Gay Santiago: The Best Bars, Clubs and Hotels – Nomadic Boys

Author: , July 5th, 2017

Gay Santiago

Chile is well known as being one of the most economically developed countries in Latin America, but its society is still very conservative.

However, gay Santiago, the capital city has a huge gay scene, mainly around the Bellavista neighbourhood, with many gay bars, clubs and parties happening almost every day of the week.

After spending several months in Santiago and using it as a home base, it became one of our favourite places in South America. From our experience in Chile’s big capital city, we’ve put together this gay guide to Santiago, featuring our favourite gay bars, clubs, hotels and things to do in the city.

Gay Santiago Bars

Bombero Nuñez is the street in the Bellavista neighbourhood where you’ll find the majority of the gay bars and clubs of Santiago. Although most gay bars don’t get busy until after 10/11pm, there are a few gay restobars you can visit if you want to go somewhere beforehand.

Station Bar: Station restobar is one of the largest gay hangouts in Santiago, which gets busy after 6pm. We love coming here for early evening cocktails. Due to the licensing laws, you’re required to order food with your drinks, so it maybe worth having your dinner here as well. Station is open everyday except Sundays and is located at Antonia Lopez de Bello 064 in Bella Vista.

Bar 105: popular gay bar in Santiago and despite being quite small, always attracts a large crowd. For us Bar 105 was our favourite gay bar to warm up the evening with a few pisco sours before heading out to the nearby clubs. Bar 105 is open from Thursday to Sunday from 10pm till late and is located at Bombero Nuñez 105.

Burdel: this place gets busy because of its 2 for 1 drinks promotions and occasional drag shows. Burdel is open from Monday to Saturday from 10pm till late and is located at Ernesto pinto Lagarrigue 282.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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A First Timer’s Guide to Gay Pride in Tel Aviv

Author: , May 8th, 2014

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We’ve showed you how to experience the best of Tel Aviv on a shoestring budget — but for those of you traveling there next month, a bit more guidance is in order. Tel Aviv Pride, which takes place June 8-14, is one of the world’s largest pride celebrations (over 100,000 celebrants made it out last year). And not just that: it’s a fantastic opportunity to see the city’s most vibrant bars, beaches, and restaurants come alive. Here, a few essential spots to add to your list:

Eden House: A renovated 19th century townhouse in the heart of Kerem HaTemaneim beckons travelers of all stripes. The 12 rooms, all fitted out in retro-Victorian decor, include an “Economy” category, which sells for as low as $79 a night. Downstairs, there’s a Tea Room inspired by the owner’s Russian grandmother, where you can fuel up on caffeine before the festivities.

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A First Time Visitor’s Guide to Thailand

Author: , May 4th, 2014

Thailand - Adam GroffmanThis week I’m in Thailand for the first time in three years. THREE YEARS! I’m here on an OUT Adventures group trip which is giving me the chance to rediscover everything I love about amazing Thailand. Plus see more than a few places and have more than a few experiences that I somehow missed on all my previous holidays in Thailand.

Revisiting one of Southeast Asia’s most touristic countries, I realize how big of a tourist destination this country is. For many, Thailand is the beginning of many Asia backpacking and travel adventures. I still remember when I landed in Bangkok the first time, I didn’t experience as much of a culture shock as my new-found friends along Khao San Road. That’s not to say that the noises and smells of Bangkok didn’t strike me — but it was all a bit less than I was originally anticipating. Thankfully, this is a country that’s full of exciting and interesting surprises but it’s also all very approachable. Give credit to the famous Thai smile & service for that.

Thailand is a beautiful country and if you’ve only got a two-week holiday, there’s unfortunately a lot that you’ll miss out on. Below, though, you’ll find a beginner’s guide to one of the easiest, friendliest and most gay-friendly destinations in Asia.

Authored by Adam Groffman. See the Full Story at Travels of Adam here.

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Travel Gift Guide for 2013

Author: , November 23rd, 2013

Christmas GiftsToday’s travelers want to be comfortable, organized and connected. With those themes in mind, here are some gift ideas, starting with suggestions from three folks who travel for a living.

GOPRO AND A POWER STRIP

Brian Stacey, director of new product development for Tauck, the cruise and tour company, says his must-haves include Creative Labs noise-cancelling headphones for air travel ($60), and a GoPro camera, which he describes as “the hottest thing out there” (newest model, HERO3+ Black Edition, $400). The tiny digital camera can go underwater or “attach to pretty much anything – your helmet, arm, leg, canoe” – and take video and photos while you’re moving.

He also loves the Orvis businessman’s backpack ($150-$200). Among the things he stashes in it are a bottle protector from TravelSmith ($24) to bring home wine or olive oil without worrying about spills; and a Belkin power strip ($20). With a power strip, he can charge five gadgets with one hotel room outlet. If he’s traveling internationally, he only needs one adapter.

Authored By Beth J. Harpaz – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Gay Vancouver in the Summertime

Author: , July 3rd, 2013

Gay Friendly VancouverTravel Marketing has published the 11th annual Gay Friendly Vancouver – In Town Guide, for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgendered (LGBT) summer travelers to the Vancouver region, including Whistler, Victoria and Seattle. A free mobile app also offers information for mobile devices.

Marketing to the LGBT traveler has skyrocketed, with destinations worldwide now courting this travel segment, so it is essential to have current resources, social media connections and the latest technology on offer to attract the discerning LGBT traveler. It has been estimated that the LGBT travel segment represents a multi-billion dollar market worldwide annually.

With this in mind, Angus Praught, owner of Gayvan.com Travel Marketing, reported “Vancouver, Whistler, Victoria and the surrounding region have been active and visible in the international LGBT travel segment since the nineteen nineties and continue to showcase the destination as an LGBT welcoming place to visit.”

