Discover All The Best Gay Secrets Of Barcelona!

Barcelona’s Gay Scene Is Only Getting Bigger, Brighter And Better!

More and more people in the gay community are choosing to go to Barcelona. It’s not hard to see why. As residents to Barcelona, you can see the scene expanding on what feels like a daily basis.

Barcelona is arguably the gay capital of Europe and even the world. A combination of its very progressive and open culture and the city’s booming economy has allowed more and more and better and better venues to spring up all over Barcelona. Barcelona even has an entire district dominated almost exclusively by the gay community.

Don’t just rely on the taxi driver! It’s easy to overlook the best places to go, if you arrive and try to muddle through yourself. We’ve been through the muddle for you so you can save time, save money and focus on just enjoying yourself!

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What Do You Get With Your Free Trial Of The Barcelona Gay Escape?

Barcelona Gay Escape Guide

Barcelona Gay Escape Guide:

You will receive our exclusive Barcelona Gay Escape Guide where we cover all aspects of the gay scene, explaining every location, with a map to show you easy directions. This way you'll be able to choose exactly what you're looking for, whatever your preferences. It's so easy to miss out (especially if you don't know where all the beautiful guys are at!). Using one of our Barcelona Gay Guide listings, you’ll be able to explore the gay scene with ease and assurance without wasting the precious time you have here.
Barcelona Gay Escape VIP Card

Barcelona Gay Escape VIP Card:

Your VIP Card will be delivered to you instantly by email so you can start using it right now, or the moment you arrive on your vacation! The card which gets you exclusive member discounts, including entry and drinks to bars, clubs and saunas. You can even get discounted (gay friendly) activities and shows. All of these will be listed in your Barcelona Gay Escape Guide, and can only be redeemed with the personalized Gay Escape card we will send you.

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Exclusive Member Deals At Barcelona’s Best Gay Bars

Even in major cities, it can be really hard to find gay bars. Barcelona doesn’t have this problem. They’re everywhere! The only thing which can be difficult is choosing the right one to go to. Where should you go if you’re a twink, a jock, an otter, a bear, a wolf? Does it have drag shows? What about age? What about the type of bar and restaurant? Somewhere quiet? Somewhere lively? The agony of choice!

So much information on the internet is either out of date, wrong or just not there. It can be so frustrating knowing that the bar of your dreams is just round the corner but you don’t know how to find it. We couldn’t believe no one was taking the time to give accurate and up-to-date information about some of the most famous places in Barcelona.

That’s why we’ve done it! We’ve listed the best places and assessed exactly who they would be right for. If you find it helpful, you’ll love the Barcelona Gay Escape!

  • El Berro

    El Berro is a great choice of restaurant. It's in the centre of the gay scene. It has great food, a fun atmosphere, it's reasonably priced and it has unusually fast service!
    El Berro, Barcelona
  • Aire

    Arie is a great place for the ladies to dance the night away. The most consistently popular venue in the lesbian community.
    Aire, Barcelona
  • Culture Club

    Culture Club is a relatively new bar which has quickly earned a place in the gay scene of Barcelona. Friendly atmosphere plus a giant dance floor downstairs.
    Culture Club BCN
  • Botànic Bar Cafè

    Botànic Bar Cafè is a great place for a quiet drink with mates (in the back garden) or a loud drink with strangers (inside). Central to all the action and does food too!
    Botànic Bar Cafè, Barcelona
  • Bacon Bear Bar

    Bacon Bear Bar is one of Barcelona's most famous bars for bears. The clue's in the name! Well located & very friendly.
    Bacon Bear Bar, Barcelona
  • Plata Bar

    Plata Bar is an upmarket cocktail bar without the huge expense. It's well located, right in the centre of Barcelona's gay district.
    Plata Bar, Barcelona
  • Punto BCN

    Punto BCN is a great place to meet people. It's a big bar and popular. It's a famous location, right in the centre of the action.
    Punto BCN, Barcelona
  • La Chapelle

    La Chapelle is small but intimate and very social. It's a great place to meet people. Right in the centre of the gay district.
    La Chapelle, Barcelona

