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Gay Cities of the World: Best 20 Off-The-Beaten-Path Gay Cities

Gay Cities of the World: Best 20 Off-The-Beaten-Path Gay Cities

Dear adventurous souls (and those who hate the circuit scene), if you're seeking to escape the over-crowded, mainstream gay cities in the US and the world like New York City or Berlin, and explore the lesser-known corners of the globe, we've got you covered. We're about to embark on a journey to discover 30 under-the-radar travel destinations that are not just gay friendly cities for the LGBTQ+ community, but also offer an exceptional, fabulous experience for gay men.  

From undiscovered gems in the heart of the United States, to obscure gay cities of the world, these destinations promise a unique and inclusive atmosphere, away from the hustle and bustle of the usual hotspots. Get ready to pack your bags and venture into the unknown! 

Mykonos ain't got nothing on these places (and you will likely save a lot of money, too)!

The Top 20 Gay Cities of the World

1. Siem Reap, Cambodia 

Renowned for the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap is also home to a vibrant gay scene with plenty of gay-friendly establishments. It is quintessential gay Asia. 

But the charm of Siem Reap extends beyond its architectural wonders. Did you know that this Cambodian city holds an annual LGBTQ+ pride event, Siem Reap Pride, that takes place over a week and includes a variety of events like pool parties, art shows and charity fundraisers? It's truly a celebration of love and diversity, making Siem Reap a must-visit for every gay traveler.

Whether you're after a serene yoga session, a quaint café, or a buzzing bar, Siem Reap has you covered. Check out some of these oasis of inclusivity: 

  • Miss Wong Cocktail Bar: This Asian-themed bar offers a wide range of unique cocktails.
  • MEN's Sauna & Spa: This exclusively male spa provides a welcoming sanctuary.
  • Barcode: A chic, gay-friendly bar offering a diverse range of themed nights.

Siem Reap Gay Photo by Theang Rathana on Unsplash

We have a post that talks about Siem Reap in a bit more detail (even though Fabio didn't get to go because of a broken knee).

2. Puglia, Italy

A lesser-known region of Italy, Puglia boasts idyllic beaches, historic towns, and a warm welcome for gay travelers. 

This vibrant region is home to Gallipoli, a sea-side town known for its thriving gay scene. Did you know, it's lovingly dubbed as 'the Ibiza of Italy'? A variety of gay-friendly clubs, bars, and beaches, it offers everything for gay travelers seeking both relaxation and revelry. Truly, Puglia is a gay paradise waiting to be discovered!

Puglia is a gay-friendly destination with various venues that cater to the LGBTQ+ community. From charming bed and breakfasts to lively nightclubs, there's something for everyone in this enchanting Italian region. Here are a few notable establishments: 

  • Masseria Le Fabriche - A beautiful gay-friendly wine resort in the Salento countryside. It offers comfortable accommodations and excellent wine tasting experiences.

  • D'Ayala Beach - D'ayala Beach, tucked away in the region of Puglia, Italy, is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Known for its crystal-clear waters and serene environment, this beach offers a relaxed and inclusive atmosphere, making it an ideal spot for gay travelers seeking tranquility and natural beauty away from the bustling gay circuit.

  • Millennium Gay Sauna - Located in the heart of Puglia, Italy, Millennium Gay Sauna is a hidden gem for the LGBTQ+ community. This sauna offers a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, making it a perfect under-the-radar destination for gay men. With its clean and well-maintained facilities, it provides an excellent space for relaxation and socializing.

Follow these guys on Twitter for the best gay Puglia tips we have come across.

Also, Nomadic Boys have a pretty comprehensive guide if you want something all in one place

Or, check out some of our other posts on Italy

3. Porto, Portugal 

While Lisbon gets all the attention, Porto, with its stunning architecture and wine culture, provides a more relaxed and authentic experience for gay travelers.

Check out our Gay Porto Guide! 🇵🇹

Did you know that Porto is the birthplace of the world-renowned Port wine? This sweet, fortified wine, produced exclusively in the Douro Valley, has a history dating back to the 17th century. Whether you're a seasoned connoisseur or simply enjoy a good glass of wine, a visit to one of Porto's wine cellars is a must.

