The Best Gay-friendly Bars in Paris

It’s called Gay Paree for a reason, you know! There’s one Parisian neighborhood where you’ll find more gay-friendly nightlife than anywhere else, and that’s the Marais. Below are ten of the best cafés, bars, and clubs where you can eat, drink, dance and be free.

Gay Bars in Paris

Paris has countless gay bars. To keep this page usable for travellers not all of these bars have been listed here (particularly those of interest mainly for locals).

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Gay Bars in Paris

Gay Bars in Paris

Einige der kleineren schwulen Bars in Paris sind hier nicht aufgef�hrt, sie sind eher f�r Einheimische interessant und weniger f�r Paris-Besucher.

Wegen der COVID-19-Epidemie sind viele Einrichtungen und Lokale geschlossen oder es kann zu ver�nderten �ffnungszeiten kommen. Bitte informiert euch auf den Websites und Facebook-Seiten der jeweiligen Betreiber �ber den aktuellen Stand. Update M�rz 2021: Bars, Caf�s und Restaurants m�ssen weiterhin geschlossen bleiben.

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Gay Bars in Paris

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. 

Top 10 gay bars in Paris

Gay-Clubs in Paris

Sie möchten in den angesagtesten LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexuel, Transgender) -freundlichen Locations von Paris ausgehen? Das Marais-Viertel gibt hier ganz klar den Ton an. Entdecken Sie unsere 10 trendigen Adressen für Drinks, Tanzen und gesellige Abende.

Gay-Clubs in Paris

Paris Gay District: Le Marais

Paris is full of treasures, but Le Marais is a shining jewel in the City of Light. Spanning across the 3rd and 4th arrondissements, this centrally-located neighborhood has become very popular with…

Paris is full of treasures, but Le Marais is a shining jewel in the City of Light. Spanning across the 3rd and 4th arrondissements, this centrally-located neighborhood has become very popular with both locals and tourists alike, and is now widely considered the gay area in Paris. However, it was far from being the Paris gay area when it first established its stronghold in the late 70s.

Take advantage of public transport as the narrow streets are not ideal for motor traffic. To reach Le Marais, get off at the metro stops Saint-Paul, Hôtel de Ville, Rambuteau or Arts et Métiers. Don’t bother with a map or a smartphone, just wander the cobbled streets stress-free and get a little lost. Let yourself be guided by the maze-like feel, and take in the timeless architecture of this iconic gay neighborhood, Paris. 

Strolling through Le Marais is a real breath of fresh air: an escape from the hustle and bustle of the main city. You may even wonder if you’ve actually left Paris, and are instead spending your gay holiday in the South of France. Despite its relaxed charm, Le Marais has a palpable, cosmopolitan atmosphere that continues to attract gay and lesbian travelers. The gay community mixes with the Jewish community, as well as local artists, who also have a strong presence in the area. Wander past authentic felafel joints which somehow meld seamlessly into hip gay bars, and admire all the locals going about their day with true Parisian finesse.  

If you want to do some shopping, even the biggest fashionista will be starry-eyed in Le Marais. This gay area in Paris offers a mix of specialty boutiques, luxury labels and thrift shops that are catered to varying tastes and budgets. Even the most discerning are sure to find what they’re looking for at BHV (36 Rue de la Verrerie), where everything needed for a man’s wardrobe is spread over four floors. Word has it that you can also do the odd bit of gay cruising in the DIY department! Find out for yourself.

If you enjoy watching guys walking down the street, head to Des Gars dans la Cuisine (72 Rue Vieille du Temple, 3ème) where Gil and Jean-Jacques will be more than happy to welcome you to their restaurant. If you want some absolute originality, go and discover the evocative ‚DSK‘, a specialty burger offered at Tata Burger (54 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie). This is a popular gay restaurant in the heart of Le Marais, serving up top-notch burgers on explicitly-printed placemats. Enjoy pop anthems played thorughout, and exchange banter with the friendly waiters.  

Once your stomach is full, finish up your shopping with some sexy underwear at Les Dessous d’Apollon (8 Rue de Moussy). You’ll find all your favorite brands, from Andrew Christian to Garçon Français. 

Now it’s time to immerse yourself in the gay nightlife Le Marais has to offer! For an aperitif, start at one of the many wine bars such as Le Barav (6 Rue Charles-François Dupuis). To continue the adventure, head to the Cox, a pillar of the Marais, or Open Café for its happy hour. Just don’t expect to find a seat on the packed terrace…

Continue to Raidd Bar (23 Rue du Temple), where its performers and a novelty shower have a certain reputation in Le Marais. For the ultimate viewing pleasure, go on a Thursday, where the guys keep their undies wet all night long. Be careful, though, you can only touch with your eyes! If singing is more your thing, head to L’Enchanteur (15 Rue Michel le Comte) and make it a night of karaoke.

