A night out on the town is one of the best things to do in Provincetown. Most of the clubs are gay and lesbian, although there are a few places for straight people and everyone is welcome at all of the clubs. First of all, Provincetown nightlife ends at 1 am. Although we may be one of the most liberal places on the face of the earth, we have the most conservative closing time. After the bars close everyone converges on Spiritus Pizza. Just follow the flow of people. They close the street and everyone hangs out for hours. Below are selections of nightclubs, bars, cafes and lounges as well as entertainment in the area.
Cover Charges at clubs vary depending on the night and time of year.
Tea Dance is a Provincetown Tradition. It starts at the Boatslip from 4-7 PM. There’s dancing inside and a large deck overlooking the beach that draws a crowd especially on July and August Weekends. For those that want to continue, there’s After Tea Tea at the Pied from 6-9:30 PM. It then turns back to being a women’s bar. Cover charges vary from day to day at the above from $5-$10.
Tea Dances mainly draw men but some women do go.
The Porchside Bar at the Gifford House is a favorite meeting place as well as The Little Bar at the Atlantic House. There is also The Monkey Bar and Wave at the Crown. For women, there’s the Lounge Bar at Sage.
There’s the Pied after 10pm, and Sage Lounge where you’ll find a comfortable lounge with excellent tapas fare with delicious cocktails and a nice variety of craft beers.
The Atlantic House (The A-House) has been The dance club for years. There is also an outside area since it gets really crowded on the dance floor. There are theme parties every Friday night but don’t feel you have to dress for the party — only a handful usually do except on major holidays such as the 4th of July and Carnival.
Paramount at the Crown has state-of-the-art light and sound. You can also sit outside by the pool if you want some fresh air and some new scenery. Purgatory downstairs at the Gifford House also has a dance bar. Wave at the Crown is a video bar with pool tables. A casual hangout any time of day.
Women & Men: Clubs
Everyone is welcome at any of the above clubs. For those looking for a straight club, there’s the Governor Bradford. They have pool tables downstairs, live music, backgammon, chess and a restaurant.
The Pig is also very popular.
Many of the restaurants have casual bars where one can hang out once the dinner crowd is finished. Aqua Bar outdoor patio with great views of the harbor. The Mews also has a bar in their café upstairs. The Monkey Bar has become a popular hangout. Tin Pan Alley has a bar with a piano player on many nights as does the Lobby Bar at the Gifford House.
The Vault at the Crown, the Macho Bar, and upstairs at the A-House are the main haunts. You’ll find a good crowd there on any night after 11 pm in the high season. On weekends there can be lines to get in since they fill to capacity.