Gay pride is a year-round thing in Madison.

Opting for openness over “us vs. them” and kindness over competitiveness, we’re a city known for its progressiveness. We recognize there’s lots of work to be done, and we’re proud that LGBTQ+ owned-and-operated businesses (and LGBTQ+ friendly businesses) continue to flourish here. 

Though the big pride event in Madison isn’t until August, we’ve got more than 35 LGBTQ+ businesses to support in Madison while you’re eating, drinking and traveling your way through Madison. 

From coffee shops to lake cruises to brunch, take a day (or two! or more!) to check these spots out. 

Coffee and Cafes

Eateries and Bars

Clubs and Lounges

Shops and Bookstores

Breweries and Wine

Attractions and Non-profits

  • Betty Lou Cruises

  • Farwell Gallery (McFarland)

  • Madison Minotaurs Rugby 

  • Mala Yoga Center (Monona)

  • Proud Theater 

  • StageQ

More Info

Find other LGBTQ-friendly businesses in Destination Madison listings, the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce business directory and the Dane Buy Local member directory. For local updates and in-depth stories about queer life in Madison, check out Our Lives. (An article by Our Lives magazine spotlighted many of the businesses listed in this article.) 

(Psst - Keep in mind this isn’t an exhaustive list. It focuses on hospitality/tourism businesses.)

Stay tuned for more LGBTQ+ friendly spots and events in Madison.