• Rick Jensen for Experience Grand Rapids

LGBTQ+ Businesses to Check Out in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Updated: Mar 12



Grand Rapids is home to many locally owned and operated LGBTQ+ businesses, and many of them have had their doors closed for months due to the global pandemic. There is no greater time to support a local business than now, including the many LGBTQ+ options around town.

Grand Rapids is becoming a destination to live and work for people of all ages and identities as more inclusive businesses open within walking distance of the urban core. You’ll notice many bars, restaurants, and businesses around town showing support by flying a pride flag in their storefronts during the month of June. It’s a welcome feeling of acceptance for the community here and visitors too.

My partner and I call Grand Rapids home and enjoy visiting the local gay bars, as well as some of the outstanding shops in Uptown, and beyond, that are owned and operated by some of the LGBTQ+ community. And if you are like me and enjoy pairing your shopping and dining with art, I've added suggestions of some of the places I like to visit as a local.

You’ll find welcoming, inclusive destinations all across the city. Downtown is home to the Apartment Lounge, Michigan’s oldest gay bar, and Rumors Night Club, a dance bar with DJs, karaoke, and drag shows.


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Photo Credits: Rainbow Road by Joey Salamon