Top 10 gay bars and clubs in Mexico City
Everything is fair game here: drinks, fun, hookups, porn, and even sex. The reason? You absolutely must traverse their famous “dark room” to get to the bathroom. There’s no other way. So, let that serve as a warning (or an incentive) that you will end up in the “dark room” at some point or another during your time here. It’s located through a non-assuming door on Insurgentes Avenue, just before Michoacán street. For many, this spot is well-known but, for the younger crowd (24 and under), it might look like a northern Mexican cantina because of the double doors at the entrance.
Baby just opened its doors on Londres street, just a few steps from Insurgentes avenue. The policy here: keep it simple. A lax door policy and a noble cover of 50 MXN grants you access to the ultra-wide dance club decorated with pink neons and hardwood floors. They play top 40 music videos, have unicorn on the walls, and play reggeaton with pop hits mixed in - hip-shaking encouraged. Although, from time to time they’ll play more obscure hits much to the chagrin of the millennial crowd. Baby can be summed up easily, cheap drinks and refreshing. The staff is friendly, and the spot isn’t ostentatious.
La Purísima could be the disco version of Marrakech Salón. This one is the opposite, much wider, darker, designed especially for dancing and making out under strobe lights. Before entering, a spectacular phrase framed in lights welcomes you with the only entry requirement: "Pare de Sufrir!!" (Stop suffering). The walls are black with crimson highlights and pictures that are far more pornographic than pure. There are also tables and armchairs along with a stage for the muscle-bound strippers to grind on. The funniest and most politically incorrect are is the bar.
This is the old El Otro Río Bar, next to the Foro A Poco No. It’s now renovated and renamed, El Pecado, a new LGBT club in the Historic City Center. El Pecado is basically a gigantic rectangle. When I first walked in I was greeted by drag queens dancing on the bar to my left so, I knew immediately this was going to be a good time. The walls are exposed brick and there are some high-tops in the back for you to stand and rest your drink on. I walked to the back bar and asked for beer. I waited up against the wall in front of a small stage where another drag queen was inviting everyone up to dance to Katy Perry’s “Hot and Cold.” However, as the night went on, the stage got progressively more and more muscular.
When the PERRA bar closed at the end of 2016, it temporarily moved to a room in the Teatro Garibaldi. After a few events, problems arose with the organizers and they decided to part ways. This is how Divina was born. They share an entrance with Teatro Garibaldi, although Divina has a much larger space with two stages for dancers or brave souls who wish to moonlight as such. In the main bar downstairs, they keep it simple: vodka, brandy and beer. The music ranges from electropop to the most intense reggeaton and the versatility is what makes it fun.
In a very real way this kitsch-retro cabaret/gallery is responsible for turning República de Cuba street in the Historic City Center into an alternative to the usually poppin’ Zona Rosa LGBT neighborhood. And this alternative is legit. Even though you’ll still catch them playing Katy Perry and the pink overload is in full effect, you’ll also hear them blasting Radiohead and The Pixies throughout the night. Unlike many gay clubs in Mexico City, Marrakech Salón doesn’t play into the typical gay stereotypes that have plagued Mexico for so long. Here, the idea is to have fun and be able to laugh at oneself - something that’s not all the common in the LGBT community.
Here, Bears can easily be confused with the morbidly obese. Either way, whether you’re a bear or a bear-lover, this Londres-street spot in the Zona Rosa (Red Light District) is for you. It’s essentially a cave-like long corridor adorned with pictures of beefy men that gets progressively deeper and deeper, although not necessarily more sultry. The music of choice is Spanish and English pop hits and beers run around 30 MXN. This place is famous for its karaoke nights on Fridays. However, we weren’t all that into a big burly man singing Latin pop star Paquita la del Barrio’s hits… it wasn’t exactly a turn on.
This spot is located in the former home of a Zona Rosa (Red Light District) icon and classic Lipstick. Simply head up the stairs and you’ll see that this spot is completely different. There are now two different areas altogether. One area is set with stages and tables and it’s decorated with tongue-in-cheek versions of the classic Mexican game, Lotería. The other half of the room is surrounded by glass walls and has a small, cute karaoke setup that kind of reminds us of a cabaret. The music is predictable but, good, with dance hits in English and Spanish mixed in with indispensable classics.
Sodome is as place where men walk around in sandals and a towel and that’s it. Well, sometimes not even that, to be honest. Be aware that not everything can be controlled when dozens of naked gay men are walking from the steam room to the dark labyrinth upstairs. However, the vibe here is very chill, almost hippie. Sodome has evolved into a great option for a night out. With DJ boiler room sessions in the lobby and monthly themed parties on the final Friday of each month.
Formerly known as Roshell's Place, this club offers lockers and dressing rooms, so you can put away your usual grey business suit and walk around in that irresistible dress rocking those high heels. The staff here is super friendly and approachable. They’re even trained to help you with your makeup in case you’re not really sure how to apply that eyeliner pencil just yet. They also host comedy night in the main hall, which is slightly reminiscent of a David Lynch movie only it's also a very Mexican cabaret at the same time. It might go without saying but… everyone is welcome here. Even, straight people.
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