There are some truly superb gay-run restaurants in Valencia, all offering great-value
fixed-price menus at all hours, with wine aplenty. Just to the east of the old centre,
Rincón 33 offers creative, modern Spanish-continental cuisine
in a cosy, friendly corner grubbery with excellent service. A ten minute stroll west, into
the old town itself, Sant Miquel Café on Pza Sant Miquel offers less interesting dishes,
but is certainly the place to grab an outside table, to see and be seen.
For something really quirky, indulge yourself at Pekado on the adjoining Pza Vicente
Iborra. ‘Pekado’ means ‘sin’ and the dishes are all imaginatively named after deadly
vices, served up by shirtless hunks in white wings or red horns who often also
participate in a rolling cabaret nightly come weekends.
Back opposite San Miguel, modern and cosy yet airy Trapezzio Café is a perfect
place to chill out with a coffee or beer, either in the loft lounge or out on the
square itself, day or night. Q Art! Café over on the Guillén de Castro a short walk
away is a fine place to get your bearings off the friendly barmen as things really
queer up in the evening - not bad fodder either, and so cheap!
The warm-up for the night ahead, definitely happens in Café Deseo opposite Pekado.
It has a small dance floor which, although cliquey, is most surely where the young,
hip crowd muster to hang and swing.
And so onto the main throbbing vein of Gay Valencia: on a road around the corner
called Quart. There are several venues that lure in the Deseo dance crowd with the
coolest music in town. The really chic will stay here until around 3am and then find a café or some strange
bed for the night. If it's a weekend then there's the former sauna Nuncadigono a sexbar with
backrooms, cruising area, videos rooms, slings, showers, and more.
But perhaps the most distinctive gay feature in Valencia is La Guerra back on Quart.
Behind its brightly-coloured, elegant, colonial townhouse
façade rears up one of the word’s truly great dark-room multiplexes, spread over four
floors: bar on the ground; pop videos above; plush porn cinema yet further up and
then dark-as-night loft pinnacle - but with coal-black corners and alcoves woven
subtly throughout. It’s free entry at all times - you don’t even need to buy a drink!
And - open until after 3am - it’s the perfect place to flit to and fro between bars
or clubs as the evening progresses.
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Rincón 33 (Corretgería 33; T: 0034 963 924 161)
Sant Miquel Café (Pza Sant Miquel 13; T: 0034 963 924 596)
Pekado (Pza Vicente Iborra 9; T: 0034 963 924 139)
Trapezzio Café (Pza Músico Lopez Chavarri 2;T: 0034 963 915 027)
Q Art! Café (Guillén de Castro 80; T: 0034 963 916 115)
Nuncadigono (Turia 22) Website
Café Deseo (Pza Vicente Iborra 2; no phone)
La Guerra (Quart 47; T: 0034 963 913 675)
Revised August 2016.