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Unlike any other city in Poland, Warsaw is indeed reminiscent of Moscow than other Europe capitals such as ParisAmsterdamLondon – and the similarities don’t stop there. Sadly, being gay in Poland is not easy with a socially conservative duopoly in control of legislation with the backing of the all-powerful Catholic Church who until recently wherein the grip of anti-gay hysteria and a state-sponsored campaign of LGBTQ persecution.

While many ex-soviet countries have made steps towards equality, Poland – despite being a member of the European Union for fifteen years – has woefully insufficient legal protections for LGBTQ Poles against discrimination in any sphere of living outside of employment. Poland even recently took issue with Brussels after a gay flag was flown outside of the European Parliament… There are signs a shake-up is on the way, with Robert Biedron Poland’s first openly gay MP and then mayor, being viewed as a frontrunner for Poland’s presidency.

Despite excruciatingly slow progress politically, wider Polish society is slowly becoming more tolerant, and Warsaw has some gay bars, clubs, and cafes – although a far less developed gay scene than you would expect for a city of this side. While Warsaw is the most liberal city in Poland, it is still advised to keep overt displays of public affection to a minimum. Much like  Bucharest and Budapest, the current government seems hell-bent on turning ‘illiberal,’ though we hope this turns out to be just a small bump in the road to full societal acceptance of gay life in Poland.

Warsaw Travel Guide

A phoenix risen from the ashes, Warsaw has a lure that’s difficult to define. The Polish capital suffered terrible levels of destruction during World War Two, followed by almost 50 years of Soviet occupation. But far from being a city down on its luck, Warsaw displays unexpected joie de vivre best represented by its stunningly beautiful and entirely reconstructed Old Town, the heart of Warsaw’s tourist attractions. The city—as with the rest of Roman Catholic Poland—remains socially conservative, with civil unions and gay marriage yet to make it onto the statute book. That said, the first Europe-wide gay pride parade held in a former Eastern Bloc country has been running annually in Warsaw since 2006, and attracted 45,000 revellers in 2018. That, and an increasing number of gay-friendly venues, only add to Warsaw’s growing allure.

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Gay Guide Warszawa

Warschau ist Polens gr��te Stadt und auch das wichtigste Wirtschafts-, Kultur- und Bildungszentrum. Die Wisla flie�t mitten durch die Stadt. Die wichtigsten touristischen Einrichtungen liegen am linken Ufer, w�hrend sich das zunehmend in Mode kommende Viertel Praga am rechten Ufer befindet. Warschau hat die gr��te Schwulenszene und ist die offenste Stadt f�r Schwule und Lesben in Polen. Immer mehr Clubs und Cafes sind lesben- und schwulenfreundlich.

Gay Guide Warszawa

Gay Guide Warszawa

Warsaw is Poland’s largest city and the main economic, cultural and educational centre. The city spans the Wisla (Vistula River), and all of the main tourists sites are on the left bank, while the right bank contains the increasingly fashionable Praga district. Warsaw has the biggest gay scene and is the most open city for gays and lesbians in Poland. More and more clubs and cafes are gay-friendly.

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Shiny, Happy Varsovians

Being gay in Poland is no easier than being gay in any deeply Catholic, formerly Communist, state – in other words, it’s no walk in the park. But modern Warsaw is the most open city in Poland when it comes to the acceptance of homosexuality, and many gay and lesbian Poles will also tell you it’s also the place with the most gay and gay-friendly clubs. Below, we’ve gathered a selection of the best clubs and cafes, and even hostels and hotels for the gay or lesbian traveller, as well as some Polish websites of various GLBT organizations and communities.

For general information about the history and current laws and statistics on homosexuality in Poland, see our Gay Krakow page.

Le Garage: ul. Burakowska 12 A club known for its warm atmosphere and clientele (not to mention the wild decor and wall paintings), Le Garage is a laid-back place to have a few drinks and occasionally enjoy a drag queen show.

Toro: Marszalkowska 3/5 Another one of Warsaw’s most popular gay bars, Toro hosts frequent events like disco parties and shows which last all night.

Fantom Club: ul. Bracka 20a Yet another hard to find spot, Fantom is a club and sauna for men only, with dark rooms, video rooms, and themed parties on Sundays.

