Nice, French Riviera, has developed a reputation as one of Europe’s preferred gay destinations. The gay and lesbian community can find a wealth of accommodations, bars, and other nightspots here and the area is well-known for its tolerance of the gay and lesbian lifestyle. If you are planning a trip with your partner, there are many things to do in Nice to enjoy a memorable vacation.
Most of the gay and lesbian-friendly establishments are located east of downtown Nice near the ports, but a little bit of exploring will avail you of some fabulous gay bars and clubs. The energy of the area is nothing short of scintillating despite the fact that there aren’t as many nightspots here as in some of the larger European cities. The following is a list of recommended establishments that cater to the gay community in Nice.
1. Blue Boy
Blue Boy – a small yet thriving location with an industrial look that despite the name, also has quite a lesbian following. Despite the east side location of most of the gay establishments in the city, Blue Boy is located west of the downtown area. It is viewed as one of the more stylish gay discos and offers its patrons bottles of Dom Perignon for $350 (€260).
Kf-bis is a restaurant with a large gay following that is a more hip crowd steeped in France’s southern faire. However, the major attraction is the boutique and gallery that are situated adjacent to the restaurant. It is loaded with alluring home furnishings and paintings alike.
3. Cherry’s Café
Cherry’s Café is a popular bar and restaurant combination that features a terrace where you can have a few drinks and eat while observing all types of locals and visitors as they enjoy a walk along the Promenade des Anglais.
4. Le Millennium Restaurant
Le Millennium Restaurant is a family favorite during the day, but belongs to the gay dinner and evening crowd. It features some of the best fondue that you will find not only here but anywhere in the country as well.
5. Castro Street
Castro Street is one of the most popular destinations for gays that features darker areas inside for “private mingling” of gay couples. Short of venturing into a sauna or sex club, this is your best bet if you are looking for “action” while spending time in Nice.
6. O’Neill’s Irish Pub
Despite drawing a mostly “straight crowd”, O’Neill’s is revered as a drinking establishment that never lacks for a friendlier atmosphere that the gay crowd finds very comfortable. This is also a particular favorite of both the English-speaking and expatriate visitors.