After you’ve recovered from your night out, head to Marché des Enfants Rouges (Rue de Bretagne), the oldest outdoor food market in Paris. Here we suggest grabbing brunch, a popular activity amongst Parisians. This is scenically positioned on the fringe of the main Paris gay area, and it offers a slightly calmer ambiance. Outdoor seating is the vibe here, so be sure to check the weather before visiting!

L’Estaminet des Enfants Rouges (39 Rue de Bretagne) is located in the middle of the market, and gives you the impression of being in a small village – a definite change of scenery. If the ambiance is too hipster, there’s Dôme du Marais (53 bis Rue des Francs-Bourgeois), known for its amazing décor, or the Who’s (14 Rue Saint-Merri). In any case, Le Marais is bursting at the seams with food and beverage venues, and whether gay or not, you’ll surely be satisfied with a meal in this charming gay neighborhood. 

To end your weekend on a cultural note, stop by the Picasso National Museum which contains over 5,000 pieces of the artist’s work. Nearby Place des Vosges is also worth visiting thanks to its sculpted and lush gardens that attract the masses on sunny days. Take your shirt off, take a nap, and recharge for round two in the evening. What’s more, you may even get the opportunity to mingle with some other local gay guys while soaking up some rays. So if you are looking to experience the charm and wonder of Paris‘ gay area, pencil in a vist to Le Marais. 

Gay Bars & Clubs in le Marais

Gay bars in Le Marais are part of the fun, they all have a different style, always busy, some of them disappeared in the past 5 years due to the incredidible rise of real estate prices in the Marais. They are often replaced by chic boutiques that makes a strange mixity. Still the Marais keeps its soul and we, at PARISMARAIS support the global diversity of the area.

Size matters- and time matters too! People don’t go to the same places at the same time, so be sure to follow our recommendations for the best hours to frequent these fabulous gay bars in Paris! LUNCHTIME AND COFFEE TIME 11 AM TO 2 PM LES PIÉTONS ( tapas bar ) A taste of Spain in Paris. Very friendly with a small terrace. 8, rue des Lombards – 75004 Paris Métro: Hôtel de Ville 11 am to 2 am daily OPEN CAFÉ ( café/bar ) 17, rue des Archives, 75004 Métro: Hôtel de Ville Phone: 01.48.87.80.25 Serves lunch Monday to Friday 11 am to 2 pm, café/ bar daily 11 am to 2 am, and happy hours from 6 pm to 8 pm. AFTERNOON 2 PM TO 8 PM LES MARRONNIERS ( café with terrace ) The best drink is their awesome hot chocolate! Rue des Archives 75004 Métro: Hôtel de Ville 9 am to 2 am daily. AU BIENHEUREUX New stylish local bar with a friendly staff and wonderful selection of wine and cocktails. Their cheese and ham planchas are a perfect snack to munch on while socializing. Just next to the Doll Museum, so bring your favourite Barbie ! 2 impasse Berthaud 75003 Paris 2 am to 2 pm HAPPY HOURS 7 PM TO 9 PM COX ( bar ) Busy butch bar with a new decor every season. Just next door to the Open Café in case you’re in the mood for pub-crawling! rue des Archives 75004. Open from 2 pm to 2 am but their busiest time is around 7 to 10 pm. FREED’J A mixed clientele mostly in their thirties with a small yet fun music disco downstairs. Bets evening is sunday night called „Mess“ EARLY EVENING 8 PM TO 11 PM LE DUPLEX ( Bar ) New York style bar with art expos and an alternative crowd. Rue Michel Lecomte 75003 Paris – one of teh oldest Paris gay Bar since 1980. Rambuteau LATE AND VERY LATE L’ENCHANTEUR ( bar karaoké, night club ) Local French style bar with a magic touch. Open 11 am to 6 am daily. 15, rue Michel Lecomte -75004 Métro: Rambuteau RAIDD ( Dance bar with shower cabin and gogo dancers ) Busy and often with a poor service. Rue sainte-croix de Bretonnerie 75004 Paris

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The Top 6 Gay and Lesbian Bars and Clubs in Paris

Paris has been the home of a culturally vibrant LGBTQ+ scene for decades, and the city’s nightlife offerings are no exception. While „strictly“ gay and lesbian bars and clubs are now smaller in number, giving way to a large number of queer-owned, friendly establishments that welcome a mixed, hip crowd, there’s something to be found for any traveler, whatever your preferred style.

