GTFO: Vancouver

Run out of excuses to party? How about Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation? Get up to Vancouver and fill your lungs with some seriously fresh air, explore the incredible food scene, down a cocktail or two, find a messy dance floor, and recover on a sandy beach adorned with nakedness (or a hike amongst the redwoods). Local stunner Allan Lal takes us on a spin around the city he calls home.

Eat

La Brasserie

Great dining in the Davie Village that isn’t a chain restaurant. Small but cute interior and an open kitchen set up so you can see your delicious Franco-German food being made.

1091 Davie St.

Rodney’s Oyster Bar

Time for a good old slurrrrp! An amazing oyster and seafood place. Go to the one in Yaletown for a more chill environment. The staff is basically a gay boy’s fantasy.

1228 Hamilton St.

Twisted Fork

Nothing over the top, but it’s a very cute place near the edge of the Davie Village doing “slightly French” food. Brunch here is perfect. The size helps with the local and family feel.

1147 Granville St.

Chambar

Spoil yourself at this perfect payday treat. Book a table ahead for weekends and order anything, because you won’t be disappointed.

568 Beatty St.

Drink

The Fountainhead

The Cheers of Vancouvercome enough times and they’ll all know your name, and most likely your embarrassing stories too. Right in the heart of Davie Village and close to all the bars, it’s a perfect warm-up spot.

1025 Davie St.

1181

A trendier place in the gay village to get drinks started for a night out. A bit upscale with a chic layout and a cool crowd. Oh, and did anyone notice the seriously hot shirtless bartenders (especially manager Todd)?

1181 Davie St.

The Keefer

Great Asian themed decor and amazing custom cocktails…their Rosemary Gimlet is a gift from the heavens. They are also known for a random celebrity sighting at times.

135 Keefer St.

The Diamond

In the heart of beautiful Gastown, it’s definitely worth leaving the gay strip for some awesome drinks and hanging out with the cool kids.

6 Powell St.

Dance

Junction

Definitely the place when you’re in the Top 40 mood. A younger crowd for sure, but all types stop by. Everyone loves to hate on it, but after midnight, even the loudest naysayers are messy on the dance floor.

1138 Davie St.

Pumpjack Pub aka “PJ’s”

With the new revamp, everyone is going here. Great music, huge dance floor, and enough throwbacks to its leather/fetish past to keep it interesting. And who doesn’t love strippers in showers with big “personalities”?

1167 Davie St.

XY

The new kid on the block…if that new kid has been around forever. But XY keeps changing its name and look. The new look is classy, gurrrrl! A perfect night out to dance dance dance and not give a damn.

1216 Bute St.

Numbers

An old classic in the village. A fun multi-story club with a diverse crowd. Never pretentious with weekend lines and the small dance floor makes it easy to get close with the guy you were eyeing at the bar.

1042 Davie St.

The Cobalt

Proof that gays can fix anything. Started as a “divey” straight bar and turned into a busy establishment with a grunge feel in the heart of the growing East Van satellite gay scene. Some of the best monthly parties happen here, but the highlight for many is Man Up – our very own multi-gender drag spectacular and queer dance party.

917 Main St.

Fun times with the locals…

Gay Trivia on Mondays at the Junction is always fun with a local crowd and good people. Drag queen bingo at Celebrities gets you through hump day. Numbers has karaoke all week on the top floor if that’s your thing, or if it’s your thing after copious amounts of liquid courage.

Time to strip…

When summer is finally here, the beaches don’t disappoint. Skip the tourist trap of English Bay and make the short trek to nearby Third Beach Serenely isolated away from family crowds and you never have to look too far to find a hottie tanning. If you’re up for an adventure and crossing a bridge, then historic Wreck Beach is a must. Touted as one of the largest nude beaches in North America, the crowd is very mixed and chill. Easily the best spot to let a summer daze take hold and let the hours melt by.

Read more at the Vancouver Tourism website.

Special thanks to Allan Lalfor giving us the low-down.

GTFO: Tel Aviv Pride

How does a week away with 200,000 swelteringly hot guys sound? If you can handle it, then you need to start preparing for the jaw-dropping gay gathering that is Tel Aviv Pride. We asked Nadav Peretz from Outstanding Travel how to make the most of this epic event.

