Nowhere is this truer than in the queer quarter - just behind the
chaotic Old Town bordering the Med - in part of the ordered nineteenth century Eixample
road grid system the locals call "Gaixample".
Here the gay bars quite literally cluster around the blocks. Huge, noisy and welcoming
Punto is one of the few venues to open its doors as early as 6pm in a late Latin
culture where you eat at 10pm, hit bars at midnight and rarely reach a club before
As ever, we poor English boys mostly need to take a "club kip" 5pm-9pm if
we want to last the course. That gives you time to wake up, doll up and find that
restaurant base camp.
A stunning view of Barcelona as seen through the towers of La Sagrada Familia
the still unfinished church designed by Barcelona architect Gaudi.
I'm convinced that gay eateries are actually one of the best reasons to visit Barcelona.
There are quite a few of them, all different, and mostly excelling in food, service and
ambience. They all have set menus where you can pick up an interesting three course meal
including bread, wine, coffee and service for not that much more than a tenner, setting you up nicely for the hours ahead.
Some of our favourites include El Bierzo A Tope, which has
great local cuisine, some outdoor seating and friendly service. Mind The Gap
is a nice and friendly restaurant and cocktail bar, and if you have just finished exploring
the most famous parts of the city then head for El Oslo Goloso which is not far from La
Sagrada Familia - there's an outdoor terrace here which is open all year.
La Bodegueta has an inner garden to look out onto at the back and quite
exceptional service all of which is pleasantly colourful and the start of a good night out.
After the food comes the action. Barcelona has his own House of Boys, called American Boys
in the Ronda Universidad which features a good selection of latin boys, mostly from Brazil. Alternatively,
you can always head for the darkrooms and there are many to choose from.
Berlin Dark in Passatge Prunera has a strict dress code. It's a bar club aimed at a hard and fetish clientele, with slings, bath,
dungeon, BDSM, shower and anal shower with toys, condoms and lube for free. Check their website
berlindark.com for details.
Maduros in the Consell de Cent, is a fairly new men's club, that's beginning to become popular, whilst Night
has been around for some time. It's a bar for men only, with a cruising crowd and no dress code, but with a darkroom, cabins and glory holes.
It's located in the heart of the Gaixample, the gay district of Barcelona. Boys Bar was the former Le Privilege Barcelona with a darkroom attracting a gay crowd and
Open Mind was the first private men-only sex club to open in Spain.
It has a great setting and atmosphere for fulfilling your fantasies - the club spreads over two floors, where you will find slings, piss and fist zones, bondage area, glory holes,
cabins, shoe polishing and barber chairs, crosses, a cage etc. You can recharge your batteries in the bar, situated on the ground floor. Lockers available for every guest in the
entrance area that is accessible at anytime. There are free condoms, lube, paper towels and gloves available. A free drink is included in the entrance fee. Remember that this is a
fetish club with strict home rules. You will have to stick to the dress code - accepted are sport, leather, rubber, military or camouflage clothing, uniforms, and skin look. Alternatively,
you are allowed to enter the club naked or in your underwear. Jeans are not accepted (except skins with high boots), casual clothing, shorts, strings/thongs or boxers and indeed perfume of any type!
If you don't really feel like hitting the town too hard and rather fancy sipping away
the small hours with a lover or friend, then you might like to settle into one of the
intimate style bars for the night. It's here where Barcelona
again really comes into its own. In all you'll
be able to preen and be seen, and yet still have a good old wag.