Buenos Aires is home to one of the best gay scenes of South America. Gay Buenos Aires is massive, spread mainly across Palermo and other neighbourhoods like San Telmo and Recoleta. There are gay hangouts to suit everyone, whether you're into bears, twinks, tango, want to watch a drag show or just a place to chill and jiggy to a bit of Kylie or Madonna.
What constitutes a “gay bar” is a bit blurred in Buenos Aires because here they don't go out till late and most bars/cafes double up as dancing venues.
Remember, Argentinians don't go to dinner before 9pm, so don't even think about heading to a bar until after 11pm and to a club until around 2am!
For our list of the 15 best gay bars in Buenos Aires, we've also included clubs, gay milongas (tango halls), restobars and cafes – basically our favourite gay hangouts that we loved going to each time we visited Buenos Aires.
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Where is the gay scene of Buenos Aires?
The main gay area of Buenos Aires is in Palermo, where the majority of the LGBTQ hangouts can be found like Pepo Pepona, Sitges, Work and
You can also find pockets of fabulousness in the affluent Recoleta neighbourhood where the Contramano bear club is, as well as the more pop/twink Glam disco.
Our personal favourite neighbourhood of Buenos Aires is San Telmo, where you can find the famous Sunday market and the excellent Pride gay cafe. San Telmo is also the traditional tango heart of the city, with some of the best milongas, including a few queer ones, which we've included in this list.
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Sitges is also a great place to come on a Saturday evening when it gets really busy. Crowd here is a mix of locals and foreigners of all ages.
Sitges is closed on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday it's open from 8pm to 3am. From Thursday to Sunday it's open from midnight until around 4-6am. Sitges is located at Avenida Cordoba 4119 in Palermo.
Peuteo is a ‘
The crowd is a mix of locals/foreigners, in their 20s, 30s and older. Most come here for a few cocktails before heading to one of the clubs. Also check out the staff: super friendly and easy on the eyes!
Peuteo is closed on Mondays and Tuesday. On all other days it's open from 9pm till around 3/4am on weekdays and until 5am on weekends. It is located at Gurruchaga 1867 in Palermo.
Work is the place to come if you're into electro music. Although it's a small unassuming, industrial-looking narrow bar in the heart of Palermo, it has quickly become one of the most popular gay bars in Buenos Aires, particularly with locals.
Work is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On other days it's open from 9pm till around 5am. But be warned, although it's open from 9pm, it's doesn't get busy until after midnight. Work is located at Gurruchaga 1832 in Palermo.
Contramano is the main bear bar of Buenos Aires and the place to come to find sexy beefy chongos – Porteño gay slang for butch manly men. We found Contramano to be super friendly and also loved the mix of music they play, which includes the best pop hits as well as Latino anthems.
The crowd tends to be more on the older side here – mainly men in their 30s/40s and older. Contramano is only open on weekends: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from midnight until 6am. It is located on Rodriguez Peña 1082 in Recoleta.
Glam is a younger crowd than Contramano – a mix of twinks, students, guys in their 20s/30s, lovers of pop music and us! From all the gay clubs of Buenos Aires, this was our favourite.
Glam is divided into two main sections, one for pop/Latino music, the other more for electro. Look out for the live Go-Go dancer shows that take place throughout the night.
Glam Disco is only open on Thursday to Sunday nights from midnight until 6.30am. It is located at Cabrera 3046 in Recoleta.
Pepo Pepona is the most unique restaurant you'll ever go to! It's a
The cocktails and the food is pretty good, but let's just say that's not what you're going to remember the most from this fabulous gem…only in Buenos Aires eh?!
Pepo Pepona is closed Mondays and Tuesdays and on other days it is open for dinner and drinks from 7.30pm until
Tango Queer at Buenos Aires Club
in San Telmo
At its inception in the late 1800s, the tango was a dance between two men. Whilst its queer origins may have been lost over time, there has been a renaissance of same-sex tango over the last few decades, culminating with a queer tango festival in November.
Tango Queer is one of the best gay milongas (gay tango halls) in Buenos Aires. We came here on a Tuesday evening to try out their lessons, which then turned into free-style dancing, followed by a show. You cannot come to Buenos Aires and not do a gay tango class. It's romantic as well as an excellent way to meet friends.
Gay tango classes at Tango Queer take place every Tuesday at 8pm and are for all levels, including outright beginners, which we were when we first went! Tango Queer takes places at the Maldita Milonga at Perú 571 in San Telmo.
La Marshall Milonga
in Villa Crespo
La Marshall is another excellent gay milonga in Buenos Aires worth checking out. If you miss the Tuesday class of Tango Queer, you can come to this one on a Wednesday evening.
Like Tango Queer, La Marshall follows the same format: classes from 8:30pm followed by free-style dancing from around 10pm, and then a show later on in the evening.
La Marshall Milonga is located at Yatay 961 in Villa Crespo.
in San Telmo
We love hanging out at Pride Cafe. It's not only in our favourite part of Buenos Aires (in San Telmo), the food and cocktails are always a treat – especially their delicious dulce de leche chocolate brownies!
One of the highlights of Buenos Aires is the Sunday San Telmo market, which we highly recommend. Pride is right by the market, which makes it the ideal place to come for a coffee after shopping, or for Sunday brunch.
Pride is open everyday from morning until
Gout Cafe is a hetero-friendly cafe in Recoleta, famous for its gluten-free menu. Their coffees and cakes are also really goood, especially their red velvet cakes and macaroons. It's all made fresh everyday so you know you're in for a treat here. Celiacs will, of course, particularly love this place.
Gout Cafe is open daily from 11am to 8pm. It is located at Montevideo 1480 in Recoleta.
Located right by the subway station in Recoleta, KM Zero is another gay bar in Buenos Aires to come for drag shows. As a bonus, they also have Go-Go dancers and the occasional strippers.
The music ranges from electro-dance to L
KM Zero is open daily from midnight until around 6am and is located at Avenida Santa Fe 2516 in Recoleta.
Amerika is spread out over 3 floors, each with dancing areas. They have themed nights like foam parties, bear nights and more. When we went it was generally a younger crowd: guys in their 20s, but this will vary depending on the night.
Amerika takes place on weekends – Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, from midnight until around 6/7am. It is located at Gascon 1040 in Almagro.
If you don't quite fancy heading to a gay bar at midnight and want to go somewhere for drinks early on in the evening, we recommend Flux Bar. This is a small retro cellar bar in Retiro with a range of Happy Hour and 2 For 1 offers between 7-10pm.
Flux generally has a mixed crowd, but when we visited we found more foreigners than locals – probably because the local boys like to head out much later in the evening.
Flux is open daily from 7/8pm until around 2/3am and is located at Marcelo T. de Alvear 980 in Retiro.
Casa Brandon Culture Club
in Villa Crespo
How to explain Casa Brandon? Self-dubbed as a queer cultural club, many locals in Buenos Aires come here for art exhibitions and performances from LGBTQ artists.
There's a monthly party known as BRANDONgayday where diversity is celebrated and partygoers dance to live DJs. If you're looking for something a bit different, a bit cultural, with yummy food and drinks, then you might like to try out Brandon.
Fiesta Puerco and Fiesta Plop
Both parties have live DJs, GoGo dancers and lots of sexy young Porteño boys. The parties take place at the Teatro Vorterix (Vorterix Theatre), which is located on the corner of Frederico Lacroze and Alvarez Thomas in Palermo.
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