Grindr: When should we visit?

Nadav: This year’s Tel Aviv Pride week starts on June 4 and ends on June 10. Many choose to stay longer and explore more of the country though. The whole city gets involved and celebrates its diversity with parties, parades, concerts, cultural festivals, and so much more.

What can we expect from Tel Aviv Pride?

The crown jewel of Tel Aviv Pride Week is the annual Pride Parade (June 9) that attracts hundreds of thousands of people. They gather for the opening ceremony at Meir Park and march along the coast before arriving at Charles Clore Park for a massive outdoor festival on the beach. During Tel Aviv Pride Week, there are dozens of parties with world-class DJs and productions. Of course, most tourists would like to tour Israel during Pride Week; they can join our Tel Aviv Pride Gay Bus tours to Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Petra, and the Galilee.

The top events this year will be:

Andrew Christian Pool Party at the Poli House – June 7
Water Park event – June 8
Papa Party – June 8
Tel Aviv Pride Parade – June 9
DJ Offer Nissim Party – June 10
The Pet Shop Boys Concert – June 10

Where’s the best place to watch the parade?

Unlike most parades, Tel Aviv’s is open for everyone to participate and march together for the entire route from Meir Park all the way to Charles Clore Park. If you prefer just to watch, the best spot will be the pool side of the David Intercontinental Hotel or the Royal Beach Hotel.

What makes it different to other pride events?

The route of the parade starts in Meir Park and ends at the beautiful beachfront of Tel Aviv with a colorful concert.Tel Aviv is an amazing, unique cosmopolitan city with amazing nightlife and a great beach, which will be packed with plenty of guys from around the world.

What‘s this year’s message for the event?

This year’s parade will celebrate bisexual rights.

Any insider tips?

Tel Aviv is very hot and humid during the month of June. While that means an abundance of hot guys in very little clothing…remember to keep hydrated, especially when outside all day for the parade.

What is your favorite part of the event?

The best part is marching the parade with so many friends and tourists from around the world and celebrating freedom, equal rights, and love.

What MUST we bring in our suitcase?

Sexy swimwear and sun protection lotion.

Finally, are there any good causes to get involved when visiting?

You can always visit the Tel Aviv Gay Centerand ask if they need a volunteer for any of the Pride Week events!

Special thanks to Nadav Peretz from Outstanding Travel for the lowdown and photos.

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GTFO: Places Around The World To Get Your Culture Fix

With the swimmers at the dry cleaners, take a break from the bronzed beauties at the beach and expand your mind, and your friendship circle, with these cultural vacay highlights and gay group tours around the world.

Photo courtesy of Quiiky Travel

Rome, Italy

Visit the home of the Pope and all things secretiveremind him that Italy made same-sex sex legal in 1890! Learn the secrets they want to keep in the closet on a gay tour of the Vatican (yes, this is really a thing)

Photo courtesy of Out Adventures

Peru

Blow your mind in Peru on this nine-day adventuresweat your way along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, be serenaded by the sounds of the Amazon, explore the cute cobbled streets of Cusco, and check out the local talent in Lima with its vibrant gay night spots.

Photo courtesy of GBR Heli Tours

Queensland, Australia

Explore the stunning coastline at your own pace – top down and the wind through your hair Thelma & Louise style. Stay at the clothing-optional gay Turtle Cove Resort, take a Great Barrier Reef tour, and explore Daintree EcoLodge for an Aboriginal history lessonyes sir!

Photo courtesy of Detours Travel

Costa Rica

Prepare to get wet! Adrenaline junkies need only apply. Nature, wildlife, beaches, and stunning waterfalls – all at Central America’s most gay-friendly destination! And those men! You’ll definitely be suffering from Latin fever when you return home.

Photo courtesy of Tourism of Cambodia

Cambodia

We all need a little “breathe in, breathe out”and Cambodia is just the cure. The country has no record of any anti-gay laws (ever) as well as many fascinating sites to explore, the most popular being Angkor Wat. Visit at lunchtime to avoid the swarming crowds. Stop by the capital Phnom Penh for its fun night spots, palaces, and museums.

