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RomeoRomeo Café

Excellent café in the heart of gay-friendly downtown São Paulo

Monday – Saturday 9am to 7pm
Rua Bento Freitas 126, São Paulo view map »

Largo do Arouche , downtown São Paulo’s gay-friendly neighborhood, continues its rapid transformation into a tourist-friendly destination thanks to small businessmen like the owners of the newly opened RomeoRomeo Café.

In terms of food and drinks, RomeoRomeo offers the basics (like espresso, brigadeiro sweets, and chocolate chip cookies,) plus more extravagant treats (like slices of a gay pride-inspired rainbow layered cake, and a delightful savory creation with eggplant, cheese, and walnuts.) There are also several vegan alternatives on the menu.

RomeoRomeo Café is housed within a duplex storefront. Customers are welcome to grab a stool at the window or a table past the glass display of goodies. Up the café’s spiral staircase, visitors will find a small intimate environment with more seating.

Service is fast and friendly, especially from any of the handsome, bearish, baristas and co-owners.

São Paulo LGBT Pride Parade 2019

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The largest gay pride parade in the world will celebrate its 23rd anniversary when the São Paulo LGBT Pride Parade takes over the city on Sunday, June 23, 2019.

The theme of the 2019 parade will be a commemoration of the 50 year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.  Past parades have attracted over 3 million people took to the streets of Sao Paulo, according to estimates.

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In the days leading up to the parade, São Paulo (already one of the most gay-friendly cities in Latin America) explodes with gay activities.  By day, “gayborhoods” like Frei Caneca and Largo do Arouche fill with couples.  And by night, nightclubs like The Week are packed.

Getting There

For those searching for air/hotel packages, Expedia offers some of the lowest rates for package deals to São Paulo.  Europeans, Americans, and visitors who are  already in South America have a number of inexpensive options.

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Hotels & Gay-Friendly Places to Stay

South America’s largest city offers hundreds of great places to stay. Here’s our short list of hotels you can enjoy your stay for pride weekend.

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Guide to Bars & Club

There are almost 40 different options!  From hole-in-the-wall bars to multi-floor mega clubs, check out our 2019 guide to São Paulo’s gay (and gay-friendly) places to go.

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Saunas & Sex

Every sex club, cinema, and sauna will be very active for Pride Week. We’ve listed them all on one page. Dive in!

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*Note for American visitors in 2018:  Travel to Brazil requires a visa.   Get visa info you will need in time for June’s pride parade from the U.S. State Department website.

São Paulo Gay Bars & Clubs

Just in time for São Paulo Pride 2019! Here is the up-to-date list of the city’s gay (and gay-friendly) bars and clubs.

Latin America’s biggest city has something for everyone: bears, twinks, daddies, hipsters, and even business travelers. (Look for a ☆ symbol to find the best-of-the-best on our list.)

Outside of bars and clubs, check out our guide to SP’s restaurants, saunas, and places to stay. Also try the VamosGay Google Map to gay São Paulo.

1007

Nightclub with multiple dance clubs on the pulsating lower end of Augusta Street. Popular with a younger crowd. Gay, straight, or whatever.
Rua Augusta 340, São Paulo view map »

ABC Bailão

Highly recommended for the over 50 crowd. It’s not specifically a “daddy bar” but the Bailao is a legendary spot for the mature and their admirers. The crowd loves to dance and the DJs supply a steady stream of classics.
Rua Marquês de Itu 182, São Paulo view map »

Aloka

The queen of clubs (formerly named A Lôca) continues to reign over the area known as Frei Caneca (or as the locals call it “Gay Caneca.”) Creative line-up of DJs and a young crowd.Read our full review »
Rua Frei Caneca 916, São Paulo view map »

Bar de Cima

A great new addition to the upscale Jardins neighborhood. Great music, a fine selection of men. If you’re staying on Avenida Paulista, walk down for a drink and a fun night.
Rua Oscar Freire 1128, São Paulo view map »

Bar Fama

A trashy good time for those who consider “trashy” a compliment. Read our full review of Bar Fama‘s strippers and weekend parties.
Rua Frederico Abranches 29, São Paulo view map »

Bar da Lôca

The open-air bar next to the dance club A Lôca. Read our full review for more info
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Bar do Netão

Underground beats, retro-grooves, and punk make this Augusta bar the place party. Check the Bar do Netao website for their calendar.
Rua Augusta 584, São Paulo view map »

Barouche

Stylish, yet simple addition to the Largo do Arouche neighborhood. Sidewalk tables are a popular early-evening option.
Largo do Arouche, 103, São Paulo view map »

