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A date at the Audubon Zoo
A date at the Audubon Zoo
A date at the Audubon Zoo
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LGBT Couple Enjoying Live Music
LGBT Couple Enjoying Live Music
LGBT Itineraries
LGBT Itineraries
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Relaxing at the Virgin Hotel Pool
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LGBTQ New Orleans Itinerary

Plan your perfect trip to NOLA

New Orleans is a wonderland for every visitor to our city. It sings the song of many, fully encompassing the LGBTQ+ community and the diverse lives that each member embodies. With an "Everyone's Welcome Here" mindset, this city is for all, and we are proud to sing that song year-round. Therefore, with a website dedicated to sharing the who, what, when, where, and why of the Crescent City, we would be remiss not to provide the inside scoop on the abundance that is LGBTQ+ New Orleans.

So, while not all our LGBTQ+ visitors march to the beat of the same drum, we want you to know where to find your GURLs, gays, HAYs, ladies, and Theydies. Whether you're seeking vibrant nightlife, cozy cafes, or hidden gems off the beaten path, New Orleans has something for everyone. Explore the streets lined with history, indulge in eclectic cuisine, and embrace the spirit of inclusivity that permeates every corner of our city. Come join us in celebrating diversity, love, and acceptance in this wonderful lineup!


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Hartley Wasser, New Orleans & Co.
Mornings in Audubon Park


Start your day at Audubon Park

Audubon Park isn't just any park – it's a lush oasis where time seems to stand still among ancient oak trees and tranquil lagoons. Whether you're picnicking with friends, cycling along the paved loop, or simply taking a leisurely stroll, Audubon Park offers a slice of natural beauty that's quintessentially New Orleans.

Grab breakfast at La Boulangerie

Wake up and smell the pastries at La Boulangerie, where each bite is a delicious testament to local flavors and culinary craftsmanship. From flaky croissants to savory sandwiches, it's the perfect spot to start your day on a delectable note while soaking in the neighborhood charm.

Paul Costello, Image Courtesy of The Chloe
The Chloe New Orleans

Swim at The Chloe Pool

Dive into relaxation at The Chloe Pool, a hidden gem nestled within a historic mansion-turned-boutique-hotel exuding Southern hospitality and charm. Whether you're sipping cocktails poolside or soaking up the sun on the patio, The Chloe Pool invites you to unwind and indulge in the good life, New Orleans-style.

Lunch at St. James Cheese Company

Say cheese and savor the flavor at St. James Cheese Company, where every bite tells a story of artisanal passion and local pride. From creamy bries to aged cheddar, it's a cheese lover's paradise that promises to elevate your lunch experience to new heights of culinary delight.

Coffee Break at Mojo Coffee House

Get your mojo flowing at Mojo Coffee House, where every cup is a celebration of bold flavors and laid-back vibes. Whether you're fueling up for the day ahead or unwinding with friends, Mojo's commitment to exceptional coffee and genuine hospitality ensures a memorable experience, one sip at a time.

Shop the House Down Boots on Magazine Street

Indulge your inner shopaholic on Magazine Street, where every storefront tells a story and every purchase is a treasure waiting to be discovered. From chic boutiques to quirky antique shops, it's a six-mile stretch of retail therapy that's as unique and diverse as the city itself.

Devonte Williford, New Orleans & Co.
Friends Outside of Commander's Palace

Dinner at Commander’s Palace

Experience culinary excellence at Commander's Palace, where each dish is a masterpiece crafted with love and Louisiana flair. From the first bite of turtle soup to the last bite of bread pudding soufflé, it's a dining experience that transcends mere sustenance, inviting you to savor every moment.

Stephen Kent Johnson, Maison de la Luz
Bar Marilou


There Is Always Time For A Cocktail At Bar Marilou

Raise a glass to luxury and libations at Bar Marilou, where craft cocktails and chic ambiance collide in a celebration of sophistication. Whether you're mingling with locals or unwinding in the private speakeasy, Bar Marilou promises an unforgettable night on the town, sip-sip-hooray!

We Aren’t In Kansas Anymore, Toto, This Is The Oz

With dazzling drag shows, infectious karaoke, and an atmosphere that's always electric, Oz invites you to let loose and embrace the vibrant spirit of the city, one unforgettable night at a time filled with dancing!



Wake up and unwind at Spa Atlantis

A haven of relaxation nestled in the French Quarter. From soothing massages to indulgent skin treatments, this full-service spa promises a blissful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, inviting guests to embrace serenity and self-care.

Paul Broussard, New Orleans & Co.
Clover Grill

Diner Breakfast At Clover Grill

Start your day with a taste of nostalgia at Clover Grill, where juicy burgers and quirky charm have been a staple since 1939. Fuel up on hearty fare without breaking the bank and savor every bite of a classic breakfast.

Have an Art-filled Adventure at JAMNOLA

Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of New Orleans' art, music, and culture at JAMNOLA, a whimsical pop-up experience like no other. With its interactive exhibits and playful atmosphere, JAMNOLA invites visitors of all ages to embark on a topsy-turvy journey through the city's most iconic landmarks and cultural gems.

