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Top 10 gay bars in Paris
There’s fun to be had any night of the week at these gay bars around the city
Paris is a European capital for all things gay and fabulous, from extravagant local personalities to a neighborhood teeming with addresses for a night of cavorting. The Hôtel de VillePlace de la République, is the epicentre for nightlife catering to boys and men of all walks, but it’s just the beginning. Starting an evening in or around the Marais is the best way to find out from the locals what’s going on in other gay bars around town. Whether you’re looking to share casual drinks, dance until dawn, or have a brush with a local Parisian, there’s fun to be had any night of the week.
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Gay nightlife in Hamburg
Hamburg’s LGBT scene seems to be scattered between the downtown St. George neighborhood and Talstrasse which runs perpendicular to the Reeperbahn. I only visited St. George during the day; the area is home to Germany’s most famous gay shopping chain store, Bruno’s and a few popular cafes and bars. On Talstrasse, the focus was definitely on SEX…and dancing. And pizza.
Hamburg’s gayborhood for nightlife is unquestionably centered along Talstrasse. From posh clubs like 3 Zimmer Wohnung to sex kinos and sex shops, Talstrasse seems to cover the full gamut. There’s also a late-night pizzeria (Pauli Pizza) to satiate more nutritious cravings. You can read more about the gay nightlife in Hamburg on my other blog.
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Friendly gay bar in the heart of Hamburg gay district. Extratour is popular with the young, mixed crowd.
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Hamburg’s ‚red light district‘; home of many bars and nightclubs
Gay bar on the famous Lange Reihe street in St Georg. Generation serves cocktails, beer, coffee and other drinks, with DJ’s on the weekend.
The bar has an outdoor seating area that’s popular in the summer. Smoking is allowed. Attracts a younger crowd.
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Stylish gay-popular bar on Lange Reihe street near the central station. M&V’s friendly staff serve draft beers, long drinks and an extensive selection of wine in a cosy, cool atmosphere.
Dance parties also feature here. Very crowded on the weekends.
Small, basement gay bar located in Hamburg’s St Georg district, close to the main train station.
PickUp attracts all types of men, from businessmen to the young gay crowd. Open daily from 3pm.
Opened in 2002, Bellini is a basement lounge & music bar located in the heart of St Georg gay district in Hamburg.
This Italian-styled bar offers a friendly service in a relaxed setting. Smokers-friendly.
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Stylish, gay-friendly café bar on the famous Lange Reihe street. CUBE’s comfy décor makes for a relaxed, cosy atmosphere.
Long-running gay bar (since 1991), located next to the lively Reeperbahn red light district.
WunderBar features live DJ on Wednesdays-Saturdays playing pop, charts, Schlager, R&B and fun music. Popular with locals and tourists. Very crowded on the weekend.
One of the oldest gays bars in Hamburg. Toom Peerstall attracts more mature men who enjoy Schlager music in a cosy, cigarette-friendly environment.
Located near the Reeperbahn nightlife area in St Pauli district.
Well-established bar with drag shows, entertainment and comedy in Hamburg’s red light district.
Hosted by drag diva Olivia Jones who welcomes everyone – straight, gay or otherwise. Drinks are inexpensive, and a good time is guaranteed.
Local gay bar with friendly host and cosy atmosphere. Located in St Pauli, a 10-minute walk from Beatles-Platz S-Bahn station. Closed on Tuesdays.
