The places where gays and lesbians meet, chill out, drink, or party in Lisbon
Chueca, gay bar in Lisbon The number of gay hotspots in Lisbon is growing every year.Â Â From daytime cafÃ©s to post-dinner bars, to clubs for dancing and frolicking, there’s a place for you in Bairro Alto or Principe Real.
Below is a list of the city’s gay hangouts, while for the complete information about gay and lesbian Lisbon, click here.
For other nightlife options see our bars and clubs sections. Remember that everything starts very late and often doesn’t end until the sun rises.
AGUA NO BICO
Rua De SÃ£o MarÃ§al, 170, Principe Real
As with most other bars in this quiet residential area, you must ring a bell to get in. Once inside you’ll find gays of all ages and reasonably priced drinks.
Rua De SÃ£o MarÃ§al, 106, Principe Real
Friendly, small bar with a light dÃ©cor and a good place to start the evening before hitting the clubs. It is a popular meeting place for young gays who chat on seats against the wall or by the busy bar area. It’s one of the few bars with some life on Sunday nights, when it’s the weekly “Message Night.”
Rua Cecilio De Sousa, 82-84, Principe Real
This cruisy bar-disco has a resident DJ spinning techno, house, and dance-pop music attracting crowds of all ages.
Rua da Atalaia, 97, Bairro Alto
Chueca, gay bar in Lisbon Named after Madrid’s famous gay quarter, this small, stylish bar is especially popular among lesbians, although you’ll find an equal number of gay men mixed with a straight crowd. The attractive tricolor interior design (orange, white, and black) also includes black and white photos on the walls, forcing you to stop and stay indoors, unlike at other bars in Bairro Alto where almost everyone prefers to stand and people-watch outside. For all of that, gay or straight, this is one of the coolest hangouts in Bairro Alto.
Rua do Diario de Noticias, 66, Bairro Alto
Owned by the same team as the well-established “Portas Largas” (see below), this relatively new bar also targets a gay crowd.
Rua Da Palmeira, 38, Principe Real
This is a very small, yet very popular gay club. It can get quite crowded at the end of the night (meaning early hours of the day in Lisbon), but you can squeeze into the tiny dance floor and dance to some classic gay anthems or watch the regular drag shows.
GoLisbon RECOMMENDS… Lisbon’s trendiest gay bar:
Rua Da Atalaia, 126, Bairro Alto
This is the gayest of the “straight” clubs. Or better yet, this is Lisbon’s “straight-friendly” gay club. Predominantly gay on weekends, this is one of the oldest and hippest nightspots in the city.
The small dance floor gets filled quickly after 2AM on Friday and Saturday nights with young gays who dance to the cutting-edge music.
Labyrinto, private gay club in Lisbon LABYRINTO
A space for the really uninhibited. This exclusively gay sex club offers thematic nights every day of the week, ranging from “underwear party” to “leather” to “bears.” This is the place to fulfill your fantasies and fetiches in Lisbon, where you can socialize with other men, participating in whatever you feel like.
LES MAUVAIS GARÃ‡ONS
Rua da Rosa, 35, Bairro Alto
This very Parisian cafÃ© is a popular gay hangout during the day, serving some nice salads and sandwiches. It’s a very charismatic place, with classic furniture and black and white photos on the walls. The space is small but that makes it one of the coziest in the city.
Mar Adentro Cafe MAR ADENTRO
Rua do Alecrim, 35, Chiado
Look down carefully at the window by the entrance to this cafÃ©-lounge and you’ll see the rainbow flag, but this “gay place” is open to everybody, serving light meals and a variety of drinks. It is a recommended meeting place, located so close to the Chiado district and all the nighttime action in Bairro Alto. With your own laptop you can connect to the internet for free, and if you’d like information about local gay life, feel free to ask one of the three friendly partners behind this welcoming cafÃ©.
Maria Lisboa, gay club in Lisbon MARIA LISBOA
Rua das Fontainhas, 86
What started as a lesbian club is now one of Lisbon’s top gay hotspots where you’ll meet as many guys as gals. The drag shows have become a popular attraction, with Fridays having a soundtrack of the 70s, 80s, and 90s, and Saturdays becoming packed for the lively ambience and music by the resident DJs.
Quinta Da Silveira – Via Rapida Costa da Caparica
This huge club housed in a former warehouse lies outside Lisbon, on the other side of 25 de Abril Bridge on the road to the Costa da Caparica beaches. It has a large dance floor and is known for its eccentric drag shows.
Rua Da Atalaia, 105, Bairro Alto
For local gay guys, this is one of the first stops after dinner. It is a spacious old tavern with a casual, down-to-earth atmosphere, although most prefer to grab a drink and stand outside and watch the world go by. A Lisbon classic.
Rua das Salgadeiras 28, Bairro Alto
A mixed (largely lesbian) crowd heads to this trendy bar behind orange doors, especially on weekends when a DJ spins some electronic sounds.
CalÃ§ada da Patriarcal, 38, Principe Real
This gay bar opens only on weekends and is known for its late-night drag shows.
Rua Luciano Cordeiro, 56A (http://www.saunapolo56.pt)
Sauna, bar and spa to explore your sexuality (gay or straight or whatever) without restraints, with dark rooms and Turkish bath.
7o – SETIMO CEU
Travessa Da Espera, 54, Bairro Alto
This very pleasant bar is an obligatory stop in Bairro Alto for most gays. It is one of the most relaxed gay bars in the city and an ideal place to mingle with local young gays and sit back and enjoy a drink (try the excellent caipirinhas, the popular Brazilian cocktail).
Rua da Barroca, 33, Bairro Alto
The owners of the popular “Setimo Ceu” next door opened this mixed cafÃ©-bar that in early 2009 was also turned into a wine bar for late-afternoon drinking. The space is small, so if you can’t get a table, join the crowds by the door outside.
Rua Ruben A LeitÃ£o, 2A, Principe Real (www.TR3SLisboa.com)
This bar opened in late 2010 in the neighborhood with the most gay bars in the city. It attracts a predominantly gay crowd of all ages and styles although targeting the “bear” subculture. It opens in the afternoon, serving a variety of drinks as well as a few snacks and light meals.
Rua do Trombeta, 1C, Bairro Alto (http://www.trombetabath.com)
Close to all of the Bairro Alto bars, this sauna with private cabins is open day and night (starting at noon).
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Trumps, gay club in Lisbon TRUMPS
Rua Da Imprensa Nacional, 104B, Principe Real (www.trumps.pt)
This is the largest gay club in Portugal consisting of several bars and two dance floors that get packed on weekends. Lesbians make up about a quarter of the crowd, but most are gay males and a few of their straight friends who join in the upbeat atmosphere. The music is pop hits on the smaller dance floor, and dance and house on the main, larger floor.