Bar Queen

Festive strippers and drag in the heart of the gay Largo do Arouche neighborhood.
Rua Vitória, São Paulo view map »

Bar Verde

Inexpensive spot with a young crowd. On a street full of bars in case you’re in the mood to bar crawl.
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Blue Space

Brazilian transformistas are some of the most exquisite drag performers in the world, and Blue Space is where you can find the best of the best every weekend. Read more about them (and the club’s epic gogo boys) in our full Blue Space review.
Rua Brigadeiro Galvão 723 São Paulo view map »

Bubu Lounge

Multiple dance floors. Packed every Friday. More info in our Bubu Lounge review.
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Caberet da Cecilia

Retro-chic bar, plus small intimate stage which is home to live musical performances and burlesque-inspired erotic shows.
Rua Fortunato 35, São Paulo view map »

Caneca de Prata

The bar itself is very small, but Caneca de Prata is all about the sidewalk outside, which is literally overflowing with daddies, bears, and their admirers.
Avenida Viêira de Carvalho 63 ,São Paulo view map »

Carolina’s Bar

Drag, strippers, and good energy in downtown São Paulo
Avenida Duque de Caxias 158, São Paulo view map »

Cantho Dance Club

Popular dance club. Not too young. Not too old. Read our Cantho review and learn more about one of the best places to dance downtown.
Largo do Arouche 32, São Paulo, view map »

D-Edge

The best electronica club in Brazil goes queer every Friday
Av. Auro Soares de Moura Andrade 141, São Paulo>map view map »

Danger Dance Club

Always packed dance club with a loyal following of young men of color. Get more info on Danger from our review.
Rua Rêgo Freitas 470, São Paulo view map »

Espaço Desmanche

College-age guys and girls flock to the various parties hosted at this Augusta Street nightspot. Check out their calendar of events for an updated list.
R. Augusta 765, São Paulo view map »

Eagle São Paulo

After a couple of successful years in the Consolação neighborhood, the Eagle has found a hotter address right on Augusta Street. We haven’t visited the new location to write a review yet, but you can get more info from the Eagle SP Facebook page.
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E11ven Bar (Via C Elleven)

Fun lounge in the trendy Jardins neighborhood. Great DJs. Popular with groups
Alameda Franca 1100, São Paulo view map »

Glass Bar

Solid new addition that continues to make Jardins a gay nightlife destination. Drinks, music, and crowd never disappoint. “House” nights are particularly popular.
Rua Haddock Lobo 885, São Paulo view map »

Igrejinha

Editor’s Choice for best Thursday night for four years in a row. Read more about Igrejinha and it’s nightly parties.
Rua Fernando de Albuquerque 302, São Paulo view map »

Jerome

Excellent choice for nightlife. Jerome is that rare mix of an A-list crowd and dance your ass off fun.
Rua Mato Grosso398, São Paulo view map »

Lekitsch

Very popular destination to have a cocktail in the bohemian downtown region known as Praça Roosevelt. Lekitsch is surrounded by independent performance spaces, and a dozen other cool nightspots.
Praça Franklin Roosevelt 142, São Paulo view map »

Lions

Pricey option that continues to be popular with a young crowd. Lot’s of straight gilrs. But, great music.
Av. Brigadeiro Luís Antônio 277, São Paulo view map »

Metrolpol

Fun bar in the increasingly popular Santa Cecilia neighborhood. Favorite nights include DJ spinning funk.
Rua Bento Freitas 209, São Paulo view map »

Paris 94

As a visitor, you may look into the window of Paris 94 and have to decide. It looks like a fun hot time, but it’s sort of sketchy.If you’re feeling brave, prepare for a fun sweaty night on the bar/club’s small dance floor.
Av. Viêira de Carvalho 94, São Paulo view map »

Selva Club

Young crowd. Old enough to drink … they do drink! Selva hosts a number of parties and always full of high-energy Paulistanos. Straight, gay, whatever.
Rua Augusta 501, São Paulo view map »

Soda Pop Bar

Hunting bears has never been easier. Read our review of Soda Pop Bar, it’s a very popular spot for early evening hangouts.
Av. Viêira de Carvalho 43, São Paulo view map »

Sputnik Bar

New club with a loyal followings from previous parties with eclectic tastes in music. Prepare to groove to new wave, 90’s classics, techno pop, black funk, or even a David Bowie marathon.
Largo do Arouche, 330 – República, São Paulo view map »

