By Yuli Linssen-Kaminitz
The famous “Eixample” quarter in Barcelona is typically famous for its 19th century modern construction, trendy shops, relaxed atmosphere, small cafes and tapas restaurants. Strolling around the area you will encounter legendary architecture works which were designed by Gaudi, Domenech i Montaner and more.
This stunning district is rather populated by gay people and that is why it offers numerous gay friendly hotels, cafes and the most distinguished gay parties in town. We collected here some of the top places to check out whenever you have the chance to visit:
1. Axel Hotel
Address: C/ Aribau 33, 08011 Barcelona
Located in the trendiest street on the quarter, this four starts hotel provides treats, elegancy and a lot of colorful chic. The lively Gayxample streets surrounding the hotel offer plenty of gay cafes, stylish restaurants and pumping clubs. The accommodation itself is so brilliant that you should be aware of the risk you would not want to leave the room at all! The available facilities include: Roof terrace over viewing the entire city, gourmet restaurant and a fashionable bar which organizes parties from time to time.
2. Museum bar
Address: Sepúlveda 178; 08011 Barcelona
This is indeed the ultimate place for warming up before the party starts. The setting has a real elegant feel, something which was clearly well thought of, a huge bar with lots friendly people and cheerful pop music that will get you into the mood. Because the bar is just a few minutes’ walk from the close by:”Metro” club, you can ask around for a free entry pass.
3. Metro Club
Address: Carrer de Sepúlveda, 185, Barcelona, Spain
This is one of the first established gay clubs in Barcelona and it’s still going strong! The place got two huge dance halls; each plays different mind blowing music and both have cheerful atmosphere and a lot of hot dancers! Coming to the Metro you always know what to expect- brilliant vibe, a lot of happy Spanish music with combination of electronic and house and most important- beautiful people who loves to party and engage with each other.
4. Circuit festival
This fantastic organization started three years ago and it is growing rapidly ever since. The core idea of Circuit festival is to create outstanding events which will top all the other gay parties existing out there. The most remarkable thing about this association is the fact that they offer much more than just parties and festivals; charity events, art exhibitions, cinema, workshops- all gay related subjects. Take a look at their site to see when the next big event is!
5. Arena Madre Barcelona
Address: C/ Balmes, 32, 08007 Barcelona
If you are still not done with partying, than this is the place for you! Arena Madre club is a place where you can go and just be yourself! The special down to earth vibe makes everyone feel like they are celebrating with their best friends. Familiar pop tunes which will make you sing along, young and older crowd mix together and some straight people to add some flair and color.
All the places mentioned above were recommended by locals. Visit the lovely Eixample area and we are certain you will be amazed from the open-minded, welcoming atmosphere.