Stepping away from the typical, let's put the spotlight on the beautiful city of Porto. Nestled in Portugal, this city is a treasure trove for the gay traveler seeking diverse experiences. Below are a few top-rated establishments you shouldn't miss: 

  • Zoom Porto - This premier gay club showcases local and international DJs, and is a haven for dance enthusiasts.
  • Invictus Café - A warm, gay-friendly café located in the heart of Porto. Kick off your day here with a delicious brunch.

Porto, Portugal - Gay City Photo by redcharlie | @redcharlie1 on Unsplash

4. Tel Aviv, Israel 

Known as the gay capital of the Middle East, Tel Aviv is famous for its vibrant nightlife, beautiful beaches and open-minded locals. 

Here's a little glimpse into Tel Aviv's history. The city, often referred to as the 'White City', is home to the world's largest collection of Bauhaus architecture Garnering UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003, Tel Aviv's rich architectural heritage isn't just aesthetically pleasing but also speaks volumes about its progressive roots.

Tel Aviv is not just known for its rich architectural heritage but also its progressive and welcoming atmosphere for the gay community. Here are three hidden gems: 

  • Shpagat - One of the city's most popular gay bars, Shpagat offers a relaxed environment where locals and visitors mingle over drinks. With its open-minded crowd and eclectic musical selection, it's a place where you can truly be yourself.
  • Hilton Beach - Known as Tel Aviv's unofficial gay beach, Hilton Beach offers a friendly and laid-back atmosphere. It's a great spot to soak up the sun, meet new people, and enjoy some of the city's best beach volleyball.
  • Ga'ash Nude Beach - If you prefer a more secluded experience, Ga'ash Nude Beach is a must-visit. This beach is popular among the gay community and is a perfect place for those who value privacy and natural beauty.

However, just to warn you, Tel Aviv is not so cheap, so us 2 broke boys created a blog post on how to survive cheaply in Tel Aviv in case you want to go to this fabulous city, but want to go home with money. 

Gay Tel AvivThe endless sexy beaches of Tel Aviv

5. Ogunquit, Maine 

For those tired of Fire Island and Provincetown, why not keep going North and give Ogunquit a go. This small town in the US is home to a thriving gay community, complete with inviting beaches, art galleries, and a great food scene.

Located in the picturesque state of Maine, Ogunquit is a welcoming destination that embraces diversity with open arms. Despite its small size, it has a lot to offer to the gay traveler, ensuring a fun-filled and memorable vacation. As an interesting fact, Ogunquit is often referred to as the 'Most Beautiful Place by the Sea'.

Here are some places of interest in Ogunquit:

  • Main Beach - Known for its pristine white sands and cool Atlantic waters, it's perfect for those who love to soak up the sun.
  • Footbridge Beach - A more secluded spot, ideal for peaceful contemplation and romantic walks.
  • Ogunquit Museum of American Art - It houses a vast collection of contemporary and modernist pieces.
  • Ogunquit Playhouse - Catch a show at this historic theater, that features Broadway-quality productions.
  • The Front Porch -A popular gay-friendly restaurant and piano bar, serving delicious food and mesmerizing live music.
  • MC Perkins Cove - Offering stunning ocean views and great seafood options.

Ogunoquit Gay Photo by Justin Bisson Beck on Unsplash

6. La Paz, Mexico 

Often overshadowed by Cabo, La Paz offers a more peaceful vacation experience with its pristine beaches and laid back atmosphere. 

La Paz, sitting pretty on the Baja California Peninsula, is a gem often overlooked by tourists. But this city isn't just about the calm vibes and sandy shores. It has a lot more to offer, especially for gay travelers looking for off-the-beaten-path destinations. 

