Gay Buenos Aires
South America's new gay destination
Argentina has really come out of the closet recently. It's become relatively accepting of homosexuality, with a 2003 law approving same-sex
civil unions and the GLBT Pride Parade attracting several thousand to the streets of Buenos Aires. Gay tourists are choosing the Argentinean
capital as one of their favorite cities, and gay hotels have opened to accommodate them. It has a sophisticated gay scene, with the gayest
districts being San Telmo, Palermo, and Recoleta. The gayest date is the first Saturday of November, when the
Pride march takes place, remembering the date when the country's first homosexual group was created.
At pretty much every gay bar you go into you'll find an attractive local crowd mixed with tourists from all over the world.
There is a decent number of gay hotspots, and below are the ones worth checking out.
CAFÉS & RESTAURANTS
Great for coffee or a light meal, this gay-friendly café also has good pastries and drinks, and acts as a meeting place in the afternoon.
Flux opens late in the afternoon and stays open until well past dinner time to welcome a young crowd for drinks. It has an eclectic modern interior and serves good cocktails.
Named after Madrid's famous gay quarter, this popular bar-restaurant has a lively atmosphere created by the friendly locals and the attractive décor. Its success led to the opening of a second location that follows the same philosophy and is a great spot for a late-afternoon drink.
BARS & CLUBS
A mostly gay, sometimes mixed crowd fills up this friendly gay bar that hosts different theme nights and drag shows. It's often one of the first stops early in the evening before hitting the dance clubs.
If you make it to only one gay bar in town, make it this one. It has a more sophisticated feel than the typical bar and a very attractive space -- as attractive as the staff and the guys and girls who show up for a few drinks and music.
Formerly known as "Palacio," this beautiful gay megaclub is set in an old theater and gets packed on weekends with an attractive crowd. It has a great atmosphere and stays open until sunrise.
Its two dancefloors are always packed with a crowd that eventually also ends up in the darkroom. It opens late every weekend and is quite popular.
For many local gay guys, Saturday nights are Glam nights, a fun club with a busy dancefloor and a patio for breaks and drinks in between.
The Sub Club
A mixed but mainly young gay male crowd dances under a large disco ball to the latest dance mixes. To regain their breath and to refresh there is a variety of drinks at the bar.
It's been open for over two decades but remains popular after all these years. It opens on weekends to a male-only crowd, often hosting special parties such as bear gatherings.
Axel Gay Hotel Parties.
Even if you're not staying at the hotel, head to its reception when you're in town to find out when its next party takes place. They're often pool parties on the terrace and are a great way to meet locals and hotel guests from around the world.
This surprisingly sophisticated-looking cruising bar has a well designed interior where men go for drinks and dancing as warm-ups to what follows in the dark rooms throughout the space.
A Full Spa
This well designed sauna is the biggest in Buenos Aires. There's a Jacuzzi, Finnish sauna, and 30 to 60-minute massage sessions created for you to relax (and socialize).
Axel Gay Hotel