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Cologne Gay Bars

The gay life in Cologne is centred around two main areas of the city, Rudolfplatz and Heumarkt (or the Old Town.) Heumarkt has had gay venues for many years, and as such attracts a somewhat older crowd than in the area around Rudolfplatz. There are many gay bars and clubs to choose from, depending on your mood or tribe. If you're new to town or just visiting, a bar crawl across an evening or two is definitely a good way to start. Check out our listings below of all gay venues in Cologne, Germany and choose where you'll start!

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Amadeus

Pub Vibes

Funny pub in the heart of Cologne for "EVERYONE and EVERY WOMAN" :-) We have legendary party experience along the colorful rainbow! :-P Enjoy delicious Kölsch on the large sun terrace or really party at one of the regular events. Monthly showtime, theme parties, special events ...!
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Barcelon Colonia

Cocktails, Outdoor Seating

"Ramiro Montano Rocha" has artistically redesigned three pillars in the bar and in the Lopft above, with elaborate tile mosaics in the style of "Gaudi" and with great attention to detail. For this purpose he brought tiles from Barcelona to Cologne. Art is written "BIG" in BARCELON. 4x a year we offer young but also seasoned artists the opportunity to present their works on our premises. The past exhibitions have proven to be very successful and were very well received by our guests interested in art. Our guest structure is mixed. No matter whether male, female, trans, younger or older, everyone is very welcome here. Gin and tonic, cocktails, long drinks, fine wines, selected spirits and various types of beer round off our range of drinks. The spacious sun terrace extends our space when the weather is nice. We are open for you on Saturdays from 4 p.m., Sundays and public holidays from 2 p.m. Then it's "coffee clap in Barcelon". Delicious cakes and coffee specialties are then in the foreground. The Barcelon-LOFT can be booked for private parties for groups of 30 or more people. Just talk to us if you are interested. Curious? ... then we look forward to your visit :-)
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Baustelle 4U

Pub Vibes

Baustelle4U, the pub for everyone, whether gay, old, young, fetish man, sneakerboy, bear or trans, everyone is welcome with us. Our unusual interior design with changing decorations creates a cozy, informal atmosphere. Due to this, our varied music with known and special and our nice staff, we have become a steadily growing size. In the evenings and at night there is singing, swaying, quilting and jacking, especially on Saturdays, Sundays, Fridays and of course at the Cologne events Carnival, CSD and November 11th. During the day you can relax with delicious homemade cakes from the master confectioner, in summer with a sweeping view on the sun terrace under plane trees. With our neighbors, Gentle-Bears, Barcelon, Amadeus and Station 2b, we form a great unit for entertaining bar hopping.
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Casino-Eck

Drag

Josef and Wolfgang have been running the Casino-Eck, the somewhat different Veedelskneipe, since 2008. Everyone is welcome here, no matter whether old or young, man or woman, straight, lesbian, gay or transgender - tolerance is simply lived here. It is cozy and atmospheric here, friendly people meet over delicious beer and motto evenings appropriate to the season, such as May festival, Holland evening, Oktoberfest or travesty show.
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Deck 5

Men Only, Cruising

Jörg and his team entertain you here in Cologne's old town south on Mathiasstrasse. Only a few steps away from the Heumarkt you will find the most famous scene bar in Cologne. Our little pub is known and loved for the "CRUISING BAR nights" and the cozy atmosphere. Open every day from 8:00 p.m.
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Die Mumu

Young Crowd, Dancing

We are the somewhat wacky bar in Schaafenstrasse Cologne, We have (almost) no rest days, but lots of partying! We look forward to you.
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Excorner

Pub Vibes

For over 20 years now, the cult bar Ex | Corner has come to life every evening. This is where the heart of the Bermuda Triangle beats. "See and be seen" on the many large windows of the Ex | Corner. Here, right in the center of the well-known "Bermuda Triangle", you can hear everything and you can communicate and celebrate excellently here. For themed parties such as Halloween, Grand Prix, Kylie's birthday party and events such as the street festival or CSD, many Cologne residents come to the Ex | Corner to enjoy the excellent atmosphere and atmospheric music.
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Exile on Main Street

Young Crowd, Drag

An attractive design and a friendly and attentive team bring a pleasant atmosphere that draws guests in the spell. It is also possible to celebrate birthdays at Exile in a private area. All kinds of wishes can be discussed. Postings from advertisers / companies / bars only with prior arrangement with the management and personal communication. Requests for lost property can be done outside of the operating times at the telephone number or via a private message to the facebook site.
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Gentle Bears Bar

Bear, Pub Vibes

Of course, everyone is welcome who values a place to relax. Be in a cozy atmosphere Drinks served and cocktails created by friendly bartenders. The Gentle Bears Bar, located in the heart of the old town, has made it its own that communication is essential to get to know nice people. It is a pleasure for us to talk and laugh with you. In addition to various smaller events such as after-work parties, we offer an interesting Skat round every Tuesday. The Gentle Bears Bar is the club of the oldest bear club in the world. Bartmänner Köln e.V./Bears Cologne (R) The Bartmänner meet once a month for a bear talk. Everyone is welcome to take part. The dates for the regulars' table can be seen in the groups.
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Hennes' Terrasse

Food

The outdoor catering in the middle of Cologne city center on Rudolfplatz.
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Iron Cocktail Lounge

Young Crowd, Cocktails, Dancing

RON Cocktail Lounge Classic cocktail bar in the middle of Cologne. Large selection of own creations, homemade drinks, classics, unique gin & tonic creations, well-stocked extensive selection of whisk (e) y, gin, vodka, tequila and much more. Of course, only premium spirits and freshly squeezed citrus juices are used. Large wine and champagne menu. At the weekend, high-quality drinks and a party atmosphere with selected DJs from 11 p.m. Would you like to organize something special or make a reservation? Whisk (e) y or gin training? No problem, just write! We look forward to you!
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Kattwinkel Bar & Cafe

