Argentina has really come out of the closet. It was the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage (in 2010), and the LGBT Pride Parade attracts thousands to the streets of Buenos Aires. Gay tourists are choosing the Argentinean capital as one of their favorite cities, and gay-friendly 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'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:
The starting point of Buenos Aires’ gay nights is usually this colorful bar in the Retiro district. It plays the hits of pop divas in an art-filled space and serves good drinks.
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.
It says it’s straight-friendly, but it’s mostly gay men who enjoy the videos and the dancers that provide the entertainment. Expect lots of lipsynching and a fun-loving crowd.
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Drinks and light meals are served at this café that’s a meeting point of artists and the LGBT community. Look for the menu of the day and enjoy it at the tables outside.
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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.
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Its two dance floors 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 men, Saturday nights are Glam nights. This is a fun club with a busy dancefloor and a patio for breaks and drinks in between.
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This 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.
You may go just for the drinks and the music, but that’s not why everyone else is there. The private cabins and public cubicles attract older men, who also enjoy the movies offered.
Private cabins, a dark room, dry sauna, and massages await you at this sauna. Before or after the fun, relax at the bar.
Lugar Gay B&B
The first gay bed-and-breakfast in Buenos Aires features a sun terrace with showers and city views, a lounge, and shared kitchen area. The rooms are divided into singles, doubles and a dormitory with bunk beds.
This gay-friendly boutique hotel has a charming interior mixing the classic and the contemporary. There’s a lovely library and a courtyard where guests can relax and plan their days.
Hotel Costa Rica
A budget option in the trendy Palermo neighborhood, this hotel has rooms with shared and private bathrooms. It offers a bar, a sauna and a solarium.
Mio Buenos Aires
A gay favorite, this stylish hotel is for those who like to splurge on a little luxury. It offers an indoor heated pool at the spa, a gym, and a cocktail lounge. Popular gay hangouts are just around the corner.
With its rooftop pool, panoramic views of the city’s skyline, and spacious rooms, this is one of gay travelers’ favorite places to stay in Buenos Aires. The location by trendy cafés and nightlife is another plus.
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