This article was published on November 18th, 2017
Roll the dice and try your queer luck by rediscovering the newly revitalized gay-friendly Las Vegas. Gone are the days of ‘Old Vegas’ where gangsters sat around card tables, chain-smoking cigarettes under poor lighting, drinking, and delving into the lust of Sin City. And the family vibe that thrived during the 90’s and 00’s has also started to change.
Las Vegas has become a melting pot, and an accepting desert oasis of tolerance and diversity. Vegas welcomes the queer community with open arms, is encouraging of LGBT weddings and tourism, and has recently been ranked as the #1 destination for lesbians and #2 for gay men in the United States. More than just the obvious gay clubs, there is plenty to do in Las Vegas. The entire city has become one of the most open, and gay-friendly cities in the United States.
Here’s everything that you need to know of what’s new, hot, and fun, in gay-friendly Las Vegas, right now:
Voss Events Drag Brunch at Senor Frogs: From wigs to swigs, fierce local and famous out of town drag queen divas slay the stage in their two-hour long performance frequently headlined by RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants! Includes full brunch and unlimited drank! Come partake in the queerest brunch in Vegas: it’s how the gays love their Sunday Funday!
Temptation Sunday’s: Hosted at the Luxor Hotel, Temptation Sunday’s originally started as a LGBT pool party for locals but has quickly become one of the main reasons Las Vegas has become synonymous with ‘poolcation’ for a lot of gay men. Temptation Sundays is at a gorgeous environment, and is filled with a wide variety of guys who want to connect with others on vacation.
Fountains at the Bellagio: What could be gayer than leaning over a marble railing and watching the world’s most famous fountain show. Head to the Bellagio for the choreographed fountain show with lights and music set on the lagoon in front of the hotel. It’s become a romantic staple of Sin City and a must-of thing to do in Vegas.
Conservatory at the Bellagio: While at the Bellagio, head to the Conservatory at the Bellagio, famous for changing with the seasons, the conservatory has unique themes throughout the year, for each major season/holiday, from Chinese New Year to Easter and from Halloween to Christmas. The florals and botanicals on the grounds are impressive.
Hakkasan: While technically not a gay club, Hakkasan, located at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, tends to draw in the mix crowd due to its emphasis on house music and resident DJ’s, like Tiesto. It’s become an incredibly popular destination with the gay EDM crowd who want to have fun in a safe, open club environment. Hakkasan is a good alternative to your standard circuit party, especially if you’re in Sin City for another event, like Sin City Shootout or Matinee Las Vegas, and you want to see one of these super-star DJ’s in a super club environment.
Zumanity: The most sensual show on the strip has plenty of homoeroticism and sexuality to last you for the evening. Zumanity is one of Cirque du Soleil’s most provocative shows yet, and it regularly plays to packed houses at its resident theatre inside the New York New York Las Vegas Resort and Casino.
Rollercoaster at the NYNY: While at the New York New York, head over to the Big Apple Rollercoaster and Arcade at New York New York Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. It’s a burst of thrill and adventure from atop of one of Vegas’ most iconic hotels! The rollercoaster is a high-speed ride around replica New York City landmarks encompassing the iconic property.
High Roller: Another fun ride is the High Roller at the Linq Hotel. A massive a 550-foot tall, 520-foot diameter giant Ferris wheel adjacent to the strip with amazing views of Las Vegas and surrounding area. The wheel has 28 cabins that will each hold 40 passengers. Upgrade to the bar car for the best experience! Advance tickets are suggested for this 30-minute ride.
Freemont Street East: Check out the newly revitalized area of downtown Las Vegas: Freemont Street East, popular with the trendy, younger, local crowd. There are lots of quaint bars that are all gay friendly. Freemont Street East is a great local for a pub-crawl night with friends. It’s a diverse community and area of Vegas not everyone ventures to.
Las Vegas is a great vacation destination because there is fabulous shopping, spas, restaurants, shows, live theatre, concerts, and clubs – all in one destination and all open 24 hours a day. Be as naughty or as nice as you care to be in Sin City. Be as gay as you want in Las Vegas!