Wild Club: ul. ul. Chlodna 39, lok.3 Similar to Fantom above, Wild Club is a bar and sex club for men.

Galeria: Plac Mirowski 1 The occasional drag queen shows make this little bar worth coming to.

Lodi Dodi: ul. Wilcza 23 This small bar in the very centre of the city now has a cinema and darkroom downstairs.

Bastylia: ul. Mokotowska 17 Small gay-friendly cafe

Friends Guest House: ul. Sienkiewicza +36 (309) 323334 Friends Guest House, also with a location in Krakow, was the first gay owned and operated guest house in Poland, and is still the only one in Warsaw. The guest house has three rooms in one building located right in the very centre of the city, close to the Central Train Station, and a stone’s throw from stores, cafes, and the Old Town.

Gay Warsaw Tour: From the people at Warsaw Tours: A gay tour of Warsaw that not only takes you to the best clubs, but also treats you to a day of spas, sightseeing, and a chance to meet local activists.

Culture for Tolerance: Campaign Against Homophobia: Poland’s gay portal: Lesbian and feminist portal: GLBT portal, events: Lesbian Coalition (LBT): Positively homosexual portal: Women for Women: Independent lesbian and bisexual portal: GayGuide Cracow: – A guide specially catering to the gay or lesbian traveller. Also available for PragueSofiaBudapest.

If you know of other particularly gay-friendly places in Warsaw, please let us know; and feel free to post your comments about gay Warsaw on this page below. We encourage different viewpoints and want to hear your thoughts about the gay cause in Warsaw (though we won’t tolerate abusive or hateful comments). For more information about pro-gay organisations and events in Poland, visit . You can also download a PDF of the Campaign Against Homophobia’s „Situation of Bisexual and Homosexual Persons in Poland – 2005 and 2006 Report“ here. We’ve included a few Poland-specific GLBT websites above, though many are only in Polish. We hope they’ll be a helpful resource; if you know of any other helpful websites, let us know as well!

 Shiny, Happy Varsovians

Schwul-lesbischer Reisef�hrer f�r Warschau

Das englischsprachige Buch „Queer Warsaw“ l�dt dazu ein, die polnische Hauptstadt zu besuchen. Von Carsten Weidemann Polen geh�rt nicht zu den traditionellen Gay-Destinationen – homophobe Gesetze, CSD-Verbote und �bergriffe auf Schwule und Lesben sind noch immer in schlechter Erinnerung. Und doch habe sich insbesondere in der Hauptstadt Warschau etwas getan, meinen die beiden Autoren Wojciech Szot und Marcin Pietras. In englischer Sprache haben sie das Buch „Queer Warsaw“ ver�ffentlicht – ein Reisef�hrer und Stadtbuch in einem. „Nach Warschau zu kommen als schwuler Tourist / lesbische Touristin – wer w�re auf solch eine verr�ckte Idee gekommen noch vor wenigen Jahren,“ greifen die beiden Herausgeber die Bedenken selbst auf, erinnern aber auch an die freiheitliche Tradition der Polen. Im Nachwort, das als einziger Text in Deutsch gefasst wurde, schreiben sie auch: „Es ist �u�erst schwer, eine eindeutige Antwort auf die Frage zu geben, wie das heutige Leben in Warschau, mit all seinen Gesichtern: Geschichte, Literatur, Theater, Unterhaltung, Lokalen, Handel und Clubs, wirklich aussieht. Die Stadt hat so viele Gesichter, wie viele Einwohner, welche die ganze Zeit Geschichte einer Homohauptstadt schreiben. Wir hoffen, dass QueerWarsaw nicht nur zu einem Erinnerungs- und quasi-enzyklop�dischen Register der Topographie und Geschehnisse aus der uralten, vergangenen Zeit sein wird.“