Tokyo

Multiple floors with multiple parties. Popular nights feature everything from hip-hop to Brazilian beats. Tokyo’s “sunset” parties are Sunday afternoon treats.
Rua Major Sertório 110, São Paulo view map »

Up Cozinha & Bar

Chill out on the terrace with eclectic Brazilian cocktails and tapas.
Rua Antônio Carlos 395, São Paulo view map »

The Week

As the pinnacle of gay Latin American nightlife, The Week continues to attract the hottest DJ, entertainers, and men. Read our full review of The Week, the biggest and best gay nightclub in the city.
Rua Guaicurus 324 ,São Paulo view map »

Woof Bar

Shiny new addition to the strip of bear and daddy bars on Avenida Viêira de Carvalho.
Av. Viêira de Carvalho 31, São Paulo view map »

Yacht

Nautical-themed club for the cool kids. Wednesdays are recommended. Read our full review of Club Yacht for more details.
Rua Treze de Maio 703, São Paulo view map »

Zig

Downtown venue where you may find everything from a Madonna album release party to “Kevin” a monthly hardcore sex party. We’ll need a few more visits to Zig for a full review. But, try it for yourself if you’re feeling adventurous!
Alvaro de Carvalho 190, São Paulo, Brazil view map »

Carolina’s Bar

Drag, strippers, and friendly vibes in downtown São Paulo

Avenida Duque de Caixas 158,
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Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday

Within one year, this new addition to the Largo do Arouche gayborhood has become the hot spot for drag performances, strippers, and even on occasion, live musicians.

Drag mistresses of ceremony Kylie Hickmann and Cris Tower keep the energy friendly and the entertainers moving. Carolina’s Bar is popular with groups who often come before midnight to drink and have a good time with friends at the tables surrounding the stage.

Fans of Bar Queen‘s playfully erotic stage shows will find many familiar faces (and other body parts) at Carolina’s nightly parties since performers often work both bars.

Carolina’s is a safe bet if you’re visiting downtown Sao Paulo and are looking for some good drinks, sexy go-go boys, and great time.

Bars & Clubs of Gay Lisbon

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Gay nightlife in Lisbon is fun, fabulous, and pretty easy to navigate.  Most of the bars and nightclubs are within walking distance of the  best gay-friendly places to stay in Lisbon.
Download our VamosGay Google Map to Gay Lisbon to your phone before you go  to avoid using mobile data.

If you’re only visiting for a weekend, try Thursday and Friday nights in Bairro Alto, and Saturdays and Sundays in Principe Real.  (Check this calendar of Portugual’s public holidays for dates when nightlife will  explode.)

Gay Parties in Lisbon

Conga is the best and one of the most popular monthly gay parties.  Most parties don’t have a fixed location.  Once you’ve arrived, you’ll encounter party promoters with flyers and free passes for events at any of the larger clubs like Trumps or Construction.

Several major events in 2019 will guarantee parties throughout the city: Lisbon Bear Pride (May 29 – June 3),  LGBT Pride March (June 29), Arrail Gay (June 22), Queer Lisboa (September 20-28)

Gay Bars & Nightclubs in Lisbon

49 da ZDB

Hipster bar connected to Zé dos Bois Gallery
Young men and women come to drink, chill, and enjoy the bohemian vibe of the space.
Neighborhood: Bairro Alto
Rua da Barroca 49, Lisbon Portugal

Bar 106

This small place to grab a drink is one of Lisbon’s oldest gay bars.  Happy hour until 11:30pm.  Also popular on Sundays.
Neighborhood: Principe Real
Rua São Marçal 106, Lisbon Portugal

Bar Cru

Raunchy mix of bar and sex club.
Being asked to check your clothes at the door might scare off the timid, but once inside, you can join the mix of locals and tourists at the bar in their underwear and take a peek at what’s going on in the “play area.”
Neighborhood: Principe Real
R. São Marçal 170, Lisbon Portugal

Bairru’s Bodega

This wine bar offers a mature oasis as you enjoy the streets of Bairro Alto.  Order their excellent sangria de champagne.  Or try the  ginjinha!
Neighborhood: Bairro Alto
Rua da Barroca 3, Lisbon Portugal

Burlesque Club

Friendly staff, and stylish, burlesque-theme interiors make this a great place for visitors to spend the night out in Lisbon.
Neighborhood: Bairro Alto
Rua da Rosa 159, 1200-383 Lisboa, Portugal

