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There’s not many gay friendly places in Banjaluka or in the region, and even less openly gay or gay friendly places.
In Banjaluka many gays and lesbians go for a drink in Mister X café bar (electro and rock pop music, one of the only alternative place in the city) in the very city center but never openly showing that they are gay.
1000fryd Self-owned, volunteer-run alternative music venue and bar: Kattesundet 10
Camilo House Apartments – The Camilo House Apartments are centrally located in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo. If you are looking for convenience, value and security, look no further. There are five completely furnished junior 1-bedroom apartments in this 4-floor walkup building. This new building has amenities like: cooking area (w/dishes and pots), stove, refrigerator, microwave, cable TV, wireless internet, air-conditioning and backup power.
The prices for the apartments are $65 per night for stays of 7 days or less. $60 per night for stays over 8 days. These prices include all taxes and fees, AND there is no charge for having visitors. Repeat visitors are given a special rate.
Caribe Colonial Hotel – Calle Isabel Catolica #159, Colonial Zone, Tel.: (809) 688-7799
The Caribe Colonial is a boutique hotel (54 rooms) that is centrally located in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo. The hotel is gay-friendly with a professional, bilingual staff. The Caribe Colonial is an oasis in the big city that offers all the amenities you would expect from a first-class hotel.
Amazonia – Dr. Delgado #71, Gazcue, Santo Domingo, Tel.: (809) 412-7629
This Lesbian bar is open from Friday to Sunday from 8pm. Many people patronize this bar, but the clientele is predominantly Lesbian. Great place for a drink with some friends.
Bar Friends – 10 Polvorin St. Colonial Zone, Santo Domingo, Tel.: (809) 689-7572
Formerly the legendary hustler bar, Bar Phoenix, now called Bar Friends with new decor.
CHA – Avenida George Washington #165, (Between Maximo Gomez & Lincoln), Malecon Area, Santo Domingo
The “it” gay nightclub opened by gay Dominican legend, Chachita Rubio. It offers a great location, music, and drag shows and strippers. The largest gay club in the Dominican Republic. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (Opened on February 9, 2007.)
Cine Lido – 342 Avenida Mella, (one block from the Mercado Modelo), Colonial Zone, Santo Domingo, Tel.: (809) 682-8082
For 4 hours each night (6:30pm – 10:30pm) the XXX Cine Lido comes alive with a wide cross-section of Dominican men. Entrance is RD$150 pesos so it keeps out the hustler types (usually). For those want a little “something different,” you should check out Cine Lido. Remember, what happens at the Lido, stays at the Lido. Walking distance from El Conde.
Esedeku – 341 Las Mercedes cor. Santome, (one block from El Conde), Colonial Zone, Santo Domingo, Tel.: (809) 869-6322
On February 6, 2009, Esedeku had a “re-inauguration.” It now has more space, great music and terrace to go with its personalized service (and extensive bar!). Here, you will find a more authentic gay experience. This is NOT a hustler bar!
Jay-Dee’s – 10 Jose Reyes, Colonial Zone, Santo Domingo, Tel.: (809) 333-5905
The legendary Jay-Dee’s is the local gay bar/club frequented by mostly gay Dominicans (and tourists when they are in town). Friday and Saturday night are the best and it can get very crowded (and HOT!). Usually a stripper on Saturday. Open Thursday thru Sunday.
Costalunga – 3 Avenida del Sur, Boca Chica,Tel.: (809)523-6883
The Costalunga Residence Club is 3 blocks away from the beach in Boca Chica. The rooms are like little apartments with cooking facilities, refrigerator, air conditioner, and more, for just a few dollars. Very economical and very gay-friendly. There are several very reasonable places to stay in Boca Chica, though no known gay nightlife exists. Everyone looking to party heads to Duarte Street, which is the main strip with many bars, restaurants and clubs. Also, Santo Domingo is just a 30-minute ride away.
Hotel Residencial El Candil – 2 Juanico Garcia Street cor., December 20th Street, Boca Chica, Tel.: (809) 523.4252.523/53;
Hotel in Boca Chica, under new management. 150 meters from the beach and 100 meters from the center of town. The hotel has a swimming pool and bar. Rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, cable tv, kitchen, phone and room safe.
Playa Colibri Hotel & Residences, Fransisco Cãmaño Deño, Las Terrenas, Tel.: (809) 240-6434
Located on the Samana Peninsula, Las Terrenas is one of the jewels of the Dominican Republic. Playa Colibri Oceanfront Hotel & Residences is located just 33 feet from the Atlantic Ocean. This oceanfront oasis offers many amenities and is just 1-mile from the center-of-town. Many attractions are nearby for you to explore, or just relax on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean.
