It is no surprise that Milan is one of the most inclusive and gay-friendly cities in Italy. But did you know that in the coming years it is about to become one of the most popular destinations among LGBT tourists all over the world?
In 2018 LGBTQI visitors were more than 500.000, and a significant increase is expected for 2020 since Milan is going to host the 37th edition of the annual IGLTA (International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association) convention.
But there is more: Milan Pride 2019 is upon us with its festive and welcoming atmosphere. The capital city of Lombardy is getting ready for the Pride Week from 21 to 30 June, with plenty of events celebrating LGBT equality, against every discrimination because of sexual orientation, and not only. In the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, #LaPrimaVoltaFuRivolta will be the slogan of the celebrations culminating in the Parade of 29 June.
From 27 to 29 June Porta Venezia will be transformed into the Pride Square, a little gay village in the friendliest district of the city. A lively, energetic district, open to everyone, just like Hotel Galles.
Overlooking Corso Buenos Aires, a few steps away from the friendliest bars and boutiques in Milan, Hotel Galles offers its guests elegant relaxed hospitality. Enjoy a beauty treatment in our SPA, an Italian “aperitivo” on our rooftop bar… and the night is still young!
Gay-friendly Bars and Clubs in Milan not to Miss
Evening out in Milan? Here is a list of the trendiest LGBT bars and clubs.
Leccomilano, Via Lecco 5
Opened in 2014, Leccomilano – un buco di bar is a real point of attraction for the gay community in Milan.
Its creative cocktails with allusive names are made from biological products by expert bartenders. Here are two weekly events not to miss: “TomOfMilan”, the Friday party inspired to the works of the illustrator Tom of Finland, and “Femellas”, the Saturday party animated by the music of female DJs.
Mono Bar, Via Lecco 6, angolo via Panfilo Castaldi
Mono Bar is a gay-friendly cocktail bar with an international allure, the ideal place for people rejecting labels. Among vintage furniture, DJ sets and excellent cocktails, evenings are spent in a happy, light-hearted mood. Mono is loved by a mixed clientele for its warm, welcoming atmosphere.
POP Milano, Via Alessandro Tadino, 5
POP Milano is a feminine and feminist bar, as the neon sign at the entrance proudly declares. The place is more welcoming than any other, the perfect spot for sharing a coffee or an aperitivo.
The attention for art and design inside the building is remarkable: every four months a group of artists and illustrators creates new works to describe the pop soul of the place.
Blanco Milano, Via Giovanni Battista Morgagni 2
The sophisticated total-white look designed by Bertero Projects makes Blanco Milano one of the most popular spots among a stylish and international clientele.
It is the ideal place to meet at every hour of the day, from breakfast to dinner, but is widely appreciated for its events and DJ set nights.
NoLoSo, Via Luigi Varanini 5
Let’s move to northern Loreto to discover NoLoSo, frequented by a gay clientele but not only, a place for eating and drinking well, according to the philosophy of its owner Gianni Macario.
Happy hour and Sunday brunch are its strengths, with many light, vegetarian and vegan specialities. Do not miss some of its weekly events, such as the stand-up comedy night on Thursday and the 80’s music parties with DJ set.
Club Plastic, Via Gargano 15
A historical nightclub in Milan, Club Plastic is frequented by a strictly selected LGBT and mixed clientele. A number of international stars and artists have crossed its threshold during the years: Madonna, Elton John, Andy Warhol, Freddie Mercury, Prince and many more. Do not miss “Club Domani”, its popular drag queen show on Saturday night.
Toilet Club Milano, Viale Umbria 118
“At Toilet, we are all equal” is the proud slogan of this gay club in Milan. With lots of events and good music, Toilet is the ideal location for a night out dedicated to fun and friendship. You can go there to dance, meet someone and, why not, fall in love.
Are you ready to dive into the colourful nights of Milan? Stay at Hotel Galles, we will spoil you with our comfort!