If you are planning a trip to Portugal in 2019, you better know what are the best gay clubs and parties to have some real fun. It doesn’t matter if you are going to Lisbon or heading North straight to Porto, there are so many options that you better start taking notes while you read this post and highlight all the venues you feel like going.
1. Connection (Albufeira, Algarve)
We will start our guide in the south of Portugal, where it will always be sunny and even in winter you can get up to 20ºC days. If you have spent your day at the beach or relaxing in your hotel spa, you won’t miss the chance to have some party at night. Connection is the most famous gay club in the Algarve region and in Summer you’ll find a different party every night.
2. The Loft (Portimão, Algarve)
In the heart of Portimão, The Loft Bar is a gay club where locals and tourists get together. From fetish to pop parties, from twinks to bears, there’s always a possibility to have some fun. If you are not in the mood for dancing you can enjoy the colors lounge and flirt through its mirrored walls. woof.
The Loft is open every night in summer but, if you are visiting Algarve during winter, don’t forget to check what’s going at the night you are planning to go.
3. Arraial Pride Lisbon
Before talking about any bar in the Capital, we need to let you know about the biggest LGBTQ+ festival in Portugal. Arraial Pride had its first edition in 1997. Since then, for an entire weekend, the LGBTQ+ community get together at Praça do Comércio (Lisbon main square) to meet friends, watch concerts, drag performances and have a lot of fun. If you are planning to come to Lisbon in June, make sure to check the dates and try to match with your weekend there.
4. Lisbon Bear Pride
The second edition of Bear Pride will happen from May 29th until June 3rd. Despite being a new event in Lisbon, it is a fact that the Bear scene is becoming bigger in the Portuguese Capital. Even if it’s not Bear Pride you can always head to Bar TR3S or Woof LX to enjoy a Bear fun time.
5. Trumps (Lisbon)
If you are in town and there’s no big festival or pride event, no worries. There are plenty of gay bars and clubs to have some fun during your holidays in Lisbon. If you like to dance some pop and electronic, we suggest you head to Trumps at Príncipe Real area. Fridays and Saturdays are busy, so if you don’t like to stay in line, get there before 1 a.m. Best part? Trumps is open until 6 in the morning, so get ready to dance.
7. Aduela (Porto)
If you’re coming to Porto from Lisbon you’ll love to have a glass of wine and taste some great bruschettas after your journey. Even though it is not a gay club, Aduela is the perfect spot to start your night. Located in a cute little corner right next to Teatro Carlos Alberto, this venue is where locals meet for happy hour after work. The atmosphere is chilled and mixed but super cool.
8. Café Lusitano (Porto)
Café Lusitano has been on since 2005. This bar and club is suitable for every kind of traveler. If you just wanna have a drink after dinner, you can seat at the main room and its beautiful Parisian Belle Époque Style. Fancy a party? Fridays and Saturdays are the busiest nights of the week and the dancefloor is full until 4 in the morning.
9. Zoom (Porto)
Zoom is the club for those who want a all-night-long party. On Fridays, Pop music rules the dancefloor but if you love electronic music, go-go dancers performances and a touch of drag, you’d better go there on a Saturday night. Zoom is one of the biggest gay clubs in Portugal and it’s very popular among the locals and tourists. If you wanna extend your night, ask the bartenders, they’ll always know where are the best after-parties in town.
10. Juno (Braga)
Braga is known as the Capital of Baroque style and it’s full of touristic attractions. Many tourists that go for a day trip end up staying to enjoy the coziness of this town and its amazing restaurants. If you decide to stay over and wanna go for a drink, you can head to Juno. Even though this café is not a gay club it is the place where the LGBTQ+ community gets together for a beer, a performance or great electronic music.