Gay Bars in India

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Gay Bars in India
India's gay community gets special treatment on certain nights of the week. (In the club image by Stanislav Savelyev from Fotolia.com)

The gay culture is relatively new to India. Until recently, gay culture was unacceptable and discriminated against. On July 2, 2009, the Delhi High Court decriminalised homosexuality, calling such discrimination unconstitutional and a violation of the fundamental right of freedom and liberty.

Since then, the metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Bangalore have seen a burst of pulsating gay nightlife. There aren't many exclusive gay bars and clubs; however most upmarket bars and clubs have designated gay nights during the regular business week.

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Voodoo Bar

Voodoo is known to be the oldest gay place in the whole of India. Situated on Colaba Island, it has gay nights on Saturdays. It attracts both Indians and foreigners alike and is filled to capacity with the crowd spilling onto the beach.

Voodoo Bar

2/5, Kamaal Mansion

Ab Road

Colaba

Mumbai- 40005

Maharashtra, India

011-91-22-22841959

Gay Bars in India
India's clubs and bars organise special gay nights. (clubbing image by Slobodan Djajic from Fotolia.com)

The L Lounge

The L Lounge organises several parties and gatherings for the lesbian community in Mumbai. It is a well-known all-lesbian party spot in India. Every now and then, the club offers events for the whole lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

The L Lounge

Mumbai, India

011-91-22-9821730721

thellounge.com

Gay Bars in India
The L Lounge is a good place for lesbian lovers. (homosexualité fémine image by Ploum1 from Fotolia.com)

Sam's Bar

Sam's Bar is situated inside the Floriana Restaurant on Russel Street. It is amongst the most popular hangouts---open all days of the week---for gay men. The bar organises special Saturday night parties for the gay community.

Sam's Bar

13-D, Russel Street

Kolkata- 700071

West Bengal, India

011-91-33-65354949

Olympus Bar

This Park Street joint is inexpensive and popular amongst travellers and the local community. It is open to the LGBT community on Saturday nights.

Olympus Bar

21, Park Street

Kolkata- 700016

West Bengal, India

011-91-33-22299306

Aqua: The Al Fresco Bar

The Aqua at the Park Hotel, Kolkata is a hip place on Saturdays for the gay crowd in the city. Food and drinks are pricey, so the crowd is generally from amongst the upper class.

Aqua: The Al Fresco Bar

The Park, Kolkata

17 Park Street

Kolkata- 700016

West Bengal, India

011-91-33-22499000

theparkhotels.com

Pegs 'n' Pints

Located in the expensive neighbourhood of Chanakya Puri, Pegs 'n' Pints is a popular hangout for young people in Delhi. It has two levels, the first floor, which is noisy but popular for dancing, and the mezzanine level, which is good for socialising. The place gets packed after 11 p.m. on Tuesday nights.

Pegs 'n' Pints

Akbar Bhavan Annexe

Chanakya Lane

Chanakyapuri

New Delhi- 110021

India

011-91-11-26878320

Polka, The Club

Polka, The Club, located in the hip Kailash Colony Market, offers gay-and-lesbian-special-night on Saturdays. These are sponsored by Boyzone Delhi, a nightlife and entertainment group on Facebook. To receive a special discount, join utopia-asia.com.

Polka, The Club

HS-4, Kailash Colony Market

New Delhi- 110048

India

011-91-11-41735227

Kuki

Kuki is a trendsetter lounge that holds an all gay and lesbian party twice a month on Fridays. Kuki has a modern ambience complete with purple-pink butterflies and mirror balls.

Kuki

E-7, Greater Kailash-2

Masjid Moth Commercial Centre

New Delhi- 110048

India

011-91-11-29225241

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