Porto’s gays and lesbians keep it discreet in the streets, but let their hair down in Porto’s numerous gay-friendly night spots. Most venues are clustered around Jardim da Cordoaria. Gay Pride festivities take place in the first or second weekend in July. Consult www.portugalgay.pt for listings, events and other information.

LGBT Venues

Note that while there are no exclusive women’s bars or clubs, all the places listed here are at least somewhat mixed.

Zoom Located in an old warehouse, this is the gay dance hall of the moment, with some of the best electronic dance music in town and an often mixed crowd.

Pride Bar Another favourite, with live music, drag shows and go-go boys. Open very late.

Café Lusitano In a handsomely designed throwback to 1950s Paris, this intimate space hosts a mixed gay-straight crowd. Live music on Wednesday nights.