Best Gay Bars in Lisbon


 

Lisbon is an inclusive and tolerant city, and the LGBTQ+ community is welcome any and everywhere the rest of society is.

Most European cities do, however, usually have distinct LGBTQ+ districts in which the gay nightlife scene is a world of its own. Again, this is not to say that anyone is excluded from attending these bars and nightclubs, but they are more targeted to the queer community on a whole.

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There is quite a large gay nightlife scene in Lisbon; almost all of the bars and clubs can be found in the city center throughout northern Chiado and Bairro Alto. Here are a few to look out for!

Woof Lx in Lisbon

First thing’s first, Woof Lx should not be confused with another bar down the road called Woof x. One is a gay institution for Lisbon, and the other is a cruise bar. Be sure you’re at the right spot as even transport apps get them confused.

Woof Lx has been one of Lisbon’s most thriving gay bars since 2010.

Woof Lx – by Woof Lx – Sourced from their Facebook

Drinks are good and reasonably priced, and the music is strictly electronic every day of the week. They occasionally throw in a hiphop hour but don’t hold your breath.

While all members of the community are welcome at Wood Lx, the bar is particularly popular amongst gay men.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday – 10pm to 4am
ADDRESS: R. da Palmeira 44A, 1200-311 Lisboa
METRO STATION: Rato

Construction in Lisbon

Construction is on the coast of Lisbon right on the Tagus waters . Travelers from around Europe regard this as one of the best LGBTQ+ nightclubs in all of Europe, despite the club only being open one night a week.

On Saturday evenings at exactly midnight, Construction opens its doors and the mayhem ensues.

This is one of the few gay bars in Lisbon to embrace all parts of the LGBTQ+ community as well as heterosexual individuals as well. It’s a safe, inclusive space where all are welcome and encouraged to drink and dance along with one another.

Construction in Lisbon – by Construction – Uploaded by them

Regular themed events are held at Construction including 80s nights, Latin dance events, holiday dress up parties and more.

Entrance sits at around €11 per person, it varies from event to event.

Its a big space but it fills up really quickly. If you aren’t in the mood for a hot and sticky dance floor then this is not the spot for you!

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Opening Hours: Saturdays – Midnight to 6am
ADDRESS: R. da Cintura do Porto de Lisboa, 1200-109 Lisboa, Portugal
METRO STATION: Cais do Sodré

Portas Largas in Lisbon

I’ve said it before; take a free guided walking tour through Lisbon and you’ll quickly determine the distant vibe of each central neighborhood!

Bairro Alto is the bar and party district, and so presence of gay bars here was always inevitable.

Portas Largas doesn’t market itself as a solely gay establishment, but the clientele and general vibe has made this a popular hangout for the LGBTQ+ community.

The drinks are affordable and generously portioned, especially the cocktails. The music is always festive and dancing is encouraged, as is any form of radical self expression.

Portas Largas sometimes offer live music in the bar itself! These nights are tons of fun but usually luck of the day if you get to experience them.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday – 6pm to 2am
ADDRESS: R. da Atalaia 105, 1200-043 Lisboa, Portugal
METRO STATION: Rossio-Lisboa

Trumps in Lisbon

The only thing better than a gay bar, is a gay disco. Trumps offers just that; a fabulous traditional disco setting with energetic DJs who keep everyone on the dance floor until 6am!

Note that Trumps is only open from Thursdays to Saturdays, you’ll have to party elsewhere the rest of the week.

Trumps – by Trumps – Uploaded by them

Trumps is divided into two sections with two different dance floors. One side is for the electronic music lovers and the other side is strictly pop — so if you want to go off to Gaga while in Lisbon, this is your bar! They occasionally have Portuguese and Brazilian evenings, which is a lot of fun as well.

The only downside to Trumps would be the smoking that is permitted inside (like everywhere in Lisbon) and the poor ventilation of the venue. It does become overwhelming after a while.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Opening Hours: Thursday to Saturday – 11:45pm to 6am

ADDRESS: R. da Imprensa Nacional 104B, 1250-127 Lisboa, Portugal

METRO STATION: Rato

Bar Cru in Lisbon

Just down the road from Trumps is Bar Cru, a beloved spot for the gay community of Lisbon.

This is more of an intimate and sensual nightclub experience in that the space embraces naturists and individuals with specific fetishes. Thus, it is not for the faint hearted. Don’t show up here without an open and accepting mind.

Entrance is €5 for newcomers and €4 for members. Most nights involve a specific dress code, sometimes this involves no clothing at all.

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Bar Cru is also the only gay bar in Lisbon in which one can purchase sex toys and sexual aids.

Dance party is usually the order of events, though the space does open itself up to other programs and activities from time to time. Follow their social media to see exactly what is up and coming at this Lisbon nightclub.

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday – 5pm to 2am
ADDRESS: R. de São Marçal 170, 1200-423 Lisboa, Portugal
METRO STATION: Rato