Top 10 monthly gay Barcelona parties
It all started out as a quiet little get-together in a small Raval venue, and in September of 2012 they made the leap to Sala Apolo, first in the small hall and then they expanded to the main hall. Churros con Chocolate is a monthly party that gets going in the evening and doesn't cost a thing to get in. They play everything from obscure Spanish pop sounds to the latest Kylie tracks. It's a fun and constantly changing session with an increasingly diverse audience where anything goes and where, above all, good vibes rule. Your hosts are Puy Ruiz de Alda, a physicist by day, and DJ Barata by night; Manuel Ponce, a graduate in Audiovisual Communication; and Maria Emilia Miquel, a pharmacist with a vocation for video editing. They always give out churros with chocolate for the early birds, and other big moments have included an Easter parade featuring the image of Italian singer and presenter Raffaella Carrà and a live mariachi band that whipped the crowd into a frenzy.
Sandro and Jon are two friends who met 10 years ago while working for the Llongueras chain of hairdressers – one as a window dresser and the other as interior decorator. They connected straight away and since then have continued to collaborate on all sorts of art projects. Apparently they also started throwing house parties where everyone ended up showing off their wares in costume – at least in wigs and high heels. In April 2013 they decided to move their once-private soirées to a cocktail bar, and picked Sunday evening as their party time of choice, inspired, they say, by Barcelona's hottest ticket, Churros con Chocolate. After a ping-pong of hundreds of WhatsApp messages, they finally found a name that stuck: Krypton, an explosive session that has already made its way through the Casa de la Pradera and Freedonia and is now a monthly party at Plataforma, under their new name, Ká (DC Comics apparently weren't thrilled with the original), but with the same spirit as always.
A beard is the key into this party thrown by a big player in Barcelona's nightlife, the robust DJ Albertoto. With the help of his family and a few friends, Albertoto puts on this alternative session that wants to reach out to everyone from the bear world. "We started POPair to fight against Barcelona's gay nightlife going stale and to break stereotypes. I was sick of bear parties where we had to be extra butch and they only played industrial music. We also have a camp side and like to dance about to pop and disco," he says. POPair is a fiesta with a highlight on pop where they play big hits from all decades, new releases and a lot of downloaded party music. Every session is dedicated to a celebrity, and the first thing they do is give the celeb a glorious beard. They kicked off more than five years ago in the old Martin's and for a while now the party's been on the first Friday of every month in Sala Instinto.
The Rebujito Gay Party (RGP) is the brainchild of two friends from Huelva in the south of Spain who live in Barcelona. It started as a small affair, and slowly grew over time, from the now-defunct BubbleBoys to Deja Vu and now once a month at Cabaret Berlín. Its main feature is that there's usually a happy hour starring the rebujito, a typically Andalusian drink, just the tonic to get any party going. And we can tell you firsthand that at La Rebujito, it does just that.
The SomosLas party is the bolshy, unruly little brother who hangs out at Nitsa. Ferran Camarasa, aka DJ Ferdiyei, the man behind logistics and artist hospitality for both Nitsa Club and Primavera Sound, is also the creator of this session that he modelled on what was going on in Berlin and that brings together any lesbians and gays who want a place to play. This is a fiesta that focuses above all on the music, and they play a wide range, from pop to dance tunes heavy on the guitar to electronica. They're also fans of the disco revival and play new versions of old favourites. Things can get a bit rowdy, but even that's done with class. Currently the fiesta is one Friday a month with an occasional extra night thrown in, and they schedule the odd live performance.
Though its regularity can be irregular, La Melon is already a fiesta with a large following. The first edition was in the summer of 2010 and since then there have been several more in various venues but never more than one per month. The organizers are committed to their cause: throwing a party for young lesbians just starting to go out and eager to have fun dancing to commercial house music with a Spanish pop hit thrown in now and then. They also do theme nights from time to time, where the clientele dons costumes. After their time at Sala Instinto, La Melon now lets it all hang out the first Saturday of the month at Upload in Poble Espanyol.
On the first Thursday of every month, the Arena Classic disco group hosts this party night for women. It includes screenings, the ‘message game’ (an indirect way to meet people), gifts and a striptease where a brave and bold volunteer from the audience is called for.
Organised by Matinée Group, the people behind the huge Circuit summer party, this is a slick dance club night that takes place about every six weeks. Popular both with local women and those from further afield, the night features guest DJs, as well as resident musicians playing anything from vocal remixes to techno and house. You'll usually find the party starting at Bloc, but keep an eye on their Facebook page, just in case.
The enthusiastic Marta Sanmartín aka DJ Muerta Sánchez is behind these two regular party nights held at different venues around town. Boogie Nights is at La Maceta (Progrés, 38), while The Ping Pong Sessions take place at Sala Razzmatazz.
'The Five' is a superparty organised by more than half the entries already featured on this list: Churros, Ká, POPair, La Rebujito and SomosLas. For this three-monthly (or so) mega-fiesta, they put their collective resources together for an exhuberant nights of music, dance and fun. Find out where and when they'll next be strutting their stuff on their Facebook page, Seran Las Cinco.