Get Your Fur Game Ready: What are the 10 Best Bear Bars in the World?

The bear community has come a very long way since the new millennium in terms of visibility and acceptance, not only from other gay men, but from society overall.  Where bears used to be the outcasts due to their body types not fitting the eight pack norm has now done a complete 180 and several bars that cater to our furry friends are performing on the same level (if not greater) than the ones where twinks and muscular men inhabit.

These bars have become a watering hole of sorts for bears and bear aficionados to get together and enjoy each other's company while drinking some beers and either dancing the night away and or engaging in activities that are a bit more debaucherous than that.

After doing some major "fur" related research, we have found the most common answers to the question "where are the best bear bars in the world?"  The locations cover the globe from the states to Paris, London and more.

Check out the list of the ten best bear bars in the world, in no particular order. 

Did your favorite make the cut?  Let us know! 



Duke of Wellington (London, England)

Spacious, gay-friendly corner pub with busy downstairs bar, music videos and quieter upstairs area.



Pantibar (Dublin)

Fun joint that bills itself as a homo activity centre with entertainment every night of the week.



Lone Star Saloon (San Francisco, California)

Gay bar & local hangout with a pool table, patio & events like Sunday afternoon beer parties.



Diesel (Seattle, Washington)

Comfortable gay bar with a short menu of pub grub, a long daily happy hour & a pool table.



Le Bear's Den (Paris, France)

"Amazing place, if you are up to a beer (or a bear), this is the place."



Woodshed Bar (Charlotte, North Carolina)

Unpretentious gay leather bar offering daily drink specials, diverse theme nights & a patio.



Rockbar (New York City, New York)

There's an anything-goes vibe at this well-worn haunt, where weekends attract a lively crowd.



Eagle, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, California)

Long-standing gay hot spot caters to a leather-wearing crowd, with cheap beer nights & DJs.



Le Stud (Montreal, Canada)

Dark gay bar with a casual vibe offering weekly events such as pool tournaments & house-music DJ's.


JJ's Clubhouse (St. Louis, Missouri)

Easygoing gay bar offering entertainment such as DJs & karaoke nights, plus billiards & darts.



The Iron Bear (Austin, Texas)

Lively LGBT-friendly hangout offering DJ parties, pool, karaoke & daily happy hour.

This list was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject. 


10 thoughts on “Get Your Fur Game Ready: What are the 10 Best Bear Bars in the World?”

  1. This world doesn’t exist of

    This world doesn’t exist of North America only, folks! Why were so many bars picked from there? I don’t understand your criteria. Woof in Berlin and King‘s Arms in London missing. Make your homework!

  2. Hey guys,you just miss sugar

    Hey guys,you just miss sugar bear weekend at Stud Bar Montreal….hope to see you at are next payty

  3. What about PECS in San Diego?

    What about PECS in San Diego? I'm glad to see The Lone Star Saloon SF & The Woodshed in Charlotte NC. PECS is my FAV

  4. Duke of wellington.  Spacious

    Duke of wellington.  Spacious? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!  Don’t make me fucking laugh!

    theres nothing friendly about this bar whatsoever.  Rammed full, nay, over full of rude pretentious wannabe queens, and that’s just the staff

    • Hi Richard, 

      Hi Richard, 

      Sorry you had a bad experience, the Duke of Welly is one of my favorites!  good days and bad for sure, but my hubby and I had fun there!  We are in our late 50s (and travel from NYC) so i agree … we  don't want to be treated poorly!    It was crowed, but we always had lots of fun,  i'd give it another try 🙂




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