200 of the Greatest Gay Bars in the World
By Out.com Editors
ROYAL PHOENIX: You can be reborn in any incarnation you'd like at this open, airy venue where Montreal's downtown set come to see and be seen, all with a tongue-in-cheek, of course.
LE STUD: Francophile tough guys who like a bit of leather and bulk will fit right in at Le Stud.
UNITY: Open Fridays and Saturdays, three floors of music play Top 40 tunes and French dance hits, while a drag queen will pour a shot straight into your mouth for two bucks. Enjoy the large terrace on the roof during the summer months.
THE LOOKOUT BAR: If you're in Ottawa and looking for fresh Canadian action and full drinks you'll find them at The Lookout Bar, eh.
REMINGTON'S: Drinks? Nah, it's all about two floors of more than 80 hot male exotic dancers. As Toronto’s only all-male strip club for 20 years, the naked ‘men of steel’ go-go dance and grind all about two floors. If one tickles your fancy, it's lap-dance time! 'Nuff said, eh?
WOODY'S: In Toronto’s Boystown next to its brother bar Sailor, man-on-man porn waits you on the TVs as soon as you walk into this hotspot. There isn't a place to dance per say, but events from drag shows to contests of "Best Chest" on Thursdays and “Best Ass” on Fridays and Saturdays will keep you entertained.
KARAMBA: This is far enough away from the hordes of Spring Breakers that you'll feel like you're getting a taste of the local culture. But be warned: it's a locals place, so knowing a little Spanish will help. The drag shows can be stellar—or suck. Depends on the evening and the season. Remember, we're talking resort town here.
LUJURIA: Lujuria translates to "lust" or "lustfulness," so it's no surprise this recent addition to the scene describes itself as a "dark mind bar." It deals in all things skin and fetishistic, though with a touch of burlesque class. Think Dita Von Teese with an accent.
CLUB LIVING : The grand facade of this colonial-style church belies the sensory overload that waits inside, where in addition to fine men and bumping tunes, there's an in-house bodega that serves up hot tacos and lavish fruit cocktails. Make sure to check out the beautiful terrace that looks like the adult Neverland.
CLUB MAÑANA: An attractive and romantic pool sits in the center of Club Manana, but a word of advice: don’t swim. The largest club in gay Puerto Vallarta, it offers a bar and stage at each ends of the pool and an indoor lounge with go-go dancers galore.
ARCO IRIS : When the other more touristy bars close at midnight or 1, the disco at Arco Iris starts jumping and doesn't stop until 5, attracting locals and only the more adventurous visitors. Anything goes in this down-home, decidedly rustic dance club, where men and women, gays and straights, professionals and prostitutes mix and mingle, language barrier be damned.
CLUB OH: Costa Rica’s largest gay club, Club Oh appeals to the young, fashionable, and pretty. Sprawling over two dance floors, the house and techno heavy space is also hosts weekly drag shows and features some of the most gorgeous go-go boys on the continent.
(There's a multiplicity of trouble to be had at Club 69.)
CLUB 69 AT THE ROXY: Held every Thursday at the Roxy, Club 69 reeks of rabbit-hole mischief, where burlesque meets ninja turtles, and trannies and showgirls show off. Performances include break-dancers, trapeze artists, and magic shows, and electro-infused beats tickle the ears of the straight, gay, and straight-up pijos in the crowd.
THE WEEK: At the heart of the "second Carnival" that is Brazil’s Gay Pride Weekend lies a São Paulo nightlife giant, The Week. You’ll find that the venue is more than a nightclub—it’s host to a lifestyle.
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LE BOY: If Le Boy’s packed disco floor grooving to South American techno doesn’t intimidate you, its total package size might. At one end, a balcony overlooks a stage prominently situated at the front. The bar nestled at the center of the dance floor requires not money, but drink tickets that can be purchased at the door. If in town, make sure not to miss out on strip night Tuesdays.
CONCORDE CLUB: Ever been on a dance floor that moves? Yeah, it's not what you typically expect, but here the massive dance floor is composed of two rotating discs so, when you start to see the world spin, don't worry, it's not you: It really is spinning! A great place to meet the local guys or other tourists looking for a great night on the town. Probably the first thing you need to learn about club culture: You pay for drinks first, get a wrist band with a bar code, and money is deducted as you go.
DIONISIO: In addition to being the first gay bar in the Bellavista neighborhood, Dionisio has the charm and character of an off-the-beaten path nightclub, complete with small candlelit tables and a stageful of bawdy broads.
CLUB PRINCIPE: See how Chileans do theme night at this always raucus bar and club, home to many of the city's best drag queens.