, this is the new storefront of Block Garment Alterations, where Aurora (who formerly worked at a bridal shop doing gown alterations) has set up shop. Aurora specializes in altering clothes to fit trans bodies.
Photo courtesy of Virginia Harold

Block Garment Alterations

1922 Cherokee Street
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 218-5413


Run by an activist and a cis queer femme from St. Louis, this is the new storefront of Block Garment Alterations, where Aurora (who formerly worked at a bridal shop doing gown alterations) has set up shop. Aurora specializes in altering clothes to fit trans bodies.

Photo courtesy of Virginia Harold
Bella's Frozen Yogurt
1021 Washington AvenueSt. Louis, MO 63101(314) 553-9261
Owned by partners Corey James and Austin Blankenship, the pair revived the frozen yogurt shop three years after it closed because they just loved it so much. And St. Louis loves them back — especially after they showcased some amazing Red Hot Riplets-flavored frozen yogurt.
Photo courtesy of Bella's Frozen Yogurt

Bella's Frozen Yogurt

1021 Washington Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63101
(314) 553-9261


Owned by partners Corey James and Austin Blankenship, the pair revived the frozen yogurt shop three years after it closed because they just loved it so much. And St. Louis loves them back — especially after they showcased some amazing Red Hot Riplets-flavored frozen yogurt.

Photo courtesy of Bella's Frozen Yogurt
Bar:PM
7109 S. BroadwaySt. Louis, MO 63111(314) 312-6683
You don’t have to be in the Grove to get gay. If you’re down in the S. Broadway area stop into Bar:PM where the friendly staff and fun activities like adult Easter egg hunts and chili cook-offs will keep you smiling!
Photo courtesy of Steve Truesdell

Bar:PM

7109 S. Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63111
(314) 312-6683


You don’t have to be in the Grove to get gay. If you’re down in the S. Broadway area stop into Bar:PM where the friendly staff and fun activities like adult Easter egg hunts and chili cook-offs will keep you smiling!

Photo courtesy of Steve Truesdell
Flowers to the People
2317 Cherokee StreetSt. Louis, MO 63118(314) 762-0422
If you’re planning for a wedding and you’re gay, you might have to deal with all kinds of judgmental folks. Not at Flowers to the People. This small shop gives you a personalized experience and welcomes couples of all types. Expect a fun, funny and inclusive experience here.
Photo courtesy of Google Maps

Flowers to the People

2317 Cherokee Street
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 762-0422


If you’re planning for a wedding and you’re gay, you might have to deal with all kinds of judgmental folks. Not at Flowers to the People. This small shop gives you a personalized experience and welcomes couples of all types. Expect a fun, funny and inclusive experience here.

Photo courtesy of Google Maps
Attitudes Nightclub
4100 Manchester AvenueSt. Louis, MO 63110(314) 802-8603
It’s huge, it’s loud, sometimes it hosts drag shows (including high-level touring drag shows) and you can dance dance dance in every section of this joint, including in MTV-style cages. If you’re looking to break it off, shake some booty on down at Attitudes.
Photo courtesy of Jaime Lees

Attitudes Nightclub

4100 Manchester Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 802-8603


It’s huge, it’s loud, sometimes it hosts drag shows (including high-level touring drag shows) and you can dance dance dance in every section of this joint, including in MTV-style cages. If you’re looking to break it off, shake some booty on down at Attitudes.

Photo courtesy of Jaime Lees
Bastille 
1027 Russell BoulevardSt. Louis, MO 63104(314) 664-4408
Bastille has been holding it down as Soulard’s premiere gay bar for years. Appropriately, its style is heavily influenced by the New Orleans Mardi Gras scene. This is the place to visit if you want to drink buckets of booze and maybe loose a little bit of clothing.
Photo courtesy of RFT file photo

Bastille

1027 Russell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 664-4408


Bastille has been holding it down as Soulard’s premiere gay bar for years. Appropriately, its style is heavily influenced by the New Orleans Mardi Gras scene. This is the place to visit if you want to drink buckets of booze and maybe loose a little bit of clothing.

Photo courtesy of RFT file photo
Cheap TRX
3209 S. Grand BoulevardSt. Louis, MO 63118(314) 664-4011
The people at Cheap TRX are unshockable. Need to buy a ball gag while getting your penis pierced and wrapping yourself in a trans flag? Nobody here would bat an eyelash. They also sell essential (and silly) household items, too, in case you’re looking for a gift for your special someone.
Photo courtesy of Google Maps

Cheap TRX

3209 S. Grand Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 664-4011


The people at Cheap TRX are unshockable. Need to buy a ball gag while getting your penis pierced and wrapping yourself in a trans flag? Nobody here would bat an eyelash. They also sell essential (and silly) household items, too, in case you’re looking for a gift for your special someone.

Photo courtesy of Google Maps
JJ's Clubhouse
3858 Market StreetSt. Louis, MO 63110(314) 535-4100
They have everything at JJ’s. A bar, space to roam, a whole big room for a club and, famously, bowls of cheese balls on the bar instead of peanuts for snacks. If you’re looking for a sexy BDSM daddy or a little bear cub, this is the best place in St. Louis to find one. And cheese ball dust doesn’t stick to leather, so suit up.
Photo courtesy of Scott Layne

JJ's Clubhouse

3858 Market Street
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 535-4100


They have everything at JJ’s. A bar, space to roam, a whole big room for a club and, famously, bowls of cheese balls on the bar instead of peanuts for snacks. If you’re looking for a sexy BDSM daddy or a little bear cub, this is the best place in St. Louis to find one. And cheese ball dust doesn’t stick to leather, so suit up.

Photo courtesy of Scott Layne