If you’re planning a trip to the City of Love, get involved with the diverse LGBTQ+ scene and let the locals show you what the city’s all about. There’s plenty to choose from, so whether you’re looking for something lowkey or an all-out extravaganza, you’re sure to find amusement that suits.
Midweek or weekend, these lively gay bars are popular among locals and tourists alike.
An institution since the ’90s, Le Club Banana Café is an eclectic spot for anyone and everyone. Think colourful cocktails and good vibes all around.
Banana Café / 13 Rue de la Ferronnerie, 75001
SLY Bar is a trendy spot with a cosy atmosphere. It’s easy to find, in the centre of the city, and the perfect place for easygoing drinks after a day’s exploring. If you can, settle yourself outside on the heated terrace – it’s the best seat in the house!
SLY / 22 Rue des Lombards, 75004
Café Cox hasn’t changed much since its opening in 1995. Located in the heart of the Marais, in one of the city’s gay districts, it’s the perfect place for happy hour a resident DJ set.
Café Cox / 15 Rue des Archives, 75004
Collectives rule Paris’s nightlife, with independent events springing up throughout the year and an ever-diverse crowd in attendance. The events aren’t all strictly LGBTQ+, but the ones which are fall among the best nights out in the city.
Flash Cocotte hosts a monthly celebration for the city’s gay community. Costumes and creative fashions are encouraged, queens and impersonators mingle with the crowd, and the best techno and house music ring through the air.
Working to bring the city’s LGBTQ+ cultures together, La Gaston is a queer clubbing collective with a fuss-free atmosphere. Forget extravagant costumes and decadent blowouts, La Gaston is easygoing, come-as-you-are at its best.
A handful more Parisian collectives include:
• Trou Aux Biches
• House of Moda
• Dolly Stud
• La Kidnapping
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