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Bars & Clubs of Gay Buenos Aires

Navigating nightlife in BsAs (the shorthand code for one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world) is easy.  Each of the neighborhoods is walkable, or accessible by a short metro or cab ride.  Recoleta and Palermo are have the most options.  Pick any of the gay-friendly hotels of Buenos Aires from our list and you will be in the center of almost everything.  (There are even options for gay tango!)

Nightlife starts late with many places opening doors at 11:30PM.  Early birds should try bars like Sitges, Peuteo, and Flux Bar before hitting big clubs like Glam and Amerika (pictured above.)  Restaurants also stay up late and can be great pre-club options.  Use the VamosGay Google Map to Gay Buenos Aires to find over a dozen popular places to eat and navigate your night of bar crawling.

Amerika

Size matters! And it doesn’t get much bigger than Amerika.
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Bach Bar

Simple bar with a local following.  Gay men and lesbians, but much more popular with the ladies.
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Chupitos Bar

Festive place with a wild menu of specialty shots, and bartenders that keep the party rolling.
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Contramano

Daddies, and Hustlers, and Bears … Oh My!  Experience one of Buenos Aires’ oldest gay bars.
Full review & details for Contramano »

Glam

Editor’s Choice 2016: Best Thursday Night Club (Saturday’s are hot too!)
Full review & details for Glam »

Fiesta Jolie

Young and fun!  Every Wednesday.
Full review & details for Fiesta Jolie »

Flux Bar

The best happy hour cocktail.
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Jungle Bar

Show place and cruising bar.
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KM Zero

Strippers and drag continue to draw tourists to one of Buenos Aires most well known bars.
Full review & details for KM Zero »

Palacio Alsina / Fiesta Dorothy

Monthly nightlife spectacle at the grand Palacio Alsina.
Full review & details for Palacio Alsina / Fiesta Dorothy »

Ma.Cho

Catch these parties when you can!  Fun young crowds of locals.  Ma.Cho parties are occasionally in nightclubs like Glam, but sometimes at trendy rooftops, and even pools!  Visit our MaCho gay parties in Buenos Aires page for links to the latest party.  Sometime you can even catch them in Montevideo!
Full review & details for MaCho

Mundo Bizarro

Mostly straight bar with rockin’ food and music attracts a gay crowd with stylish pulp fiction decor.
Full review & details for Mundo Bizarro »

Peuteo

Editor’s Choice: Best Gay Bar
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Sitges

An easy first stop for tourists visiting Buenos Aires.
Full review & details for Sitges »

Zoom

Have a friendly beer … or a hardcore encounter at this bar/bathhouse hybrid.
Full review & details for Zoom »

Fiesta Jolie

An effervescent young crowd fills Palermo every Wednesday with an energy so infectious that it’s impossible to not have a good time.

Avenida Juan B. Justo 1658
Buenos Aires, Argentina    Google Map »

Wednesday 9PM – 5AM

On any night of the week, doors may open at 9pm to hang and watch the latest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, or a film festival of campy comedies from Spain. The only real way to know what you’ll find on any given Wednesday is to check out Fiesta Jolie on Facebook or Twitter. Later on in the evening, the dancefloor heats up, and line of 20 and 30 somethings in search of a good time on a miercoles begins to multiply.

Drinks are relatively inexpensive (which is even better considering the is often no cover fee.) At Fiesta Jolie the boys love to make out, and so do the lesbians (who can comprise up to 40 percent of the crowd on any particular Wednesday.)

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.

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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Gay Tango at La Marshall and Tango Queer

A masculine sharply-dressed man passionately leading a beautiful woman with a flowing dress is instantly recognizable around the world as the tango, the iconic dance from Argentina.

For some, the idea of gay tango may seem like a radically new concept.  However, as proven by the photo on the Wikipedia page for the history of the tango, male couples have been dancing since the early 1900s.

The tradition of same-sex tango is kept alive and well in Buenos Aires at two places which welcome tourists. Continue reading Gay Tango at La Marshall and Tango Queer

Hotels of Gay-Friendly Buenos Aires

From luxurious five-star hotels to charming bed-and-breakfasts, the following short list of gay-friendly places to stay in Buenos Aires is a diverse selection.

Nearly all are located the three biggest gayborhoods of Palermo, Recoleta, and San Telmo.

Algodon Mansion

Set in the upscale Recoleta neighbourhood, Algodon Mansion offers chic rooms with free Wi-Fi and complimentary wine. Guests can relax in the sauna room and enjoy the rooftop swimming pool and sun deck.

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Art Factory Palermo

Chic and lively hostel located in the trendy Palermo district. The walls of Art Factory’s rooms outdoor seating area feature a dazzling array of colorful works from local artists.

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BA4U Apartments

Gay-owned and operated apartment service in Buenos Aires.  A good choice for long-term stays in BA for those looking for apartments loaded with amenities.

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Be Trimos Hotel (formerly Axel)

The fabulous gay hotel chain Axel Hotels has closed its Buenos Aires location.  But, under new management, the hotel retains its impeccable designer décor, garden views of the trendy San Telmo district.  The hotel’s pool is still popular, but with less eye-candy.

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Che Lulu Guesthouse

Fully furnished apartments and rooms with shared bathrooms with touches of designer style.  Full kitchens and private patios.

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Faena Hotel

Five-star design hotel offering plush accommodation in upscale Puerto Madero.  The Faena Hotel is also the home of the opulent Tango Rojo.

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Home Hotel

Boasting an outdoor swimming pool, spa facilities and a chic garden, Home Hotel is an excellent option (some rooms feature spa baths, private terraces and city views.)

Home Hotel also offers DJ nights in the garden every Friday during the summer season, and guests can chill out with a drink at the cocktail bar before stepping out in Palermo, a neighborhood full of shopping and nightlife options.

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Legado Mitico Buenos Aires

Stylish boutique hotel featuring spacious rooms with thematic décor inspired by the Argentinean culture and history.  Click below for more info and a photo gallery of Legado Mitico’s rich interior design.

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Lugar Gay Bed & Breakfast

Located in the San Telmo neighborhood, Lugar Gay is a great option near many of Buenos Aires’ architectural landmarks and tango attractions.  Friendly staff are the main attraction.  Private rooms are available as well as dormitory/hostel-style lodging.

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Peuteo

Editor’s Choice: Best Bar 2016
Not too young. Not too old.
Upbeat bartenders, strong drinks, and a popular happy hour make Peuteo one of the best gay options in Buenos Aires.

Gurruchaga 1867 (btw Costa Rica & Nicaragua)
Buenos Aires Argentina    Google Map »

Wednesday – Sunday 7PM – 3AM
Monday and Tuesday – Closed

Peuteo derives its name from a clever take on the Latin American anti-gay slur puto (when spelled out letter-by-letter in the Spanish alphabet, puto reads as pe – u – te – o.) This clever approach extends to every element of the bar: drinks, music, events, and performances. Peuteo succeeds at leaving behind gay bar cliches of the past, while still being a space where many types of guys can have a good time.

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