Wojciech Szot und Marcin Pietras f�hren den Leser durch eine sich st�ndig wandelnde Stadt, beschreiben ausf�hrlich die zum Teil noch sehr versteckte Szene, gehen weit zur�ck in die Geschichte, stellen die schwul-lesbischen Promis von damals wie heute in kurzen Portr�ts vor – und machen durch die gelungene Mischung Lust, die polnische Hauptstadt bald einmal zu besuchen. In Deutschland ist „Queer Warsaw“ u.a. bei den schwulen Buchhandlungen Eisenherz (Berlin), Erlk�nig (Stuttgart), Max & Milian (M�nchen) und M�nnerschwarm (Hamburg) erh�ltlich. Wojciech Szot, Marcin Pietras (Hg.): Queer Warsaw, Historical and Cultural Guide to Warsaw, kartoniert, mit zahlreichen Fotos, 240 Seiten, in englischer Sprache, 19 �

Links zum Thema:� Das Buch online bei den schwulen Buchl�den bestellen

Being gay in warsaw?

I’m a High school senior and i’m thinking about studying psychology at the university of warsaw after my graduation and one big issue which makes me doubt is that i’m gay. I’m from Sweden where gay people hold hands in public and there are lots of gay celebrities and there is no secret that poland is a bit more conservative so i want to know how it’s like being gay in warsaw. Will i have trouble finding friends or people to date. Will I get heckled if i’m on a date with a guy and is there a gay community?

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You should ask your questions at gay forum. This is a travel forum.

Don’t listen these people they’re wrong and basing on sterotypes… Warsaw is really receptive city the same when it comes to people, probably no one will react negative for Gay in Warsaw, Warsaw university is really good perspective also polish culture and food are really good, as a gay you would have problems only in small villages.. But not in Cities like Warsaw come on Poland is beatiful and polish people are really happy especially gays 😉 I have gay friends in Poland and they don’t have any problems soo Pierogies are waiting for u!

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You will survive, but it won’t be very nice. There is a gay community and it’s not totally underground, but you surely don’t want to be gay in public. „a bit more conservative“ is a very nice way to put it, but far from the truth. The university is a tolerant place, but in the streets you can expect to be looked upon and to hear nasty comments in case of holding hands, being on a date or anything similar. As much as I know about the gay community in Poland, Gdańsk seems to be the most tolerant place. But I also have friends who fled from Poland to Sweden because of how they were treated as being gay. Så gör inte det, det blir bara värre och värre med högerextremister överallt och du vill inte uppleva det.

There are gay communities in bigger cities (Warsaw, KrakowWroclaw…) and there is no systemic discrimination but public displays of affection can indeed be met with suprised curiosity or even hostile reactions (especially if you happen to meet some of the recently empowered far right radicals). In general I would say, you can imagine living in Western Europe in 1970s (plus internet, EU membership and cheap air travel) to get an idea.

Poland proudly champions itself as the last European bastion of traditional, conservative, Catholic family values. Take from that what you will.

Very popular Polish politician, I hope our next president is gay, so I think it is not so bad, as my predecessors have answered you.

Homosexuality is legal in Poland but not openly tolerated. Polish society is conservative and for the most part remains hostile towards the LGBTQ community.

The Polish gay and lesbian scene is fairly discreet; Warsaw and Kraków are the best places to find bars, clubs and gay-friendly accommodation, and Sopot is noted as gay-friendly compared to the rest of Poland.

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Poland’s capital, home to almost 2 million people, is a rapidly developing European metropolis, with an urban skyline that has been transformed since the fall of communism in 1989.

The traditional tourist highlights around the Old Town now merge into a new modern European capital city, boasting many luxury high-rise hotels, an ever-growing cosmopolitan restaurant & bar culture and a steadily emerging gay scene.

Gay Rights in Poland

Homosexuality has never been illegal in Poland.  In 1932, Poland legally recognised homosexuality and the age of consent is 15 for both gay and straight people. Poland remains one of a few countries where gay men are allowed to donate blood.

The influence of the Catholic Church has made the journey towards equal gay rights a slower process than in other parts of Europe. However, social attitudes are changing and becoming more accepting of gay rights.

Despite this, Poland is one of few remaining European countries without any form of legal partnerships for gay and lesbian couples. Adoption by gay or lesbian couples is not allowed, although single gay people can adopt.

Gay Scene

The gay scene in Warsaw is relatively small compared with most European capital cities, but it is steadily developing. More Gay Bars and clubs have opened in recent years, with rainbow colours proudly being displayed.