Clube da Esquina

Outstanding cocktails and local men make this “corner bar” worth a stop as you explore this popular section of the city.
Neighborhood: Bairro Alto
Rua da Barroca 30, Lisbon Portugal

Construction Lisbon

Very popular multi-level gay night club.  DJs keep the men on the dance floor.  Sometimes Friday can be so much fun, you’ll want to go back for more on Saturday.
Neighborhood: Principe Real
Rua Cecílio de Sousa 84, Lisbon Portugal

Corvo Real

New, trendy, and highly-recommended!
Cocktails, craft beers, cheeses, oysters, and more upstairs.  After 10pm, step down to the small basement dance floor where the DJ keeps the men moving until 2am during the week, and 3am on weekends.
Neighborhood: Principe Real
Calçada Eng. Miguel Pais 18,, Lisbon Portugal

Espaço 40 e 1

Small bar with a mixed crowd.  Take a look at the many equally small bars surrounding it.  Depending on the night, you may be tempted somewhere else, but Espaco 40 e 1 is a popular place to start.
Neighborhood: Bairro Alto
Rua da Barroca 41, Lisbon Portugal

Finalmente Club

Open everyday from midnight to 6am.  Finalmente remains a popular night spot for gay guys over 30.  Have a drink, enjoy the music, and cruise the crowd.  Finalmente’s legendary and spectacular drag shows start around 3AM.
Neighborhood: Principe Real
Rua da Palmeira 38, Lisbon Portugal

Friends Bairro Alto

Fun and friendly!  Grab a mojito and take a selfie with any of the energetic staff.  Popular with groups, but solo visitors will easily be equally drawn into fun atmosphere.
Neighborhood: Bairro Alto
Travessa da Água da Flor 17, Lisbon Portugal

Lux Frágil

Destination for DJs where the party doesn’t kick into gear until after 2am.  See who’s playing on the clubs website, and be prepared for attitude at the door.  Gay friendly, but the crowd depends on the guest DJs.  It’s near the coast and has a rooftop deck.
Neighborhood: Santa Apolonia
Av. Infante D. Henrique, Armazém A, Cais da Pedra a Sta Apolónia, Lisbon Portugal

Maria Lisboa

A popular stop in the Bairro Alto gayborhood.
Neighborhood: Bairro Alto
Rua Atalaia 97, Lisbon Portugal

Pride Burlesque

A fabulous crowd (including more and more straights) fills this narrow space for drinks under the chandelier.  Fridays are popular.
Neighborhood: Bairro Alto
Rua da Rosa 159, Lisbon Portugal

Purex

You’ll find Purex at the top of nearly every list of LGBT bars in Bairro Alto.  This trendy nightspot has a great bar and their Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights fill a void in Lisbon’s weekend-centric calendar.
Neighborhood: Bairro Alto
Rua das Salgadeiras, 28, Lisbon Portugal

Saara Lounge

Highly-recommended new addition
From Thursdays through Saturdays, this stylish space continues to draw an attractive crowd amazing (yet inexpensive) cocktails … plus a dark room.
Neighborhood: Bairro Alto
Rua da Rosa 14G, Lisbon Portugal

Secret Bar

From the owner of Trumps, Secret Bar draws a younger crowd with pop music and themed parties.
Neighborhood: Principe Real
Rua Cecílio de Sousa 72, Lisbon Portugal

Shelter Bar

Bear-ish bar where you can have a drink, hang with old friends, and make some new ones.
Neighborhood: Principe Real
Rua da Palmeira 43 A, Lisbon Portugal

TR3S Lisboa

Meet the friendly staff behind one of Principe Real’s most popular bear bars.  TR3S can be cruisier than the rest and attracts masculine bears from around the world.
Neighborhood: Principe Real
Rua Ruben A. Leitão 2, Lisbon Portugal

Trumps

The most popular LGBT nightclub in Lisbon.  Tourists are very welcome.  Open Fridays, Saturday, Sunday from midnight to 6am.
Neighborhood: Principe Real
Rua da Imprensa Nacional 104 , Lisbon Portugal

Woof LX

You could have a drink at the bar, but you would miss out on all of the bears, cubs, otters, and wolves outside.  The sidewalk outside of Woof LX has become more popular than the bar itself.
Neighborhood: Principe Real
Rua da Palmeira 44A, Lisbon Portugal

Woof X

Ring the bell to enter.  This papa bear bar has a dark side … and a dark room!  Woof X is where many bearded guys go after Woof LX.
Neighborhood: Principe Real
Rua Manuel Bernardes 2B, Lisbon Portugal

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Gay Carnival “Blocos” of Rio de Janeiro

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The massive parades held in Rio de Janeiro’s arena known as the Sambadrome are the most recognized symbols of Brazilian Carnival around the world.

