When we first visited, we were very excited to find a gay bar in Venice and spent a lot of time researching ‘gay bars Venice, Italy’.
For such a popular and trendy destination, we were surprised to find a lack of gay bars or gay clubs in Venice [no_toc]
In fact, we found that the nightlife scene here is very relaxed, easy going and involves having many Aperols (which we love). Venice is a super romantic city and we found that it was a great option for us visiting as a gay couple.
With that in mind, it’s not so surprising that there isn’t really any gay nightlife in Venice…..or is there..
Gay Bars in Venice
Whilst there is no gay bars on the archipelago of Venice, which is where you will likely stay and explore, there are options nearby.
Nearest gay club or gay bar in Venice?
Venice is an incredible destination and it felt very gay friendly. That might be one of the reasons for there being a lack of gay bars – everyone is welcome everywhere.
This was definitely the case for us and we felt very much at ease to have a romantic weekend exploring Venice hand in hand.
However, if you are still looking for a gay bar or gay club in Venice, the nearest options can be found on the mainland.
Trash and Chic, Venice
This is not a gay bar per se, but an LGBTQ+ night called Trash and Chic which started in 2006 and became the gay place in Venice to party.
It is held at a few different venues including places around Mestre (nearest mainland to the historic town and take about 12 minutes on public transport) and sometimes the surrounding cities including Padua (30 minutes public transport).
We suggest checking their Facebook page for the location of their next party.
They have themed evenings with a lot of animation on stage, drag queens, professional dancers and music from pop to reggaeton and house.
Trash and Chic is on 2 or 3 times per month. Check their Facebook page for upcoming events.
Juice Berry, (Gay Cruising Club)
If you want to check out this gay cruising club in Venice make sure you have some ID.
All cruising clubs in Venice require an ARCO card which you can usually buy at the entrance for as little as €5 but you need photo ID to do so.
They have various themed nights here with entrance fees from €10. Some nights even include a buffet and a show.
You can take a look at what is coming up here.
When it comes to gay bars in Venice, there is clearly not much on offer. However, in our opinion, this is not a destination to come and party, it’s a destination for romance and to get lost in the maze of streets and bridges in the historic town.
If you are just looking for a casual drink in a gay friendly environment, just pick any bar and enjoy watching the world go by.
Make sure you head over to our guide for 2 days in Venice to plan your visit.