Legendary nightlife, extraordinary architecture … and porteños (the Spanish word for the men of the port city Buenos Aires.) These are a few of the many of the reasons why Argentina’s capital city remains a gay travel mecca. Our 2016 guide to the Buenos Aires’ bars and clubs is an excellent way to find the best of the city.
For gay travelers, the city’s pride parade (the Marcha del Orgullo Gay) takes place on first Saturday of November and is perfectly timed with the start of spring in South America. Tourists will find warm temperatures, hot guys, and blooming jacaranda trees.
International flights to Buenos Aires are frequent, but not cheap (check for flight deals to EZE airport.) As of 2015, visitors from certain countries are required to pre-pay a reciprocity fee before entering Argentina. Here’s an explanation of the policy and here’s where you can pay online and receive a printout. (Update from March 2016: The fee for US citizens has been revoked following President Obama’s historic visit to Argentina.)
For general tourist information, we still recommend the Lonely Planet: Guide to Buenos Aires. Combine it with our up-to-date gay guide below and you will fall in love with Buenos Aires!
A to Z listing of every bar, lounge, and club.
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Best gay-friendly places to stay in BA.
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Use our Google Map to find over a dozen popular places.
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Take a short trip and discover this gay-friendly city.
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The mega-promotion machine known as Rheo Group unleashes the gay nightlife spectacle known as Fiesta Dorothy. Continue reading Fiesta Dorothy at Palacio Alsina
At stylish cocktail lounge Mundo Bizarro, red lights mean “go” for amazing cocktails and rockin’ music. Continue reading Mundo Bizarro
If your inner child wants to go out with friends to do shots (also known as “chupitos” in Spanish,) this Palermo Soho bar is the place to drink the night away through a menu of fun and freaky combinations. Continue reading Chupitos Bar
Editor’s Choice: Best Happy Hour Cocktail 2015
Buenos Aires’ trendy Soho neighborhood is the best place to enjoy a well-crafted cocktail. However, for a gay drinking option, take the Metro to the San Martin station where you can grab both a great cocktail and a great deal.
980 Marcelo T. de Alvear (Av. 9 de Julio)
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At this friendly spot, happy hour runs from 7 to 10pm and is the perfect way to kill time before the notoriously late Argentine dinner hour. Located in downtown BA (in a section known as Microcentro) Flux benefits from a large after-work crow eager for a drink after a day at the office.
For visitors: most of Flux Bar’s amicable staff speaks a far amount of English; the locals who patronize the bar are pretty diverse (from hot 20 year-olds to daddies over 40.) And, if your not feeling the crowd that night, grab one of the city’s gay nightlife pamplets on your way out the door.
Cocktails are the main attraction at Flux Bar and any item on the drink menu is worth a taste. (Oddly enough, non-Argentine drinks such as the mojito and caipirinha are the best bets.)
The downside to Flux Bar is the space itself. Located on the lower level of the building, you can expect more of a “sitting on a sofa in a basement” vibe than a sleek modern cocktail lounge.
If you’re gay and visiting Buenos Aires … start the night at Sitges!
See? That was easy. Continue reading Sitges Bar
The most highly recommended option for Thursday nights in Buenos Aires, Glam achieves that perfect combination of hot men and great music. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself back on Saturday for even more dancing and cruising. Continue reading Glam
Size matters! And it doesn’t get much bigger than Amerika!
But, for some, Amerika is way too much of a good thing. Here are the pros and cons of this gay porteño institution. Continue reading Amerika
Have a friendly beer … or a hardcore encounter at this bar/bathhouse hybrid. Continue reading Zoom Buenos Aires
Daddies, and Hustlers, and Bears … Oh My!
Continue reading Contramano Bar