Ready for a gay Lisbon tour?
Ready for a gay Lisbon tour? Here’s the interview of Miguel, a local from the City.
Hey Miguel, you’re Gaybassador for Lisbon. Tell us a bit more about you
Well, let me see! 🙂
I am living in Lisbon for 4 years now, I am 38 years of age, and I am a happy guy. For the last 6 years, I have been working in a gay bear bar, which I appreciate a lot, and have been connecting with people from all over the world.
For me, meeting new people is one of the most exciting experiences, to know their culture and to have the pleasure of showing mine. By the way, I am a party guy as well… having fun is a big part of who I am. Life can’t be taken so seriously, we only live once!
Why do you love Lisbon that much?
Even though I wasn’t born in Lisbon, I’ve adopted the city as if I am native. Lisbon is one of a kind, I’m sure nobody can relate this city to another place in the world.
Maybe is its unique light, or it’s relaxing feeling and good vibe, or perhaps it’s traditions and history.
Lisbon has so many different sides to itself. So, when all those ingredients combine, you have the most fantastic city in your hand.
Despite what you can see and feel, there’s the taste of the Portuguese Cuisine, which is the best you will ever put in your mouth. :)A feeling to remember for life.
My 4 favorite places
The riverside at Cais da Ribeira – The perfect place to be when you want to relax, have a drink, go for a walk or just be there listen to some music on your own. It’s a place where you can do what suits you better.
Santa Catarina Viewpoint – The view over the river Tagus is outstanding. On a sunny day, you can be here enjoying the view. You can have a coffee, as we Portuguese people love to do, taking some great pictures and feel the vibe of the city, always being watched by “Adamastor”, one of the beasts of an epic poetic Portuguese book written by Luiz de Camões.
The beach at Costa da Caparica – I was born in a small city which is surrounded by sea, so I’m very keen on the beach. There are a lot of beaches around Lisbon, but this one has something different to offer.
It has several kilometers of yellow and white sand, and one of its parts is a gay beach, Beach 19. You can choose if you want to be dressed up for the occasion or just be around naked. It’s fun.
Bairro Alto – This is the most searched neighborhood for going out and have a drink, for having dinner in one of the several kinds of restaurants you can find, from Portuguese food to Thai food. It’s a very mixed place. A lot of cultures in the same quarter.
Decadent – This is a great place to be, with a young vibe and a fusion cuisine of the traditional meeting the modern. You will taste Portuguese cuisine like you have never done before: grilled octopus, black linguini, sea bass … You can enjoy a beer or an excellent cocktail at the outdoors. The rooftop is heated during winter and offers a beautiful view of the City. Prices are affordable, and the service is excellent.
Casa da Índia – The restaurant is close to Baxia. This is a very typical Portuguese restaurant, like in the old times. For sure, this is not a trendy design place, but a restaurant as they used to be in Lisbon. You will have the best-roasted chicken you will ever try, besides the other fantastic food they offer. From meat to seafood they have a large offer and cheap menus. They offer a takeaway option as well. Service is fast, efficient, and people are very communicative here.
Which are the main spots you like to show to gay travelers in Lisbon?
It’s difficult to choose the main spots to show to the travelers because Lisbon is full of many places which are so essential or charismatic and that represent the city in its own way. But anyhow, I chose an itinerary that shows a bit of the town as I like to see it.
The first spot will be from Príncipe Real Park to San Pedro de Alcântara Viewpoint and through Bairro Alto.
Then, I will take the travelers to Santa Catarina Viewpoint. From there people can have a different perspective of the city and then to Camões Square and Chiado.
The third spot will start at Rossio Square and through downtown, where you can find almost everything you need or want until we reach the Commerce Square, which is breath-taking.
To finish, it will be a walk along the Tagus riverside for a relaxing feeling and ending at Time Out Market, a food quarter, for an energy refill. We will need it heheheh.
What about gay local life in Lisbon?
Although Lisbon is not a huge city, there is a gay scene happening here. In Portugal gay marriage is allowed since 2010 and that says a little bit about it. It’s safe and relaxed to be who you are, and that makes life flow smoothly. The Portuguese people are very welcoming, they can make you feel at home.
Therefore, there is a neighborhood called Príncipe Real. Here you can find most of the gay bars and clubs, although some other bars are in Bairro Alto as well.
Nightlife starts a bit late, the bars are open but people only come around 11pm more or less, and the clubs are open until 6am. So keep that in mind if you want to go out and have some fun.
Gay Lisbon bars and more gay venues
3 Bar – The place for the bears and friends. The bar I work in 🙂
Bairro Alto – Barroca street, where you can find all gay people around in the street having some drinks and walking up and down.
Lisbon Gay beach 19
In Portugal, the ocean is close wherever you are. And some beaches are more tempting than others for a gay traveler, such as the ones on the Costa da Caparica, across the river Tejo, close to Lisbon. While tourists flock west to the seaside resorts of Cascais and Estoril, locals prefer the surroundings of the village of Caparica, where tens of kilometers of beautiful beaches await you.
