Located by the Balearic Sea on the Mediterranean coast, Barcelona is one of the few large cities where you can walk to the beach or take the metro from the city center. Second city in Spain, it’s a major tourist destination and its gay neighbourhood is located mainly in the Eixample district, which is also known as the “gayxample”. Barcelona is a very gay-friendly destination and presents the biggest gay festival in the world every August: the Circuit Festival. This city is therefore an ultimate LBGTQ+ destination with many bars, clubs, restaurants and saunas dedicated to the gay community.
Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and has a metropolitan area of over 5 million inhabitants. It is also the capital of Catalonia. It is one of the favourite cities for LGBTQ+ tourists. Its history is particularly rich and there are many places to visit: the magnificent Güell Park, the Sagrada Família, Casa Milà, Montjuic Park, Passeig de Gràcia, La Rambla, etc. Its gay district is located in the Eixample district between the streets Balmes, Conde de Urgel, Aragon and Gran Via de les Corts. The area is served by many metro stops. There are also 100% gay hotels that are “hetero friendly”, a very nice initiative to reverse the current trends in the sector.
Historically, Spain is a pioneer country in the protection of LGBTQ+ rights. With its Mediterranean climate and strong cosmopolitan culture, Barcelona soon began to attract tourists from all over the world. With a very large number of LGBTQ+ establishments in Eixample, Barcelona is particularly popular for its choice of bars, clubs, saunas and gay nights out. Its history and culture allow a very complete program of discoveries. Added to this is the beach, the sun and an ultra-friendly environment, which makes it a travel destination not to be missed.
Spain was one of the very first countries in the world to legalize same-sex marriage in July 2005, along with Canada. Only the Netherlands and Belgium, where gay marriage has been legal since 2001 and 2003 respectively, have preceded it. Discrimination based on sexual orientation is strongly punished and blood donation by LGBTQ+ people is allowed.
The currency in Spain is the Euro. For citizens of the European Union, Switzerland or a member country of the European Economic Area, a national identity card or passport is sufficient, as Spain is a member of the Schengen Area.
For travellers coming from Canada but also from the USA, Australia, etc. there is an agreement with the EU and you are exempt from visa requirements for all stays not exceeding 90 days. However, from 2022 onwards, it will be necessary to obtain your ETIAS before your departure. This is an electronic travel authorisation that must be done online before the trip, which will cost €7 and will give access to the Schengen area. Here is the link for more information: ETIAS.
Punto BCN (c/Muntaner, 65). Very popular bar of the famous Arena group, frequented by a mixed and varied clientele.
Dmen’s (c/Consell de Cent, 257). Another bar belonging to Arena Grupo. Modern design bar, drag-out shows.
The Chapel (c/Muntaner, 67). Small bar that carries its name very well as it is decorated with a religious theme.
Honey Furry Bar (c/Muntaner, 73). Small bar with a quiet atmosphere and a popular spot for bears.
Gingin (c/o Aribau, 40). Facing the gay hotel Axel, a bar specialising in gin cocktails.
Priscilla (c/del Consell de Cent, 273). Gay cafe-bar located right next to the Gingin.
Wings House (c/del Consell de Cent, 220). New cocktail bar also located in Eixample, club atmosphere.
Plata Bar(c/del Consell de Cent, 233). Gay bar with excellent cocktails and a decoration with palm trees that makes you travel.
Bacon Bear Bar (c/de Casanova 64). One of the main meeting places for gay bears visiting Barcelona.
Boys Bar BCN (c/de la Diputació, 174). Small neighbourhood gay bar with a gay-latino atmosphere.
Sky Bar by Axel Hotel (c/d’Aribau, 33). Bar located on the terrace of the gay Axel Hotel.
Night Barcelona (c/de la Diputació, 161). Very popular gay bar with a hot-sauna atmosphere and access to a cruising area.
Versailles Barcelona (c/Passatge de Valeri Serra, 3). As its name suggests, this is a gay bar with a decoration that will remind you of Marie-Antoinette.
People Lounge (c/de Villarroel, 71). Gay bar with mixed to mature clientele and cocktail-champagne atmosphere.
El Cangrejo (c/de Villaroel, 86). Music atmosphere from the last 50 years, but also Spanish music.
Boxer Café Bar (c/ de la Diputació, 167). Gay bar-café in the heart of Eixample with reasonable prices.
Atame (c/del Conseill de Cent, 257). Vintage bar-club with show drags.
On the border of the gay Eixample district (but at reasonable walking distance – less than 10 minutes) :
Moeem Barcelona (c/de Muntaner, 11). About 5 minutes walk to the south of Eixample (if you are drunk, go to the beach!). Popular gay bar with a young clientele and excellent staff.
Museum Bar (c/de Sepúlveda, 178). In the same area as the previous one, a gay bar with a video-casual atmosphere.
The Moon (c/de Muntaner, 6). Gay bar with a very original tropical atmosphere.