The Marais neighborhood, in the center of Paris on the right bank, remains the hub for gay culture and nights out, but gay-friendly bars and clubs continue to sprout up around the city, keeping the scene vibrant. We’ve put together a selection of picks for a fabulous night out.

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Queer durch Paris

Paris ist ohne Zweifel eines der attraktivsten Reiseziele in Europa, und f�r den Autor dieser Zeilen ist es die sch�nste Stadt Europas. Wenn man bedenkt, wie viele wunderbare St�dte im letzten Krieg zerst�rt wurden und ihre alte Sch�nheit auch nach 70 Jahren nicht wieder erlangt haben, dann muss Paris fast wie ein Wunder erscheinen.

Selbst wenn man monatelang in Paris gelebt hat oder Paris schon viele Male besucht hat, kann man immer wieder neue sch�ne und interessante Dinge in den Stra�en entdecken, wenn man die Stadt mit Neugier und offenen Augen durchstreift.

Wer Paris nicht nur wegen des Louvres und anderer Sehensw�rdigkeiten besucht, sondern auch in das Pariser Leben eintauchen m�chte, sollte den August vermeiden. Viele Pariser nehmen im August ihre langen Ferien und manche Firmen schlie�en auch komplett in dieser Zeit. Auch in der schwulen Szene sind die meisten Clubs, Bars, Saunas usw. dann nur sp�rlich besucht (falls sie �berhaupt ge�ffnet haben).

Das schwule Zentrum von Paris ist der Stadtteil Marais, ein altes Viertel im 4. Arrondissement mit romantischen, engen Stra�en, die jahrhundertealte Geschichte atmen. Hier haben sich viele schwule Bars und gayfreundliche Gesch�fte, Caf�s und Restaurants etabliert. Die meisten liegen sehr nahe beieinander, was zu einer ausgepr�gten Ghetto-Atmosph�re gef�hrt hat – mit all ihren Vor- und Nachteilen.

Die M�nner in Paris k�nnen beim Flirten �brigens reichlich kompliziert sein. Interesse an jemandem direkt zu zeigen wird schnell als zu willig und billig abgetan. Wir k�nnen nur empfehlen, nicht zu viel Zeit mit Verhaltensforschung zu vergeuden, um die Balzrituale der Pariser M�nner zu verstehen. Flirtet einfach auf eure Weise und nehmt distanziertes Verhalten nicht pers�nlich.

Ein anderes Ph�nomen ist, dass die meisten Pariser Schwulen bevorzugt in der Gruppe ausgehen und auch in Bars und Clubs die meiste Zeit zusammenh�ngen. In Paris trifft es deshalb mehr noch als in anderen St�dten zu, dass es mehr Spa� macht, die Stadt zusammen mit Freunden zu erkunden – bei Tag wie bei Nacht.

J�hrlicher queerer H�hepunkt in der franz�sischen Hauptstadt ist der Gay Pride Ende Juni oder Anfang Juli, in Frankreich ›Marche des Fiert�s LGBT‹ genannt.

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Le Dépôt

Dieser Männern vorbehaltene Gay-Club ist ideal, um jemanden kennenzulernen, zu flirten, zu tanzen, bei gegenseitigem Gefallen auch mehr… Das Programm ist jeden Abend unterschiedlich, aber die Kundschaft ist treu. Für Wagemutige bietet der Club an den Wochenenden die heißesten Abendveranstaltungen der französischen Hauptstadt!

10 Rue aux Ours, 75003 Paris (Metro:Étienne Marcel, Linie 4 oder Rambuteau, Linie 11)

Banana Café

Die Themenabende des Banana Café sind ideal, um Nächte mit Freunden durchzufeiern! Unumgängliche Location der Pariser Gay-Welt mit schräger, ungezwungener, gay-freundlicher Atmosphäre – ideal zum Feiern. Nutzen Sie die Happy Hour bis 23 Uhr und die Pianobar-Abende an den Wochenenden.

13 Rue de la Ferronnerie, 75001 Paris (Metro: Châtelet, Linie 1, 4, 7, 11, 14)

Bear’s Den

Gay-Bar, um ein Glas mit Freunden zu trinken und jemanden kennenzulernen. Aufgeschlossenes, geselliges Publikum – und besonders viele Bartträger. Das Publikum schwingt die Hüften auf der „la Grotte“ genannten Tanzfläche (der Name kommt von dem besonders heißen Ambiente in dem Bereich).

