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Gay and Lesbian clubs located in the center and in the surrounding cities



Gay and Lesbian clubs are hard to search for in any city, so here is a great list of the top clubs in Florence. Tabasco is the oldest and most famous gay club in Florence. It was founded in 1974 in the height of disco. Tabasco club is located just off of Piazza della Signoria in a very small piazza, look the exact address up so you won’t get lost. The other more famous gay club is Y.A.G. bar. It is located on Via de’ Macci right off of Piazza Santa Croce. A popular area to gather, especially in the summertime, Santa Croce is home to many of the popular locales.

Crisco Club and Hard Bar 85 are underground clubs that wake up during the late evening hours. They have member cards that you must purchase to enter. They are also very hardcore gay clubs, some nights without lights, some with night swimming and saunas. There are theme nights for gay men and also for lesbians. On Saturday nights at the frequented night club DORIS, Fairy Gold club takes over. They perform drag shows and fill the 3 floors of dancing with house music by the most talented DJs in Florence. Tenax club outside the city center, has a mix of both gay and straight communities each night. Makes each night even more exciting.

Florence offers many types of gay club throughout the center and outside. Find your preferred nightlife spot and stop by for a cocktail or a bit of dancing.


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BK BAR Butterfly Kiss is a quiet place where you can spend hours. With the company of friends, cocktails and music, you can enjoy the atmosphere. You can watch music videos from the 70s and as well as play board games. Video games and pinball machines are available too. Every Sunday is Karaoke night paired with live music. BK Bar is located outside of the city center, in Sesto Fiorentino. For more information contact by email: info@bkbar.com or call 3381341964

Local Expert tip: A gay bar located just outside the city center

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Piccolo Cafe is located in the heart of Florence. Right off of Piazza Santa Croce, Piccolo Caffe caters to a wide range of gays and lesbians. A rather laid back cafe that serves its patrons late into the morning hours, it has an interesting range of Florentines and foreigners that frequent. There is a DJ set Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Don't miss out on a relaxing night out with great music and great people.

Local Expert tip: A low-key cafe, where the music is hip and rocking

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YAG BAR is located right off of Piazza Santa Croce on Via de' Macci. A gay and lesbian bar, which specialize in dancing all night long. There are big screen TVs all over the walls where they play the concerts and videos all night long. Wi-Fi is free inside and there are offer snacks in this American bar style locale. It is open all year round and there is no cover charge to enter. A popular hangout for all types of people.

Local Expert tip: The best time to arrive is around 12am or 1am

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Fairy Gold is held at DORIS Club every Saturday night. It has 3 dance floors of dancing fun. This is one of the most famous clubs in Florence since DORIS has been around for a long time. They reinvent DORIS into Fairy Gold every Saturday night. The DJs take over the 3 floors of the club. DJ Claudio Melani blares his mix of music on the ground floor and the house music is pumping on the lower ground floor by Fabrizio Bloodymery. There are great performances by an artistic drag show of Dayana Original Doll together with his protege Lady Mirage. The entertainment never disappoints. Every Saturday there go-go boys, dancers and of course special guests.

Local Expert tip: A full night of Drag shows and fabulous house music

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Florence Baths opened in 1991 where open-minded gay people could gather. In Florence there aren't many saunas that can be used as nightlife hotspot. You are given slippers and towels when you enter after paying the cashier. Then finding your way to the relaxing baths you can lose yourself in the warm atmosphere. There is a Finnish sauna made of Swedish pine with a turkish bath, a large whirlpool, showers, bathrooms, many dressing rooms. They offer excellent service in drinks and food. Their motto is cleanliness and privacy.

Local Expert tip: One of the first gay saunas in Florence

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Krisco Club is a historic gay club located in Via Sant'Egidio. It is a new gay club that is not only a cruising club but a club for parties, theme nights and performances. Krisco Club has a unique 80s spirit that expresses true contemporary genres. Monday night is set aside for gay men only, Wednesday is also for gay men only and is cruising gay night. Sunday and Tuesday, Krisco is closed. Thursday and Friday are a friendly nights and everyone is welcome to stop by and enjoy the DJs. Saturday is set aside for gays and their guests, you must be on the list.

Local Expert tip: A gay club that has some nights where you must be on a the list.

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Hard Bar85 is just a few meters from the Santa Maria Novella train station. This is a very hardcore gay club where nights are long and the people are very experimental. The hours are from 12:30am to 6am on the weekends and 10:30pm-3am on the weekdays. There are new DJs every Saturday. Bar85 is a quite dominatrix type of place that leaves little to the imagination. There are theme nights like on the 4th Saturday of the month is sneakers and sportswear and every Friday there is a choice between being nude, with a partner and being in front of others expressing yourself sexually.

Local Expert tip: A hardcore expressive gay bar

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Tabasco Gay Club was founded in 1974 and it was the first Italian gay club. It is located in a small square in Piazza della Signoria. The club is in an ancient crypt of Santa Cecilia, where Dante and Beatrice are said to have met. The crypt was destroyed when the Guelphs and Ghibellines fought and in its place a building was erected where Tabasco is now and the other one is where Rivoire cafe is. The location of Tabasco is so hidden and can be difficult to find. The clubs host Italian DJs as well as International DJs. This club can be found open late at night and all year round. Tabasco is ancient yet very comfortable to dance to the hip music and easy to meet new friends.

Local Expert tip: Enjoy the secluded nightlife and specialty drinks made to order

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