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Top 10 Gay Clubs in Barcelona

While some legitimately claim that the most fun a gay man can have in Barcelona is actually 35 km away in Sitges, the city of Gaudí is not exactly cold to queer. LGBT pride is as indelibly woven in the cultural fabric of the Catalunya capital as patatas bravas – which may or may not be some kind of lurid euphemism.

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From hedonistic hangars to dark room dives, Gaixample to Circuit Festival meat markets, check out the ten best gay bars in Barcelona.

El Cangrejo
C/Villarroel, 86, Eixample
Metro Universitat or Urgell
10.30pm-3am Th-Su

Garish aesthetics aside, El Cangrejo is more than suitable as a post-dinner warm-up act before the serious Gaixample nightlife begins.

Metro
Carrer de Sepúlveda, 185, Raval
Metro Universitat
Midnight-6am

A mainstay on the finicky Barcelona nightclub scene for what seems like aeons, Metro keeps the buzz alive with ample dancefloors, clandestine corners and killer resident DJs.

DBoy
Ronda Sant Pere, 19-21, Eixample
Metro Urquinaona
Midnight-6am F-Su

Colossal DBoy ensures a good gay demo mix to satisfy every pretty boy’s personal peccadillo. Indulge, sweat, transgress, cool off and roll to Souvenir for hours more decadent post-dawn fun.

Arena Madre
C/Diputació, 233, Eixample
Metro Universitat
Winter 12.30-6am F, Sa
Summer 12.30-6am M-Sa; 7.30pm-5am Su

The naughty, youthful outlet in the Arena stable lures the wiry and toned and, indeed, a hip hetero crowd. Prereqs include a flat stomach, robust eardrums and dancefloor stamina.

Pride Barcelona 2010 – Photo credit

Ácido Óxido
C/Joaquin Costa, 61, Raval
Metro Universitat
6-10am M-Th; 6-11am F-Su

Truly for the gays only – no entourages please – Ácido Óxido is the big bad wolf of afters in Barcelona. The pitch-black dark room, a furious tangle of activity, is infamous.

Discothèque
c/ Tarragona, 141
Metro Tarragona
11pm-late F-Sa

A club this legendary can get away with a trite, obvious name. Despite a brief lull years back, Discothèque still brims with brio and confidence and, perhaps in a nod to cashflow needs, embraces a more diverse crowd. Student Thursdays is a big night but the highlight of the week is, without question, Café Olé Sundays.

Souvenir
C/ Noi del Sucre, 75, Viladecans
Free shuttle from DBoy or taxi
Midnight-1pm Sa-Su

Industrial Viladecans is the unlikely (or, perhaps, likely) locale for the best after-hours scene in Barcelona. Transport logistics aside Рyou can always flirt your way there Рthe all-night bǫte rules. The free bus back to Pla̤a Catalunya is eleventh hour hook-up heaven. Far from the best hotels in Barcelona but well worth the experience.

La Terrazza
Avinguda del Marquès de Comillas, 13/27, Poble Espanyol
Summer 11pm-5am Th; Midnight-6am F-Sa

A Barcelona summer staple, La Terrazza wins for top atmosphere, hands down. Montjuic’s open-air Poble Espanyol sets the tone for easiy one of the best clubs in Europe. A Hall of Fame roster of DJs play to diverse, inclusive and international masses.

Poble Espanyol by day – Photo credit

Martins
Passeig de Gràcia, 130, Eixample
Metro Diagonal
12.30-6am Tu-Su

Lascivious fun unfurls most vividly at Martins on the first Saturday of every month, when s&m and Village People get-up is the norm. The rest of the time the wildly popular club simply pulsates with uptempo action.

Aire
Carrer de València, 236, Eixample
Metro Passeig de Gràcia
11pm-3am Th-Sa

Arena’s lesbian sister has the bona fides to qualify as the best female-only space in the city. Male amigos welcome but the strip shows held on the first Sunday of the month are strictly for the girls.

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