6 Rue des Lombards, 75004 Paris (Metro: Châtelet, Linie 1, 4, 7, 11, 14 oder Hôtel de Ville, Linie 1)

Open Café

Das Open Café mitten im Zentrum des besonders gay-freundlichen Marais-Stadtviertels ist der Ort, wo man sehen und gesehen werden muss. Eine einladende Location, genau der richtige Ort, um mit Freunden im entspannten Umfeld einen Cocktail zu schlürfen. Am Wochenende ist hier viel los; es ist also ratsam, früh zu kommen. Gute Nachricht: Happy Hour bis spät in die Nacht hinein!

17 Rue des Archives, 75004 Paris (Metro: Saint-Paul, Linie 1)

Best Gay Bars Paris

Paris has been regarded as the European capital for everything gay and admirable, from exuberant local persons to localities buzzing with destinations for a night of a frolicking. Centrally located north of the Hotel de Ville and South of the Palace de la Republique, Le Marias is the hub of nightlife for gays. The major gay bars are situated there, though popular gay venues can be found everywhere in the city.

Le Maria is also one of the French capital’s most significant district, lined with art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. So whether you intend to share a few casual drinks, have a chat with a Parisian, or party all night, there is much to enjoy in the city’s gay bars. .medrectangle-3-multi-110{border:none !important;display:block !important;float:none;line-height:0px;margin-bottom:15px !important;margin-left:0px !important;margin-right:0px !important;margin-top:15px !important;min-height:250px;min-width:250px;text-align:center !important;}

Best Gay Bars Paris – Summary

Most of the exciting gay-friendly bars are in Le Marias, but you can get a wide range of fun from anyone around. Some are explicitly adult, while others are lowkey, but you choose. There is always something fun to do in Pairs at night. 

PARIS GAY BARS FROM SOFT TO HARD.

 In every metropolitan capital where there is a visible gay scene one should expect its nightlife to splinter off in all directions. Paris and the Marais are no exceptions. I’d say Paris is even more varied than most cities. After all we are not all the same and we don’t all like the same things. Edwina likes Lacroix, Patsy has her bottle and Saffy her books.   Of course all this variety doesn’t help a traveler who is exploring a new city and wants to go out. The generic question where can I go to have some fun? just needs to be a bit more specific. So what do you call fun?

A favorite pastime for many Parisians, gay and straight, this one is a piece of cake. Edmund White the American author who once lived in Paris, titled one of his books The Flaneur meaning a person who hangs around without a purpose observing and watching, but especially allowing the spectacle to unfold on its own. This will be the sitting and drinking version of that. What I look for in this type of bar is some colorful variety in the crowd and a low level of sexual tension. People might be flirting but they’re not cruising.  Perhaps a decent air filtering system would play a part too if everyone is smoking.  Paris risks to ban smoking in bars but it hasn’t gotten there yet and even if it does I’m sure the bars will find a way around it as they do in New York. With some exceptions I’m focusing on bars for men though some of these bars are also cafes and/or restaurants too that certainly do not exclude women. SOFT OR “JUST A NICE PLACE TO SIT, DRINK AND WATCH PEOPLE”

L’ENCHANTEUR – Hidden behind a door that you might easily pass without noticing is this friendly bar that charms and entertains on rue Michel Lecomte. When introduced to a stranger the first thing you say in French is enchanté. Well that should give you and idea of the ambience here. The age group is varied and the look is innocent and not pretentious. It’s a be yourself type of place. The extra bonus is the downstairs. While many Parisian bars sport backrooms in their lower parts, l’Enchanteur uses this beautifully renovated a l’ancien space for singers, shows and other fun things. Easily avoided upstairs if you prefer. DUPLEX – Just a few doors down from l’Enchanteur the Duplex is known as the intellectual’s spot where often a local artist exhibits his photos or paintings. It’s a lovely bar that welcomes you with an engaging innocence. Friends in their 40s meet after work to decompress here. Tables on the upstairs balcony offer an intimate view where you can watch the happy hour from above. The furtive looks of young men searching Mr Right add to the innocence without creating a sexual tension. Banana Café –Not really in the Marais, but close to, Banana Café remains an institution on the circuit especially in the fashion scene.  I haven’t been there in years but I feel obliged to mention it here. Ok that’s done. SEMI-SOFT OR “A PLACE TO WATCH GUYS AND PRETEND YOU’RE NOT”

Paris has more gay bars with backrooms than any other city I know.  The fad has slightly declined recently only because of the enormous competition and perhaps the sluggish arrival of internet cruising which is just now gaining its stride compared with other countries. One gets the impression that Parisians are hooked on enhanced reality and scoff a bit at lonely virtuality. These are the bars that may or may not have a backroom but do have a cruising atmosphere nonetheless. They differ in age groups and styles but you can be sure that you’ll be experiencing gay Marais reality and not the Internet. They are usually busy after work and before dinner from 7pm to 9pm when happy hour prices kick in and then enjoy a second wave around midnight. Sunday happy hours are often popular too.