See the Full Story at GayWebSource.com

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Gay Guide to Hong Kong

Author: , April 18th, 2013

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Hong Kong has long been famed as one of the more tolerant areas of Asia, especially compared to its authoritarian cousin over on the mainland. While gay residents still donit enjoy the full spectrum of rights, thereis very little practical possibility of being savagely beaten up, harassed or threatened – at least no more so than in any Western country. All of which is jolly good news, because Hong Kong is one of the most exciting cities on Earth. Vast, futuristic, contradictory; it’s well worth a visit whether you’re on the LGBTQI scale, or a celibate monk who has never touched a bottom in his life (except, y’know, his own). What we’re trying to say is Hong Kong is worth a visit, for some or all of the following:

Nightlife

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Whether you want to strut your stuff on the scene, or simply dig some beats in a world class venue, Hong Kong is the El Dorado of clubbing. If you want to do it old school, you should swing by Propaganda or Volume – two gay scene stalwarts that hark back to the acid house rave days of the early nineties; by which we mean they’re bright, ram-packed and very loud.

If you fancy something a little less hectic, The Works is a reasonable step toward sanity, still very much a club (it’s owned by the same guys as Propaganda), but located in a smaller, more manageable venue. Anyone who abhors pounding beats and shirtless dancers would do well to swing by New Wally Mat Lounge, where the atmosphere is decidedly more friendly local boozeri than international club. Off the scene, Club 71 or XXX are always good choices.

Saunas

Hong Kong Sauna

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Hong Kong is awash with gay saunas – all of them privately owned and so discreet you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d made a mistake. Anyone used to the anarchy of London’s sauna scene should be sure to arrive with dim expectations, but for the rest of us, they’re a great way to while away an afternoon.

Karaoke, movie nights and low-key socialising are the order of the day. A by-no-means-comprehensive list can be found here.

Parties

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The LGBTQI scene has been throwing up some stunning parties of late – including a recent push towards lesbian parties (a group notoriously under-catered to, compared to their male counterparts). HX Production have been involved in a number of these, including running the annual Labour Pride Party to huge acclaim.

A step down in terms of spectacle, a number of blogs have reported a vast increase in the appearance of “gay boats” in the harbour; often old Chinese junks that have been converted (with varying degrees of success) into a floating party. From all accounts, most of these parties are delightfully irresponsible – which of course is how it should be. Check online for details before you go and keep an ear to the ground for any news.

Sights

Hong Kong Disneyland

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Of course, there’s plenty to do in Hong Kong that’s completely removed from any sort of scene. A trip to Asia’s premier city wouldn’t be complete without stopping in at the Po Lin Monastery to see their gigantic Buddha statue, or taking a turn around the Chi Lin Nunnery and accompanying Nan Lian Gardens – from where the bustle of the city just seems to melt away.

Be sure to also take a turn around the Ladies Market and a nighttime stroll along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade: from where the glittering buildings resemble distant galaxies, swirling through the fog. For those who have yet to really grow up (and who among us isn’t simply a big kid at heart?) there’s always Hong Kong Disneyland, which does exactly what you’d expect, to perfection.

Finally, if you’re travelling with a partner, be sure to take a ferry ride across the harbour – toward sunset there’s possibly no spot more romantic on the whole of the Earth.

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This guide was contributed by Tom on behalf of HotelClub. Whether you enjoy wild nights clubbing or peaceful romantic seclusion, visit HotelClub.com’s Hong Kong hub to compare the region’s best hotels.

CA: San Diego Pride Guide 2011

Author: , July 15th, 2011

Here’s this year’s edition of my annual San Diego Pride Guide: All your club event and party options, in one handy location! And as you can see, we have quite a weekend ahead of us.
So, with that being said … celebrate, stay safe, and have a happy Pride everyone!

Events for Friday, July 15

4 pm to 2 am: Martinis Above Fourth

Happy hour 4 to 6:30 pm, Carol Curtis 7 to 10 pm.

7 to 11 pm: SDPIX and Michael Mack Present: Pride Dance On the Bay Cruise
“We’re kicking off San Diego’s Gay Pride Weekend with Bad Bad Boys The Perry Twins on board the Spirit of San Diego.

Full Story from SDGLN

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Gay and Lesbian Travel Directory Has the Skinny on Gay Friendly Cities Worldwide

Author: , April 3rd, 2011

Gay and Lesbian Travel Industry Directory 2011The Boom Boom Room may be history, along with the Little Shrimp and Woody’s, but Laguna Beach is not giving up on attracting and serving gay and lesbian visitors. The Gay and Lesbian Travel Industry Directory 2011 has a two-page spread devoted to the city, extolling its beautiful beaches, secluded coves, absolutely fabulous restaurants, artists enclaves and hip nightspots.

The Laguna Beach Visitors and Conference Bureau placed the full-page ad and provided materials for an “editorial” page, a promotion that cost the bureau $3,000, according to Executive Director Judy Bijlani. Laguna Beach is listed in the 123-page directory along with quite a few other “gay-friendly” cities that might not spring immediately to mind: Cleveland, Winnipeg, Canada, Milwaukee, Wis., Raleigh, N.C., and Halifax, Nova Scotia, to name a few.

Others are on the “gaydar” of just about every gay or lesbian single or couple: Key West, Fla., West Hollywood, Palm Springs, Santa Fe, N.M., San Francisco, Copenhagen, Denmark. Barely mentioned is the East Coast gay enclave of Provincetown, Mass., but maybe the folks in P-town figured they didn’t need to spend money on a big, splashy ad. Sarah Palin, get ready for the gay/lesbian onslaught in your state: Anchorage is throwing out the welcome wagon, touting itself as the “Bright lights, OUT city!”

Full Story from The Coastline Pilot

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