Collected by Chris U, AFAR Staff
Reguliersdwarsstraat 38, 1017 BM Amsterdam, Netherlands
Since 1982, Rose's Cantina has been drawing locals for Latin American flavors on a street known for its plethora of dining options. On a busy night, don't expect intimacy or romance, as the Reguliersdwarsstraat establishment is big, boisterous and...
Warmoesstraat 51, 1012 HW Amsterdam, Netherlands
If a juicy burger named after a local drag queen doesn't whet your appetite, one of Getto's stiff cocktails should have you dining like a diva at this local favorite. Since 1996, it's been an "attitude-free" zone for gays, lesbians and anyone else...
Rollbergstraße 26, 12053 Berlin, Germany
Berlin's nightclub for gay hipsters, SchwuZ is best known for its themed Fridays. Each Friday of the month has a different party theme, from BritPop to "Madonna Mania" and of course Eurovision and pop music nights. The party doesn't get started...
1192 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J6, Canada
named after our famous national animal (and perhaps cheekily after our 2nd most famous asset) the Beav is an all day West Queen West cafe/bar/lounge/whatever. I love the no nonsense all locals vibe that goes from bagel and chai latte in the...
Carr. Picacho-Ajusco Km 1.5, Tlalpan, 14200 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico City is a vast, vibrant city, with as many diverse neighborhoods and lodging options as you can imagine. For anyone who does not want to be in the downtown tourist zone, but still wants to be in a safe area, or for anyone who may be in town...
1245 Rue Saint-André, Montréal, QC H2L 3T1, Canada
Located off Rue Catherine in Montreal's Gay Village, M Montreal has been completely remodeled into the city's most luxurious hostel. It's surrounded by bars and restaurants on the pedestrian-only street, making it a fantastic neighborhood to stay...
Singel 460, 1017 AW Amsterdam, Netherlands
From its new location on the Singel, Supperclub maintains the old traditions of one of Amsterdam's most innovative nightclubs. In few other upscale restaurants can you take off your shoes, get in an oversize bed with friends, and savor an...
2040 N Dixie Hwy, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, USA
After traveling all of the diverse neighborhoods in Miami, you really get to learn about the different cultures and communities that live in this cosmopolitan city. Of all of those groups, the LGBT community is the most friendly and welcoming....
Carrer d'Aribau, 33, 08011 Barcelona, Spain
This elegant and stylish hotel, renovated in 2010, is conveniently located in Barcelona's gay neighborhood, Gaixample. Axel Hotels are designed for gay clientele, but are a great place to stay for to all sorts of guests, as long as they're...
Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin, Germany
This club, housed in an old industrial warehouse, does not look unlike a mental ward and, inside, has as many fascinating levels as an Escher drawing. To dance with a sea of the coolest kids in Berlin (and Europe for that matter—it’s a landmark...
Calle Consell de Cent, 245 Bis, 08011 Barcelona, Spain
Cozy up to a drink and small plates in this unusually elegant game-themed bar in Barcelona's Gaixample (Gay+ Eixample) neighborhood. The pizzas are small but tasty, cocktails are reasonably priced and expertly mixed and patrons can play backgammon...
954 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, USA
Back when I was an innocent college student I used to sneak into Berlin where the people watching was epic and I could dance all night. The Berlin clientele have always dressed in a style all their own, like the girl in the Emma Peel-like catsuit...
Diputacion, 233, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
Arena is a gay-friendly group of discos and bars in Barcelona's Eixample neighborhood. Weekends, Arena Classic is a good place to dance to older hits, and Arena VIP ( plays a mixture of old and new popular music. There is an entry fee (it's...
Av Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 2879, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
There's a powerful love for the 80s in Chile and in no other club does this shine through like at Blondie. The nightclub is tucked away in a retail shopping center in a gritty area of La Alameda. You'll hear anything 80s from New Wave to techno,...
Church St, Toronto, ON, Canada
The diverse metropolis has been no stranger to its thriving LGBT community, with its Pride Weeks growing more every year. This year, Toronto is host to World Pride, with its festivities more lavish than in previous Pride renditions. A “Grand Pride...
2 Winterswijkstraat, Willemstad, Curaçao
Opened in 2010 by a Dutch couple, Baoase Luxury Resort is an intimate spot with fewer than two-dozen rooms. Despite its size, however, it has all the amenities of a larger property, including a spa, health center, boutique, and more. A...
Calle Amberes 18, Juárez, 06600 Cuauhtémoc, CDMX, Mexico
Though Papi Fun Bar is small and seemingly unimpressive compared to some of its trendy neighbors, this venue is super popular thanks to its Hermanas Vampiro (Vampire Sisters) drag show. Expect pop, kitsch, camp, and lots of gold lamé.
429 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA
Built in 1922, the Castro Theatre is a San Francisco Designated Landmark and one of the city’s best-loved and most flamboyant institutions. The exterior juxtaposes a cathedral-like plaster façade with a gauche box-office marquee and vertical neon...
4127 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA
The history buff must make a trip to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Museum in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood, known as a hub during the gay rights movement. Sponsored by the GLBT Historical Society, the museum opened in...
San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region, Chile
San Pedro de Atacama is a beautiful adobe-esque town on the edge of Atacama Desert in Chile, just west of the Bolivian border. I took this photo in near by Valle De Luna, while I was mountain biking through a virtual moonscape of natural...
“One of the hottest LGBT (and clothing-optional) beaches in the Caribbean is in St. Bart’s. Anse de Grande Saline, or Saline Beach, is postcard perfect: a protected bay with soft sand and rocky coves," says Clifford. "The unofficial rule is that...
Boul de Maisonneuve E, Montréal, QC, Canada
Montreal's Gay Village (The Village, Le Village gai or simply Le Village), known as "The Main" by the locals, is full of stunning architecture. The neighborhood is beautiful, clean, safe and full of great stores, restaurants and B&Bs.
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