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Popular Gay Night Clubs in Bucharest, Romania

Friday, March 13th, 2009

The modern day culture of Romania is an interesting blend of the age-old conservative rural customs and traditional values injected now with the newer liberal ideas and thinking, inclusive of the ever expanding gay and lesbian population. However, it wasn’t until recently that this was the case. As Romania drew nearer to the new century, it also move closer to a new economy and government with their admission in to the European Union (EU).

Along with this admission came the exposure to some very forward thinking which includes the EU’s pro-gay policies. In late December of 2001, the BBC announced that gay and lesbian gatherings were no longer considered criminal and that gay assemblies were now permissible. Not only is homosexuality considered legal and not a criminal offense, but gays and lesbians are now protected by anti-discrimination laws.

As a result, the gay and lesbian community has seen noticeable growth, especially in Bucharest, which is now the hub of the gay and lesbian lifestyle in Romania. This has been evidenced in two different ways. The first ever Gay Fest was held in the city in 2005 plus, during the period from 2002 to the present, more and more gay/lesbian venues have opened in the city. The following is a list of the most popular gay venues in Bucharest.

1. The Impact Club

Without a doubt, this is Bucharest’s most popular (and crowded) gay dance club. The DJ’s here are outstanding and different genres of music are played throughout the week. If you like the action hard and sweaty, then this club needs to be on your itinerary. The club has different hours of operation throughout the week. With the exception of Saturday nights, when the club opens at 11 pm, it opens at 10pm the rest of the week. Mondays through Wednesdays it is open until 3 am, Thursdays and Sundays until 4 am, Friday night until 5 am, and Saturday night until 6 am.

2. Purple

Another one of the top gay venues in Bucharest. As the name implies, you’re going to see a lot of purple in this club. There purple barstools, booths, and leather sofas. Even the walls are purple and so are a few drinks on the menu. The dance floor is huge, the DJ’s and music are excellent, and there is live music scattered throughout the week.

3. Queen’s Club

This is the third of the most popular venues in Bucharest and it has seen the growth of some of the heterosexual crowd frequenting the bar as well due to the fact that some have grown tired of the “meat market” scene so characteristic of those other clubs. An excellent atmosphere combined with an excellent dance floor and music make this club a must-see.

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10 responses to “Popular Gay Night Clubs in Bucharest, Romania”

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  1. jerry namero says:
    January 6th, 2011 at 12:32 am

    i am gay and have a lover..my lover is romanian and i am american and coming to live in bucharest and would love to know if there are places that gays can meet for friendship not sex..are there certain clubs that gays belong to that encourage friendships ? i know bucharest is not the friendliest of gay cities but i read that things are getting better..it would be nice to meet nice people who are looking only for friendship and not sex..

  2. ChatGay says:
    January 26th, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    i just Love Gay Romania there are not so many Clubs and bars but the boys are great

  3. fox says:
    July 24th, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    me and my friends we r thinking to come for the new year how is it there in the new year?

  4. samie says:
    June 20th, 2012 at 1:21 am

    im travelling to bucharest soon
    which are the best gay friendly hotels
    in the city centre
    and not to expensive

  5. Rodrigo says:
    September 3rd, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Hello I’m from Brazil, I want to go to Bucarest and meet some locals :) I’m 31 y.o.
    If someone there please send me an e-mail :) )
    gaucho10rs@hotmail.com
    Cheers,
    Rod.

  6. Keith Jordan says:
    September 12th, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    I am looking to go to Bucharest this month and am wondering in what area are the gay clubs. I would like to get a hotel somewhere fairly near. It does not have to be a a gay hotel but if it was that would be all the better

  7. mike says:
    October 13th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Sep 2012. Impact – no.26 viitorului near obor station? i saw the building but no “impact club” there. instead, there was a hotel. Queen’s club in strada bacani in Old Town (near piata unirii)? i saw the logo and all but looks like it was closed FOR GOOD because its entrance was dumped with trash and vandal was everywhere. if only there were no cafes around, i bet it would smell like urine too.

    was not able to see if purple existed.

    anyway, romania is a warm and friendly country. bromance is very common (close man-man friends… not necessarily gay). they are also comfortable being physically close (you would even find old male folks sitting right next to each other chatting on a bench along a dark alley/street – no malice at all — and that is very nice imho). i liked the country very much but i did hope there was an obviously thriving gay community there.

  8. freddy salazar says:
    April 22nd, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    quisiera conocer Bucarest, conocí a varios chicos rumanos en Madrid, y fueron encantadores. En Mayo voy a Estambul y me gustaria ir a Rumania por 2 dias y conocer chicos allá; podria darme información sobre lugares gay no peligrosos de chicos en alquiler.

  9. Leonel says:
    August 26th, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I will visit for only 2 nights and its being hard to find those location… even tried google map… its so confusing.
    any help?

  10. Virlan Lud says:
    September 29th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Hello!
    I can advise you a LGTB Club in Brasov, Romania.
    The name is ” Club Fantasy”. People there are friendly and nice.
    Hope you enjoy your visit:)


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