Photo courtesy of Pink Iceland

Iceland

Home to the world’s first openly gay government leader, you’ll get a warm welcome in the land of rugged coastlines and adrenaline packed activities. With exploding geysers, the healing Blue Lagoon, and endless awesome scenery, Iceland is on the rise and a great destination to enjoy all year round. Visit from November to March for the best chance to see the Northern Lights.

Special thanks to Oliver Broad from travel agency RB Collection for giving us the low-down.

The Top Gay Beaches to Crash This Summer

You can tell yourself that you love the beach because you’re a sun-worshipper, surf bum, or outdoors lover (and that’s cool), but for the 99% of us that like checking out handsome fellas in banana hammocks slather themselves in oil, gay beaches have a clear edge. So plan your summer months right by adding one of these destinations for your next getaway:

Photo Credit:Sittixay Dittavong

Sydney, Australia

Infamous Bondi beach attracts characters from all walks of life, but head to the North end where the gay guys hang out. Nude beaches are a little harder to come by in Australia, but Obelisk Beach in Mosman is worth a visit.

  • When to go: Warmest weather is between October and April
  • Party time: Mardi Gras (March 2018)
  • Upside: High-quality lifestyle, hot guys, lots of sights to see
  • Downside: Can be pricey

Fire Island, New York

Escape the NYC heat, and head to Fire Island to cool off (and strip off). Manhattan gyms would be out of business if it weren’t for here. And now, LogoTV has a new show of the same name. We can’t wait to see how that one plays out.

  • When to go: From end of May to beginning of September
  • Party time: Pride (June 2017)
  • Upside: Great escape from the heat of the city, fun atmosphere
  • Downside: Getting there, finding a place to stay (plan ahead)

Tel Aviv, Israel

The most open Middle Eastern city, Hilton Beach is where you’ll find the guys hanging out – and just a handy walk into the city center. Expect it to be packed to the rafters on weekends when the weather’s goodwhich is pretty much all year round.

  • When to go: May – October (July & August are scorching)
  • Party time: Pride (June 4 -10, 2017)
  • Upside: Vibrant city with beach close by, eclectic mix of visitors from around the world, still warm in spring & autumn
  • Downside: Extremely hot during the summer

Ibiza, Spain

If you like to party hard and like your men bronzed and buff, then the white isle will not disappoint. Head to Playa Es Cavallet near the airport, then enjoy an after dinner treat in the dunes behind the bar and stick around after 4pm for when things really heat up with killer DJ sets preparing you for the night ahead.

  • When to go: June to September (July & August are the busiest months)
  • Party time: Pride (June 14 – 17, 2017)
  • Upside: Clubber’s paradise
  • Downside: It can be pricey

Photo Credit: Maspalomas Pride, Pro Gay Events

Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

Attracting a wider age group, from Twinkies on their first vacay without Mom and Dad, to hot go go veterans, to bulky Daddies for cuddles. They head for the infamous Maspalomas sand dunes, which offer privacy when you want it and open spaces if you prefereverything and anything goes on here.

  • When to go: Warm all year round, hottest June to September
  • Party time: Pride (May 4 – 14, 2017)
  • Upside: Perfect for all budgets
  • Downside: Can be a little trashy sometimes

Cape Town, South Africa

Rack up those air miles and head to Africa’s cosmopolitan heartland, a vibrant city with beautiful beaches and even more stunning guys and a relaxed vibe. Two beaches are worth a visit; Clifton Three with its natural beauty, and the aptly named Sandy Beach.

  • When to go: January to late April
  • Party time: Pride (February / March 2018)
  • Upside: Great value for money, unique city with cosmopolitan vibe, great outdoor life
  • Downside: It’s a long way to travel

Photo Credit: Visit Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Playground for the beautiful, head to the southern end of Playa Los Muertos, where you can enjoy an abundance of water sports and eye candy. As the busiest beach, it’s a handy location to roll from the beach to a bar to your hotel.

  • When to go: November to May
  • Party time: Pride (May 21 – 28, 2017)
  • Upside: Easy to get to from the US
  • Downside: It’s a Spring Break hotspot, so choose your month wisely

Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos attracts a high caliber of sun worshipping guys from all over Europe and beyond. With no high rises, it’s a whitewashed, pretty Greek Island with a selection of friendly bars and a great daytime hangout at Elia Beach.