Cocktails, Outdoor Seating

"WELCOME TO FRIENDS" Located on the Eigelstein Torburg in the north of the old town, the Kattwinkel, the bar with tradition, has been successful for more than two decades, under the leadership of Lothar Korsinski and his partner Marco Stadie in the historic Eigelstein-Veedel. For the fifth season of the year, the Fastelovend, the “Kattwinkel” is one of the most popular locations in Cologne. Here you can celebrate happily, happily and, above all, peacefully. Popular Cologne DJs meet here at regular intervals. The interior is warm and cozy. The guests, as colorful as the world can be. In addition, the sunny outdoor terrace with over 80 seats and a view of the historic Eigelsteintorburg invites you to linger in the summer. But otherwise, the atmosphere is guaranteed all year round. Nobody stays here alone for long. Whether a gin from the 71 different providers off the shelf, changing types of beer, cocktails, or the annual rum pot here, you hardly leave anything to be desired. True to the motto: “Always something new”, Lothar and Marco ensure that there is something for everyone here, or that there will be something here.
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Macky's Asia Lounge

Young Crowd

Hetero Friendly Gay Karaoke bar Open daily from 8 p.m. until early morning. Table reservations recommended. Happy hour, karaoke, darts Asian buffets / finger food, if ordered in advance, also ideal for private celebrations, parties ...
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Mariechen

Young Crowd

The cozy bar between Cologne's Rudolfplatz and Neumarkt invites you to linger, talk and celebrate. Not far from the gay scene on Schaafenstraße, it is open to everyone, regardless of whether they are straight, gay, lesbian, women or men. Although it invites you to a cozy get-together and talk on the weekend, it always offers changing events and parties.
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My Lord Bar Köln

Older Crowd, Food

Friendly, mature crowd.My Lord pampers his guests with homemade dishes on the weekends and small snacks are available during the week.
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Pullermanns

Men Only, Cruising

Everyone knows the address, after all, the "Bumslokal" in Mathiasstraße 22 since 1972 (Platzjabbeck, Hands or Boners). Here you live out your fetish and celebrate your sexuality. Here you can meet old and new friends at the bar or chat with the bartender. And if you are free enough, you can even do both at the same time. Be free is our motto. Here at Pullermanns, the leather man meets the suit wearer, the bear and the skater boy sit together at the bar. Whether born in 1940 or 1990, whether completely in rubb*r or completely n*ked, anything goes. The only (but very important) rule of the game is openness, mutual tolerance and acceptance.
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Rico

Food

We offer European coffee specialties based on the Viennese coffee manufacturer Julius Meinl. We get our fresh milk from the Hielscher Hof in the Bergisches Land. We also offer lactose-free milk. We obtain our loose high-quality teas from the cöln tea house in the immediate vicinity of our cafes on Benesisstrasse. We get the right tea water from a spring in the Eifel - soft, clear, not chalky & tasteless. You get good, delicious coffee, tea or cocoa in connection with one of the most delicious breakfasts in the cathedral city of Cologne with us every day. Everything is rounded off with delicious cakes (also gluten-free), as well as quiche, tarte flambee, salads, soups and sandwiches. A number of unusual non-alcoholic drinks, juices, shakes, smoothies (also vegan) complete the range in addition to some types of beer from Germany, Belgium and Spain. For wine lovers we have put together a small selection of wines from the regions of Spain, Germany and France. Our sparkling wines are Cremant from the Loire and excellent champagnes. For lovers of Gin & Tonics, we have a number of premium brands to choose from, such as Windspiel Gin, LAW Ibiza Dry Gin, Gin Mare etc. Test us, we warmly welcome you to be our guest.
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Ruhrpott

Cocktails

Ex-IRON boss Torsten Ahmon's new bar in Cologne's Bermuda Triangle. In the evening cocktail bar with a large wine list and many specialties, we offer homemade cakes, salads and snacks during the day in a cozy, family atmosphere. Enjoy one of the delicious coffee specialties with it.
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Schampanja

Older Crowd, Pub Vibes

For more than 30 years the alternative in Cologne's Bermuda Triangle, the pub that somehow never changes but is different every evening and which in its long history has never been closed for an evening and usually long beyond the opening times. Come by and get to know the shop that you can't describe.
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Zum Pitter Cologne

Outdoor Seating, Drag

Our "Zum Pitter Cologne" has been the first point of contact for gays and friends in the middle of Cologne's lively and popular old town for many years. With us you can forget the worries of everyday life, meet very nice people and just feel good. It is not for nothing that our guests often refer to Zum Pitter Cologne as the "living room". A compliment that we are very happy about ... This is of course primarily due to our friendly (and good-looking ...) staff, who lovingly take care of every guest every day. And our parties are also legendary: Here, with delicious SION Kölsch and good-mood music, people celebrate, flirt and dance until late in the morning. In a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere, of course. A visit to Pitter Cologne is a must for every gay person visiting Cologne. Because our "regulars" are the most personable gays in town. Without any doubt...
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Zur Kaiserin

Older Crowd, Cocktails, Drag

Zur Kaiserin - the trendy bar in Cologne. We look forward to seeing you on the outskirts of Cologne's old town.
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era cafe & bar

Food

The cafe bar ERA with the sun terrace in Cologne offers everything your heart desires, from breakfast to snacks, a lunch menu, wine & dine menu, coffee and kitchen to cocktails. Open every day from morning until late at night.

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