There is a thriving café culture with several gay-owned and many gay-friendly venues. Most cafés are located around Śródmieście, the city’s central district and home to major tourist sights and hotels.

Warsaw staged its first-ever EuroPride celebration in 2010. While it did meet with some local opposition, it was a landmark event and a springboard that has helped the local LGBT community build a wider and more public profile.

Things to See & Do

 – Warsaw’s central district containing most of major tourist attractions.

Old Town – tourist heartland of the city, meticulously restored after the destruction of Word War II; well worth a stroll.

Old Town and New Town Squares – for musical and theatrical open-air performances throughout the summer months.

Palace of Culture & Science – a gift to the city from ‘the Soviet people” built in 1955 and still dominated the city centre with its Socialist Realist architecture; contains museums, cinema and a concert hall, with a viewing platform on the 30 th floor.

National Museum – features interesting temporary exhibitions as well as permanent collections;  recently hosted the “” exhibit of contemporary and historical homoerotic art.

Warsaw Rising Museum – Opened on the 60th anniversary of the Polish uprising, this museum is fitting tribute to the resistance of the Polish people to occupation in 1944.

Fryderyk Chopin Museum – regarded as Europe’s most modern biographical museum, housed in a stunning baroque Palace; one of many tributes to Chopin, Poland’s most famous composer, who spent twenty years of his life in Warsaw.

National Stadium – landmark stadium built for the UEFA EURO championships in 2012.

Royal Castle – impressive historical museum and home to some of Rembrandt’s paintings.

Łazienki Park and Palace – landscaped gardens and a palace built on a island for Poland’s last monarch, King Stanislaw August Poniatowski.

Wilanów Park and Palace – a former Royal summer residence and fine example of European Baroque, with exquisite gardens which frame the Palace.

Teatr Wielki – perhaps the most impressive theatre and concert hall in the city.  The huge ‘world theatre’ is Poland’s grandest opera and ballet theatre.

Museum of Modern Art – a new museum housed in a former furniture store, close to the Central Railway Station.

There are some popular gay summer destinations within easy reach of Warsaw:

, is a riverside beach, some 10km south of  the city centre.  Riding a bicycle there should take around 40 minutes from the city centre.  From Wał Miedzeszyński turn left into Sitowie, which is a bumpy gravel road.

że Gdyńskie at Most Grota Roweckiegois bridge is another gay-favorite summer destination and also a riverside beach.

When to Visit

Warsaw attracts most visitors from May to September when the weather is at its best. Summers can be hot but also wet. The winter months from November to March can be very harsh, with a lot of snow and biting winds.

For more than a decade, the city has hosted an annual gay Pride event, with an associated music festival, parade and dance parties. Check the official Parada Równości website for future LGBT Pride plans.

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Clubs & Bars

Club GaleriaClub Galeria is a gay karaoke bar with two dance floors. The club is open for all genders, and hosts regular drag shows, concerts and dance parties. The bar is located underground a market, and therefore a bit hard to find, but definitively worth the search! You have to buzz the door to get in.

Lodi DodiLodi Dodi is a small and cozy gay club located in the city center of Warsaw. The staff is very friendly and the crowd consists of a nice mix of locals and foreigners. You can make friends, try some Polish beers, and listen to local music from the 60s, 70s and 80s. There are three levels in the club: the oval bar on the ground floor, a snug area on the mezzanine, and another bar in the basement, where you can also find a labyrinth and some cabins. The bar is especially busy during the men-only parties in the weekend.

Bunker ClubBunker is a gay cruising club visited by a mixed crowd of younger men. The club is only open on Saturday night, and you can enjoy free drinks (including alcoholics) after you pay for the entrance fee of 12 euros. Then you can either relax at the bar or move downstairs where you will find a playroom/maze. The club is a bit hard to find – try to look for a small sign with the B and ring the bell. Lockers are available should you wish to securely save your clothes

Club ToroMedium sized club with a side room and busy play area where you can find some action. There is a cloakroom you can use, and an entree fee during the weekend. The music being played is a mix between Polish dance music and international queer pop hits. Dragqueens sometimes perform here as well. The club is especially busy during the men-only dance party ‘Revolution’ which is held once a month.