  • When to go: June to September
  • Party time: XLsior Mykonos (August 23 – 30, 2017)
  • Upside: Quality island with an attractive crowd
  • Downside: Can be expensive, and it books up early

Eight To Know Now: Berlin

Check this mix of dynamic, creative LGBTQ kids causing a creative scene and expressing the fuck out of themselves in Germany’s balls to the wall metropolis. Oh, and they know where to party.

NAME: Hungry
AGE: 23
OCCUPATION: Performer

Where is your safe space?
I feel pretty safe all around Berlin. There are a few areas that can get a bit annoying, but the right attitude gets you through anything. I definitely do have my favourite venues and events to just relax.

Favorite place to go out in Berlin?
Monster Ronson’s Ichiban Karaoke. It’s where we have our weekly party. Love the staff, love the venue, love our crowds.

NAME: Michael-John Harper or “MJ”
AGE: 29
OCCUPATION: Performance artist

Do you ever feel nervous to be your true self in public?
I did when I was in high school because I was teased. But I realized what people respected the most – and the point where I no longer felt nervous to be myself in public – was when I started to unapologetically claim ownership of the things that define my idea of myself.

NAME: LyraPramuk
AGE: 26
OCCUPATION: Singer, artist

Do you ever feel nervous to be your true self out in public?
All the time! I’m actually still pretty paranoid. I started transitioning a little over a year ago, and especially as a trans woman it can be extremely intimidating sometimes to be out in public. There’s such a vulnerability to existing as a trans-femme person in our culture. I often deal with anxiety when I’m out in public or in a mainstream environment for very long.

Favorite place to go out in Berlin?
Grunewald – it’s a forest in West Berlin.

NAME: Asbjørn
AGE: 24
OCCUPATION: Musician

Where and when do you most feel yourself?
Dancing is somewhat the perfect balance between letting go of myself, but simultaneously seeing myself from the outside, which I think is a hard balance to achieve on a fundamentally personal level. Being yourself while being conscious about how that affects your surroundings, you know?

Favorite place to go out in Berlin?
First a little live-swing at Vila Neukölln, then dancing my ass off at Schwuz (the small floor), and maybe a late night chat at Ficken3000.

NAME: Marshall Vincent Garrett
AGE: 24
OCCUPATION: Musician

Do you ever feel nervous to be your true self out in public?
Only in cases where I feel some pressure to click with people I don’t click with. I would say there’s a lot of incessant apologizing with not getting along with folks in a place like NYC. In retrospect, in my long time of living there, the word “cordial” comes to mind more than anything. I certainly told myself once I moved and settled in Berlin, that I wouldn’t waste my time. It’s been a fantastic decision.

Favorite place to go out in Berlin?
A friends flat, or my own, preferably with wonderful people, lots of beer, and other things.

NAME: Mikey Woodbridge
AGE: unborn
OCCUPATION: Full-time Mikey

What impact has social media had on your work?
I’ve been lucky enough to score some really amazing jobs and projects that would have never come up if I didn’t have a profile. It’s a powerful and important self-promotion tool, especially if you’re an artist or working in nightlife. I’ve done projects for Rihanna designing a custom outfit, countless party hosting or DJ jobs, photographic and fashion collaborations, and a film for Depeche Mode. They were all jobs earned mostly through having an Instagram account putting my work out there that way.

Favorite place to go out in Berlin?
I’ll usually always end up at Berghain on Sunday. The magic that happens there is unlike anywhere else.

NAME: Nikolaj Tange Lange
AGE: 36
OCCUPATION: Performer, writer, and singer-songwriter-producer in the project Nuclear Family

Where and when do you most feel yourself?
The self is a pretty fluid thing, I think. Whether I am on stage in a costume, on a leash on all fours, or at home on the sofa with a book and a cup of tea, I never feel like I am putting on a role that isn’t part of who I am.

Favorite place to go out in Berlin?
Gegen, Cocktail d’Amore, Herrensauna, and of course Lab-Oratory.

NAME: Ahmad Larnes
AGE: 35
OCCUPATION: Singer/songwriter

Where is your safe space?
A vocal booth.

