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Where To Celebrate Pride in Nashville, June 2021

Nashville iconic gay bars, drag brunches, and where to fete Pride this month and beyond

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The month of June marks an International Pride Month, but because Nashville is just now waking up from its COVID-19 slumber, the Nashville Pride Festival and Parade is actually slated for September 18-19, 2021 at Bicentennial Capitol Mall and Park. (Here is a complete listing of the festivities.) But you don’t have to wait until September to join in a hearty “y’all means all” rally cry. You can support Nashville’s local LGBTQ+ community by giving business to any one of the numerous queer-owned businesses in the city, and by visiting its queer bars, spaces, and drag venues.

On the drag front, Nashville celebrates its talented queens at some of the hottest shows in town. See how drag has evolved into the art form it is today over brunch on Second Avenue’s Illusions: The Drag Queen Show. The BYOB wheels go round and round on The Big Drag Bus departing Church Street for a 90-minute excursion around town filled with performances, laughs, games, and a chance to get to know someone maybe you wouldn’t have otherwise. Located in Printer’s Alley, Dragville Brunch Party features local food, drink specials, drag bingo, performances, and karaoke with the Queen.

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For the month of June only, Bobby Hotel celebrates Nashville Pride with Sunday Drag Brunch on The Rooftop Lounge at Bobby Hotel complete with family-style food and a show by local drag performers, as well as special surprise headliners each show, including some big names from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Tickets are priced at $65 per person and include entrance, prix-fixe family-style menu, and one mimosa. Get your tickets on EventBrite.

There’s also a sold out Drag Brunch this weekend at CBD, coffee, and cocktail hang Anzie Blue — stay tuned for future related brunches in the area.

Even if you don’t deeply understand how Dolly transcends all musical genres, know that at the core of this celebration is the acceptance of all humans. And if you want to eat, drink and be Mary, these Nashville essentials should do the trick.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Lipstick Lounge

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1400 Woodland St
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 226-6343
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“Come as you are, no matter what you are, “ is the motto for this East Nashville hot spot otherwise known as The Lip. Even though it’s revered as Nashville’s premier lesbian bar, it’s really known as a safe space for all. You’re as likely to sing a gospel hymn on Sunday with your favorite Nashville drag queen during brunch as you are to throw a game of darts, compete for the tab during trivia night, or catch the latest in local onstage musical talent. 

2. Play Dance Bar

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1519 Church St
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 322-9627
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Located on Church Street and arguably the best dance club in town featuring an impressive lineup of resident DJs, there is also a killer drag theater featuring weekly guest stars, and, of course, drinks all around. Currently closed for renovations are the club’s neighboring sister destinations, Tribe and Suzy Wong’s

3. Canvas

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1707 Church St
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 320-8656
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Self-proclaimed “the epitome of the ‘queer space’ where all are welcome, the weird are reveled, and the allies are championed,” this Church Street favorite is touted for serving the strongest drinks in town. From karaoke to late-night dance parties, grab a cocktail and soak it all up with menu staples like drunken fries, or pulled pork tacos.

4. Pecker's Bar and Grill

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237 Hermitage Ave
Nashville, TN 37210
(615) 678-1042
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Tacos, wings, and their infamous chicken quesadillas grace the menu of this “casual, no-attitude” venue brought to you by the previous club owners of Blue Genes and Vibe. Boasting a 2500-square-foot patio space just a mile from Downtown Nashville, here is where you can enjoy everything from art shows to drag shows, or kick up your boots during country line dance lessons, or perhaps join in on game night. 

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5. Trax

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1501 Ensley Blvd
Nashville, TN 37210
(615) 742-8856
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Very much that neighborhood bar where everyone knows your name, this long-standing classic sits on the cusp of Wedgewood-Houston and Chestnut Hill communities. Mark your calendars for June 26th, when Mayor Cooper will join numerous performers in commemorating Nashville’s beloved late Bianca Paige by dubbing the intersection where Trax sits as Bianca Paige Way.  

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1. The Lipstick Lounge

1400 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206

“Come as you are, no matter what you are, “ is the motto for this East Nashville hot spot otherwise known as The Lip. Even though it’s revered as Nashville’s premier lesbian bar, it’s really known as a safe space for all. You’re as likely to sing a gospel hymn on Sunday with your favorite Nashville drag queen during brunch as you are to throw a game of darts, compete for the tab during trivia night, or catch the latest in local onstage musical talent. 

1400 Woodland St
Nashville, TN 37206

2. Play Dance Bar

1519 Church St, Nashville, TN 37203

Located on Church Street and arguably the best dance club in town featuring an impressive lineup of resident DJs, there is also a killer drag theater featuring weekly guest stars, and, of course, drinks all around. Currently closed for renovations are the club’s neighboring sister destinations, Tribe and Suzy Wong’s

1519 Church St
Nashville, TN 37203

3. Canvas

1707 Church St, Nashville, TN 37203

Self-proclaimed “the epitome of the ‘queer space’ where all are welcome, the weird are reveled, and the allies are championed,” this Church Street favorite is touted for serving the strongest drinks in town. From karaoke to late-night dance parties, grab a cocktail and soak it all up with menu staples like drunken fries, or pulled pork tacos.

1707 Church St
Nashville, TN 37203

4. Pecker's Bar and Grill

237 Hermitage Ave, Nashville, TN 37210
Pecker’s Bar and Grill/Facebook

Tacos, wings, and their infamous chicken quesadillas grace the menu of this “casual, no-attitude” venue brought to you by the previous club owners of Blue Genes and Vibe. Boasting a 2500-square-foot patio space just a mile from Downtown Nashville, here is where you can enjoy everything from art shows to drag shows, or kick up your boots during country line dance lessons, or perhaps join in on game night. 

237 Hermitage Ave
Nashville, TN 37210

5. Trax

1501 Ensley Blvd, Nashville, TN 37210
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Very much that neighborhood bar where everyone knows your name, this long-standing classic sits on the cusp of Wedgewood-Houston and Chestnut Hill communities. Mark your calendars for June 26th, when Mayor Cooper will join numerous performers in commemorating Nashville’s beloved late Bianca Paige by dubbing the intersection where Trax sits as Bianca Paige Way.  

1501 Ensley Blvd
Nashville, TN 37210

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