Gay Saunas

Sauna GallaSauna Galla is a small gay sauna that has facilities on two different levels. There is a steam sauna, dry sauna, two TV rooms, a relaxation room and a smoking room. Nudity is allowed, but most gay men in Poland wear a towel. During the week this sauna is visited by men, but women are welcome to join the party on Sundays.

Trans men: Welcome ?Entrance: €6/€5 ConcessionsWebsite: 

Queer Events

Equality PrideEquality pride is an annual event in Warsaw, which is dedicated to the promotion of acceptance and diversity in regards to gender and sexuality. The Equality Parade does not solely focus on LGBTQ+ issues but advocates equal rights for all groups suffering from discrimination, such as people with disabilities, ethnic and religious minorities, as well as animals. The pride is surrounded by an equality week – an annual week of pro-equality events gathered near the date of the Parade

LGBT Film FestivalLGBT Film Festival is one of the most important events for queer people in Poland. It takes place every year and has become the biggest celebration of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) cinema in the country. It brings the country closer to the world LGBTQ+ people long for. The world of freedom and equality, respect for rights and identities, and opportunities that often remain only in our dreams.

LGBTQ+ Organisations

Lambda WarsawaLambda Warsawa is an organisation that helps people who find themselves in a difficult life situation due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Their mission is to create a space for the LGBTQ community and to provide independent, professional and expert help in difficult and crisis situations. They do this by providing legal assistance, psychological support, a telephone helpline, and educational activities. 

FeminotekaFeminoteka works against gender discrimination in social, public and cultural areas. The organisation organizes trainings, workshops, meetings, book promotions and discussions which focus on gender issues. Their priority is to work against violence against women, and they do this by implementing projects on preventing violence both in the city and in the countryside, at school and at work. The organisation builds on a long tradition of Polish feminists and cherishes their memory.

Love Does Not Exclude AssociationA nationwide non-governmental organisation which aims to introduce marriage equality in Poland. The goal of this organisation is to ensure the right to marry for all, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. Love Does Not Exclude was founded by a team of activists, volunteers and allies committed to securing the full equality of LGBT+ persons, especially in terms of their right to marry. Based in Warsaw, the organization works on a national level and cooperates with several LGBT+ organizations as well as other groups, institutions and individuals who share ideals of equality.

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LGBT-friendly bar in Warsaw. Plan B attracts local alternative, laid-back and artsy crowd, featuring performance arts, occasional film screenings and plays electronic dance music.

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Ramona Bar (since 2013) is a gay-friendly café bar in Warsaw, with unique retro décor and offers a relaxed atmosphere. Frequented by LGBT customers.

Great for drinks and light meals, local beers and cocktails.

This gay-friendly café has been a well-known Warsaw meeting place for many years. Popular with the artsy crowd. 

Między Nami also sells books and musics and features a gallery. Gets especially busy early to mid-evenings.

Stylish Italian restaurant & café bar & in the heart of Warsaw. Czyli Zurawia has a friendly, homelike atmosphere with two summer gardens, reasonably priced drinks, tasty pizzas, live music every Friday.

Located next to Warsaw’s gay nightlife scene, this gay-run restaurant is visited by many LGBT people. A great place to enjoy food and drinks before going out.

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A combination of a café, art gallery and bookshop in a stylishly modern setting. MiTo is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Popular with gay customers.

MiTo specialises in healthy, homemade food, sandwiches, vegetarian and Mediterranean dishes.

Smart café & cocktail bar serves all-day home-cooked meals. Leniviec’s coffee is just a good as its cocktails. Very gay-friendly staff and customers.

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Things to do in Warsaw

The history of Warsaw is intimately linked with that of the city’s Jewish population, as POLIN, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews on the edge of the former Jewish ghetto seeks to testify. Its eight galleries tell the story of how the city became home to the largest population of Jews in Europe thanks to centuries of religious tolerance, before the tragedy of the Holocaust took hold. The Palace of Culture and Science has a rather more controversial history in the city. Hated by some because of its links with the Soviet occupation of Poland—the soaring monolithic structure was gifted to the city by Josef Stalin —it can be seen from almost everywhere in Warsaw. Still Poland’s tallest building at 237 metres in height, its 42 floors contain the 3,000 seat Congress Hall auditorium, four theatre companies, a multi-screen cinema, and two museums. An observation terrace on the thirtieth floor provides unparalleled views across the city.