Favorite place to go out in Berlin?
Berghain

GTFO: Barcelona

Catalonia’s Capital has it all: Daring architecture, sun-kissed beaches, killer shopping, and nightlife that is certifiably bananas (hitting the club at 2am is considered early). Of course, there’s plenty of eye candy, but come for the culture first, yeah? Grindr globetrotter, Robbie Sinclair, has a hand-picked list of how to make the most of your Barcelona getaway while creating plenty of opportunities to meet the locals… and then some:

Eat

Koko

This cute surf shack style eatery serves Asian inspired dishes with a regularly changing menu and a fab €12 lunch special.

Provenca 224

Volta al Món

Be carefulyou could be anybody’s after one of their cocktails, so line your stomach with their eclectic worldwide-inspired menu. Near the nightlife but not on the normal gayborhood checklist, it’s great for a date night and is popular with locals of all ages.

Calle Muntaner 51 Local 2

Monroe’s

Friendly and relaxing with good quality food. Perfect for a post shopping recharge, pre-night out dinner, or their house Vermouth that can top up your alcohol levels from the night before on a lazy Sunday. The towering nachos are great to share.Book ahead for the weekend.

Plaça de Salvador Seguí, 1

Bun Po

Break up your day of sightseeing here for some gorgeous Vietnamese cuisine. In the heart of the Gothic quarter, the interior is camp and the staff is cute.

Calle Sagristans, 3

Drink

La Chappelle

One of my fave pre-club hangouts. This bar always seems to be packed and it’s nothing fancy, but it’s a solid choice to start a night on the town. There’s always someone looking at you if you need a confidence boost. Just sayin.

Carrer de Muntaner, 67

Botanic

Over the road are the friendly faces at Botanic with cheap drinks and a great patio out back. Whenever I go here I end up on a wild night out with a bunch of strangers. Not a bad thing.

Carrer de Muntaner, 64

La Federica

If you’re in search of the creative crowd, go here. Bingo on the first Sunday of the month is absolutely hilarious, and they hold themed parties every weekend.

Carrer de Salva, 3

Fiesta Pluma

If high heels and wigs are your thing, this is a must. It’s like the best house party without the clearing up. Bearded drag queens high kick and death drop their way through a care-free crowd.

Location varies

Artte

On the rare occasion I feel classy, I treat myself here. Their amazing cocktail list keeps me hydrated and gives me some of my five a day. And let’s face ita way to a man’s bed is through a good cocktail.

Carrer de Muntaner, 83C

Dance

Ultrapop

Top of my list for slut drops would be Ultrapop. The space is huge and you’ll hear everything from Rhianna to the Spice Girls. Sorry not sorry.

Carrer de Tarragona, 141

Pervert

If I’m in a shirts off, house music mood then Pervert is my place of choice.

Av. de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13

Metro

Within stumbling distance of Eixample’s gay bars, Metro is an easy option for a late night dance and a dark room to cruise.

Carrer de Sepúlveda, 185

Arena

Also close to Eixample but with a slightly younger crowd, Arena plays a mixture of flamenco and Spanish pop with the odd R remix thrown in for good measure.

Carrer de Muntaner, 63

Churros con Chocolate

This is your place to go if you’re craving a night of complete stupidness. Definitely worth the journey over to Le Poble-sec.

Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 113

The Morning After…

Flax & Kale

So, you just rolled out of bed and feel a little jaded. Get a pick-me-up at Flax & Kale. Their cleansing juices and healthy dishes will bring you back to life after a night of (responsible) sinning.

Carrer dels Tallers, 74B

Cup & Cake

The super sandwich is a must, and the cakes are to die for. Get there early or walk further to sister outlet Cup and Cake on Carrer d’Enric Granados for shorter lines.

Carrer dels Tallers, 79

And yes, the guys. They’re gorgeous, but so are Barcelona’s endless golden sandy beaches. If you want some serious eye candy you have two gay areas to choose from: Closest to the city next to the W hotel is San Sebastian where a relaxed atmosphere awaits. If muscle gazing is more your thing, head north along the coast to Mar Bella. In the summer, the beach bars holds lively parties well into the night.