With the exception of Berlin or maybe Amsterdam (though I still think Paris wins) hard sex bars do very well. Practically unknown now in the United States and very few in England, Paris continues its long established tradition of tolerance and freedom and in some cases encouragement of open sexual contact. If the tide is changing you wouldn’t notice in these places. The clientele of the hard cruising scene overlaps but has specific nights that work best for specific bars. It’s useless to arrive anywhere before midnight (except for the Bunker) and in some places preferably around 3 or 4am. Many have strict dress codes or undressed codes. They all provide a coat check service that is generally trustworthy. I’ll try to be specific but I warn you these bars are for those looking for hard action and sometimes the spectacle can be a lot for the prudish at heart. Let’s start with the most extreme. That way we can catch our breath later.  Both of these bars have been around for about 30 years and are just outside the Marais, the Transfert on the west and the Keller heading east.

Gay Bars in Paris

Arts & Métiers/Rambuteau, 3ème, Marais Nord, Marais

3ème, Marais Nord, Arts & Métiers/Rambuteau, Marais

3ème, Arts & Métiers/Rambuteau, Marais Nord, Marais

A note on safety for LGBT visitors and couples:

Public displays of affection between LGBT couples are common in Paris than ever before, and the city is traditionally a very queer-friendly one. As such, same-sex couples generally needn’t feel on guard. However, as with any major metropolis, it’s a good idea to keep your wits about you, especially at night, in poorly lit areas, and when leaving clubs. While homophobic verbal and physical attacks are rare in Paris, they unfortunately sometimes do happen. See our guide to safety in Paris for LGBT visitors and couples for more information.

1. Rosa Bonheur

Nestled on the peak of the Buttes Chaumont Park in the northeast of Paris, this young and trendy, gay-friendly spot, run by the former owners of the once-popular but now defunct lesbian glam club Pulp, has a massive outdoor terrace that gets packed when the weather turns warm. If you don’t get a seat at the picnic tables, prepare to squish like sardines with your fellow revelers. If that’s not your cup of tea, you can always take a place just outside the bar on the lawn of the park and soak up the good vibes. The crowd is mixed, but tends to attract hipster queer women and their associates.Location: Parc des Buttes Chaumont – 2 avenue des Cascades, 19th arrondissement BotzarisTel: + 33 (0)1 42 00 00 45

2. Open café

This hopping bar in the heart of the Marais is a must if you’re coming to Paris. You’ll find it by the huge crowds standing outside the front door and the rainbow-walled interior. Primarily a men’s bar, Open Café offers happy hour specials everyday on beer (3.70 Euros for a pint as this goes to press) from 6-10pm, plus happy-hour champagne (5.90) from 10pm until closing. The outside terrace serves burgers, sandwiches and salads, and is the perfect place to start off your gay soirée.Location: 17 Rue des Archives, 4th arrondissement +33 (0)1 42 72 26 18Metro: Hotel de Ville

3. Le So-What!

Trendy and cosmopolitan without being pretentious, Le So-What, also nestled smack in the center of the Marais, is a quasi bar-club that is truly a testament to the area’s joie-de-vivre ambiance. While it caters mostly to queer women in the 30-40s range, gay men, bisexual, straight and transgender party-goers are always welcome. With no discrimination at the entrance, nor snooty bouncers, all styles of dress and ages can be found here. In between DJ sets, be sure to try a lime gin fizz cocktail or fresh mint mojito. Clubbing goes until 4am on Friday and Saturday.Location: 30 rue du Roi de Sicile, 4th arrondissementTel: +33 (0)1 42 71 24 59Metro: St Paul

4. La Mutinerie

Formerly Unity Bar, this feminist space is not only a café/bar, but also a community center for political and cultural action. An evening here can involve anything from hip-hop and punk shows to live storytelling, poetry readings or a lecture series. This spot is open to everyone, and was created for and by Paris’s lesbian, transgender and queer community. A good pick for queers who eschew old-school divisions.Location: 176-178 rue Saint Martin, 3rd arrondissement Rambuteau, Etienne Marcel or Châtelet  

