From daytime cafés to post-dinner bars, to clubs for dancing and frolicking (to Europe's most beautiful gay beach), there's a place for you in Lisbon, especially in Bairro Alto or neighboring Principe Real.
Below is a list of the city's gay hangouts, and for the complete information about gay and lesbian Lisbon, see the Lisbon gay and lesbian guide.
For other nightlife options see our bars and clubs sections. Remember that everything starts very late and often doesn't end until the sun rises.
Rua Da Atalaia, 105
For decades, this has been one of the first stops after dinner. It's a spacious old tavern with a casual, down-to-earth atmosphere, although most prefer to grab a drink and stand outside and watch the world go by. Although it's now mostly straight, it remains a Lisbon classic.
Rua das Salgadeiras 28
A mixed (largely lesbian) crowd heads to this trendy bar behind orange doors, especially on weekends when a DJ spins some electronic sounds.
Rua do Trombeta, 1C - www.trombetabath.com
Close to all of the Bairro Alto bars, this sauna with private cabins is open day and night (starting at noon).
Rua De São Marçal, 106
Friendly, small bar with a light décor and a good place to start the evening before hitting the clubs. It's a popular meeting place for young gays who chat on seats against the wall or by the busy bar area. It's one of the few bars with some life on Sunday nights, when it's the weekly "Message Night." It's on a quiet residential street, so you must ring a bill to get in.
Rua De São Marçal, 170 - www.barcru.eu
The most recent gay bar in town is found on another quiet residential street in Principe Real. It hosts special theme parties throughout the week, from fetish to cabaret.
Rua Cecilio De Sousa, 82-84
Although originally targeted at "bears", this club attracts crowds of all ages to its dark dancefloor.
Rua Da Palmeira, 38
This is a very small, yet very popular gay club. It can get quite crowded at the end of the night (meaning early hours of the day in Lisbon), but you can squeeze into the tiny dancefloor and dance to some classic gay anthems or watch the regular drag shows.
Rua Ruben A Leitão, 2A - www.TR3SLisboa.com
This bar attracts a predominantly gay crowd of all ages and styles, although it's really a meeting point for bears. It opens in the afternoon, serving a variety of drinks as well as a few snacks and light meals.
Rua Da Imprensa Nacional, 104B - www.trumps.pt
This is the largest gay club in Portugal, consisting of several bars and two dancefloors that get packed on weekends. Lesbians make up about a quarter of the crowd, but most are gay males and a few of their straight friends who join in the upbeat atmosphere. The music is pop hits on the smaller dance floor, and dance and house on the main, larger floor.
Rua da Palmeira, 44B
As soon as it opened in 2010 it quickly became one of the most popular gay bars in the city. Although originally meant for the "bear" community, it actually attracts a diverse group.
Rua Luciano Cordeiro, 56A - www.saunapolo56.pt
Sauna, bar and spa to explore your sexuality (gay or straight or whatever) without restraints, with dark rooms and Turkish bath.
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