Candy Darling (Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 586). Queer bar with an underground-lounge atmosphere. Between Eixample and Plaça de Catalunya.
Arena Madre (c/de Balmes, 32). Large, well-known and popular gay club located in the gay district of Eixample.
Arena Classic & Arena Aire Chicas (c/de la Diputación, 233). Another club of the Arena group, frequented by a friendly gay-lesbian clientele.
Metro Disco (c/de Sepúlveda, 185). Gay nightclub with a rather young clientele. Two large rooms, 5 bars, dark room and video lounge.
VIP Arena – Sala Tango (c/de la Diputación, 94). Open on weekends. Arena group club with gay nights (open only on Fridays, Saturdays and the day before public holidays).
Believe Club (c/de Balmes, 56). Night bar – gay club with shows and theme nights.
The Club Mykonos (c/Casanova, 75). Night bar with club atmosphere and dance floor.
In the tab “Gay nights” you can also find the many gay nights all over Barcelona!
Gay beach of Sant Sebastià
This is Barcelona’s gay beach, accessible on foot or by metro (stop: Barceloneta). Once you arrive at the seafront on Barceloneta beach, just go to your right. You’ve probably already seen pictures of Grindr profiles with the sail-shaped Hotel W in the background. Well, here it is!
Mar Bella Gay Beach
Still on the edge of the city, but rather in front of the north of Barcelona. You can easily walk up the seashore from Sant Sebastià beach for 40-45 minutes, and you will come across this gay beach where you can even go nudism. Popular with the locals.
And on that same beach, you’ll find the bar Chiringuito BeGay (Passeig Maritim de la Mar Bella). Gay beach bar-restaurant with hot waiters, music and great sea views.
Gay Cruising Bars Barcelona :
Boyberry (c/de Calàbria, 96). Gay-Boutique bar with a large cruising area. Located not far from the gay Two Hotel, also owned by Axel Hotel.
Night Barcelona (c/de la Diputació, 161). Popular cruising bar in Eixample with customers of all ages.
Berlin Dark (Passatge de Prunera, 18). Located in the El Poble Sec district, it is a cruising bar with a fetish atmosphere.
Black Hole Club (c/ de Sepúlveda, 81). It’s a gay cruising bar with bear clientele on 2 floors.
Club Open Mind (c/Aragó, 130). Gay cruising club on 2 floors with fetish, nude, underwear, etc. theme nights.
XMan Club (c/Calàbria, 91). Gay cruising fetish club.
Nostromo Gay Shop (c/de la Diputació, 208). Gay shop with a cruising area.
Gay Sauna Barcelona :
Sauna Casanova (c/de Casanova, 57). Popular gay sauna with a rather young clientele.
Condal Sauna (c/o Espolsa-sacs, 1). Located about 15 minutes walk from the gay neighbourhood. Rather mature and bear clientele.
Sauna Galilea (c/de Calàbria, 59). Gay sauna with locals who are starting to date.
Sauna Thermas (c/de la Diputació, 46). Sauna mainly to meet escort boys.
Sauna Bruc (c/de Pau Claris, 87). Gay sauna with a mature clientele.
The Black Room (and) Dirty House @Club City Hall (Rambla de Catalunya 2-4). Next to the Plaça de Catalunya, club with an excellent sound system, shows, dancefloor and cruising area.
Pervert Club by MatinéeGroup @Poble Espanyol (Av. de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13). Big and well-known gay nights organised by Matinée Group. Impressive shows, house music, dancers, international djs.
Yass! (and) Ultrapop (and) others @Safari Disco Club (c/de Tarragona, 141). It’s a club of the gay group Arena, located a few minutes from Eixample, which offers gay nights with several themes.
Churros con Chocolate @Apolo (c/Nou de la rambla, 113). To finish your weekend in gay clubbing mode.
Mordisko @Sala Tango (c/Diputació, 94). Gay bears and fetish parties with electronic music.
Tom Barcelona @Sala Tango (c/Diputació, 94). Gay house-electro parties.
Bananas @Sala Tango (c/Diputació, 94). Gay evenings with pop, dance and house music. Young attendance.
Barcelona is the birthplace of MatinéeGroupwhich organizes gay events all over the world, including the ultra-known Circuit Festival*.
Find all the events Matinée in our section Events.
Circuit Festival Asia (Pattaya, Thailand) from 11 to 13 June 2021.
Barcelona Festival Circuit (Barcelona, Spain) from 7 to 15 August 2021.
Circuit Festival Miami (Miami, USA) from November 25 to 29, 2021.
June 18 to 25, 2022.
The Barcelona Gay Pride is one of the most important gay pride events in Europe and the world. The march will take place on Saturday, June 25, 2022.
You are in one of the world’s most popular gay destinations. All dating applications are used there.
Video source: YouTube – Visit Barcelona Official – 3 April 2020. Photo credit 1: licensed by Shutterstock.com / photographer: Shevdinov1. Photo credit 2: licensed by Shutterstock.com / photographer: Pajor Pawel.