Paris has long been an important place for the history of gay rights in France and continues to be so today. Since the legalization of same sex marriage in 2013, the city has remained at the center of France’s gay community. There are numerous LGBTQ friendly spaces in the city, specifically bars and clubs in areas like Montmartre, Pigalle and most importantly, the gay district of the city, Le Marais. It can be intimidating when trying to decide where exactly you should go so here are our top 5 recommendations for the best gay bars and clubs in Paris!
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Duplex is the oldest existing gay bar in Le Marais, it has been open since 1980! This iconic bar has two floors where you can have good drinks and listen to the hits. It can get really crowded on weekend nights so if you aren’t into crowds, go in the afternoon as it’s a great place for apéro or pre-dinner drinks!
Address: 25 Rue Michel-le-Comte, 75003
If you are looking for good drinks and good music, here is where it’s at. Freedj has live DJs nearly every night who provide great music and a fun environment. Like many bars in Paris, it is a bit small but they do have a disco downstairs if you want to dance! It’s also a great place to go for happy hour which is between 7 P.M to 9 P.M.
Address: 35 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004
LIM/Doctor Love – at Club Haussmann
Doctor Love is a monthly party where the young gay crowd of Paris spend their Saturday nights. Built by a group of friends who created gay-friendly parties where people can meet, this small rendezvous soon became a huge party and is now hosted once a month at Club Haussmann. Its a great place to go if you want to dance and have a good time! You can find out when and what themes they are having for their events here.
Address: 23 Rue Taitbout, 75009
If you are looking for an authentic club experience, matinee is the one for you. Located right by the Place de la Republique, this underground dance club provides world-renowned DJs and shirtless men! It’s the perfect place if you want a true gay clubbing experience in the city.
Address: 18, Rue du Faubourg du Temple Paris, 75011
This is one of Paris’s most famous gay bars. It’s best known for its shower shows, where male go go dancers take showers inside glass tanks. It’s the best place if you’re looking to drink and dance late at night as the showers don’t start until 12 A.M.
Address: 23 Rue du Temple, 75004
Also known as La Mut, this lesbian bar is the perfect place to get a good drink! Located in the heart of the Marais, the bar has reasonably priced drinks and really friendly staff. They also have interesting events every week, from live DJs to Flash Tattoo and piercing nights, it’s a place that you shouldn’t miss!
Address: 176 – 178 rue Saint Martin
There is also a monthly LGBTQ party in Paris that happens in different locations around the city called “Flash Cocotte”, to find out where the location is this month, you can check out their Facebook page.