Gay Bars in Birmingham, AL

Birmingham, the largest city in Alabama, has several bars catering to the gay community.
Birmingham, the largest city in Alabama, has several bars catering to the gay community. (Image: Reflections in office buildings in downtown Birmingham, AL. image by dvest from

Birmingham, Alabama's largest city, has several gay bars with a variety of themes and entertainment styles. Though the city has a conservative tradition that once discouraged bars of this type, the climate has relaxed in recent years. While Birmingham does not have as thriving a nightlife scene as other large cities, gay-bar patrons can dance, drink, and be entertained in clubs that resemble those of other cities.

Joe's on Seventh

Joe's on Seventh is a bar and entertainment venue at the intersection of Seventh avenue and 27th street in the Lakeview District of downtown Birmingham. Joe's offers entrainment and dancing in a venue that has the feel of a local neighborhood bar. With scheduled events on most weekend nights, Joe's offers female impersonators, DJ's, and entertainment to fit a variety of tastes. As of September 2010, cover charges are $5 for those over 21, and $8 for those between 18 and 20 accompanied by a member 24 years old or over. A valid ID is required regardless of age.

Joe's on Seventh 2627 7th Avenue South Birmingham, Alabama 35233 205-321-2812

Steel Urban Lounge

Steel Urban Lounge, which is open seven days a week, is located at the corner of 1st avenue and 23rd street in the Historic Loft District of Birmingham. Each night, Steel features a different theme or event. Special nights include "Tuesday Trivia with Reed," "Thursday Skool Daze," "Five for Fridays," and "Saturday Ladies Nights." Steel offers a variety of drinks and drink specials each night and can accommodate special events upon request.

Steel Urban Lounge 2300 1st Ave North Birmingham, AL 35203 205-324-0666

Quest Club

Quest, a private dance and entertainment club in downtown Birmingham, requires a cover charge for entrance. The club is open seven days a week and is open only to those 21 and up on Mondays and Tuesdays. As of September 2010, anyone over 18 can enter on Wednesday through Sunday by paying a cover charge of $10 to $15. Regular cover is $5. Quest features night drink specials and themes including Ladies' Shows, Sassy Sundays, and pool tournament nights.

Quest Club 416 24th Street South Birmingham, AL 35233 205-251-4313

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