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1. Les Souffleurs
Les Souffleurs is all about relaxation, refinement and modernity, a hip little gay bar in the centre of the Marais that would be difficult to spot if you didn’t already know it was there. Once inside, you almost feel that you’re in Berlin: hyper-styled barmen, classy décor and carefully selected music. In the daytime, it’s a quiet escape from the frenetic Marais, welcoming to groups and people going solo, settled comfortably in leather sofas. But the temperature goes up quickly at night…
2. Banana Café
Banana Café, an institution the Les Halles neighbourhood, attracts a younger set of locals, suburban Parisians, and travellers who have strayed from the core gay scene of the Marais. With themed soirées, drag shows and go-go boys that could have taught Joséphine Baker a few moves, it’s a solid choice for any night on the town. The ground floor bar and adjacent terrace serve up happy hour drinks including €3 pints from 6-11pm, though service is far from attentive…
A newcomer to the gay scene, Sly is a kitschy bar down the street from the Bear’s Den that attracts a much younger set of guys and their gal friends. It seems trendy with its flashy lights and risqué videos on the flat screen inside, but there’s nothing pretentious about the bar or its patrons. The best spot is on the tiny heated terrace, offering some of Paris’s most eclectic people-watching on Rue des Lombards, but the seating inside is cozy and inviting if it’s too late to snag a seat outside…
6. La Perle
The Pearl achieves a rare balance between all-day and late-night venue, and has a good gay? straight? whatever vibe. In the morning, it draws early risers; lunchtime is for a business crowd; the afternoon reels in retired locals, and in the evening, screenwriters rub elbows with young dandies, keeping one eye on the mirror and an ear on the electrorock. The menu runs from omelettes to salade marine. Expect a DJ later on.
7. Café Cox
The aptly named Cox bar is a mainstay, centrally located in the Marais on Rue des Archives where, on warmer evenings, the crowd spills onto the pavements with only a feeble chain rope to keep patrons from taking over the street. This watering hole attracts a manlier set of slightly older bikers and leather fans that seems intimidating at first, but if it’s your scene, prepare for a hearty welcome, even if you’re a bit younger with a full head of hair. And no, it hasn’t changed hands since it opened in 1995…
8. Open Café
Open Café is an institution in the Marais where the gay community congregates at night before heading off in all directions. Centrally-located among all other hotspots, it’s a no-brainer to start a soirée, or to finish if the scene is good. Young and old, sporty and chic, local and foreign all collide for a happy hour (6-10pm) on pints followed by specials on Champagne until closing that provide the perfect social lubrication for the rest of the evening…
10. Le Feeling
An unusual combination, Le Feeling is a low-key gay and lesbian hangout with the atmosphere of a small local bar. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but the rainbow décor, Dalida soundtrack and easy-going staff are the perfect antidote to the tumult at Spyce just over the road. It’s at its best in summer, when the long bar is open onto the street. The mixed clientele includes a lot of regulars, and the general atmosphere is chatty and welcoming. On the other hand, there’s no wasting time…
A gay bar for blokes with one thing on their mind, and a certain taste. You can’t miss the red sign at the end of the little Rue Simon le Franc, just behind the Centre Pompidou. Inside, a large room with a long bar, a cage on the floor and a cramped smoking room at the back. You enter, buy a drink, and leave your bags in the obligatory cloakroom (€2). Apart from that, it’s pretty good value: expect to pay €3.90 for a half pint and around €8 for a vodka Red Bull…
As the name implies, the Bear’s Den is Paris’s premier address for the cross section of the gay community known as bears. A bit older, hairier, and stockier, you won’t find these guys hanging out in the trendier, more refined bars. This lot carved out their niche on the fringe of the Marais on the lively Rue des Lombards where they fill the terrace and spill onto the street every night of the week, beers in hand. Welcoming and friendly, if just a bit imposing…
Looking for glitz, glam, and sparkles? Queen is as close as you’re going to get in old gay Paris. This institution was home to artistic director David Guetta in the early ’90s when it was the place for the gay club scene. These days, it hosts parties every night catering to all tastes and sexualities, leaving Sunday night the dedicated evening for gay parties. Though some of the shine has worn off, it’s still loads of fun for guys to bring their girlfriends who want to see gay nightlife à la Carrie Bradshaw…
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Gay guide to TEL AVIV & What you need to know!
A quick guide to getting the most out of your gay holiday to Tel Aviv
Gay life in Tel Aviv centres around the beach during the day. With miles of sandy beaches, the city is home to one of the world’s most famous gay beaches. Night time, catch those buff bodies dancing the night away at one of the many line parties that pop up and change keeping the scene fresh and new!