Stop for Lunch at American Townhouse

Savor a taste of community and camaraderie at American Townhouse, a newer hotspot welcoming the LGBTQ community and their allies with open arms. Indulge in delicious fare served with a side of inclusivity, and toast to friendship in a welcoming atmosphere.

Find Some Art To Bring Home at the Dutch Allery Artist’s Co-Op

Discover local treasures at Dutch Alley Artist Co-Op, where artistry and community converge in the heart of the Historic French Market. Browse works by numerous talented artists spanning a diverse array of mediums and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of New Orleans' creative spirit.

Grab an Afternoon Coffee from Who Dat Coffee Café

Treat yourself at Who Dat Coffee Café, where every cup is brewed with passion and paired with mouthwatering meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Pair Pasta with Sass at Mona Lisa

Experience the flavors of Italy without the airfare at Mona Lisa, a beloved neighborhood eatery offering Italian favorites at affordable prices. From crisp salads to hearty pastas, each dish is a work of art that promises to delight your taste buds and leave you craving more.

Rebecca Todd
Good Friends Bar

Find New Friends at Good Friends

Raise a glass to friendship and fun at Good Friends Bar, a lively gay bar nestled in the heart of the French Quarter. With its Victorian-themed interior and vibrant atmosphere, it's the perfect place to unwind and let loose with friends old and new.

Lights, Camera, ALLways Lounge & Cabaret

Immerse yourself in the electric energy of New Orleans' nightlife at AllWays Lounge & Cabaret, where burlesque, drag, and live music collide in a whirlwind of entertainment. AllWays promises an unforgettable evening of music, merriment, and memories.




Eggs & Wigs at The Country Club

Start your day in style at the Country Club Drag Brunch, nestled in New Orleans' charming Bywater neighborhood. Indulge in exquisite cuisine and cocktails while soaking in the sophisticated ambiance of this hidden gem. Note: these brunches fill up fast, so be sure to reserve in advance.

Paul Broussard
Drinks at the Country Club

Stay Put & Take a Dip

After brunch, dive into relaxation at the Country Club's inviting pool or indulge in a steamy sauna session, making the most of your leisurely day in the heart of New Orleans.

Queer History Tour with Quinn Bishop

Embark on a journey through New Orleans' hidden history with the Queer History Tour, led by the knowledgeable and engaging Quinn Bishop. Explore the rich tapestry of marginalized communities–including LGBTQ individuals, women, people of color, and sex workers–in a tour that's both entertaining and enlightening.

Image courtesy of Saint John
Saint John

Lunch at Saint John

Tantalize your taste buds with a culinary journey at Saint John, where French, Italian, African, German, and Caribbean flavors converge in delightful dishes that celebrate New Orleans' diverse culinary heritage.

Sweet Treats at Chance in Hell Sno-Balls

Beat the heat with a refreshing sno-ball from Chance in Hell, a beloved spot in the Bywater known for its cool treats and vibrant flavors.

Paul Broussard
Beignets at Cafe du Monde

Caffeinate (and Beignet Gayly) at Café Du Monde

Sip on a taste of tradition at Café Du Monde, where the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and warm beignets has been enchanting visitors since 1862. Whether you're starting your day or winding down, Café Du Monde promises a quintessential New Orleans experience.

Shop Around Royal Street

Discover the charm of Royal Street, a historic thoroughfare lined with antique shops, art galleries, and hidden courtyards. From crystal chandeliers to 19th-century treasures, Royal Street beckons with its eclectic mix of shops and eateries, making it a must-visit destination for any New Orleans adventure.

Paul Broussard

Dinner at Vessel

Elevate your dining experience at Vessel, housed in a stunningly revitalized 1914 church in Mid-City. Chef Amandalynn Picolo's innovative take on New American cuisine, paired with local ingredients and New Orleans traditions, promises a delicious evening out.

Nightcap at Bourbon Pub & Parade

Raise a glass to the spirit of New Orleans' LGBTQ community at Bourbon Pub & Parade, the city's largest gay and lesbian bar and nightclub. Since 1974, it has been a vibrant hub of celebration and inclusivity, located at the lively intersection of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets in the heart of the French Quarter.

Jabari Henry, New Orleans & Co.

More Events to Consider:

  1. Party like a local during Halloween New Orleans (HNO),  a charitable event that supports those living with HIV and AIDS.
  2. Find some friends and participate in the Bourbon Street Awards costume contest on Mardi Gras Day.
  3. Parade around at Southern Decadence, the South’s biggest LGBTQ event over Labor Day Weekend.
  4. Celebrate gay history and culture with New Orleans Pride.
  5. Get dressed up in your best Easter suits and pastels and march through the French Quarter during the Annual Gay Easter Parade.
  6. Find rotating LGBTQ+ dance parties: Gimme A Reason, HerHaus, GrrlSpot, HotGloss