Welcome to Barcelona Spain Nightlife Gay Scene


Ácido Óxido

Clubs

If you're having one of those nights when you just have to keep going (or you haven't picked up yet), stagger to this wildly popular 'after-hours'. It claims to have the...

C/Joaquin Costa 61

Aire

Clubs

The girly outpost of the Arena group is the city's largest lesbian club, and as such sees a decent variety of girls (and their male friends, by invitation) head down to shoot...

C/València 236

Antinous Libreria Café

 Critics' choice
Shops

This large, bright bookshop has an appealing café at the back - an ideal spot in which to check out your purchases (DVDs to postcards, poetry to magazines, art to comics). The...

C/Josep Anselm Clavé 6

Arena - Classic & Madre

Clubs

The four Arena clubs are still packing them in every week, with a huge variety of punters. The USP is that you pay once, get your hand stamped and can then flit between all...

C/Diputació 233

Arena - VIP & Dandy

Clubs

The four Arena clubs are still packing them in every week, with a huge variety of punters. The USP is that you pay once, get your hand stamped and can then flit between all...

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes

Can Fly

 Critics' choice
Bars & pubsRestaurants & cafés

Patchwork graffiti meets rustic in this café/bar. If you don't want to wait until midnight to get your evening started, this is a cosy spot to start with a drink, a tapa and a...

Baixada de Viladecols 6

Castro

Restaurants & cafés

Still ahead of the crowd as far as gay restaurants go, Castro continues to provide imaginative dishes such as kangaroo with eucalyptus sauce and blackberry tartlet, or venison...

C/Casanova 85

Col·lectiu Gai de Barcelona

Bars & pubs

A good place to come for information, the headquarters of this local gay association is home to an easygoing, quiet and unpretentious bar, with cheap drinks and few tourists.

Ptge Valeri Serra 23

Complices

Shops

Barcelona's oldest gay bookshop is run by a helpful lesbian duo who stock a variety of literature and films, from highbrow paperback classics (some available in English) and...

C/Cervantes 4

D'Arness

Shops

This small specialist leather shop has all the gear you could possibly need. From 10.30pm, Wednesday to Sunday, the back room becomes a members-only sex bar (join at the door).

C/Villarroel 43

D-Boy

 Critics' choice
Clubs

The much-loved Salvation reopened, after a €2m makeover and much fanfare, as D-Boy. With two spaces, one for house and another for deep house, and a huge darkroom, it's kept...

Ronda Sant Pere 19-21

Dietrich

Bars & pubs

A classic - although now somewhat careworn - club, Dietrich generally attracts a mixed and lively crowd. Acrobats and drag artists perform on the dancefloor, and the friendly...

C/Consell de Cent 255

El Bierzo a Tope

Restaurants & cafés

Serving traditional Spanish fare from León, in large portions and at reasonable prices, this restaurant is popular with bears and their admirers. Good-value set menus are...

C/Diputacion 159

El Cangrejo

Bars & pubs

If you can ignore first impressions based on the decor (which looks as if Gaudí sneezed violently), you'll find a lively and friendly bar. It tends to attract a younger crowd,...

C/Villarroel 86

Esclusif

Shops

A gay hairdressing salon for boys and girls, which also has a massage cabin for treatments. These include relaxing or sports massage, hydration treatments, and a special...

C/Diputació 159

Hotel Axel

Hotels

Housed in a Modernista building, with multi-coloured tiles in the lobby and bright rooms with bleached floors, the Axel is a cornerstone of the 'Gaixample', as the area around...

C/Aribau 33

Iurantia

Restaurants & cafés

Though not a gay restaurant as such, Iurantia's Gaixample location ensures it's frequented by a stylish crowd, keen on the slick red paint job, downbeat tunes and the menu,...

C/Casanova 42

Kiut

 Critics' choice
Bars & pubsClubs

Possibly Barcelona's only reliable girl bar for a little weekend glam. Early on, the music is beach house; as the crowd starts to roll in, pop and commercial house take over....

C/Consell de Cent 280

La Bata de Boatiné

Bars & pubs

The rapid redevelopment and gentrification of the area makes one wonder how long this grungy, semi-underground bar can survive, but for now La Bata still holds pride of place...

C/Robadors 23

La Concha

 Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

Papered with posters of vintage Spanish sexpot Sara Montiel and filled with hookah smoke and the sounds of Bollywood balladry, La Concha is a gem of dusty fabulousness that...

C/Guàrdia 14

La Penúltima

Bars & pubs

This slightly kitsch former bodega, where ancient barrels of wine contrast with glass-fronted displays of Barbie dolls, makes a comforting change from the muscle-bound posing...

C/Riera Alta 40

La Singular

Restaurants & cafés

While this is often described as a lesbian-friendly restaurant, in fact that's the least noteworthy thing about it, and all are made welcome. Most come here for the good-value...

C/Francisco Giner 50

La Verònica

Restaurants & cafés

La Verònica's shortcomings (huge popularity with young foreigners, minuscule spacing between tables) are all but hidden by night, when candles add a cosy glow to the red,...

Rambla de Raval 2-4

Las Fernández

Restaurants & cafés

An inviting entrance, pillar-box red, is a beacon of cheer on one of Barcelona's less salubrious streets. Inside, the three Fernández sisters have created a bright and...

C/Carretas 11

Lust

 Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

A low-lit, loft-style space, Lust has massive abstract prints swirled across the walls and a big dancefloor (for a bar). It attracts a relaxed but good-looking crowd, with...

C/Casanova 75

Martins

Clubs

Catching up with Metro, with three bars, a porno lounge and a decent dancefloor, Martins can be packed at the weekends (especially Saturdays). The first Saturday of every month...

Passeig de Gràcia 130

Metro

 Critics' choice
Clubs

Metro's popularity seldom wanes. It's particularly packed at weekends, making the smaller of the two dancefloors, specialising in Latin beats, something of a challenge for the...

C/Sepúlveda 185

Museum Bar

Bars & pubs

Over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek, and fabulously faux baroque is the theme at this trendy music bar, where the video screens are surrounded by huge gilded frames and classical...

C/Villarroel 86

Nostromo

Adult EntertainmentShops

Gay-oriented sex shop with viewing cabins for DVDs.

C/Diputació 208

Ovlas

Shops

This large space keeps Barcelona's boys in lurid briefs, singlets and revealing garments, making it a perfect one-stop shop for a weekend in Sitges.

C/Aribau 31

People Lounge

Bars & pubs

People Lounge offers a good alternative if you're tired of trekking around from bar to bar listening to non-stop Europop. Decked out as a facsimile of an posh English pub, with...

C/Villarroel 71

Plata Bar

Bars & pubs

This lively cocktail bar comes into its own on warm evenings, when the bar is completely open to the street. Take your pick from the standard cocktail menu, grab a seat and...

C/Consell de Cent 233

Punto BCN

Bars & pubs

Punto BCN is a Gaixample staple and the first gay bar in town. It's fiercely unstylish, but friendly and down to earth. It's also one of the few places where you'll find...

C/Muntaner 63-65

Schilling

Restaurants & cafés

Schilling's large windows on to the main thoroughfare connecting La Rambla with the Plaça Sant Jaume were once the spot to see and be seen. Although it's lost some of its...

C/Ferran 23

Z:eltas Club

Bars & pubsClubs

Z:eltas is one of the more stylish of the Gaixample's bars. Open every day, it only really comes into its own later on in the week, when the trendy young guapos show their...

C/Casanova 75

Zeus

Shops

Gay-oriented sex shop with viewing cabins for DVDs.

C/Riera Alta 20
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