Winston-Salem & Greensboro
Winston-Salem, Greensboro and High Point make up the Piedmont Triad cities of North Carolina. This whole region of North Carolina from Asheville to Raleigh has many fine visual arts galleries, sculpure and crafts outlets.
Winston-Salem, a gracious southern city where tabacco was once king, has impressive art museums, a symphony orchestra, a film festival, the internationally respected North Carolina School of the Arts, and the world-famous National Black Theatre Festival each August. Don’t miss Old Salem Museum & Gardens, a living history museum. Founded in 1766 as a backcountry trading center, it’s a fascinating look into colonial life.
Greensboro, which became a textiles as well as tobacco center after the Civil War, has experienced a dramatic increase in downtown nightlife with numerous nightclubs, bars and restaurants. Other attractions include: the Carolina Theater, Triad Stage (Pyrle Gibson Theater), Blandwood Mansion, Center City Park, NewBridge Bank Park, Greensboro Historical Museum, and the Greensboro Cultural Center.
These cities have tight-knit gay communities, and although there are fewer gay clubs (as CO2 closed in Winston-Salem), the bars in Greensboro are lively with a broad mix of locals and plenty of events. More social options can be found in the nearby cities of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Triangle, or down in Charlotte, with their larger gay scenes.
As in all of North Carolina, the bars are membership clubs to comply with NC State ABC law. Members can sponsor you as a guest at the door. New memberships take 3 days. Locals are used to this, and will help visitors. Call ahead or check the bar website for the fine print.
Greensboro has Amtrak train service with connections to all major East Coast cities.
You’ll most likely want a car of your own to explore the Triad and the beautiful Piedmont areas nearby. For the public transit system see WSTA, or for all city services the City of Winston-Salem website. For Greensboro public transportation see GTA
Media & Resources
The Pride Winston-Salem Festival and Parade takes place in early October.
For map locations and website links to the businesses below, and more, see our gay Winston-Salem-Greensboro listings pages.
Club Snap! (1001 Burke St), new Wednesday-Sunday LGBT nghtclub, drag shows, amateur nights, karaoke, weekend dancing, mixed crowd; October Mr & Miss Pride WS Contest - part of the Pride WS celebrations.
Chemistry Nightclub (2901 Spring Garden St), gay, straight-friendly, 18+ dance club and drag showbar, hot male dancers, guest porn stars; open nightly, Saturdays from 5pm.
Q Lounge (708 West Market St) alternative, unpretentious gay and gay-friendly locals' bar mix, outdoor space, pool table, special events, barbeques, bingo, WiFi, 18+ and open daily.
Warehouse 29 (1011 Arnold), Latin nights, Sunday Tea Dances, talent shows, patio bar, summer volleyball sand court, drag pageants; Saturday dance parties, go-go boys, fan dancers.
CLOSED - CO2 on Country Club Road in Winston Salem, the former Club Odyssey, 18+ dance club, with drag shows, strippers.
For locations and links to more gay-friendly nightspots and local restaurants see our map & listings section.