Casa Serena Guesthouse – Sosua, Tel.: (809) 571.3885 (Sosua)
Casa Serena ia a gay-owned alternative to the all-inclusive crowds. They offer an ideal base to start your holiday whether it be to explore the beauties of the Dominican Republic or to relax and unwind and forget about the outside world. With three rooms and a self catering studio available you’ll always be a guest, not a room number. They have a strict policy about “casual” guests, so please checkout their website before making reservations.
Tropix Hotel – Sosua, Tel.: (809) 571.2291
This hotel formerly owned by 2 Lesbians has been purchased by Americans. One of the new owners is gay. This small gem of a hotel is for travellers looking for something quiet and casual. It has 10 rooms and is walking distance to the beach and the center of town. Important: Because it is not an exclusively gay hotel you can have a guest if he is registered when you check-in, otherwise guests are not allowed.
Mary Rose is a new gay owned and run hotel and apartment complex in a quiet area of Sosua and within 2 minutes walk of some of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic. We have local shops and restaurants to cater for most needs or stretch out next to the pool side bar and enjoy the luscious tropical gardens with secure key entry into the complex. “Mary Rose” vacation rental condo apartments offer modern equipment and comfort – complete services ready to enjoy. Treat yourself to true tropical- island paradise, where memorable experiences await. With free Wi-Fi each apartment has a fully fitted self catering kitchen, coffee maker, flat screen cable TV and outside patio seating area all to make your stay with us one to remember. Tel. (809) 8828221
Thursday Night: “Submarine” – Bur Dubai, in the Dhow Palace Hotel.
Monday Night: “Zinc” – Trade Centre, in the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
The rest is private parties, or meeting your date online and then heading to a straight club!
Peijakas! Club is a queer feminist club on the first friday of the month at Pacifico, additional larger venue SuperPeijakas! events 3-4 times a year.
Cafe Kupla a non-profit meeting place for queer people at the Satama social centre, takes place about once a month
Queerkerho (Queer Club) a queer night open to everybody on the first Thursday of the month at Cafe Hertta (address: Näsilinnankatu 22).
Turku Book Café a queer friendly cooperative-run vegan cafe. Open Monday to Friday 11-19, sometimes later. Occasionally open on the weekend. Home to Qlub: a monthly queer club with dj’s, dancing and hanging around. Also hosts a wide variety of other cultural events: discussion nights, film screenings…
Suxes is the only gay bar in Turku. Mainstream. Has a dancefloor, there’s karaoke a couple of nights a week. Pretty quiet during the week, but usually packed on the weekend.
More info about more mainstream gay bars in different cities in Finland at ranneliike and QX.
Gay Lorraine information on what is going on in Lorraine.
Samtökin ’78 – The National Queer Organization.They have a community center and a library in downtown Reykjavik and organize events and the annual Pride parade.
Queer.is – The Icelandic Queer student organization. They organize events, especially for young people.
Barbara – the gay bar, open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Gay-club Mayak – located in the heart of the city (Ala-Too square), this is the oldest gay club in Bishkek. Cozy atmosphere and affordable prices make it a desirable destination for gay people at night. Face control at the entrance.
Gay-club Spiders – famous for it’s ‘dark’ reputation of a place where un-wealthy young gay people use to go to socialize. Both music and bar suck (for my taste) there. However, it’s a place to visit while in Bishkek for the same of seeing ‘another side’ of gay life. Location: Circus building at the Victory square.
Cafe Fat Boy’s – build in late 1990′s as an expat bar, it has eventually evolved into a student- and gay-friendly cafe with a nice selection of breakfasts and reasonable options for lunches. Prices are not very nigh but it’s definitely not the cheapest place in Bishkek. This is not a gay-bar. It’s a gay-friendly place meaning that gay people socialize there at evenings but it’s open to heterosexual people as well.
Erkindik boulevard – used to be famous cruising area during the Soviet times. Not clear if that’s still the case.
Elsker is a lesbian bar which is a restaurant by day and really fun bar at night. The address is: Kristian IVs gate – right opposite Det Norske Teatret (The Norwegian Theatre) in the city centre. It’s within walking distance of the national theatre subway, bus and tram stations.
Ett Glass is a restaurant open for all, and popular with the gay crowd. It’s RIGHT in the city centre, on the popular shopping and walking street, Karl Johan’s Gate.
Information on queer life in Manila
Que Pasa – Straight friendly
Camel – 81-810 Sopot, Niepodległości 796 tel: 00 48 58 551-38-36
LaF Plac Wolnica, in the basement under “cafe młynek” on the corner to Ul. Bozego Ciała across the street from a church. On fridays and saturdays mixed crowd.
