GAY BARS AND CLUBS IN LISBON
Where gays and lesbians meet, relax, drink and party in Lisbon
The number of gay hotspots in Lisbon is growing every year. 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 Bairro Alto or neighboring Principe Real.
Below is a list of the city's gay hangouts, while 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.
In Bairro Alto:
ETÍLICORua do Grémio Lusitano, 8, Bairro Alto
Although it's been around for some time, this bar turned gay in 2013 after the success of hosting special gay parties. It now opens just before dinner time for drinks, and stays until late with DJs on Fridays and Saturdays. It's open throughout the week (except Sundays), and has regular events such as strip and drag shows.
FRAGILRua Da Atalaia, 126, Bairro Alto
This is the gayest of the "straight" clubs. Or better yet, this is Lisbon's "straight-friendly" gay club. Predominantly gay on weekends, this is one of the oldest and hippest nightspots in the city.
The small dance floor gets filled quickly after 2AM on Friday and Saturday nights with young gays who dance to the cutting-edge music.
LE MARAISRua Santa Catarina, 28
Down the hill from Bairro Alto, down the street from the popular Santa Catarina terrace, is this welcoming bar inspired by the famous Paris gayborhood. The colorful interior opens in the afternoon, for pre-dinner Happy Hours, and continues with a relaxed atmosphere and reasonably-priced drinks into the night.
PORTAS LARGASRua Da Atalaia, 105, Bairro Alto
For local gay guys, this is one of the first stops after dinner. It is 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. A Lisbon classic.
PUREXRua das Salgadeiras 28, Bairro Alto
A mixed (largely lesbian) crowd heads to this trendy bar behind orange doors, especially on weekends when a DJ spins some electronic sounds.
SETIMO CEUTravessa Da Espera, 54, Bairro Alto
This very pleasant bar is an obligatory stop in Bairro Alto for most gays. It is one of the most relaxed gay bars in the city and an ideal place to mingle with local young gays and sit back and enjoy a drink (try the excellent caipirinhas, the popular Brazilian cocktail).
TROMBETA BATHRua do Trombeta, 1C, Bairro Alto (http://www.trombetabath.com)
Close to all of the Bairro Alto bars, this sauna with private cabins is open day and night (starting at noon).
In Príncipe Real:
BAR 106Rua De São Marçal, 106, Principe Real
Friendly, small bar with a light décor and a good place to start the evening before hitting the clubs. It is 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."
BAR CRURua De São Marçal, 170, Principe Real
The most recent gay bar in town is found on a quiet residential street. It hosts special theme parties throughout the week, from fetish to cabaret.
CONSTRUCTIONRua Cecilio De Sousa, 82-84, Principe Real
Targeted at "bears", this club still attracting crowds of all ages.
FINALMENTERua Da Palmeira, 38, Principe Real
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 dance floor and dance to some classic gay anthems or watch the regular drag shows.
THE COCKRua de Noronha, 5A, Principe Real (www.thecocklisbon.pt)
This bar is part of an association called Kinetik Rainbow and also functions as an exhibition space for painting, photography, sculpture, video, and all kinds of art. To become a member you must register at the door or on the website. The interior is divided into different areas -- a bar for chatting, a dance floor, private cabins and a semi-dark room in addition to the space dedicated to the arts. It opens from 11PM to 4AM (except on Mondays when it's closed), extending to 8AM on Fridays and Saturdays.
TR3SRua Ruben A Leitão, 2A, Principe Real (www.TR3SLisboa.com)
This bar opened in late 2010 in the neighborhood with the most gay bars in the city. It attracts a predominantly gay crowd of all ages and styles although targeting the "bear" subculture. It opens in the afternoon, serving a variety of drinks as well as a few snacks and light meals.
TRUMPSRua Da Imprensa Nacional, 104B, Principe Real (www.trumps.pt)
This is the largest gay club in Portugal consisting of several bars and two dance floors 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.
WOOF LXRua da Palmeira, 44B, Principe Real
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.
SAUNAPOLO 56Rua Luciano Cordeiro, 56A (http://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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