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The 13 best gay bars in Barcelona

This guide to the 13 best Barcelona gay bars escorts you to our favourite places for the top gay vibes in town

By Sebastià Portell and Vivian Herzog
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Barcelona’s gay bars are part of the local dynamic LGBTQ+ scene that attracts residents and visitors from thousands of miles away to big events like Pride or the Circuit festival or any of the brilliant monthly parties on in the city. Barcelona is a city that prides itself on a good selection of gay bars with a great ambience, where you can have a few drinks and a bit of fun. If you’re looking for more exclusively lesbian bars, we’ve got you covered there as well.

Best Barcelona gay bars

1. La Federica

LGBTQ+ El Poble-sec

When Albert Villaplana and Albert Macaya (the Alberts, as theyre endearingly called) decided to make La Federica their own, they knew they would have to make their mark on the emblematic Barcelona hotspot. That they did, with pastel, 70s-themed furniture, brightly hued shirts and fanciful themed parties. If their goal was to build a queer haven in the middle of Poble-sec, the Alberts are well on their way. 

2. Olímpic Bar

Bars and pubs El Raval

The Olímpic Bar is a delirious whirlwind of bohemians, hipsters, Raval revellers, drunken university students and broke lovebirds. On top of all that (if you can imagine), its one of the premier spots on the Barcelona LGBTQ+ scene. This well-known bar has been lovingly and creatively reimagined, resulting in a delightful paradox: its a place with an old soul and a young spirit. 

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3. Candy Darling

LGBTQ+

Javier Meneses and Alex Schoihet are the geniuses behind Candy Darling, a colourful and inviting spot right by Plaça Universitat. Named for the iconic American actress and transsexual from Andy Warhols Factory, this bar offers a variety of different experiences. Hungry? Much on a toasty bikini darling. Want to have a more chill night? Relax on a plush sofa and enjoy a drag show, circus act or burlesque performance. In the mood to dance? Head to the Wild Room for the queer disco of your dreams. No matter what you do, youre guaranteed a night of otherworldly fun with folks who are just as interesting as the art on the walls. 

4. La Casa de la Pradera

Bars and pubs El Raval

Bit by bit, C/Carretas has grown into a local bubble with a personality all its own. This street and its charming variety of personalities is complemented by Casa de la Pradera, a friendly and relaxed gay bar with an ever-revolving cast of characters. Along with good beer and a free tapa with every drink, the place adds a hearty dose of freshness and queer enthusiasm to an already vibrant neighbourhood. 

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Priscilla Cafe
Photograph: Priscilla Cafe

5. Priscilla Cafe

LGBTQ+ Esquerra de l’Eixample

True fans will get the reference embedded in this cafés name, but for the uninitiated, well help you out. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is the full title of the 1994 Australian dramedy about three drag queens and their road-trip adventures. Priscilla Cafe pays homage to the film with a relaxed environment and unfussy menu, making it the perfect place to kick back like a queen in the heart of the Eixample.

6. Zelig

LGBTQ+ El Raval

This Danish gay bar in the historic Plaça del Pedró might seem out of place next to the squares ancient fountain and 17th-century monument to Santa Eulàlia, but what it lacks in legacy it makes up for in energy. Come for the fruity cocktails and stay for the authentic Danish delacacies and live music.

 

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7. Boys Bar BCN

Nightlife Eixample

This club is on its third reinvention, and it just keeps getting better. First it was Museum Girls, a lesbian bar that later became the 80s- and 90s-themed Museum Retro. Since 2013, though, its remained Boys Bar, the second iteration of a bar that used to stand on C/Muntaner. The usual crowd frequents parties like Matinée and Bitch, so you know youll never be alone on the dance floor.

Gingin Gay Bar
Photograph: Gingin Gay Bar

8. Gingin Gay Bar

LGBTQ+ Esquerra de l’Eixample

What does this gay bar have in common with Belgian comics, you might ask? Both are influenced by the legacy of Tintin, an affable readhead who was one of the most popular cartoon characters of the 20th century. At this Gayxample staple, Gingin is the bars carrot-topped mascot, and gin and tonics flow freely. Take your pick from a formidable list of drinks and enjoy the vibrant, youthful environment. Its open all week long, so theres no reason not to become familiar with Gingin and his Ginboys.

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9. Museum

Nightlife Eixample

This hotspot is open just two nights a week, epitomizing the trope of quality over quantity. The trendy space is filled with over-the-top faux baroque touches like gilded frames and classical statues that stand in cohesive contrast to the vibrant video screens lining the walls. With strong drinks galore and recent pop music videos reflecting off the walls, a night at Museum might require some recovery... Maybe thats why its open only on Friday and Saturday nights.

10. La Chapelle

Nightlife Eixample

This bar boast cheap drinks, cosy quarters and a lot of religous paraphernalia. La Chapelle is narrow and intimate, making it a great place to meet new people or catch up with friends, all in one of the most unique settings in the city. Where else can you drink while saints give you knowing smiles from their spots lining the walls? Head to the heart of the Eixample for a (very reasonably priced) drink and you might realise that going to church is fun after all. 

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Plata Bar
Photograph: Carla Tramullas

11. Plata Bar

Nightlife Eixample

Plata Bar has it all: fun cocktails, an ideal location and huge windows for people-watching. Although the modern design and colourful lighting might make it seem like a place for the trendiest of the trendy, this bar is surprisingly low-key. Its aim is not to be the hottest spot in the city, but rather a fun and authentic place for anyone and everyone. Bring your friends and watch the night melt away as the music gets wilder with each hour, or enjoy a simple drink al fresco. Whatever your vibe, Plata Bar is the way to go. 

12. Punto BCN

Bars and pubs L'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample

Punto BCN is a Gaixample staple and the first gay bar in town. Its fiercely unstylish, but friendly and down to earth. Its also one of the few places where youll 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.

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Axel Sky Bar
Photograph: Axel Hotel

13. Sky Bar

Nightlife Eixample

This terrace high above Barcelona might just be the place to be during the citys sweltering summer months. Lounge on chaises, take a dip in the stunning infinity pool and enjoy an exclusive, international atmosphere on the heterofriendly rooftop of the Axel Hotel. The menu offers modern nibbles and – if you're really feeling classy – fondue for two. Be sure to check out the hotels calendar for a rotating list of events, like drag shows, pool parties and concerts.

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Dr. Stravinsky
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