Some facts to get you feeling ready for La Paz:

  • Historic Heart: Did you know La Paz is one of the oldest cities in California? It was founded in 1535, and its rich history is palpable in its colonial architecture and historic monuments.
  • Natural Playground: La Paz means "peace" in Spanish, which perfectly sums up the city's vibe. It's a natural paradise, home to stunning coral reefs, a beautiful seafront, and an incredible array of wildlife.
  • Culinary Delights: The city is a gastronomical delight. It's well-known for its seafood, particularly its pearl oysters, which you can enjoy at the many gay-friendly restaurants.
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly: Though quieter than Cabo, La Paz boasts a thriving and welcoming LGBTQ+ community. There are several gay-friendly establishments around town where you'll feel right at home.

7. Wellington, New Zealand 

The capital city of New Zealand is as gay-friendly as they come, featuring a lively arts scene and stunning natural beauty. 

Wellington, affectionately known as "Welly", is a city pulsating with an eclectic mix of arts and culture. The city is home to the celebrated New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and countless theaters playing host to a variety of performances - from cutting-edge avant-garde pieces to traditional Maori plays. 

The city's natural beauty is nothing short of breathtaking. Nestled between rolling hills and a stunning harbor, Wellington boasts a picturesque landscape that's bound to leave you in awe. Enjoy leisurely strolls along the waterfront, head up to Mount Victoria for panoramic views of the city, or take a ferry across to the serene Matiu/Somes Island. 

The gay scene in Wellington is vibrant and welcoming. From laid-back pubs like S&M's Cocktail and Lounge Bar where you can enjoy a quiet drink, to flamboyant clubs like Ivy Bar & Cabaret where drag shows are the norm, the city caters to every preference. Wellingtonians are known for their open-mindedness and acceptance, making it a safe and comfortable destination for gay travelers. 

Here are a few fantastic, gay-friendly places in Wellington: 

  • S&M's Cocktail and Lounge Bar - A long-time favorite in the gay community known for its welcoming vibe and great cocktails.
  • Ivy Bar & Cabaret - If you're in the mood for something more flamboyant, this club features regular drag shows.

Gay Wellington Photo by Adana Hulett on Unsplash

8. Reykjavik, Iceland 

Home to one of the world's smallest yet most progressive LGBT communities, Reykjavik offers gay travelers a unique cultural experience. 

Don't let the city's size fool you; Reykjavik's LGBT community may be small, but it's mighty. The city is known for its welcoming atmosphere, with a yearly Pride Parade that sees locals and visitors alike lining the streets in support of the community. 

This northern gem offers more than just acceptance; it's also brimming with cultural attractions. From the iconic Hallgrímskirkja church to the colorful streets of downtown Reykjavik, there's a lot to explore. 

While you're in the city, make sure to check out some of the most famous gay establishments that Reykjavik has to offer. They are not just places to have a great time, but also landmarks in the fight for LGBT rights in Iceland. 

  • Kiki Queer Bar - Known for its vibrant atmosphere and fabulous drag shows, this is a must-visit for any gay traveler.
  • Bravo Bar - A relaxed and friendly bar that's popular with both the local LGBT community and tourists alike.
  • Pink Iceland - This LGBT travel agency was the first of its kind in Iceland, offering specialized tours for gay travelers.

Gay Reykjavik Photo by Héloïse Delbos on Unsplash

9. Valparaiso, Chile 

This colorful coastal city is one of the most liberal in South America, and its hilly streets are filled with art, culture, and gay-friendly establishments. 

Valparaiso, often referred to as 'Valpo', is a vibrant and eclectic city that's bursting with character, making it an ideal under-the-radar destination for gay travelers. Don't miss exploring its steep funiculars, colorful architecture, and stunning seaside views. The nightlife in Valparaiso is also diverse and inclusive, with a number of gay-friendly bars and clubs where you can unwind and meet locals.

Some places to check out in Valparaiso:

  • Pagano Bar - Known for its upbeat music and friendly atmosphere, this gay club is a fantastic place to dance the night away. It's not uncommon to find live DJs and drag shows happening here, adding to the fun and lively ambiance. 
  • The Clinic Bar - This unique spot is more than just a bar - it's also a cultural and political satire space. The walls are adorned with witty and provocative caricatures, and the cocktails have politically charged names. It's the perfect place to enjoy a drink and engage in thought-provoking conversations, making it a hit among the intellectual crowd within the gay community.

