Top 5 Gay Cities To Visit in 2017 (by misterb&b)

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Coming back from Circuit in Barcelona, winding off from the Pride Season or just headed towards the next gay cruise, these were the most popular destinations our users headed to. It’s not about projections, at misterb&b we have at heart delivering the best experience for our client base.

The customer-company relationship goes both ways, because we’re all together on this love boat. We’re members of the same community: out and about, we’re proud and we don’t miss out!

So here’s the best recommendations from our users for our top gay friendly destinations of summer 2017. Keep it in mind for your next gaycation!

BARCELONA

As a Mediterranean city, Barcelona has an awesome and unique  mix of architecture, culture, gastronomy, open air activities, nightlife and good looking boys. It is the second largest city of Spain and historically the most transgressive, rebel and gay friendly.

For a complete gay tour, start off from Plaça de Catalunya, the real heart of the city, or from Passeig de Gràcia, one of the most exuberant and remarkable areas of Barcelona. Wherever you go or start from make sure you head towards the Gayxample, include the old city (Gotic, Raval, Born) in your tour and finish at the gay beach (MarBella) or Barceloneta.

For a refreshing cocktail go to Axel hotel rooftop or the Gay chiringuito at MarBella beach. When you’ll be ready to go dancing head to Pervert if you are a house music and sweaty shirtless muscles guys lover. Ultrapop if you prefer 100% hits and cute guys.
There are almost no specific “gay restaurants” since everything is pretty mixed. But if one is worth mentioning, then it would be Casa Jaime, very popular for the local gay community, with a delicious, affordable offer and a wide and tasty selection of tapas.

You really get the impression that everyone is in Barcelona over summertime, especially if you hop by during the Circuit Festival, held every year at the beginning of August.

PARIS

One could easily say Paris is the gayest city ever, but it’s probably more correct to say that you’ll get this impression because everyone is very confident in Paris. Boys and girls alike free to hold their lover’s hand and kiss on bridges and out in the streets! Paris is wonderful because of its spirit, but its architecture and atmosphere also play a huge role!

You cannot miss “Rosa Bonheur”, this “guinguette” bar is typically French and every sunday is gay friendly. During summer and sunny days, you have to be there before 4.30pm or you will be facing a huge queue that can make you wait more than an hour! As of 8pm music starts to be lowder and everybody dances on great music.

Not specifically gay, but for a real Parisian experience you must have falafel for lunch: go to rue des Rosiers to take away an authentic falafel sandwich for about 5€. Still in the Marais, Les Marronniers restaurant is a good option for a cosy place to have dinner. It is usually crowded during weekends so booking a table is recommended. Tata Burger, Who’s and Open Café are spots you need to have on your list too, for food and drink alike.

The Cox in rue des Archives is the perfect place for a cheap drink: they sell so much beer that they created their own brand “the cox beer”. For a night-out instead, try Tango with a traditional French vibe and Doctor Love Party: huge club, nice decorations, great music and an à la mode feel.

LONDON

London is a place like no other, a bubble that is so far removed from the rest of the UK, it has its own unspoken language, an amalgamation of people from all over the country and world all with the common interest of wanting to live life to the full. You can be who you want, when you want, where you want and it is just accepted.

You can head into Soho if you want to eat in an officially gay establishment such as Balans, the food and atmosphere is good. Although nowadays Hackney has the largest density of gays in the city, so you can head into any restaurant and feel comfortable and surrounded by your own kind.

If you want a big night out head to XXL, a male only venue (Saturday), when it first started off it was predominantly a club for Bears, over the years it has grown in popularity and has become more diverse and popular with all. You are guaranteed to have a good night.

Probably the most popular venues for very young people (early 20’s) are the bar G.A.Y-bar and the club G.A.Y-Heaven. Other popular venues among locals include: The Yard, Rupert St, Ku bar, Circa.

Cheap and London does not really go hand in hand! However, there are so many parks in London that you are allowed to drink in, so if you’re on a budget, head to a local corner shop, stock up and enjoy in your own time. Head to Soho square if in Central London, or if you want to stay local head to London Fields where you will be able to hipster watch over a few drinks. Another plus for London Fields is that you can have BBQs on the grass, so on a summer evening it is just perfect!

AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam is a pro concerning tolerance and freedom of mind. Lots of history, culture and most important of all an overtly gay city. Just to name a few, here are some of the most popular gay events held in Amsterdam: Leather Pride Amsterdam; Amsterdam Fetish Pride; Amsterdam Gay Pride; King’s day; Invasion Fetish Party. Each event comes with its own unique activities, venues and parties and tons of hot guys.

Warmoesstraat is where the gay scene is mainly situated, but the whole city is friendly and open-minded. The Eagle Amsterdam has different unique mixed drinks every month, it’s worth trying it out, also if you’re in for clubbing. One of the best known and certainly crowded bars is Dirty Dicks, it also offers special beer prices on Thursdays. Pricks is another quite popular gay bar. Make sure to check out other areas like Reguliersdwarsstraat, de Amstel to socialize with the local gay community.

To grab a bite for lunch or dinner, you’ll find interesting spots anywhere in the Warmoesstraat, although Getto is worth a mention.

Truth be told this city is just amazing in its wholeness, all you have to do is enjoy.

SAN FRANCISCO

Grab your Burning Man attire or just come-as-you-are, the streets of San Francisco will always be waiting for you. The City has an incredible LGBT history, from Harvey Milk to the Compton Cafeteria riot. It is an extremely progressive city that has always been a haven for gay people. That also make is the perfect place for partying.

All of the Burning Man-related parties are generally quite gay and very fun. Breakfast of Champions, a New Years’ Day party thrown by the camp Space Cowboys, is a must among locals. Beaux is a regular gay dance club that is probably most accessible to tourists. But the locals are always looking for mixed parties at mixed clubs like Public Works, Great Northern, and the Midway.

San Francisco is extremely gay friendly. Most of the locals though live and hang out towards the center of the City, including the Castro, Mission, Lower Haight, Alamo Square and SOMA neighborhoods.

Head to Dolores Park on a sunny weekend day. It’ll be super crowded, but if you head to the southwest corner you’ll find a bunch of half-dressed gays having fun.

Word has it, you can treat yourself wherever in San Francisco, it’ll be just too good to be true!

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