If the Palace of Culture and Science is unmissable simply because of its sheer size, the Zachęta art gallery is one of the unmissable places to visit in Warsaw due to its impressive collection of 3,500 artworks. Nurturing the Polish art scene since its foundation in 1860, the gallery contains works by Poland’s leading artists, including Tadeusz Kantor, Edward Krasiński, and Erna Rosenstein, as well as those from up-and-coming artists. The art of chocolate can be both appreciated and devoured at the Wedel Chocolate Factory on the banks of the Vistula River in the city’s rejuvenated Praga district, meanwhile. As the most recognisable of Polish chocolatiers, a visit to the Wedel factory is a must for chocolate fans, with plenty of chances to sample the sweet stuff on daily tours and in the on-site café. But if the sugary aromas of the Wedel factory don’t leave your head spinning, the sublime performances of the Polish National Opera undoubtedly will. Offering a spectacular alternative to Warsaw’s gay bars, the Teatr Wielki is one of the largest and grandest theatres anywhere in Europe, with world-class performances of favourites such as Bizet’s at a fraction of the price of other European capitals.

The Palace of Culture and Science | Photo: Kristina N.

What to see in Warsaw

A popular weekend leisure spot for Warsaw’s residents, the 76-hectare Łazienki Park occupies a major space in the city’s cultural life. Whether you opt to enjoy a relaxed picnic; take in the splendour of the ‘Palace on the Isle’, the summer residence of eighteenth-century King Stanisław II Augustus; or stroll between the park’s many follies, Łazienki provides a window into what makes Warsaw Warsaw. But Łazienki is far from the Polish capital’s only green space for those wondering what to do in Warsaw. Dating back to 1727, the Saxon Garden off Piłsudski Square was one of the first public parks in the world and has existed in its modern form of an ‘English Garden’ since the nineteenth century. More contemporaneously, Warsaw University Library Garden sits on two levels among the city’s ancient rooftops. Spanning an entire hectare, the garden remains largely unknown beyond the city’s student population, providing a laid-back wonderland with gently trickling water, rustling leaves, and fine views to the River Vistula from its elevated position.

The views are also renowned from the 147-step bell tower of Saint Anne’s Church, adjacent to Castle Square. A miraculous survivor of more than one major conflict over its 500-year history, it is also worth a visit for its spectacularly over-the-top baroque and rococo interior, which pointedly contrasts with its later eighteenth-century neo-classical façade. For a further perspective of the city, mingle with the steady stream of residents enjoying the urban beaches on the banks of the Vistula. With volleyball and food pavilions, the riverside also hosts a regular cycle of free concerts from some of the country’s best young musicians. Warsaw’s most famous musical son, Frédéric Chopin, is also rightly celebrated throughout the city. In addition to a monument in Łazienki Park, and nightly concerts in Nowy Świat’s music centre, more casual fans can turn their ear to snippets of the composer’s best works at a series of polished black stone benches. Simply hit the button, relax, and enjoy!

Nicholas Kapadia statue | Photo: Karl Heinz Karisch

Situated in the same building as the Frédéric Chopin Museum, Tamka 43 takes its inspiration from the composer’s favourite foods

Nightlife in Warsaw

You certainly shouldn’t need any encouragement to dive straight into Warsaw’s nightlife. Begin your evening at the ever-welcoming Ramona Bar, which is one of the city’s most popular gay bars thanks no doubt to its casual atmosphere and low prices. Snapping at its heels is Klub Plan B, an LGBTQ-friendly bar that attracts an artsy and alternative crowd to its nights of electronic dance music.