We also ranked it in our pick for Offbeat Digital Nomad Destinations.

10. Ljubljana, Slovenia 

As one of Europe's most underrated capitals, Ljubljana is a peaceful and pristine city that's full of charm and welcoming to all. 

Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia, is an underachiever when it comes to getting the recognition it deserves. Here are a few fun facts about this gem of a city: 

  • Culture Galore - Home to numerous theaters and museums, Ljubljana is a dream for cultural enthusiasts.
  • Ljubljana Castle - Overlooking the city from a hill, this 11th-century castle is an iconic symbol of the city.
  • Green Capital - Dubbed as the European Green Capital in 2016 by the European Commission, Ljubljana is a model of environmental sustainability.
  • Dragon City - Dragons are an integral part of the city's folklore, with the Dragon Bridge being a must-visit attraction.
  • Cafe Culture -  With a vibrant café culture, Ljubljana is perfect for those who love to sit back and enjoy a good cup of coffee.

So, whether you're a history buff, foodie, or nature lover, Ljubljana is a destination that's sure to engage and enchant. Don't miss out on the opportunity to explore this offbeat European city. 

Gay Ljubljana Photo by Bram van Geerenstein on Unsplash

11. Asheville, North Carolina 

With its historic architecture, thriving arts scene, and a strong LGBT community, Asheville is a hidden gem for gay travelers. 

Located in North Carolina, Asheville might seem an unlikely oasis for the LGBTQ+ community, given the traditionally conservative environment of the American South. However, this vibrant city has grown into a welcoming haven for gay travelers and residents alike. 

The transformation of Asheville into an LGBT-friendly city could be traced back to its strong commitment to inclusivity, diversity, and acceptance. This can be seen in its thriving arts scene, which has always been a platform for progressive and diverse voices. Furthermore, Asheville's commitment to preserving its historic architecture seems to reflect its value for all things unique and diverse. 

Some LGBTQ+ friendly places in Asheville:

  • Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe - For a city of its size, Asheville boasts a surprisingly large and diverse array of LGBT-friendly bookstores and cafes. Malaprop's offers safe spaces for discussions, connections, and a great cup of joe. 
  • Blue Ridge Pride Festival - Asheville's annual event is a testament to its commitment to inclusivity. It is a week-long celebration of the LGBTQ community, filled with events, parades, and performances, and is considered a must-visit event for gay travelers. 
  • North Lodge on Oakland & At Cumberland Falls Bed & Breakfast Inn - Two examples of lodgings that embrace diversity and provide a safe and welcoming environment for all guests. 

Gay Asheville Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash

12. Valencia, Spain 

Often overshadowed by its flamboyant neighbor Barcelona, Valencia is a breath of fresh air to the LGBTQ+ traveler seeking a more relaxed vibe. Spain's third-largest city is a gem waiting to be discovered, with a vibrant gay scene that remains largely under-the-radar. 

The city's El Carmen district is the heart of the LGBTQ+ scene, brimming with gay-friendly bars, clubs, and restaurants. This historic area is also an art lover's haven, showcasing street art and hosting numerous art galleries. 

  • La Boba y el Gato Rancio - A cosy bar attracting a diverse crowd with its welcoming atmosphere and eclectic music.
  • Cross - Known for its outrageously fun themed parties and friendly staff.
  • Deseo 54 - Valencia's leading gay club. The perfect spot to dance the night away.

But it's not all about the nightlife and events; the city's stunning architecture, beautiful beach, and delicious food scene make it a well-rounded destination. 

When it comes to accommodation, Valencia offers plenty of gay-friendly options. From boutique hotels in the Old Town to modern apartments in the trendy Ruzafa district, you'll feel right at home. 

So, if you're looking for a Spanish escapade off the beaten track, Valencia should definitely be on your radar.

