12 Gay Bars For An Unforgettable Night Out In Paris

Your comprehensive guide to Paris’ gay bar scene.

Considered an LGBTQ+ safe haven for over 100 years, Paris and its nightlife has much to offer LGBTQ+ travelers. Most gay bars in the city are located in Marais, which is known as the gay district. Several pride events happen here throughout the year, and you’ll see pride flags hanging from many establishments. If you want to have an unforgettable night out in Paris, look no further than this comprehensive guide to the best gay bars in the city.

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Les Souffleurs

7 Rue de la Verrerie, 75004, Paris, France

Les Souffleurs
Les Souffleurs. Photo by ssuperpolo on Instagram

Les Souffleurs is a modern and trendy bar with a chill vibe that sets it apart from other gay bars in the city. From drag shows to dance parties, the joint is often bustling with locals and tourists alike until closing at 2am. Brick walls are lined with leather couches where patrons can sit and enjoy discounted happy hour drinks while live DJs play their sets.

Duplex Bar

25 Rue Michel le Comte, 75003, Paris, France

Duplex Bar
Duplex Bar. Photo by duplex_bar_paris on Instagram

The oldest gay club in Marais, Duplex Bar keeps it lowkey with dim lighting and leather seats. The bar is sometimes host to art shows, with different events every day so there’s always something new to experience. DJs play all sorts of music from synth-pop to funk, drawing a wide audience to the local spot and making it quite busy on weekends.

Raidd Bar

23 Rue du Temple, 75004, Paris, France

Raidd Bar
Raidd Bar. Photo by raidd_paris on Instagram

Raidd, AKA the “shower bar” is best known for the go-go boys who put on a show in the showers next to the bar. This iconic institution features shirtless bartenders and electronic music for a wild and fun night out you’re sure to remember. There’s no cover fee to get in, but we suggest getting there early, as there’s always a line out the door.

COX

15 Rue des Archives, 75004, Paris, France

COX
COX. Photo by bulgebull on Instagram

Opened in 1995, COX is one of the most famous gay bars in the city. Happy hour is from 6-9pm, when you can sit out on the terrace with a drink and enjoy the nighttime air with friends. The bar gets redecorated about every 3 months, always creating a new atmosphere to discover.

Club Banana Café

13 Rue de la Ferronnerie, 75001 Paris

Club Banana Café
Club Banana Café. Photo by bananacafeparis on Instagram

One of the most popular gay clubs in the city, Club Banana Café has been a locally beloved establishment since it opened in 1990. Located in Les Halles, the bar mostly attracts a younger crowd with disco drag on Tuesdays and go-go dancer shows every weekend. Take advantage of happy hour prices at the bar on the top floor before going back downstairs for dancing and live music.

La Machine du Moulin Rouge

90 Bd de Clichy, 75018, Paris, France