To sample the best vodka the city has to offer, pull up a chair at Dom Wódki, beside the Opera House. You’ll be there long after the fat lady sings should you even attempt to try all 120 vodkas hailing from Poland, let alone the other 200 varieties jostling for space on the shelves behind the bar. It’s the clientele who jostle for space in the outlandishly popular cocktail bar Kita Koguta (Cock’s Crest). Its regularly changing drinks menu is as tasty as it is creative; its pair of highly-talented bartenders mix up the likes of ‘Candy Man’, which sees bourbon and whiskey blended with Polish berry liqueur and white chocolate syrup.

If it’s hardcore dancing you’re after, you’ll be in luck at Mekka Klub, whose three dance floors don’t clear until well after dawn come the weekend. Revolution Warsaw has a similar vibe with its monthly men-only dance parties, boasting guest DJs flown in from around the world, and a different venue each time. But if all this hard-partying becomes a little too much, respite can be found at Lodi Dodi, a cosy gay club right in the city centre, where it’s possible to chat over local music and equally local beer at the two bars or on the snug mezzanine-level.

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Well-known gay sauna with excellent facilities. HEAVEN Sauna features dry sauna, steam bath, bar, chill-out area, private cabins, TV room, darkroom and WiFi internet access. Massage service is offered. The most popular time to visit is between 7-9pm.

Once a month there is a visit from an international porn star for a live show. Other events also include parties for tattooed guys, pierced guys, and twink parties. Check the website for more information.

The sauna is popular with the weekend party crowd, with extended opening hours through to Sunday evening.

bar, internet access, steam room, massage, sauna, relaxing cabins, dark room, cruise, fetish

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Well-equipped gay sauna in Warsaw. Klub Sauna Galla features a bar, steam room, dry sauna and dark room. Massage service available.

Mainly local crowd, but foreigners are welcome. Men only, apart from Sundays when the club is open to women also. Nonstop opening hours on the weekend.

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Wild Club

With misterb&b, experience a more welcoming world. From private rooms and apartments to LGBTQ-friendly hotels, you have the option to stay in the heart of gay districts as well as other neighborhoods in the places you visit. A loft in Soho, a shared room in BarcelonaLe Marais or in Chelsea, experience misterb&b in all gay travel destinations! Activate the connection option on your profile and connect with other misterb&b travelers at your destination city or hotel! Problems with misterb&b? Please refer to our Help Center. misterb&b is not affiliated, endorsed, or otherwise associated with Airbnb.

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New York

New York (auch „Big Apple“ genannt) hat erstaunlich viel zu bieten, von vielf�ltigen Schwulenbars und Tanzclubs bin hin zum Shoppen. Die Stadt, in der die Stonewall-Aufst�nde stattfanden, hat eine lebendige LGBT-Gemeinschaft und ist nicht ohne Grund auch als „Stadt, die niemals schl�ft“ bekannt… mehr

Gay Travel Index

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New York

New York (auch „Big Apple“ genannt) hat erstaunlich viel zu bieten, von vielf�ltigen Schwulenbars und Tanzclubs bin hin zum Shoppen. Die Stadt, in der die Stonewall-Aufst�nde stattfanden, hat eine lebendige LGBT-Gemeinschaft und ist nicht ohne Grund auch als „Stadt, die niemals schl�ft“ bekannt… mehr

Gay Travel Index

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More Gay Warsaw

Coronavirus Update: Please note that some venues may be closed in line with local government advice. Please check the venue’s own website for the latest opening hours and information before making your journey. Stay safe and follow the local authority’s guidance in order to minimise the risk of transmission of the virus.

Attractions in Warsaw

Obviously being gay does not define which attraction most of us will want to see in each city and most queer travelers will simply want to check out the top things to see in Warsaw during the day! Warsaw is a very safe city but still, all travelers should take caution in crowded areas or at night in bars with valuables.

Gay travelers in Warsaw should take special care regarding public displays of affection where many residents are uncomfortable with LGBT culture and likely hold conservative attitudes, and outright homophobia is not unheard of.  While far better than most ex-soviet countries, attitudes here are similar to Budapest but still far being more accepting cities like Prague and Tallinn. Overall gay life in Warsaw requires a common-sense approach which will generally ensure you have no issues exploring this beautiful and diverse city.