Gay Valencia Photo by Jonny James on Unsplash

13. Guadalajara, Mexico 

Known for its mariachi music and tequila, Guadalajara also offers a lively gay scene with plenty of bars and clubs. 

Guadalajara, Mexico's second-largest city, has been emerging as a progressive, gay-friendly destination for years. Historically known for its vibrant culture, encapsulating everything from Mariachi music to tequila, Guadalajara also boasts a vibrant LGBT+ community. The city has been dubbed the "San Francisco of Mexico", a nod to its acceptance and inclusion of the gay community. 

So, why is Guadalajara such a hit among the gay crowd? Well, aside from its festive culture, Guadalajara is home to a number of gay-friendly neighborhoods, like Zona Rosa and Colonia Americana, which are filled with gay bars, clubs, and businesses. These areas also host the city's annual pride parade, which is a colorful, lively display of acceptance and unity. 

As part of its welcoming vibe, Guadalajara boasts a variety of gay-friendly spots that are worth checking out. Here are three top picks: 

  • Babel - Known for its edgy design and pulsating music, Babel is a popular gay club in Guadalajara. It's the perfect place to dance the night away.
  • California's Bar - This longstanding gay bar offers a relaxed and welcoming environment. It's the ideal spot to enjoy a drink and some conversation.
  • Casa Alebrijes Hotel - This boutique hotel caters specifically to the gay community. Its central location, beautiful decor, and friendly service make it a great choice for travelers. 

So, if you're looking to explore an under-the-radar gay-friendly destination brimming with culture, nightlife, and a welcoming community, Guadalajara should definitely be on your list.

14. Montevideo, Uruguay 

Montevideo is a progressive city with a vibrant cultural scene and a welcoming attitude towards gay travelers. Uruguay's capital is often overshadowed by its neighbor Buenos Aires, but its thriving LGBTQ+ community, annual Pride Parade, and gay-friendly establishments make it a destination worth checking out.

Montevideo has been ranked as the city with the highest quality of life in Latin America, and it shows in its welcoming attitude towards the LGBTQ+ community".

When it comes to LGBTQ+ friendly destinations, Montevideo, with its relaxed vibe and inclusive ethos, is a gem often overlooked. Offering a variety of venues and beaches catering to the gay community, this Uruguayan city is worth a visit. Here are three top suggestions: 

  • Rambla Republica de Mexico - This beautifully spacious and scenic beachfront avenue is a local favorite for both exercising and relaxing. You'll often find groups of friends and couples enjoying the sunset together, making it a great place to meet locals. 

  • Chains Pub - Chains Pub, one of the oldest gay bars in the city, is notable for its laid-back vibe and welcoming clientele. It hosts a variety of themed nights, so there's always something new to experience. 

Gay Montevideo Photo by Alicja Ziajowska on Unsplash

15. Ghent, Belgium 

This charming city is full of historic architecture, canals, and a thriving arts scene, making it a top destination for gay travelers. Furthermore, it has an incredible selection of LGBT-friendly establishments, from cozy cafés to vibrant nightclubs, ensuring a welcoming atmosphere for all.

Did you know? Ghent is home to the largest number of listed buildings in Belgium. A visual feast for lovers of architecture.

But beyond the stunning architecture, Ghent also boasts a lively and welcoming LGBTQ+ scene. It's the perfect under-the-radar destination for gay men seeking more than just parties. Here is a unique gay venue in Ghent that you won't want to miss: 

  • Club Adonis - This is a vibrant gay bar known for its friendly staff and great music. This spot is a great place to start your night out in Ghent. 

16. Florianópolis, Brazil 

With its stunning beaches and vibrant nightlife, Florianópolis is a popular destination for gay tourists. 

Often overlooked on the international travel scene, Florianópolis, affectionately known as 'Floripa', offers a unique blend of breathtaking natural beauty, warm hospitality, and a lively gay scene. This Brazilian city is a charming mix of sophisticated urban living and laid-back beach vibes, making it an ideal destination for the gay traveler seeking both relaxation and fun. 

