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Gay life in the city

With such a diverse population (about one-third is from another country), you can expect a vibrant cosmopolitan gay scene in Brussels. It is centered around the Grand Place, with Rue du Marché au Charbon lined with gay bars.
Belgium is very open-minded to homosexuality, with gay marriage made legal in 2003 and gay adoption in 2005. If you're in town in January, check out the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, while Gay Pride takes place in May.
Any time you're in town pass by the gay bookshops Darakan and Page 69, both offering gay literature and films.



L'Homo Erectus
This has become one of the city's favorite gay bars. It's a cosy, friendly place that's especially popular for late-afternoon drinks and as one of the first stops in a bar-hop.

Le Belgica
Before clubbing on weekends, pretty much all of Brussels' gay guys pass by this bar. It has a retro interior where DJs provide the soundtrack.

Le Boys Boudoir
It's a gay bar, it's a gay restaurant, it's a gay club. It's steps away from the Grand Place, and serves French and Mediterranean cuisine. When you're done with that, step on over to the bar for drinks. If it's a weekend night, there's a special party going on.

Box Club
Open seven days a week, this club has DJs spinning house and techno heard on its three floors. Naturally, it's most crowded on weekends, when there are often theme nights.

"La Demence", monthly gay party at Fuse
Dance the night away at this major gay party taking place once a month at Fuse, the city's most popular club. There are two dancefloors and four bars where you can mingle with muscled guys from all over Europe.

Naughty Party
Techno and progressive house bring together the local gay guys and those from other European capitals once a month at this party. Check the web site to find out when the next one is taking place.

Bitchy Butch
For a break from another techno and house night, choose this monthly party where the music is alternative and indie.

El Papagayo,
For a taste of Latin-America head to this restaurant that is also a self-described "jungle cocktail bar" -- and they're not kidding. There are parrots, exotic cocktails, and inexpensive dishes to see and try, making it a fun gay-friendly choice in town.

Kika
With a rather retro décor using mismatched furniture, this gay-friendly restaurant has a varied menu where the bruschetta is the highlight.

GAY SAUNAS


Macho Sauna
Known for attracting a younger crowd, this big tropical sauna offers massages, a terrace for sunbathing, a gym, a hammam, sun tanning, a bar, and a pool.

La Griffe
In business for over three decades, this sauna offers a jacuzzi, hammam, and videos spread over three floors.

Spades 4our
One of the biggest saunas in the country, it also offers you the opportunity to sunbathe nude on the terrace when the sun is out.

Club 3000
This large sauna includes a VIP room, a sex shop, and a triplex cinema. This is also an option for weekend brunch.


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