LGBTQ+ 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 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. Looking for more LGBTQ+ culture in Madison? Check out what our friends Joey Amato from Pride Journeys and Maartje Hensen said about their visits to Madison.

Jump around to find LGBTQ+-owned businesses by categories:

Coffee and Cafes

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Restaurants and Bars

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Clubs and Lounges

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Shops and Bookstores

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Breweries and Wine

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Attractions and Nonprofits

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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.)