Cocon a large gay disco with a couple of dancefloors and a darkroom. Not too many women.
gay/lesbian friendly places:
Massolit, Ul. Felicjanek. American bookstore and cafe, intersting literature about feminism, queer theory, genderstudies.
Miejsce Ul. Estery. Very nice and open cafe.
Spokój, Ul. Bracka (im hinterhof, 1. stock)
fashionable, nice cafe
Kolory Plac Nowy. Cafe, B&B
Pozytywka Ul. Bozego Ciala. Was a gay/lesbian place before, now, especially on weekends unfortunately slightly homophobic doormen. Open to everyone during the week, gay owner.
Apollon Gay Club – Open 7 nights a week. Late party nights Weds, Fri & Sat. Sunday men only. Free wifi.
Disco Club Barbaros – Open Fri&Sat
Be Happy Club – Not really a club, but a cafe
Marseille H(e)aven – Gay Club. Open 7 nights a week. Late party nights Fri & Sat. Free wifi.
Shanghai Club – In Northern Slovakia near Martin. Open Friday & Saturday
Ljubljana is the largest and capital city of Slovenia and has a great night life scene. The gay scene in Ljubljana is good and there are a good range of gay bars and clubs available. You will be able to find the Ljubljana gay bars quite easily and you can expect to enjoy a great night out with your friends here.
Cafe Open is the best known place for gays and lesbians. Hrenova 19 – almost in the city center.
Klub Gymnasivm club and sauna only for gays is located at
Ulics pohorskega bataljona 34 (public transportation: bus 6, 8 – Smelt/WTC, bus 14 – Mercator Slovenceva)
The second best known and popular place is called Tiffany which is located in a small circle of bars and clubs and has a great atmosphere as well as funky music and décor. It is open once a week and offers a good fun place for the gay community to go out to. You can expect to meet some fun people and have a great night out here. The addresses of the bar is: Masarykova cesta 24, 1000 Ljubljana
The third of the Ljubljana queer bars is a place called Monokel which is a great bar for lesbians. All are welcome but it is extremely popular with the lesbian crowd and is the ideal place for pre club drinks and parties. The addresses of this bar is as well: Masarykova cesta 24, 1000 Ljubljana
There is also a gay & lesbian disco (on saturdays and on sundays) Kersnikova 4 , 1000 Ljubljana
Check out the exact dates at Klub K4 and Ljudmila.
Kafetarija Lan is a gay & lesbian friendly caffe, Gallusovo nabrežje 27
Every year we have a gay & lesbian film festival which take places the first week of December in Kinoteka, Ljubljana.
Daegu is the 3rd largest city in the country, but the most conservative area, meaning the gay scene here is very hush-hush – so much so that some of the gay locals don’t know of its existence! The bars are located around the Dongdaegu area, near the train station and express bus terminals.
Bars – Tombo, Mask, Cross, Sun *Mask and Cross are karaoke bars*
The capital of the country and the only city with a visible gay scene. Located in Itaewon, the bars all stretch down a hill known as ‘Homo Hill’! The crowd is mixed Korean and foreign, and the bars are busiest on Saturday nights.
Bars – Soho, Queen, Always Homme, EatMe
Clubs – Trance, WhyDoIt?
EatMe – a stylish bar with a relaxed atmosphere, patrons of Homo Hill go here during the night to re-fuel with some food before heading out for more drinking!
Queen – the busiest bar on the Hill, with dancing on the podiums and seating around the edges. Packed on weekends.
The most famous is club Drive at Rudika sq. Parties are held on Fridays, Saturdays and all national holidays (New Year, Christmas, 8th of March etc.) there.
Another club is called Cactus. It is situated somewhere in the area called Alexeyevka.
There’s also a gay-friendly cafe right in the center of Kharkov (near the entrance of metro “Universitet”). It is called Versay, and there can be found some gays and lesbians in the evening.
Bars – The Dog, Gossip, Bank, @NE, Switch, Twist, Rockies, Eclipse, The Yard
Clubs – Powerhouse, The Loft
Powerhouse – the biggest gay club in the north-east with a multi-coloured glass dancefloor. Pop & house music dominate, and Mondays are student nights.
Switch – the pre-club party venue, the music is always thumping and favoured by a younger crowd.
@ne – stylish and sophisticated bar, with Buy-One-Get-One-Free drink promotions running through the week, and an internet cafe upstairs.
My Sister’s Room
Short Mountain Sanctuary Address: 247 Sanctuary Lane, Liberty, Tennessee, U.S.A. 37095. Radical Faeries Sanctuary in the forest and hour East of Nashville. Radical queer hideout, ranch, and gathering site.
Ida Address: A mile away from Short Mountain. May have to email them to procure address. Radical queer communal farm, hosts Idapalooza, hosts shows.
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