Barcelona’s gay pride festival has just come to an end for another year, but that doesn’t mean the partying stops in this vibrant Catalonian city. With bars, clubs, restaurants, cafes, shops and more, Barcelona welcomes everyone and is well-known as being a tolerant metropolis with much to offer LGBT travellers.
(Gay Pride in Barcelona)
Gay friendly bars & clubs in Barcelona
Much of Barcelona’s gay scene centres around the Eixample district and it’s here you’ll find all the major LGBT festivities like Gay Pride, the Circuit Festival Party weekend in August and the International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in October.
The Eixample is usually a very busy place, especially on weekends. Take note: Generally speaking the Spanish are famed for being late-night party revellers and much of the scene doesn’t get going until after midnight, so don’t be surprised if you turn up early and it doesn’t seem that busy – the party people, they will come!
(The Eixample district)
Considered somewhat of a mecca in Barcelona’s gay scene is the Axel Hotel Barcelona Rooftop Terrace “Sky Bar” which overlooks the city and is considered a very hip place to sip and savour a cocktail.
Head to the likes of Osbar, BoysBar Bcn or El Cangrejo Eixample for a cabaret drag show. Then there’s La Chapelle with its religious-themed interior design, friendly local bar Casa de la Pradera, cocktail bar Moeem, the very kitsch La Penultima, and Bar Átame.
(Stunning view over Barcelona)
Part of what makes Barcelona so special is that a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, there’s a long stretch of golden sand at Barceloneta beach. Go for a swim, enjoy water sports like windsurfing or just relax and soak up the sunshine. Everyone is welcome here.
All the way along the promenade are several other beaches, all of which are gay friendly and some are popular hang-outs for LGBT locals and tourists. Check out Nova Icaria, Bogatell and Mar Bella (this beach has a nudist area).
After wandering along Las Ramblas and touring Barcelona’s famous Gaudi inspired landmarks like the La Sagrada Familia, get away from it all and head to the beach.
There’s no such thing as a ‘gay’ hotel or ‘straight’ hotel anymore as the days of discrimination have thankfully faded as the world goes through a major attitude change towards LGBT people. About time too! So check out a selection of hotels that are just ‘friendly’ (not gay friendly or hetero friendly).
Photos by Oh-Barcelona, Jason Paris, Moyan Brenn, Michael M