However, visitors and locals alike can tell you Rio’s smaller blocos da rua (street block parties) are much more fun … and much gayer!  Almost every bloco is infused with a small amount of playful sexuality and gender fluidity.  But, a handful of blocos are widely recognized as gay-friendly (or GLS, the Portuguese acronym for gay, lesbian, and sympathizers.)

Bring your camera as pumped up boys and extra-fabulous drag queens are plentiful.  You will also find loads of visual arts, live music, and satirical social commentary.  In 2020, expect to see many costumes satirizing issues that may go over your head as a foreigner (expect lots of parodies of current Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro.)

To navigate all of these blocos (and find bars, clubs, restaurants, and gay-friendly hotels) use this link to the VamosGay Google Map of Gay Rio 🌎

Banda de Ipanema

The biggest of all of the GLS blocos, Banda de Ipanema is as colorful and gay as the neighborhood they call home.  Founded in 1964, this banda boldly marched at a time when flamboyance was truly dangerous.   Banda de Ipanema blocos are extremely popular, so be prepared to drink and be merry with thousands of other revelers.

Bloco da Preta

The daughter of Brazilian music legend Gilberto Gil, and an extremely popular musician in her own right, Preta Gil is the mistress of ceremonies for one of Rio’s biggest pre-Carnival blocos. Preta’s gay following is massive, and months before Bloco da Preta there are pre-bloco parties held at nightclubs across Brazil.  The city of Rio de Janeiro estimates Bloco da Preta  attracted nearly 40,000 revelers in 2017.

Banda das Quengas

In Portugues, quenga means “whore,” although because so much of the sex is free, maybe “slut” would be a better translation.  The dress code for a bloco das quengas draws inspiration from cheap street hookers. Here’s a photo gallery to give you a better idea.  The atmosphere is liberada – free from the rules of society, free from what anyone thinks.

These quengas are fun, but not organized enough to set up a website.  So, we’ll let you know where to find them as Carnival 2020 approaches



Cordão da Bola Preta

This is the best reason to break out of the gay tourist bubble of Ipanema/Copacabana!  This well-established group has a massive presence in Centro (downtown) which is mostly straight, but gays are always welcomed.  Check the Bola Preta website (in Portuguese) for their full agenda of blocos for 2018 (and congratulate them on their 100 year anniversary!)   Outside of Carnival, Bola Preta’s feijoada parties with live musicians are a great way to start a Saturday night.

Simpatia é Quase Amor

Back in the heart of Ipanema, the group Simpatia é Quase Amor has more of a hippy vibe where gays are part of a gigantic rainbow where everyone is has a good time.   Join Simpatia é Quase Amor before Carnival, and during Carnival week. Both events take place in Ipanema’s Praça General Osório.

Bloco Toco Xona

By the girls, and for the girls … Bloco Toco Xona is famous for its female bateristas (Carnival drummers.)  Gay boys are welcome too!

Bunytos de Corpo

This  is a very camp, humorous, performance art group whose aesthetics are based on physical fitness craze of the 1980’s.  Leotards, leg warmers, headbands, athletic shorts, and more!  Get physical with Bunytos de Corpo as they run (and drink) through Praça Tiradentes.

Agytoê

Drawing inspiration from ancient Egypt for both their fashion and their decadent approach to celebrations.  Agytoê gets little press outside of Brazil, but you will recognize them (and their devotees) when you see them in downtown Rio on the final night of Carnival.  Dressed in black and gold, they express their art through music and dance, drawing in everyone who passes by. 

Bars & Clubs

Aside from the blocos in the street, there are more formal bailes (balls.)  The official baile is the Scala Rio Gay Ball.

One last cheap-and-easy option to just drop by any gay bar during Carnival.  Use our list of gay bars and clubs of Rio to find the right one for you.  And, if you haven’t booked your room for Rio yet (hurry up!) and use our list of the city’s gay-friendly hotels.

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Rio de Janeiro Gay Pride 2019

At the moment, the 24th LGBTI Pride of Rio de Janeiro does not have a confirmed date for 2019.

Rio’s Pride Parade traditionally begins on Copacabana Beach and runs through Avenida Atlantica.

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Plan your trip now with our guide to the top gay-friendly hotels and places to stay in Rio de Janeiro!  And check back for a full schedule of festivities once pride week events are confirmed.

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