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Barcelona claims to be Europe's gay capital, and with good reason. Find out why using the 60by80 gay guide for an extended weekend with Club, Queen and King-sized recommendations on what to see and do, and where to eat, shop and go out.

Suite at the W Barcelona


Friday afternoon.


BestialCLUB-SIZED
Set on the beachfront, with groomed, minimalist design and perfectly passable food, Bestial is the perfect introduction to Barcelona. Then jump on the Bus Turístic and take in the major sights in one go. Do take time at Park Guëll.

Dos PalillosQUEEN-SIZED
Spend the afternoon exploring Raval. Work up an appetite at the Boqueria market for lunch at Dos Palillos where Albert Raurich, former commander-in-chief at El Bulli seves Asian-inspired tapas. Digest artfully at MACBA.

Mies van der Rohe PavilionKING-SIZED
Head up Montjuïc, Barcelona's green heart and home to some of our favourite sights, including the Miró Foundation and Mies van der Rohe Pavilion. Refuel at the sumptuous lunch-only Oleum restaurant at MNAC.


Friday evening.


Flamant RestaurantCLUB-SIZED
Sometimes the setting is more important than the food and that's the premise at Flamant; the perfect place to start a night out in Gayxample with its buzzy atmosphere and great decor - and it'll get you fed, too.

Boca GrandeQUEEN-SIZED
Exciting, charming, and smoking hot, Boca Grande combines good seafood and great cocktails. Get the weekend started with dinner at this looker in Eixample. Make sure to swing by its upstairs Boca Chica cocktail bar, too.

Bravo24 at the WKING-SIZED
The in-house restaurant at the W is now up and running, and Bravo24, the latest outpost for local wunderkind and Michelin-starred Carles Abellán, is already one of the hottest tables in town.

MORE DINING REVIEWS AND RECOMMENDATIONS IN OUR BARCELONA RESTAURANT GUIDE


Friday night.


MuseumCLUB-SIZED
Metro is where everybody eventually ends up on Fridays: drama queens, Muscle Marys, tourists and everybody else who is out. Sit out the wait for 3am at nearby Museum. Or try out the new Tanga Party.

Mary BooneQUEEN-SIZED
If you prefer a proper cocktail over a packed room, then Mary Boone is for you. A quality bar with good DJs and when it does fill, it's with a quality crowd. For more action, head over to Hotel Axel's Sky Bar.

Eclipse bar at the WKING-SIZED
The atmosphere can be a tad chi-chi, but occupying the top deck of the 26-floor W hotel with unmatched views of Barcelona, there's no better spot to swirl a martini than Eclipse.

MORE SUGGESTIONS FOR GOING OUT IN OUR BARCELONA GAY NIGHTLIFE SECTION


Saturday morning.


Club Natació Atletic BarcelonetaCLUB-SIZED
Buff up at Club Natació Atletic in Barceloneta. No luxury amenities, but great pool facilities and sun loungers overlooking the beach. And being home to one of Spain's best waterpolo teams, the Med's not the only nice view.

Aire de BarcelonaQUEEN-SIZED
Aire de Barcelona in El Born – think black granite and quartz blended in with the existing brick and stone walls – is a lushly designed modern Arab bath house. Detox and recharge here, then consider brunch at the cute Picnic.

Six Senses SpaKING-SIZED
The majority of clients at the Six Senses spa may be of the ladies-who-lunch mould, but don't take notice and enjoy the stunning views from its 42nd and 43rd floor location – even from inside the sauna.


Saturday afternoon.


Gayxample shoppingCLUB-SIZED
Oh, what to wear tonight? The intersection of Muntaner and Consell de Cent is retail central of Gayxample. Find outfits for the weekend ranging from the cool to the downright tacky after a light lunch at the busy Brunch & Cake.

Santa Maria del MarQUEEN-SIZED
Go for lunch at Big Fish in the boho-chic El Born, then do your bit for the economy shopping. Trainers from Casa Munich or bespoke designs from Oscar H Grand? Contemplate the decision at Santa Maria del Mar.

La PedreraKING-SIZED
Discover why Koy Shunka is Ferran Adrià's fave sushi place, then head up Passeig de Gracia for some luxe shopping. Vinçon, Santa Eulalia and The Outpost are worthwhile stops - as is the wonderous La Pedrera.