5 Spots to Take Your New Boo: Los Angeles

Akbar

This Silver Lake gay haunt is a popular stop for a stiff vodka soda and serious bearded eye candy. If you and your boo are looking for a little Bachelor-style one-on-one time, there are a few tables toward the back where you can find out his favorite Netflix Originals. The space itself is pretty small but the chances your knees will touch are pretty big. The jukebox is well-stocked with familiar alt-gay artists (Morrissey, The Cure, Kate Bush) and provides a more mellow soundtrack for some starry-eyed conversation. When open, the back dance room can help with much-needed relief from the stress of getting to know a new boo. The first Saturday of each month is Mario Diaz’s Full Frontal Disco where you can show off how you Hustle. If you’re interested in an unpretentious vibe and music that isn’t the fun but exhausted Britney/Christina/Mariah holy trinity, Akbar is the perfect alternative to the often glammed-up din of the WeHo strip.

Don’t tell anyone: Sidestep the weekend debauchery and go on Wednesdays for Craft Night, where glue guns mingle with drink specials.

4356 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90029
akbarsilverlake.com
(323) 665-6810

Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple

The Pacific Palisades is one of the most lux neighborhoods in Los Angeles, and for good reason. Nestled between Brentwood and Malibu, and just a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean is this peaceful oasis with the longest name ever. But don’t let that mouthful fool you, this lush escape is all about simplicity and beauty. There’s plenty of benches for contemplating your next meal and garden pathways for a romantic stroll. The Windmill Chapel and Golden Lotus Archway are just a few lovely sights along the way. Admission is free but consider donating as the landscapes are perfectly maintained. The whole experience is a hushed one, so if you’re looking to whisper sweet nothings into your boo’s ear, this is the place to do it.

Don’t tell anyone: Some of the benches are more private and hidden deeper into the brush. Keep an eye out for those.

17190 W Sunset Blvd Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
lakeshrine.org
(310) 454-4114

République

The first thing you think when you walk into this much-hyped Mid-City restaurant, is that you’ve entered either a holy place of worship or that sprawling Harry Potter cafeteria. It’s possible it’s a little bit of both and that’s totally sweet. It feels new and cool and young, just like your boo. In the morning it’s a bustling bakery. Try the Croque Madame or pecan bar. In the evening it’s a dinner joint with even Frenchier fare like escargots en croûte—just practice rolling your r’s ahead of time. The sea of cerulean decor will sweep you away to a different time, and so will The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill pumping from above. While the price is a little steep, just tell your boo he’s worth it. So one of you be Julia Roberts and one of you be Richard Gere, and pretty woman the shit outta that place.

Don’t tell anyone: Use the valet. The search for parking can be a really downer when you’re dressed to impress.

624 S La Brea Ave Los Angeles, CA 90036
republiquela.com
(310) 362-6115

Griffith Observatory

It doesn’t get more romantic than this fellas. High above L.A., among the canyons and coyotes, is the Griffith Observatory. If you’re feeling particularly outdoorsy, strap on those Timberlands and have yourself a hike up the winding road that leads here. That’s also your best bet to avoid the nightmare that is finding parking. Once inside, learn the basics of physics and astronomy—all those classes you skipped in college—and explore different ways to use a telescope. The view of the city and sky are inexplicable. Tell your new boo how insignificant you feel compared to the universe, like a grain of sand. He’ll be putty in your hands.

Don’t tell anyone: Go at night. Less kids. More stars. More smooches.

2800 E Observatory Rd Los Angeles, CA 90027
griffithobservatory.org
(213) 473-0800

Bar Eightytwo

On the Type A tip? Have an epic Ms. Pac Man battle and make the loser buy shots at this 21+ old school video game arcade, complete with full bar and disco/hip-hop DJs to keep your head nodding while you score (points or otherwise). This place is huge and the nostalgia factor is strong, so soak up an afternoon there and make it a day date. Friday and Saturday nights get packed, and if you have to wait in line to get your Street Fighter fix, you’ve already lost, bro.

Don’t tell anyone: Try something offbeat and play a few rounds of Ice Cold Beer, which has nothing to do with beer and everything to do with steady hands.

707 E 4th Pl Los Angeles, CA 90013
eightytwo.la
(213) 626-8200