Gay Friendly Newark
Not only is Newark “quite friendly” as reported by Conde Nast Traveler, but quite gay-friendly to boot! On the very day the nation celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision granting marriage equality across the county, Newark made LGBTQ history of its own by introducing the city's first 'LGBTQ Friendly Business' decals. Now, the wealth of establishments in Brick City that welcome and support members of the gay community are easy to spot: each are sporting rainbow flag window decals emblazoned with the phrase, "Newark Believes in Pride."
Whether you’re in Newark for an extended stay or an afternoon jaunt, there are gay friendly hot spots to satisfy every interest. Take a tour of our Gayborhood!
Dine – Make a connection over a fabulous meal at one of these LGBTQ- friendly venues.
Diamonds-N-Da Ruff Café and Lounge serves a succulent soul food menu for Sunday Brunch
and offers up karaoke on Friday nights. Sushi lovers flock to Nizi Sushi for the fresh rolls and full bar. Burger Bound is home to fresh burgers, hot truffle fries, cocktails and outdoor patio seating.
Finally, local favorite, Vonda’s Kitchen, is a neighborhood café serving fresh soul food, healthy
options and amazing Uptowns (sweet tea and lemonade). Need we say more? Add Sushi Image
Party - The night is young and so are we! Get your party on at local hot spots like Rio Lounge (hip hop and Latin music,hookah and tasty drinks), Hell's Kitchen Lounge (sexy atmosphere and burlesque nights) and Fever Bar and Lounge (crabs and karaoke every Friday).
Shop - Newark is a highly fashionable destination. Peruse unique one-of-a-kind items and gifts at The Artisan Collective, fashionable couture at and expertly sourced vintage at Closet Savvy Consignment.
Sleep – Rest easy at the trendiest hotels in the city. May we suggest the Hotel Indigo Newark Downtown, a boutique hotel boasting beautiful exposed brick and unique loft-style rooms.
Be sure to grab a bite in their signature restaurant, Alva Tavern, where the Kale Caesar Salad and Thai Style Chicken Wings come highly recommended.
For a sky high view of the city, go for drinks at Skylab, their rooftop bar serving freshly prepared cocktails nightly. The conveniently-located Courtyard Marriott Newark Downtown features a multifunctional and modern lobby with ideal amenities for a relaxing stay. Spacious guest rooms and Starbucks coffee in the morning await you!
Worship – Looking for a church home away from home? NewArk Unity Fellowship Church, housed in the historic Newark Symphony Hall, provides a cutting-edge ministry and lively worship services spreading the message of God's unconditional love. An architectural must see, Grace Episcopal Church welcomes a diverse and progressive congregation by being committed to the Catholic faith and traditions but open to new insights like the ordination of women and the affirmation of gay relationships.
Entertainment – No matter your budget, date night in Newark is always a good idea. For a memorable occasion, catch a world class show at NJPAC after enjoying a fabulous pre-show dinner at Nico’s. For a low-key evening, head to Burger Walla for their delicious burgers and awesome open mic nights.
Marriage – Love is in the air, ready to make it official? The Clerk of Essex County performs marriage ceremonies at the Hall of Records. Dates should be reserved ahead of time and prospective couples must apply for a New Jersey Marriage License at least three days in advance. Your forever begins in Newark!
Lauren Craig, also known as InaWordFab, is the Glambassador of all things fashion, art and entertainment in Newark. When she isn't busy practicing law or watching reality television, Lauren is devoted to inspiring others to live their most fab and fulfilling life...and world peace. Visit inawordfab.com for more and be sure to follow her life in the fab lane @inawordfab on Twitter and Instagram.
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