The village itself is not that attractive, but its coasts are beautiful, isolated and nudist. And that is precisely why local gay boys and girls head for the village of Caparica.
Just take the train at the end of the walk, which takes you 8 kilometers to the Praia 19 stop, also known as Praia de Bela Vista, where Portugal’s most popular gay beach is located. This is where the gay community of Lisbon meets.
More gay bars, clubs, saunas and LGBT places in Lisbon
Here’s a short gay city guide of Lisbon. You can have a look on our Party guide in Portugal too.
Sun, blue sky and incredible beaches. Those 3 things are what comes to people’s mind when they thinking about visiting Lisbon. The Portuguese are all those, but, there are so much more to discover and explore in this luminous town. Portugal can be a traditional country, but in the last years, it also has become a gay destiny for all ranges of age, style, and preferences.
Lisbon is alive and it’s to enjoy it. Historical neighborhoods, amazing food, multicultural inhabitants, flavors from all over the world, bars, nice shops and, clubs. This is just a glimpse of what you can do after going to a beach or just enjoying the view of Tagus River at Praça do Comércio (Lisbon Main Square).
Differently from other European capital, Lisbon still doesn’t have a gay district like our neighbors in Spain with Chueca (Madrid) or Eixample (Barcelona).
But, Princípe Real, right next to Bairro Alto – one of the oldest areas of Lisbon – is becoming trendy and the place to be for LGBTQ+ community. If you’re curious to know what bars to go, clubs to dance and places to see, check keep scrolling and get ready for the best gay venues in Lisbon.
Lisbon is known as the “City of 7 hills”, which means that there always some nice spots on the top of this area with stunning views. Entretanto is on the 7th floor of Hotel do Chiado, at the heart of Lisbon and offers you a breathtaking to Castelo São Jorge and some others must-see points of the city. Entretanto is one of that bars that you can go at any time as you wanna go, for a single coffee, a glass of wine, to bite some snack and, of course, enjoy the view.
local tip: if you are traveling with your <3 this a great spot to make a surprise
You wouldn’t have to know their slogan: “where the bears are” to confirm this information. TR3S is the place where all bears in town (locals or tourists) go at some point of the day. Opened from 4pm – every day – it can be a place where you have a coffee, a beer at the end of the day or enjoy the night. This bar is all about having fun, enjoy and talk, there’s no place for any attitude.
Portuguese legal age to drink is 18, so we can now celebrate Bar 106 adulthood. Founded in 1990, this is a venue focused on fun experiences. 106 is not just a regular bar and regular parties. If you stop by, you might step into a game night or a message, when Grindr is not allowed and if you wanna meet someone you’ll have to grab a pen and a piece of paper, just like back on the old days.
Considered the only Lesbian & Queer bar in Lisbon, Society welcomes all LGBTQ+ community for a night of good music, atmosphere and fun. Opened from Thursday to Sunday, it’s always good to check the event of the night. It can be an 80’s flashback, a house party or a divas night. One thing is for sure, you are about to have a lot of fun!
If you have started your research about your Lisbon trip you probably already read about Bairro Alto. Located in the city center this historical area is full of bars spread onto its narrow streets. There are a lot of gay bars in this area but Friends is the one everyone goes before hitting any of the clubs in Lisbon. Drinks, beers, wine or shots for the bravest will make your night even more fun. Oh, and, don’t forget to tip the bartenders they’re definitely an attraction of Friends 🙂
It’s Friday or Saturday night and you feel like dancing? Trump is the right destination. The largest LGBT club in Portugal attracts people of all ages, styles and, of course, nationalities. There are 2 dance floors, on Friday nights the main floor is all about pop, drags, and performances. On Saturday nights it’s time for some electronic, beards and mustaches. Trumps is open until the sun rises and you better get ready to dance until you shatter yourself!
It doesn’t matter if it Saturday or Monday, Friday or Wednesday, Finalmente has been opening its doors every night since 1976. In these last 41 years, the club became one of most famous nightlife address in Lisbon hosting performative and glamorous drag shows.
Local tip: Sunday nights are the best!
If you wanna spice up your night, with theme parties – including underwear, fetish and, naked events – you must head to Bar Cru. Besides the bar, that open its door every day at 5 p.m. there is also a gay erotic shop where you’ll find accessories that you might feel like using just after buying it!
Remember what we said about Bairro Alto? So, Lisbon main sauna is also in the middle of this vivid area. Trombeta has a great reputation, not only because of its structure and busy events agenda but also because of its clients, which includes tourists and locals.
Local tip: After party time – on Saturday/Sunday – are busy and popular
Ready to shop for a great selection of brands? UP!Town is a multi-brand store that highlights and value the importance of being different, unique and yourself. Also located in Bairro Alto, this shop is a place to make a break, swipe your card and feel ready to discover Lisbon.
Gay Bars in Lisbon
Gay Clubs in Lisbon
Gay saunas in Lisbon and cruising bars
To know a bit more about Portugal or Spain, you can have a look as well on our Gay Guides for Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Malaga, Girona or Alicante. And of course on Maspalomas and Torremolinos for more Spanish beach party.