The top gay bars in Barcelona

Here's where you'll find the best gay ambience in town

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Átame

They play Mónica Naranjo, Raphael and then, suddenly, Madonna. This is how it works in this bar, where the afternoons are relaxed, but the nights explode with the campiest music of all time. Uncommon in Barcelona, there's a happy hour on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 7pm to 10pm, and a show at midnight every night.

  1. Consell de Cent, 257, Eixample, 08011
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Bim Bar

The owners of the bar/night spot Bim Bam Bum are also those running this lovely café designed to be a daytime meeting place in the Gaixample. They serve food (salads, shakes) and a wide range of drinks from coffee to cocktails.

  1. Casanova, 71, 08011
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Bim Bam Bum

Boys in tight tees, a drag queen itching to put on a show, house music, a little ice and lots of spice. These are the ingredients of the cocktail served up at one of the liveliest spots on the Barcelona scene. The man behind it is the Cuban Roelkis Hernández, an ex-gogo dancer at Matinée turned businessman (with his business partner Igor).

  1. Casanova 71, Eixample Esquerre, 08011
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Boys Bar BCN

This club has been a lot of things before now. First, it was a lesbian bar called Museum Girls. Then, it went for the music of the '80s and '90s when it was reincarnated as Museum Retro. Since March 2013, it's been Boys Bar, the new location for a bar that already existed in C/Muntaner. The usual crowd are fans of Matinée and parties like Bitch.

  1. Urgell, 106, Eixample Esquerre
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Dacksy

At last a cocktail bar where you can dare to order something more than a vodka an orange and not have the barman give you a look like you've just spoken in tongues. It's one of the few spots in the area where you can sit quietly and enjoy a scrumptious and well-made cocktail.

  1. Consell de Cent, 247, Eixample, 08011
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Dietrich

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 international bar crew speak English. Átame, two doors down at no.257, is run by the same people, and is very relaxed.

  1. 255, Consell de Cent, 08011
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El Cangrejo Raval

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

El Cangrejo (the crab) is known for '80s nights and drag shows, and if you remember the '80s and have ever seen a drag show, you'll know it can be quite hard to tell the difference. Either way, if you're looking for an alternative to the ultra-straight or too-techno, El Cangrejo is sure to please.

  1. Montserrat, 9, Ciutat Vella, 08001
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El Cangrejo Eixample

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, similar to that of the original Cangrejo in the Raval.

  1. 81, Villarroel, 08011
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La Bata de Boatiné

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

Your best bet when you choose a night out in La Bata de Boatiné is to let yourself be seduced by the ambience, meaning be open to making some new friends whether you want to or not, because most of the patrons have never heard of the concept of personal space.

  1. Robadors, 23, El Raval, 08001
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La Casa de la Pradera

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

Casa de la Pradera is a friendly local gay bar with a varied clientele and a fun, relaxed atmosphere. They serve good beer and a free tapa with every drink. On Friday and Saturday nights they have a DJ, while in the evening there’s always a fun, lively atmosphere at the bar.

  1. Carretes, 57, Raval, 08001
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La Chapelle

Small and narrow, this bar stands out because of its religious-themed decor. To get to the back, you get to squeeze past all the other punters who've gathered around the the bar to try to order a drink, some of the most economically-priced in the area.

  1. Muntaner, 67, Eixample Esquerre, 08011
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La Penúltima

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

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 bars of the Gaixample. A mixed and friendly establishment, it's one of the few places populated before midnight.

  1. Riera Alta, 40, El Raval, 08001
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Lupita del Raval

  • Rated as: 3/5

Sergi Coloma, a partner of Lupita – the old SF bar – along with Jordina (of Rouge and the now-defunct Lempika) and Gemma hope that Lupita and its little terrace will become a meeting place for young people where Thursdays feature live flamenco, Fridays will be queer night – with DJ Rebote and Borja Pony and a trashy-with-heels clientele – Saturdays a bit more rock ’n’ roll, and Sundays are saved for vermouth – and if you get hungry, you can gobble down a meatball sandwich that will leave you full and happy. Having an evening beer in the bar is a little everyday luxury.

  1. Carretes, 48, 08001
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Moeem

Gay cocktail bar, with a hetero-friendly atmosphere. Its eclectic soundtrack looks to satisfy all tastes. The put on the occasional special event, and some afternoons you might even get a few free nibbles.

  1. Muntaner, 11, Eixample Esquerre, 08011
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Museum

  • Free

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 statues pose at the entrance. Rihanna, Beyoncé and other lamé-clad pop divas will get you warmed up for the long night ahead.

  1. 178, Sepúlveda, 08011
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Nightberry

This bar is one of the few in town that boasts a dark room where you can always find some action. They occasionally host German-inspired parties that are quite literally sausage fests.

  1. Diputació, 161, Eixample, 08011
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People Lounge

This sophisticated and elegant bar is a favourite among the more mature, who will appreciate the well-dressed waiters and walls decorated with posters of the most famous musicals of all time.

  1. Villarroel, 71, Esquerra de l'Eixample
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Plata Bar

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 watch the world pass by.

  1. 233, Consell de Cent, 08011
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Punto BCN

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 anybody early on. Tables on the mezzanine give a good view of the crowd, so you can take your pick before the object of your affections heads off into the night.

  1. 63, Muntaner, 08011
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The Ground Bar

With street access from the Axel Hotel, a popular gay and lesbian meeting point, The Ground Bar puts on parties and various sessions throughout the week: in the winter months watch out for weekday 'afterworks'.

  1. Aribau, 33, Eixample Esquerre, 08011
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Zelig

  • Rated as: 3/5

This gay-friendly cocktail bar has a really quaint and colourful atmosphere. The bar serves scrummy Dutch 'tapas'.

  1. Carme, 116, El Raval, 08001
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