Exclusive Member Deals At Barcelona’s Best Gay Nightclubs

There are so many great gay clubs in Barcelona to choose from. The biggest gay club chain in Barcelona is ‘Grupo Arena’. Arena has clubs just for the weekend such as ‘Arena VIP’ and ‘Arena Classic’ but it also manages to consistently draw crowds on the weekdays to places like ‘Arena Madre’, ‘Sala Tango’ and ‘Aire’. ‘Metro’ is another great example of this. These are just some of the big names but there are so many to choose from. It’s really important to find out about a club before going and don’t just trust ‘some guy’ you heard.

Going to a place once isn’t enough to get a good understanding. Many of the clubs change their themes from night to night. ‘Safari Disco Club’ is a good example of this. It’s also an expensive risk. Some clubs charge 20 euros or more for entry. Have a look through our club pages or get our Barcelona Gay Escape and find the right club for you!

  • Arena VIP

    Arena VIP is one of the most popular venues on a Saturday night. Cool place, cool music, fun people (and lots of them!).
    Arena VIP, Barcelona
  • Arena Madre

    Arena Madre is probably the most popular gay club in Barcelona. Even on a weeknight in mid-winter there will be plenty of guys here.
    Arena Madre, Barcelona
  • Metro Disco

    Metro Disco is one of the biggest gay club names in Barcelona. It's central and open every night of the week.
    Metro Disco BCN
  • Sala Tango

    Sala Tango is a great Gay Nightclub. Fun all week and its transition into Arena VIP on Saturdays is legendary.
    Sala Tango, Barcelona
  • Arena Classic

    Arena Classic is a well-known and much-loved club venue in Barcelona. This should definitely be an option if you're going out on a Friday or Saturday!
    Arena Classic, Barcelona
  • Safari Disco Club

    Safari Disco Club is new to Barcelona. The dates and times here vary because they theme their nights. It's like a different club every time. It's original and it's quickly gaining popularity.
    Safari Disco Club, Barcelona

Exclusive Member Deals At Barcelona’s Best Gay Cruising Spots

Barcelona has lots of gay cruising options. If you know what you like, it’s easy. We’ve listed some of the best cruising options so have a look through and see what fits you best, like buying shoes! Maybe you love gay saunas? There are lots of gay saunas in Barcelona but check out our reviews for the very best. If you get the Barcelona Gay Escape, you can even go inside and check it out before paying. It can be an expensive mistake!

  • Sauna Casanova

    Sauna Casanova is by far the most popular sauna in Barcelona. Right in the centre of town, near all the other big gay venues, it's easy to get to and draws a good crowd.
    Sauna Casanova, Barcelona
  • Open Mind

    Open Mind is one of the best fetish clubs in Barcelona, accommodating lots of different fetishes. It's also easy to get to and near the main gay area of the city.
    Open Mind, Barcelona
  • Night Barcelona

    Night Barcelona is a great cruising bar located in the heart of the gay district of Barcelona (Eixample). Ticks every box!
    Night Barcelona
  • Boyberry

    Boyberry is the best-known cruising venue in Barcelona. It's central, popular and has all the facilities you need.
    Boyberry, Barcelona

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Your exclusive VIP card gets you exclusive member discounts, including entry and drinks to bars, clubs and saunas. You can even get discounted (Gay friendly) activities and shows. This will save you money on your adventure, while cutting out the risk and personal hassle.

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Barcelona: Your Gay Escape Paradise

Welcome to Barcelona! It’s easy to say ‘welcome’ but to actually be welcoming is a very different thing. Barcelona, however, is one of the most tolerant, inclusive and progressive cities in the world. Why is Barcelona so progressive? It’s young. Barcelona attracts a lot of young people. Students from America, Canada and the UK (to name a few) flock here and some don’t leave!
The weather and surrounding geography is a huge reason people want to come here. Barcelona has numerous beaches (including Mar Bella, the famous gay beach) within the city itself and stretching north and south, along the Mediterranean coast. The Pyrenees are easy and cheap to get to for skiing and snowboarding. To the west is Montseny, full of rolling green hills to go hiking and vineyards are peppered all over Catalunya.
The gay scene in Barcelona is thriving. Add a young, progressive city to great weather and the perfect location and you get one of the best gay scenes in the world. It really does have it all!