Florianópolis is renowned for its beautiful beaches, with over 42 to choose from. Whether you're looking for a bustling beach party atmosphere at Praia Mole, or a tranquil spot to unwind like Lagoinha do Leste, there's a beach for every mood. Furthermore, you may want to consider visiting: 

  • Bar do Deca - a popular gay-friendly beach bar located right on the sands of Praia Mole. Known for its lively atmosphere and stunning ocean views, this hot spot is sure to provide a memorable experience.
  • Praia da Galheta - a secluded and undeveloped beach famous among the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Conca Club - vibrant nightlife venue

Gay FlorianopolisPhoto by Cassiano Psomas on Unsplash

17. Brighton, UK 

Known as the gay capital of the UK, Brighton offers a relaxed and inclusive atmosphere, with plenty of gay-friendly pubs, restaurants, and events. 

Check out our Gay Brighton Guide! 🇬🇧

With its colorful Regency houses and a breezy seaside vibe, Brighton has a unique charm that appeals to everyone, especially the LGBTQ+ community. It's not only the fun-filled Pride parades that make this city gay-friendly, but also the warm welcome from the locals. 

Art lovers will revel in Brighton's cultural scene. The city is home to numerous art galleries, theaters, and music venues. There's always something happening in Brighton, making it a throbbing, vibrant destination for culture vultures. 

For those who crave a bit of relaxation, Brighton's pebble beaches offer the perfect getaway. Unwind on the shoreline, watch the sunset, or take a leisurely walk along the iconic Brighton Pier. As the sun dips, the city's vibrant nightlife takes over, offering a range of gay clubs and bars where you can dance the night away. 

The city is also a haven for foodies, with numerous cafés and bistros offering mouth-watering delicacies. From vegan hotspots to seafood restaurants, there's something to cater to all tastes. Many establishments are proudly gay-friendly, ensuring everyone gets a slice of Brighton's culinary scene.

Here are three of the best gay-friendly establishments you should check out during your visit: 

  • The Marlborough - This historic pub and theater is famous for its welcoming atmosphere and diverse clientele. It's also a hub for Brighton's LGBTQ+ community with regular events and shows.
  • The Queen's Arms - Known for its live entertainment, this gay-friendly pub offers a warm and lively setting with fabulous drag performances to boot.
  • Legends Hotel - This seafront hotel has a stylish bar and a club that hosts various events. It's a popular spot for gay visitors and locals alike with its stunning views and friendly service.

Gay Brighton Beautiful flamingly gay Brighton even has rainbow scaffolding

18. Tasmania, Australia 

This island state off Australia's south coast offers stunning natural beauty and a welcoming community for LGBT travelers. 

Known for its rugged wilderness, Tasmania is a world away from the urban bustle and the usual gay-tourism clichés. This serene spot boasts a friendly and inclusive atmosphere, making it a must-visit for any discerning gay traveler. 

But what sets Tasmania apart isn't just its stunning landscapes. It's also the sense of acceptance and inclusivity that pervades the island. This is a place where you can be yourself, regardless of who you are or who you love.

From the untouched beaches of the East Coast to the wild forests of the West, Tasmania offers an array of natural attractions. Take a hike in the renowned Cradle Mountain National Park or explore the pristine wilderness of Southwest National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

For wildlife lovers, you'll have the opportunity to encounter Tasmania's unique creatures, like the famous Tasmanian devil and the adorable quokka. 

When you're done exploring the natural wonders, Tasmania's culture and food scene won't disappoint. The state's capital, Hobart, is a hub of creativity with its thriving arts scene. Don't miss the iconic Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), a playground for the curious and unconventional. 

The culinary scene in Tasmania is equally impressive. From fresh seafood to locally produced wines, your taste buds are in for a treat. The island's wineries are known for their exceptional Pinot Noir and sparkling wines, providing perfect moments of relaxation and indulgence. 

Whether you're seeking adventure, culture, or just a break from the norm, Tasmania offers an under-the-radar gay travel destination that's well worth exploring.