There is so much to do in this gorgeous city – but we found our favorite memories were just sitting and drinking coffee watching the world go by, getting lost in the beautiful historic center or dancing away the night with new friends at one of the Warsaw gay parties. If you have the time you might consider hiring a car to check out the beautiful surrounding small towns and countryside, though you hardly run the risk of getting bored no matter how long you stay in Warsaw. Still, it helps to have some idea what is going on, so here are our just a few of our favorite things to do in Warsaw that you should not miss!

Gay-friendly and Gay Hotels in Warsaw

In Warsaw, you would be beleaguered to find an upscale hotel which had any issues hosting gay guests, but some Warsaw hotels are more popular with queer travelers due to their location, design and inclusive environment, which are features here.

There are currently no exclusively gay hotels in Warsaw, but we frequently find the best hotels also to be the most gay-popular, and explicitly gay hotels to be grungier, less cool and less sociable when we have stayed there in other cities.

Each Warsaw 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 (though 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 Warsaw if none of these suit your desired budget, facilities or area.

We have put a Gay Warsaw map at the end in case you need some help getting an idea of where everything is. Whether you want a fun and social hostel, a cheap place to crash after a night of partying or a chic designer option to sip cocktails and surround yourself with fabulous people – Gay Warsaw as something for everyone!

Gay Nightlife in Warsaw

The gay club scene in Warsaw is always changing, but surprisingly more gay parties have been taking place in recent years – even in the current political climate!  There is a trend towards queer takeovers/ gay parties in Warsaw which take place a month in various venues,  all of which are guaranteed to draw a crowd.

If you just want to head out and see where things go, the Srodmiescie district in the city center is the de facto gay area of Warsaw, but you can also use our gay Warsaw map at the end.

Be sure to check websites and Facebook pages for up-to-date information, and take care! While Warsaw might be the most liberal city in Poland, open displays of affection outside of gay bars can lead to trouble. Also be aware of hustlers and don’t take any valuables with you if you can help it. Warsaw does get crazy wild, and what better way could there be to discover the Warsaw gay scene than dancing the night away… Just don’t forget your common sense! 

Cruising & Gay Saunas Warsaw

Had enough of gay cruising in Warsaw– either in the bars or elsewhere? For those who want a bit more guaranteed action, the gay saunas in Warsaw will not disappoint you (unlikely all those faceless accounts on Grindr or the other hook up apps…). Foreigners are typically welcoming through-out the Warsaw gay scene, but many guys don’t speak English in the saunas here so you’ll need to brush up on your non-verbal cues and gay sauna etiquette.

Luckily we have a handy first-time gay sauna guide to answer all your questions!

There are two gay saunas to choose from, and each is relatively easily accessible from most of the central city. Just take a look at our Gay Warsaw Map if you need help deciding which is closest. The gay sauna’s in Warsaw mostly get crowded on weeknights after 5 pm and on Sunday afternoons. We also found Google Maps helpful for displaying the busiest times for most locations. There are also two popular cruise clubs and a gay sex shop in Warsaw that might also work for you.

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Coronavirus Update: Please note that some venues may be closed in line with local government advice. Please check the venue’s own website for the latest opening hours and information before making your journey. Stay safe and follow the local authority’s guidance in order to minimise the risk of transmission of the virus.

Also check our Warsaw Gay Cafés & Restaurants page.

Well-established gay bar (formerly “Paradise”) with two dance floors and karaoke facilities.

Club Galeria hosts popular drag shows, small concerts, regular dance parties. There’s a VIP room and chill-out lounge. Closed on Mondays.

More Gay Warsaw

Coronavirus Update: Please note that some venues may be closed in line with local government advice. Please check the venue’s own website for the latest opening hours and information before making your journey. Stay safe and follow the local authority’s guidance in order to minimise the risk of transmission of the virus.

The newest and largest gay sauna in Warsaw. Here, you will find a large wet sauna with a rain shower, as well as the largest dry sauna overlooking the showers.

Other features include a labyrinth with nice and clean darkrooms, smoking room, massage salon, a huge bar, and amazing fireplace with the hottest bartenders. There are also regular weekly events.

A trip to Warsaw would not be complete without paying a visit to The Fire!

bar, massage, private shower facilities, sauna, steam room, dark room, coat check / secure storage, free condoms & lube, internet access, free wifi, adults only

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