Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, and West Village – NYC
New York has a crazy gaggle of gays! There are so many gays, they take up three neighbourhoods, nearly half of the lower Manhattan. You can pop into the Stonewall Inn in the West Village, party in one of Hell’s Kitchen’s 23 bars, or even venture into Brooklyn to Sugarland Nightclub. There’s a lot to do, so plan to stay a while. You’ll find that the East Village and just about every neighbourhood have a unique gay culture, so do some exploring.
Side note – Check out Boxers and say hi to Josh Monrad, the sexy bartender pictured above! 🙂
Check out NYC Pride
Can you say Leather Daddy Universe? Nollendorfplatz is known for its gay leather scene. There are many leather bars and clubs like CDL, Böse Buben, Darkroom, and the 24-hour, seven-day-a-week Bull. If leather isn’t your thing, Berghain and mega club Goya are great gay spots.
Check out Mr. Leather Berlin
Soho and Vauxhall, London
Soho is super fun and super fancy. You can HARDCORE party at Heaven or G-A-Y or catch a show because Soho is right in the thick of London’s theatre district. Soho’s not far from Hyde Park, which is one of London’s most beautiful parks. If you’re in the mood for a bigger hairier demographic just head to Vauxhall and get a big warm bear hug.
Check out G-A-Y Bar
Le Marais, Paris
Paris, The City Of Romance! Lock your love on the bridge overlooking the Seine. Be cute and rent Velib bikes and tour Paris. Or sit in café La Pearl for hours and people watch. There are also cool monthly gay parties around Paris, like Flash Cocotte, that get really wild. The Centre Pompidou museum is also near the Marais; if you ride the elevator up, you can see an unbelievable view of the city.
Check out Flash Cocette
Palermo, Buenos Aires
Palermo’s nightlife is super intense and goes late into the morning. There are tons of shops and cafés, and a lot of young people hanging out in the streets. Aspen Square has a great market where you can shop and hang out. Palermo is super fashionable and the gays take how they look very seriously — so make sure you do too. Palermo also has a a lot of different types of parties: There’s the Axel Pool Party on Sundays, or if you are looking for a more relaxed and mixed crowd, Sitges is super chill.
Check out Fiesta Plop
You can party at one of the many bars on Halsted street like Minibar, Sidetrack, Hydrate, or Roscoe’s. During the day, there are great bookshops and restaurants worth visiting along Broadway Avenue. The Center on Halsted is the largest gay center in the Midwest, and offers classes and a place to hang out and meet new people. If you venture north of Boystown, Andersonville has even cuter shops and cafés. Be sure to check out Hamburger Mary’s for drag night!
Check out Market Days
The Castro, San Francisco
The Castro is the gay holy land. San Francisco doesn’t have any laws barring nudity and the gays at Pride and The Castro Street Fair usually get very naked. El Rio’s parties are great: Swagger Like Us (queer hip-hop party), Daytime Realness, and Hard French are good dance parties. For the leather crowd, The Eagle and Powerhouse are in Folsom.
Check out Folsom Street Fair