MORE SHOPS AND AREAS IN OUR BARCELONA SHOPPING SECTION


Saturday evening.


Miu JaponésCLUB-SIZED
It's by no means a Nobu or a Koy Shunka, but the maki rolls in particular are very good at Miu Japonés, and the setting belies the moderate prices. And it's only a skip and a hop from the main bar zone for post-dinner fun.

SpeakeasyQUEEN-SIZED
Hidden amongst the pantry’s subtly illuminated racks of cans and bottles and only accessible with reservation, Speakeasy is one the city’s most special dining rooms. And with an award-winning mixologist, some pretty good aperitivos, too.

Moments restaurant at Mandarin Oriental BarcelonaKING-SIZED
The W is not the only hot new hotel in town: Mandarin Oriental is now open and Carme Ruscelleda's son is in charge of its Moments restaurant, Barcelona's latest eatery to get its second Michelin star. Try it and impress at home.

MORE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EATING OUT IN OUR BARCELONA RESTAURANT SECTION


Saturday night.


SaturgaysCLUB-SIZED
Pervert is now the place to be for club kids and gym bunnies on Saturday. Before, drinks in Gayxample, say at La Chapelle for some local flavour, or Bim Bam Bum to warm up with the tourist throng.

Eight BarQUEEN-SIZED
Bars in Raval generally offer stiffer drinks, a lighter attitude and a friendlier vibe than those in Gayxample. To sample, try out La Penultima and El Cangrejo, or go more mixed crowd at Ultramarineros.

Banker's Bar at Mandarin OrientalKING-SIZED
Put your drinks on credit at the Banker's Bar at Mandarin Oriental. B&B Italia designer Patricia Urquiola has turned the former bank space into a safe place to knock down a cocktail or six - no crisis here, just understated luxury.


Sunday day.


Beach BooyCLUB-SIZED
Mar Bella and the Chiringay is the place to be in summer, but Barcelona's beachside is pleasant all year around. Recover from Saturday's excesses with an arroz caldoso con bogavante at Catamaran, then head back to Gayxample for drinks at Hotel Axel's Sky Bar.

SitgesQUEEN-SIZED
Only 30-40 minutes away by train, consider a trip to Sitges, the first real gay destination in Spain, and be rewarded with a great beach and a charming old city centre. Alternatively, stay in Barcelona for a stylish beach-side paella lunch at Chiringuito Pez Vela below the W.

L'Orangerie at Gran Hotel La FloridaKING-SIZED
While the veritable feast that is brunch at L'Orangerie doesn't come cheap, the spectacular city view is included in the price. You'll need a car, but it makes a worthwhile excursion and you can explore Tibidabo en route.

MORE BARCELONA ATTRACTIONS IN OUR THINGS TO DO SECTION


Sunday evening.


El BerroCLUB-SIZED
Nicknamed the "Gay Diner" among locals, boys are lured to El Berro by its dirt cheap evening set menu, even cheaper platos combinados, and first row seats to see the passing trade at this busy Gayxample corner.

Bar VelódromoQUEEN-SIZED
If there is such a thing as a Barcelona institution, Bar Velódromo is one. Now restored to its original glory, pop in for a laid-back game of snooker and an order of tapas and classic Catalan bistro dishes.

Black at La RoyaleKING-SIZED
Having just earned his fourth Michelin star, Paco Pérez is possibly the best Spanish chef who you haven't heard of. And Black at La Royale, a vodka and caviar lounge, is possibly the most peculiar place to sample his magic. Excellent raw foods not to be missed.


Sunday night.


The Black Room at City HallCLUB-SIZED
Sunday nighter The Black Room at City Hall right by Plaça Catalunya has done its bit to restore some clubbing glory to the end of the weekend. Check our What's On section for other special parties.

Que Trabaje RitaQUEEN-SIZED
For something more alternative, check out Apolo which hosts both Choco Churros and Que Trabaje Rita. Check out the agenda for dates.

Grand Hotel CentralKING-SIZED
Barrio Gótico warrants a stroll at night when the lights are on. Then head over to Grand Hotel Central for a drink at their rooftop, open to the public after 20:30, and some of the finest city views in town.

FIND RECOMMENDATIONS ON WHERE TO STAY IN BARCELONA IN OUR HOTELS SECTION

 

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