Often referred to as the gay capital of Southern Europe, over the past twenty years Barcelona has become one of the world’s favourite LGBT destinations for tourists from every side of the globe…
The city is known for having an open and liberal lifestyle, something that is highly reflected in its vibrant LGBT scene of cool clubs, bars, and restaurants. So we thought it was only fitting that we wrote a...
Guide to some of our favourite LGBT hot spots in Barcelona:
The heart of Barcelona’s gay party scene lies within the Eixample district, aptly nicknamed Gayxample or Gaixample.
The streets around Carrer de Casanova and above the Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes are full of fantastic gay hangouts, restaurants, boutiques, sex shops, nightclubs, and even gay saunas.
The area with the most gay bars and clubs is located near Carrer de la Diputació and Carrer d’ Aragó. Some of the most popular bars here include:
• Punto BCN Café
• Moeem Bar
However, undoubtedly the city’s most famous gay club is Arena Classic (also called Aire Club on Thursdays.) Arena Classic comes alive on the weekend with go-go and cage dancers, great music, affordable drinks, and makeshift dark rooms.
Another great option close to Arena is Metro Club, also a popular LGBT choice in the city with multiple dance floors, dark rooms, and extraordinary shows.
Known as being one of Barcelona’s trendiest neighbourhoods, it’s no surprise that Gracia is home to plenty of cool bars and LGBT hangouts.
Two of our favourites include The New Chaps Gay Bar on Avinguda Diagonal (a great spot to grab a beer with a chilled atmosphere) and Café Tenderete near Plaça del Sol, which offers craft cocktails and a delicious range of vegan tapas.
Few know that the city’s first lesbian bar (La Sal) was in fact found within the many winding streets of the Raval Quarter. Today, the Raval neighbourhood is growing in popularity amongst the LGBT community and is also home to plenty of our favourite LGBT hot spots!
We recommend La Casa de la Pradera that serve a free tapa with every drink, and Pervert Club, where you will usually find a younger crowd and a range of electronic music.
Going to the beach is always a good idea in Barcelona, but the city also has a selection of beaches favoured by the local gay community. Platja de Sant Sebastià, located at the end of Barceloneta by Hotel W, is a beach where clothing is optional. Platja de la Mar Bella is also popular amongst the gay and nudist communities.
Just 35km southwest of Barcelona is Sitges, Spain’s gay beach resort. This beautiful seaside town has long been a major destination for gay tourists because of its large number of gay clubs and bars. In February, the town’s LGBT community also takes a leading role in Sitges’ wild Carnaval celebrations, something that just can’t be missed...
Events and Festivals
Every summer since 2008, Barcelona has hosted one of the main gay pride celebrations in the whole of Europe: Pride Barcelona. For one full week, the city celebrates with both protest and festivity, cementing Barcelona’s part in the fight for complete LGBT rights and freedom.
Barcelona’s most famous summer clubbing event is Circuit Festival, an 11 day party with more than 15 parties, 40 DJS, and tens of thousands of people. Every year they host a waterpark day event where you can head to Illa Fantasia water park in Vilassar de Dalt, a village just north of Barcelona. For many, this trip is the highlight of the whole festival!
The International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
FICGLB, The International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is held in October every year in Barcelona. Films from a range of genres (animation, feature films, short films, and documentaries) compete in a number of categories, while the festival promotes tolerance and respect for different sexualities and identities. For €4 a ticket, you’d be foolish to miss this.
Every year Barcelona sports club Panteres Grogues, hosts an international multi-sport tournament for the LGBT community. Attendees will be able to take advantage of the summer season playing sports such as football, padel, beach volleyball, squash, and yoga. There are also social events during the tournament like group dinners, brunches, and after parties.
Organised every Saturday night by the Matinée group, the Girlicious Party for women takes over Bloc club, while on Sunday evenings, monthly parties like La Ká at Sala Plataforma, and Churros con Chocolate at Sala Apolo take place.
It’s no surprise that Barcelona is one of Europe’s most popular LGBT cities, so what are you waiting for? Come and join the party.