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Gay Guide to Buenos Aires

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 (Update from March 2016: The fee for US citizens has been revoked following President Obama’s historic visit to Argentina.)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!

Bars & Clubs

A to Z listing of every bar, lounge, and club.

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Hotels

Best gay-friendly places to stay in BA.

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Restaurants & Cafes

Use our Google Map to find over a dozen popular places.

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Visit Montevideo

Take a short trip and discover this gay-friendly city.

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Flux 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)
Barrio Centro, Buenos Aires Argentina    Google Map>>

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.