5. Raidd Bar

Most men flock to this mainstay of the Parisian gay scene not for the drinks but for the infamous shower shows. Inside the glass showers set beside the bar, go-go boys blessed by nature lather up while you drool into your cocktail. Themed nights spice things up even further, with Brazilian Wednesdays and Disco Fever Tuesdays. Or, for over 18s, stop by for the Ultimate Shower Show on Thursdays for a lather that lasts all night long. The Raidd Bar caters to a hip, young, international crowd, and you should prepare to sweet talk the bouncer at the entrance to ensure you get in to see the show.Location: 23 Rue du TempleTel: +33 (0) 1 53 01 00 00Metro: Hotel de Ville

6. Duplex Bar

This friendly spot moves away from the meat-market tendencies of some of the larger gay men’s bars in the Marais. The Duplex’s tiny space is a perfect set-up for mixing and mingling, with plenty of chances to actually talk to people. You’ll find people of all ages here and many an Anglophone as well, so no need to master French to enjoy your night out.Location: 25 Rue Michel le Comte, 3rd arrondissementTel: +33 (0)1 42 72 80 86Metro: Rambuteau, Etienne Marcel or Châtelet​

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Bars, Clubs, Partys… die wichtigsten Adressen für Schwule und Lesben in Paris

In Paris gibt es eine Vielzahl an Locations, die bei der LGBT-Community besonders angesagt sind. Diese befinden sich häufig – aber nicht immer – im Marais und leisten ihren Beitrag, um Paris zu einer weltoffenen Stadt mit festlicher Atmosphäre zu machen. Ein kurzer Überblick über die wichtigsten Adressen!

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… 

5. Sly

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… 

Le Krash

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… 

Bear’s Den

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… 

Queen

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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Les Souffleurs

This is a spot that spectacularly defines chicness and relaxation. Les Souffleurs is a voguish little gay bar located right in the middle of Le Marias. As such, it might be difficult to find in its corner. The interior has a heavy feel of Berlin, and you will be greeted with a piece of selected music.

During the day, Les Souffleurs can be a perfect getaway from the bustles of the area, welcoming people going solo, relaxed on leather sofas while they feel the bar’s pleasant vibes. But at night, the temperature can increase as DJ mixes suffuse the air. Sometimes, concerts, performances, and after shows take center stage. 

You should plan for the happy hour between 6 pm and 9 pm when prices often go low. Though not exclusive, the bar is mostly for masculine gays.

Cox 

Cox is among the most famous and centrally situated gay bars in Le Marias district, usually attracting big crowds that spill on to the sidewalk. From butch-type crowd wearing jeans to short haircut and T-shirt, the bar is a common spot among many people.

DJs give fresh house sets every day, and the décor is constantly updated. See that you visit during the happy hour of 6 pm-9 pm. Music and café are ultimately other features at this interesting bar.

Banana Cafe 

This café is popular among young locals and visitors who have been swayed from the main gay scene of Le Marias. Banana Café offers a perfect setting for a phenomenal nightlife. The adjacent terrace and ground floor make up happy hour drinks between 6 pm-11 pm. And after this, patrons are invited downstairs to dance if they are interested.

Ze Baar

A subsidiary of Ze Restoo, Ze Baar, is a cozy and simple gay bar on two floors. In conducive weather, the ground floor is open, and the upper level has armchairs and lounge areas to the comfort of visitors. The nearest station is Rambuteau and Hotel de Ville. Visit for more music.

One Way

This is another small gay bar at the north of Le Marias with quaint ambiance. This is a popular spot for leather/denim wearing and bear crowd. There are a video room and dark corners at its underground level. The bar is opened all year round, and the happy hour is between 7 pm and 9 pm. The extra feature includes music, and its nearest stations are Saint-Sebastien, Rambuteau, and Froissart.

FreeDJ

FreeDJ is a fun spot located at 35 Rue Sainte-Croix Bretonnerie, and if you are down for an all-night entertainment, it is the best gay bar to be. Upstairs, the foosball table and the bar fill those who want to have a cigarette in the glassed-in smoking room and those who want to chat. FreeDJ is a cozy and not entirely cruisey setting that is better either solo or with few friends.

Le Feeling

Not the regular combination, Le Feeling is a laidback gay and lesbian spot with the ambiance of a small Parisian bar. And though it might not be appealing to few, its rainbow décor, music, and great staff are irresistible. During summer, Le Feeling bubbles as it attracts a wide range of clientele. Meanwhile, the place is a spot for people of all orientations, and prices come reasonably. 

