Iron Bar

Schaafenstraße

When the bar was taken over by two women and remodeled into a sleek lounge with creative cocktails, there was hope for a (much needed) migration of gay ladies to...

  • LGBTQ
  • Bar

Die Mumu

Schaafenstraße

This alternative, even occasionally hipster-leaning bar on Schaafenstraße showcases rotating DJs on a usually less-crowded dance floor, with a younger crowd and...

  • LGBTQ
  • Bar

Gewölbe

Belgisches Viertel

A legendary electro-club under the Bahnhof-West in the Belgisches Viertel, Gewölbe returned to the scene renovated and better than ever after a brief absence. With...

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Nightclub

Schaafenstraße

Mauritiusviertel

This is Cologne's gay-street of Cologne, a packed nightlife destination with more mainstream locales including Ex-corner, Exile, Iron and die Mumu. It is a great

  • LGBTQ
  • Other

Blue Lounge

Georgsviertel

One of the few lesbian venues in Cologne, this "Tanzbar" (dance-bar) has been going strong for thirteen years and offers all kinds of parties and dance-nights for

  • For Women
  • Bar

Badehaus Babylon

Gereonsviertel

One of the largest and well-visited gay saunas in Cologne, the Badehaus Babylon is relatively chic and tasteful, with multiple levels and bathing options. Tickets...

  • For Men
  • Sauna

Barracuda Bar

Belgisches Viertel

A popular gathering spot in the Belgian Quarter for techno fans and their friends, the bar packs a crowd on weekends, so best come early to claim a place at the bar.

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Bar

Bastard

Apostelnviertel

This small, stylish bar in a courtyard off of Friesenstraße attracts a mix of young queers who prefer their bars less high-strung and washed-out than what's up for...

  • LGBTQ
  • Bar

Braustelle

Ehrenfeld

In the basement of Cologne's smallest brewery, Peter Esser brews up micro-batches of his beloved Helios Kölsch. But don't stop there: the Ehrenfelder Alt,...

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Bar

Café Bauturm

Belgisches Viertel

The renowned, prize-winning theater has an equally beloved bar and café, which has a primarily hipster clientele. It also hosts musical performances and curates

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Café

E-Feld

Ehrenfeld

This casual, friendly basement-disco between Birckendorf and Ehrenfeld rotates Ska, Punk, Techno and the like for a younger crowd, and the drinks are moderately

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Nightclub

Elle World

Rheinauhafen

Elle World is one of the few lesbian parties in Cologne. Held four times a year at the "Alter Wartesaal" (now "Wartesaal am Zollhafen"), admission is only eight...

  • For Women
  • Party

Excorner

Schaafenstraße

At the corner of the Bermuda Dreieck (Bermuda Triangle) is Excorner, a cozy locale serving all the standards and playing them as well, with the occasional...

  • For Men
  • Bar

Exile on Main Street

Schaafenstraße

Exile on Main Street is a member of the Schaafenstraße trifecta, although any association with the Rolling Stones ends at the name. With a paired-down but tidy...

  • For Men
  • Bar

Green-Komm

Altstadt

Over two-decades strong, the Green-Komm after-hours party starts at 6 am, filling the dance floor with fog and relentless, minimal beats. For the more hardcore...

  • LGBTQ
  • Party

Grünfeld

Belgisches Viertel

Across the street from Sixpack, the Grünfeld is another important spot to hit up on any bar tour: a warm, laid-back atmosphere with foosball, WiFi and a lovely...

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Bar

Homoriental

Georgsviertel

Political correctness be damned: an "oriental-party" for gays, lesbians and friends in Venue. Every fourth Saturday, dance the night away to Turkish Pop, "Oriental"...

  • LGBTQ
  • Party

Kattwinkel

Eigelstein

Off the beaten path in Eigelstein, this neighborhood bar is small-time and gemütlich but decidedly queer as well. Regular bingo nights and drag shows are among the

  • LGBTQ
  • Bar

Nachtflug

Altstadt

Host to the monthly Green-Kom, Nachtflug is a flashy techno-pit surrounded by tables perfect for dancing among beautiful queers like everyone is watching. Staff is

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Nightclub

Schampanja

Mauritiusviertel

Schampanja draws an edgier kind of queer than the neighboring nightlife in Cologne's gay district. Culty, dimly lit, and blasting indie and punk, this local hangout

  • LGBTQ
  • Bar

Sixpack

Belgisches Viertel

One of the hippest bars at the moment in Cologne, this incognito bottled-beer temple has an astonishing variety of labels from all over Europe, all stored in a giant...

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Bar

Station 2b

Altstadt Süd

Station 2b is the go-to cruise destination in Cologne. Set over 4,300 square-foot (400 m2), the club has a dance floor, bar and stage upstairs, but things get...

  • For Men
  • Cruising

Underground

Ehrenfeld

Classically Ehrenfeld, the graffiti-covered Underground is a chill-core bar with concerts and parties throughout the week tending towards metal and rock. All ages

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Bar

Venue

Georgsviertel

This trendy weekend dance club hosts a slew of gay parties including Poptastic, Secret Loverz and a gay students night.

  • LGBTQ
  • Nightclub

Zum Goldenen Schuß

Belgisches Viertel

Two of the Zum Goldenen Schuß's main features are its giant screens for game viewing, where players appear near life-size. The bar has become something of a hip...

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Bar