More fun and more obvious than both is Titanic Club in a side-street yet further
along Santa Fé. Sink down into a metallic, grey, gay pre-dance basement bar with -
you guessed it - strippers, who use the entire length of the stage-cum-bar to strut
their stuff. Shows all end in the same naked hard-cock action, but these muscle
boys ring the costume changes to death along the way - anything from animals to
spacemen, via Ancient Egypt. Again, open daily but this time from the dazzlingly
early hour of 7pm.
You are now well placed for one of either two nearby clubs. Contramano - open
Tue-Sat from 12am and Sunday from 8pm - has one mid-size dance floor, surrounded
by mirrors and full of 30-somethings. There are some nice cosy tables back near
the main bar, and you can head upstairs to another, slightly darker bar, and then
up once more to where it's darker still! Pretty cruisy and unpretentious all said.
Equally cruisy but completely different is nearby Angel's with its two dance floors
and two bars open Thursday to Sunday from 12am and catering for a mix of young disco
boy babe bunnies, TVs and TGs. You'll either love it or hate it.
The other main bar-club cluster is to be found just north at the junction of
Avenida Cordoba and the street called Gascon. You'll see some of the same TV's
that were at Angel's at the Bach Bar on Cabrera, open Tues-Sun from 10pm. But the
main style haunt is definitely Sitges on Cordoba itself, open Weds-Sun from 10.30pm
and - reaching far back, bar beyond bar - is packed with pre-club posers propping
up walls or lilted at tables.
Many are just itching to get down GLAM, back on Cabrera again but much further
down than Bach Bar. Open Thurs-Sat from 1am, GLAM has one dance floor playing all
the latest tunes, two bars, a pleasant patio where you can actually talk and a dark
room upstairs where there isn't much talking. Cheap, the place gets very crowded on
Saturdays, not least because some use it is a springboard onto the other club in the
area - Amerika, back on Gascon.
Ah, Amerika: the biggest gay disco in BA, open Sat 1am-8am, and a bizarre experience.
The truth is that it has a very mixed clientele, with lots of straight lads looking
for easy girls and free booze - as it has an open bar policy once you have paid your entry! There are
two dance floors - the main one with house music, the other one above with Latin
music - and three bars. With capacity 5000, they really cram punters in, so much
so you often practically get pushed around, rather than actually going where you want
to. There's little respite in the heaving dark room above where only the most
experimental 'straight' boy might dare stray.
OUT AND ABOUT
But there are many other ways to meet men and have sex in BA. Tom´s, just off
the long Avenida Florida shopping street in the centre, is basically a venue for
horny men with only one thing on their minds. Open Mon-Thur 12pm-3am and Fri-Sun
24 hours, it has one bar, lots of DVD booths with glory holes and special windows,
an intricate maze, a darkroom and a basement for leather lovers.
Or to let off more steam, try A Full Sauna near Cordoba and Callao. Similarly open
Mon-Thur 12pm-3am and Fri-Sun 24 hours, it has a gym, dry sauna, wet sauna, massage,
sun beds, bar, Jacuzzi, labyrinth, cabins and lots of saucy vids screening. Talking
of which, porn cinemas are very popular here - especially at lunchtimes and just
after work! Try 4-screen ABC near Tom's - open Mon-Fri. 9am-6am and Sat-Sun from
12pm-6am; or 2-screen Box back up near Punto G, open Mon-Sat 2pm-6am; or 2-screen
Eden on Santa Fé, open 24 hours daily.
Heading outside? San Telmo's Plaza Dorrego Antique Fair is awash with queers on
a Sunday morning, looking for fleshy boyish bargains. The city's green Reserva
Ecológica, between the likewise cruisy Puerto Madero docks and the River Plate,
gets busy daily with wildlife of another sort.
Near the San Telmo Market, the Farmacia and Palacio,
Lugar Gay is
the only gay men-only hotel in town, with spacious rooms, hearty breakfasts and hosts
who do everything to make your stay special. Lugar is as much an LGB community hub as
a hotel, offering a range of activities - you haven't really arrived until you've
tried the Gay Tango classes held here every Sunday 5pm-7pm. You can also check out the
deals with out hotel partner
Bookings who have a big selection of gay-friendly
Buenos Aires hotels.
THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK
Andy's (J.L.Borges 1975, Palermo; T: 0054 11 4833 9597)
Chueca (Soler 3283; T: 0054 11 4963 3430)
Farmacia (Bolivar 898; T: 0054 11 4300 6151)
Punto G (Anchorena 1347; 0054 11 4829 0664)
Search (Azcuénaga 1007; T: 0054 11 4824 0432)
Titanic Club (Av. Callao 1156; T: 0054 11 4816-1333)
Contramano - (Rodríguez Peña 1081; no phone)
Angel's (Viamonte 2168; no phone)
Bach Bar (Cabrera 4390; no phone)
Sitges (Av. Córdoba 4119; T 0054 11 4861 3763)
GLAM (Cabrera 3046; T: 0054 11 4963 2521)
Amerika (Gascon 1040; T: 0054 11 4865 4416)
Tom´s (Viamonte 638; T: 0054 11 4322 4404)
A Full Sauna (Viamonte 1770; T: 0054 11 4371-7263)
ABC (Esmeralda 506; no phone)
Box (Laprida 1423; no phone)
Eden (Santa Fé 1833; no phone)
Hotel Lugar Gay (Defensa 1120; T: 0054 11 4300 4747) Website
Hotels in Buenos Aires from Bookings
Revised April 2016.