Gay Paris is a hotbed of LGBTQ bars and gay cafes. The gay scene and gay nightlife center around Le Marais and Les Halles districts, particularly along Rue des Lombards, Rue du Temple and Rue des Archives. This is where you’ll find several of the best gay clubs Paris has to offer, and the majority of them are ideal for bar hopping and dancing on the weekend. There are also several gay cafes that are perfect for a mid-week coffee break (and gossip).
With a comfortable curb seating area and nice meals, Open Café in Le Marais is arguably one of the best gay bars in Paris, and is the place to be on a Tuesday afternoon in particular. Happy hour lasts until 11pm, and you’re sure to fit right in with the rest of the crowd. Whether you want to unwind for the afternoon with a beer, or settle in for the entire evening with some cocktails and new friends, Open Café reflects what gay bars Paris are all about.
Gay bars in Le Marais
Le Marais has long been known as Paris’ gay district, so it’s no surprise that the area offers up many gay and lesbian night spots, including some of the best gay bars in Paris. Raidd Bar is full of men every weekend, and although their go-go dancer 'shower show' is surely part of Raidd’s popularity, the excellent music at this Paris gay bar will have you dancing the night away. In terms of the gay bars Paris scene, this one is definitely a front runner, and beckons a visit.
Other popular Paris gay bars include Freedj, Duplex, and La Champmesle - an iconic lesbian bar.
Top Paris gay clubs
You don’t have to look far for the gay clubs Paris is proud of. The popular Gibus is packed at weekends and hosts occasional queer dance parties such as house and disco session Menergy. The clientele is mostly men, but there are also venues offering up something for the ladies. The European Beardrop is France’s chance to show off their appreciation for their bears on the dance floor. Fantastic music and aerial performers make this one of the best gay parties Paris serves up for the bear community. Last but not least, you can enjoy the end of a very busy weekend with a Sunday night chillout at La Dimanche.