There are more bars than synagogues, God is a DJ and everyone’s body is a temple. Called the ‘city that never sleeps’ think of it more of a Miami beach by the Med rather than middle east. The people are beautiful, friendly and charming and the atmosphere is liberal and open.
The scene is vibrant and year-round. When Western Europe and the US are shivering in the cold, Israeli boys are still enjoying temperatures of up to 25 degrees and dancing on Hilton beach. Impromptu parties and special gay-nights contribute to a gay scene that is varied and diverse. From the Beef parties for bears and butch men, to the glitter and europop parties at Evita; Tel Aviv has something for everyone.
Dining out is a feast for the senses. Weekends are busy so book your restaurant table well in advance. Hot guys spill onto the streets from the many gay bars as they meet up with friends and discuss their plans for a night out.
The pride festival takes place in June. The event has been getting larger each year and the main parade and afterparty on the beach are one of the highlights of the city’s gay calendar.
The city also has some steamy saunas and shady cruising areas. Tel aviv boys can be quite direct…so if they like you, they will let you know!
The gay scene is embedded into the city’s psyche. There is no gay-area here. Instead you will find the scene scattered all over the town. Gay people meld into the culture and ambience of the city’s cafes and sidewalks. Guys holding hands on the street is quite acceptable.
In spite of the greater political turmoil in the Middle East, Tel Aviv is a very open city that welcomes people of all walks of life. Tel Aviv offers a unique experience in understanding how minority groups can live together. Tel Aviv is like most European cities—modern and culturally inclined—only the men have better tans and bigger pecs thanks to the desert sun and required army service. Remember, everybody loves a Jewish boy…
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Attractions in Bucharest
Because gay life in Bucharest could hardly be considered thriving and largely occurs at night or behind closed doors, of the attractions in Bucharest during the day gay travelers will want to see are the top attractions in Bucharest anyway. All travelers in Bucharest should take caution in less-developed areas with valuables and take taxi’s or ride share apps at night – and always listen to local advice when exploring. Many travelers are also confronted by the level of child homelessness and rampant prostitution, but Bucharest is still an intriguing city that begs to be explored.
Gay travelers in Bucharest should take special care in terms of public displays of affection where many residents may be less exposed to LGBT culture and likely hold conservative attitudes, and outright homophobia is not unheard of. Overall gay life in Bucharest requires a common-sense approach which will generally ensure you have no issues exploring this beautiful and diverse city.
In general, the gay scene in Bucharest is focussed around the hipster Floreasca area, with plenty of quirky LGBT-friendly bars.
Gay friendly and Gay Hotels in Bucharest
In Bucharest, you would be hard-pressed to find an upscale hotel which had any issues with gay guests but discretion is advised in small, owner-operated hotels in this conservative society. Some Bucharest hotels are more popular with queer travelers due to their location and inclusive environment or vibe, which are features here.
These gay-friendly hotels in Bucharest are frequented by members of the LGBT community and have great reputations. Each hotel and area offer something very specific, so be sure to choose the right style and location to meet your needs. Prices are cheap compared to North American and Western European hotels (thought quickly rising) and standards are high – so it’s a great place to splurge! Of course, there are also hundred’s more hotel and hostel options in Bucharest if none of these suit your desired budget, facilities or area
Gay Bars and Gay Clubs in Bucharest
Sadly the gay club scene in Bucharest is always changing and it seems like most places open just as quickly if they close. Be sure to check websites and Facebook pages before heading out, and take care – While Bucharest might be the most liberal city in Romania, one displays of affection outside of gay bars can lead to trouble.
Also, watch out for hustlers and don’t take any valuables with you if you can help it. However, things are getting better and a few new gay bars have just opened up! And of course Bucharest does get crazy wild, and what better way could there be to get to know the locals than in a Bucharest gay bar! Just don’t forget your common sense.
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