19. Osaka, Japan 

Osaka is the third-largest city in Japan, often overshadowed by Tokyo in the international scene. But little do people know that Osaka boasts a vibrant heart with its own unique character, especially appealing to the gay community. It's a city that dances to its own beat, making it an interesting under-the-radar destination for gay travelers. 

Osaka's nightlife is nothing short of spectacular. Known as the nation's kitchen, the city serves up a delicious mix of food and drink, alongside an array of entertainment options. The Doyama district, in particular, is a hub for the gay community with its numerous gay bars, clubs, and lounges, each offering a unique experience for visitors. 

Japan as a whole is known for its respect for privacy and personal space, making it a comfortable destination for gay travelers. In Osaka, this respect is coupled with a vibrant gay scene and friendly locals. Visitors often rave about the warm welcome they receive and the close-knit community they become part of during their stay. 

While in Osaka, make sure to check out these three establishments that are popular in the gay community. 

  • Frenz Frenzy - A trendy gay bar located in the heart of Osaka's gay district, Doyama-cho. Frenz Frenzy is known for its friendly staff, lively atmosphere, and diverse clientele. It's a great place to start your night out in the city. 
  • Explosion - This popular gay club is one of the biggest in Osaka, boasting three stories of dance floors and lounges. Known for its high-energy music and late-night parties, Explosion is the place to be for those looking to dance the night away. 
  • G Physique

Check out some of our other posts on Japan 🇯🇵

Gay Osaka Photo by Nomadic Julien on Unsplash

Frenz Frenzy Bar Osaka Us at Frenz Frenzy get freaky

20. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 

With its beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and a thriving gay scene, Puerto Vallarta is a must-visit destination for gay men. Aside from its natural beauty, Puerto Vallarta is known for its welcoming and inclusive community. The area is home to numerous LGBTQ+ owned businesses, including bars, clubs, restaurants, boutiques, and hotels.

Zona Romantica is a particularly popular neighborhood, often considered the gayborhood of Puerto Vallarta, where the LGBTQ+ community and its allies gather for fun and camaraderie. Moreover, Puerto Vallarta hosts a variety of LGBTQ+ events throughout the year. The most notable is Vallarta Pride, a week-long celebration held annually in May which features parades, beach parties, music festivals, and cultural events. But even outside these formal events, the city maintains a gay-friendly vibe year-round, making it an appealing destination for those seeking a warm, welcoming, and fun-filled holiday.

A Few More Gay Cities of the World: Honorable Mentions

Europe's Hidden Gems 

Often overlooked, these European cities offer unique experiences and thriving gay scenes. 

  • Antwerp, Belgium: Known for its fashion-forward scene and vibrant LGBTQ+ community, Antwerp offers plenty of tastefully curated boutique stores, exciting nightlife, and the annual Antwerp Pride that paints the city in a kaleidoscope of colors.
  • Thessaloniki, Greece: Sensational food, vivid nightlife, and gay-friendly beaches are just a few reasons why this city is a must-visit.

Diverse Delights of Asia 

These Asian cities offer vibrant gay scenes and a wealth of cultural experiences. 

  • Taipei, Taiwan: Home to Asia's biggest pride parade, Taipei is a beacon of inclusivity in the region.
  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Known for its friendly locals and lively nightlife, this city is a must-visit for gay travelers.
  • Jeju Island, South Korea: This island paradise is a haven of natural beauty and acceptance.

America's Off-the-beaten-path 

There's more to explore in the Americas beyond the well-known gay hubs. 

  • Ottawa, Canada: The nation's capital may not be as well-known as Toronto or Montreal, but it holds its own with a vibrant gay village and numerous LGBTQ+ events.
  • Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA: This small coastal town is a well-known safe haven for the LGBTQ+ community. Provincetown offers beautiful beaches, a thriving arts scene, and an energetic nightlife. The annual Carnival celebration is a must-see for gay travelers.

By venturing off the beaten path, you'll discover some of the world's most welcoming and inclusive destinations and continue to help grow, educate and spread the beauty of LGBTQ+ culture around the globe's farthest corners.