Want more proof? Here are just a few of the things you need to know about Barcelona’s Gay Culture!

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Where A Few Of Our Partners Have Been Featured:

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Booking Your Barcelona Gay Escape

1What do I get when I order the Barcelona Gay Escape?
Once you order your instantly receive your Barcelona Gay Escape Package which features your Guide Book and VIP card for all of the top gay locations in Barcelona. Along with the detailed write up about what is unique to each location and their address, we’ll also give you exclusive member-only deals you can grab with your VIP card that you can save directly on your phone.
2How do I use the Barcelona Gay Guide & VIP Card?
We will email you a digital card that you can save to your phone, which means you don’t need to carry a bit of paper (which you may lose) around with you and you even help the environment. Your card comes with your name and a personalized QR code to prove its authenticity. Just turn up at which ever location you want to check out from the Gay Escape Guide and show them your card to get your exclusive member deal. As easy as that! *Note: Must be 18+ (21+ at some locations) with gov’t issued photo ID.
3Why did you make the Barcelona Gay Escape?
Our goal is to create a unique experience here in Barcelona where YOU get a choice in how it unfolds. Unlike the regular tourist activities most travel companies offer, our goal is to get you access to the best of the city, right at your finger tips, without controlling when or how you experience it. This way you waste less time searching for the best stuff to do, and get right to the action!
4How do you choose who to include in the guide?
We’re a Barcelona-based company so we know it like the back of our hand. We can see all the local options for ourselves, compare them all and then bring you the best. If a new competitor comes up, offering a better service and a better deal for our loyal readers, we’ll include them in the updated guides we release every time there is something new to experience!
5What if I buy the Barcelona Gay Escape and I’m not happy with it?
We’re not just in this for the short-term and have quickly build a solid reputation of providing Barcelona experiences unlike anyone else. Being a credible and reliable service means everything to us, and that means your 100% complete satisfaction comes first. If you’re not happy with the guide, for any reason, contact us and we will happily give you a complete refund.
6Why should I trust Elevated Escapes with making my Barcelona trip awesome?
Elevated Escapes is a Barcelona-based tour operator, assisting with travel, activities, rentals and accommodation in Barcelona. We are competitive company which works tirelessly to deliver the best deals on the best activities (in the best city in the world!). We know our competition and we are competitive. Why? Being the best, brings you the most customers. It’s a win/win situation when we can offer you more than anyone else. We get customer satisfaction and so do you!

All About Barcelona

1Is Barcelona a safe place for tourists?
On the whole, yes, Barcelona is a very safe place. While the locals are very passionate people, they are not generally aggressive. A good example is they regularly protest about various social issues (famously for their independence from the rest of Spain) but protests are almost always peaceful with rarely any violence.

One problem Barcelona does have however, is pick-pockets and lots of them. They usually target tourists and in tourist areas. Two hotspots for pick-pockets are La Rambla and the beaches. It’s worth making sure you’re possessions are safe at all times, however. Don’t just rely on buttons and zips, always be aware of where your things are. Fortunately, again most pick-pockets are not violent.

If you catch them trying, they will quickly disappear (hopefully not with your things!). It’s really worth being vigilant as it would be a shame for your experience of Barcelona to be tainted by a few rotten apples.
2What’s the best way to get around in Barcelona?
Barcelona is a very well connected city. From the airport, you can either get into the city by bus, metro or taxi. Bus is the cheapest option (around €6). In the city itself, the easiest way to get around is walking. Most of the places you’ll need to get to are walk-able from each other. It’s also a great way to see the city.

If you need to go outside the centre (to Montjuïc, for example), the metro system is very cheap and easy to use. If you’re staying for a week or more, it’s worth getting the ‘T-10’ which gives you ten journeys for ten euros. Another great way to get around is cycling. There are lots of bicycle hire shops and the cost of hiring a bicycle for a day is very reasonable.

