13 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

La Machine du Moulin Rouge
La Machine du Moulin Rouge. Photo by vincentkheng on Instagram

La Machine du Moulin Rouge started out as a club called La Locomotive, where artists like The Beatles and David Bowie have performed throughout the decades, and became La Machine du Moulin Rouge in 2010 when it was bought by Le Moulin Rouge cabaret. Since the rebranding, it has become one of the most popular nightclubs in Europe with a history of supporting local artists and playing all genres of live music. The club has four different areas to mingle in depending on your mood: Le Central is the main room, where you can enjoy music and dance the night away; the champagne bar is a popular place for locals to get drinks after work; La Chaufferie is a party room in the boiler room, complete with loud music and endless dancing; and The Roof is a private rooftop area where you can enjoy the fresh air and a quieter atmosphere while you drink. At La Machine du Moulin Rouge, there are no VIP areas or table reservations, creating an environment where everyone is equal.

Open Café

17 Rue des Archives, 75004, Paris, France

Open Café gay bars in paris
Open Café. Photo by lostncheeseland on Instagram

Open Café is a laidback environment from morning till night, going from café to bar once the sun sets. People often start out their night here before continuing elsewhere when it closes at 10pm. The terrace open during the summer months offers a great spot to people watch in the daytime. The establishment serves classic café food and cocktails, while live DJs play on Friday nights.

La Java

105 Rue du Faubourg du Temple, 75010, Paris, France

La Java gay bars in paris
La Java. Photo by lajavabelleville on Instagram

Opened in the 1920s, La Java boasts the iconic Art Deco interior of an old school Parisian club. La Java is one of the oldest nightclubs in Paris, named after a popular dance style at the time of its opening. The bar is a hotspot for night owls since it’s open until 6am, and the dance floor is never empty no matter what time it is. Be sure to check the musical theme of the night before you go, as they play different styles from techno to rock every night.

Cud

12 Rue des Haudriettes, 75003, Paris, France

Cud gay bars in paris
Cud. Photo by stellarochaoficielle on Instagram

Cud is a trendy bar, always attracting a young crowd. It’s open quite late, and people often come here after the other clubs around close. There’s a tame seating area on the ground floor, but don’t miss out on the party in the cave downstairs, complete with a packed dance floor and plenty opportunity to make new friends. Catch live DJs on Wednesday through Sunday, playing popular music and taking requests from whoever asks.

Au Mange-Disque

15 Rue de la Reynie, 75001, Paris, France15 Rue de la Reynie, 75001, Paris, France

Translating to “disk eater,” Au Mange-Disque is a campy gay bar with checkered tiles, neon signs, and retro 70s décor. The club hosts karaoke nights as well as drag shows on the weekends, and it’s the place to go for live music. There’s a huge drink selection thanks to the fully stocked bar, and multiple course meals of salads and charcuterie boards are made to order.

Le Quetzal

10 Rue de la Verrerie, 75004, Paris, France

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FACEBOOK Quetzal Bar

Le Quetzal is a large bar rife with arcade games, friendly staff, and good vibes. It tends to get pretty busy on weekends, but it’s a great place to make new friends, so you can mingle to your heart’s desire (or until the bar closes at 4am). Peruse the playful décor of robot statues and disco balls while enjoying the techno music that fills the space all night long. The bar is dimly lit, with the only consistent light source being neon purple signs throughout. Don’t pass up on the food if you get hungry, as Le Quetzal serves some of the best bar snacks in the business.

Supersonic

9 Rue Biscornet, 75012 Paris

Freedj best gay bars in paris
Photo by Freedj Facebook

Freedj is a trendy gay bar offering a different music genre every day with no cover fee. Don’t miss happy hour at 10:00 p.m. to enjoy one of the many popular colorful cocktails available at a discounted price. The basement of the club opens at 11 p.m. to give party-goers an unforgettable night out. Complete with neon lights and modern décor, this fun spot also hosts captivating drag shows every Thursday.

La Mutinerie

176-178 Rue Saint-Martin, 75003, Paris, France

La Mutinerie is a feminist bar run by women, for women that’s big on intersectionality and promoting discussions on racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia. While the establishment welcomes everyone, the owners of La Mutinerie wanted to differ from other gay clubs in the area, which mostly pander to men. Inside the club, you can find pool tables, karaoke, and a library, as well as live DJs playing nearly every night. On weekdays, the bar hosts events from self-defense classes to feminist film screenings. The goal is to be more than just a gay bar, a place for women and LGBTQ+ people to have important discussions in a safe environment. La Mutinerie even started an initiative to lower drink prices so more people can afford them, and 10-15% of all money made goes to charities dedicated to LGBTQ+ individuals.

If you want to make your bar more unique, you can customize some neon lights to decorate it according to the style and theme of your bar. For example, you can hang Custom Bar Neon Signs on the window of the bar, which can attract the attention of many passers-by. Also, neon lights are a great art to decorate the bar walls, hang them on the wall, they will become a great focal point of the bar and create a cool atmosphere for your bar.

Meghan St. Pierre

Content Editor Associate

Meghan is a native of South Florida who loves nature and landscape photography. Her favorite travel activities are getting lost in new cities and trying local desserts. She has been to 22 countries, and her favorites have been Sweden and Denmark so far.

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