Le Krash

This is a typical raunchy Parisian gay bar. The red sign at the end of the small Rue Simon le Franc is imposing, and inside the bar is a massive room with a cage on the floor, long bar, and a smoking room at the back. When you enter here, you are mandated to drop your bag at the cloakroom for a token fee. Also, the drinks at Le Krash are decently priced.

Close to the entrance, adult films are projected, displaying how to get to the back room. Downstairs is a usually active sex club where you will find lube and condom purveyors. 

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Bars und Clubs für Schwule und Lesben in Paris

Im Open Café können Sie sowohl am Tag als auch in der Nacht etwas trinken gehen. Mit seiner Eckterrasse und den paar Tischen ist dieses Café zweifellos einer der beliebtesten Treffpunkte an sonnigen Tagen. Unweit entfernt befindet sich mit dem COX eine weitere wichtige Location des Viertels. Diese angesagte Bar zieht die unterschiedlichste Kundschaft an – und das so zahlreich, dass die Cocktails schlürfenden Gäste die umliegenden Bürgersteige füllen, wie im Quetzal. Gesellige Atmosphäre garantiert! Das Like, ein ehemaliges „Dorf“ und seine Dragqueen-Shows sind eine Institution: Es ist die erste Pariser Bar, die sich als gay bekannt hat. 

Auf der Rue des Lombards ist die Stimmung vor allem: männlich im Bear’s den und seinem treffend benannten Publikum, gemischter im The Labo Bar Club. Wer tanzen und dabei ein Gläschen trinken möchte, macht einen Abstecher zu Souffleurs in der Rue de la Verrerie, wo das Team hervorragende Cocktails serviert. Das El Hombre ist, wie der Name schon sagt, eine Location für Männer, um ein Gläschen zu trinken, Tapas zu essen und ein reichhaltiges und vielseitiges Wochenend-Programm bis spät in die Nacht zu erleben. Weitere Bars mit einer sympathischen Atmosphäre sind das Café Voulez-Vous in der Rue du Temple, die Who’s bar Rue Saint-Merri oder das Duplex in der Rue Michel Le Comte. Im La Mine finden Sie die Fetisch-Community von Paris! Verpassen Sie auch nicht die Speed-Datings von Mic Man! Und wenn Sie die Hits von gestern und heute singen möchten: Das L’Enchanteur organisiert Karaoke-Abende.

Etwas weiter vom Marais entfernt befindet sich eine Institution des Pariser Nachtlebens für Schwule, das anhand seiner exotischen Fassade (und seiner Happy Hour zur späten Stunde) erkennbar ist: das Banana Café. Eine gayfriendly Atmosphäre herrscht ebenfalls in der Raymond Bar, wo im Erdgeschoss getrunken und im Kellergeschoss getanzt wird. In der Nähe des Bahnhofs Gare de l’Est befindet sich mit dem Café Moustache eine der ältesten Schwulenbars der Hauptstadt. Von Mai bis Oktober begrüßen die Rive-Droite-Seineufer den Sommerkahn Marcounet mit einem offenen Saal, in dem das ganze Jahr über Jazz- und World-Konzerte, Cabarets und kulturelle Treffen gegeben werden.

Seit einigen Jahren sprießen die Bars und Clubs von der Nähe des Marais bis ins 19. und 20. Arrondissement. Unter den Neuzugängen in der Gay- und Lesbian-Landschaft gibt es das Le 17 in der Rue de la Folie Méricourt Nr. 17 mit DJs und regelmäßigen Veranstaltungen, während im M‘Sieurs Dames in der Avenue Parmentier Afterworks stattfinden (DRH-Partys, La Martine), sowie Queermess und Bingo, die von Drag Queens veranstaltet werden.

Auf der Suche nach einem Abend unter Frauen? In der Nähe des Centre Pompidou teilen sich das Mutinerie und das Bar’ouf einen ziemlich angesagten Straßenabschnitt der Rue Saint-Martin. Workshops, Konzerte und andere Events runden das festliche Programm dieser beiden Institution des lesbischen Nachtlebens von Paris ab. Ebenfalls im Marais befindet sich das 3W Kafé (Women With Women), eine typische Location des Viertels, die mit einer gemütlichen Atmosphäre und Tanzabenden zu überzeugen weiß.

Nur wenige Meter entfernt befindet sich das Champmeslé, eine der ersten Bars nur für Frauen, die bereits seit den 70er Jahren existiert! Hier werden ausgefallene Events organisiert, beispielsweise Abende mit Kabarett oder Wahrsagungen in einer entspannt Atmosphäre.