Finally, if you want a fun way of getting around, you can get a lift on a bicycle rickshaw. Most of them are down near the beach. It’s quite expensive (they charge by the passenger) but it’s worth doing once or twice for the experience.
3When is the most popular night to party in Barcelona?
It depends what you’re looking to do. Different venues are popular on different nights. This is a party city and there’s lots on every night of the week. Generally speaking, however, Saturday is the biggest night of all. Feel free to check out our wide-range of bars, clubs and discos where you can see which night has what you are looking to experience!
4What should I do for eating food in Barcelona?
You won’t have a problem finding good food in Barcelona. We have various recommendations ourselves. A good rule of thumb, however, if you’re running late for lunch or dinner and you’re not sure where to go, is not to be afraid of poking your heads into bars and smaller restaurants, off the beaten track. While La Rambla is a very popular place to eat, that doesn’t mean it has the best food (and certainly not the best prices!).

The more ‘local’ bars do some really great food. The food itself will generally be more true to the cuisine of Catalonia. Of course there are some restaurants which are popular tourist destinations for a reason but there are many which are only popular because of their location. Location is important but if you love food and you want to try the real thing then go for a wander, get lost and find great food!

If you’re looking to make something yourself, there’s a famous option in Barcelona. Forget McDonalds and KFC. You get those everywhere! Go to a supermarket. They have big ones where you can get better value for your money, as well as smaller corner shops (which are often 24 hours). You can buy an assortment of tapas: olive oil, bread, jamón, chorizo and cheese are a good start. Then find a nice spot such as Ciutadella Park and enjoy a delicious (and cheap!) meal in the sun.
5What are the laws on drinking and drugs in Barcelona?
Barcelona has similar drinking laws to most EU countries. You must be 18 years old to drink (it’s worth taking ID, if you’re lucky enough to have youthful looks). It is also illegal to drink alcohol outside after 11pm. There are private smoking associations where you can smoke various products that have been decriminalized and regulated. You must become a member first, however. You must be 21 years old and you will be asked for identification. Different associations have different rules and entry policies.
6Do I need to speak Spanish while in Barcelona?
Barcelona is a hugely international destination and, as such, most people speak English here, especially in shops, bars, restaurants etc. If you do speak Spanish (or Castellano, as it’s correctly called) this will be a big help and it’s naturally appreciated. If you know Catalan, you will be absolutely loved. Even if you only know a few words, use them! The locals will really appreciate it. An easy one to remember is ‘merci’ which means ‘thank you’, like in French.

If you only speak English don’t worry but it’s polite not to assume everyone understands. Learning a simple Castellano phrase such as ‘lo siento, no hablo Castellano’ (sorry, I don’t speak Castellano) is enough. Note we’re not just referring to ‘Spanish’ as ‘Castellano’ to be pedantic. As the official language of Barcelona is Catalan, referring to ‘Castellano’ as ‘Spanish’ can be quite insulting. The locals are used to tourists making this mistake but a little sensitivity and respect will not go unrewarded!
7Do I need to be aware of any social/cultural issues?
To avoid making any faux pas, it’s worth reading a little about Barcelona’s history. Until 1975, they were under General Franco’s dictatorship. This was a highly repressive regime in which the borders were shut (not allowing people in or out of the country). This is why Barcelona and Spain as a whole has remained very ‘Spanish’.

As with diversity in people, Spain has been playing catch-up with the rest of Europe industrially, technologically and in many other ways. Although Spain (and particularly Barcelona) is blossoming, Franco’s regime is still very much within living memory and this, tied with an historic desire for independence, has made their Catalan identity very important to them.

One tip, if you speak classic ‘Spanish’, is to refer to it as ‘Castellano’, to differentiate it from ‘Catalan’ (the native language to Barcelona and the rest of Catalonia). As always, however, if you’re friendly you shouldn’t have any problems.

Discover All The Best Gay Secrets Of Barcelona!