LGBT-Clubs in Paris

Ab 2 Uhr morgens trifft man sich an einer der LGBT-friendly Locations der Metropole, um bis in die frühen Morgenstunden hinein zu tanzen. Im Tango (La Boîte à frissons) schwingt man die Hüften bei gediegener Atmosphäre zu Klängen von Pop und kitschigen Hits. Ob Lesben, Schwule, Bisexuelle und Transgender – alle sind willkommen!

Im So What? steht immer donnerstags ein Live-Event auf dem Programm und jedes Wochenende tanzen die vor allem weiblichen Gäste zu DJ-Sets mit einem Mojito in der Hand.

Die Raidd Bar ist eine sexy Location, die sich mit seinem überraschenden Dekor und den Go-go-Tänzern zur Pflichtadresse im Marais entwickelt hat. Das CUD gehört zu den beliebtesten Orten der männlichen Bevölkerung des Marais. Zu modernen Klängen wird hier im Keller getanzt. Unweit vom Ufer der Seine entfernt befindet sich das Gibus, an dem ständig abwechslungsreiche Partys stattfinden.

Das Dépôt Club & Cruising ist ein wesentlicher Bestandteil der LGBT+ Nächte in Paris: täglich geöffnet, Cruising für Männer am Nachmittag… Le Klub ist das Queer-Wahrzeichen für experimentelle Musik.

Schwule und lesbische Partys in Paris

Die LGBT-Community von Paris (oder Gästen) trifft sich regelmäßig anlässlich von Party-Reihen in den verschiedensten Locations von Paris, an denen jeder willkommen ist.

In Paris hat sich die Zahl der Partys an wechselnden Locations vervielfacht! Die berühmten Wet For Me Partys vom Collectif Barbieturix sollten Sie sich nicht entgehen lassen oder Flash Cocotte, das fast jedes Mal woanders stattfindet (unter anderem Cabaret Sauvage, Wanderlust oder Social Club). Im Parc de la Villette richtet das Bar-Restaurant A La Folie viele Gay- und Gay friendly-Partys im Club-Bereich aus. Le Point Ephémère am Ufer des Canal Saint Martin ist ebenso ein bei der LGBT-Community beliebtes Partyziel.

Ein weiterer, unausweichlicher Treffpunkt ist die Electroparty Bizarre Love Triangle, die seit zehn Jahren im Maxim‘s Quartier bezogen hat. Die Doctor Love hingegen findet im Club Haussmann statt und Le Dépôt in der Rue aux Ours organisiert an den Wochenenden Clubabende. Im Viertel Château d‘eau im 10. Arrondissement richtet der Club Les Etoles Gay-Abende wie den Madame Klaude aus, der sich der Discomusik widmet.

Im beleben die Nuits des Follivores /Crazyvores das République-Viertel in einem schrägen Ambiente zu den Klängen französischer und internationaler Hits. Warmherzige Atmosphäre bis zum Morgengrauen garantiert! Im Java reihen sich die Gay-Partys aneinander, wie die Trou aux biches, während das sonntags die schwulenfreundliche Party von Bastille ausrichtet.

Der Sonntagabend ist ein fester Termin geworden, mit mehreren Gay-Partys im Rosa Bonheur im Parc der Buttes Chaumont oder in verschiedenen Bars wie das Café A mit der Party La Dimanche und im Club nahe der Bastille.

Die LGBT-Community trifft sich auch regelmäßig bei Afterworks, die an verschiedenen Orten organisiert werden und unterschiedliche Ambiente bieten. Besuchen Sie zum Beispiel den Apéro des Garçons, der im Sommer jeden Samstag stattfindet, um ein Gläschen auf der Terrasse von La Boîte, La Martine und La Grosse Martine zu trinken – im Sommer freitags und den Rest des Jahres über donnerstags. Das La Puti Vuelta findet jeden ersten Freitag im Monat an einem anderen Ort statt, um eine internationale Klientel zu anzusprechen.

Weitere Feierlichkeiten: LGBT-Festival-Abende wie Loud & Proud, das in der Gaité Lyrique organisiert wird oder der Abschlussabend vom . Die Veranstaltungsdaten finden Sie auf den jeweiligen Websites und Facebook-Seiten.

Gay Paris – Travel Gay Guide

Paris is a great destination for gay travellers. Its gay district, Le Marais, is one of the best and most glamorous gay districts in the world. You’ll find some of the world’s best-dressed people wandering its streets, and many excellent boutique shops and restaurants. Most of the gay bars in Le Marais can be found on Rue des Archives.

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