There are gay bars in Nicaragua. Even with a population of nearly six million people, Nicaragua has been slow to build a gay infrastructure. Managua is the only city with true gay bars, although we recently were contacted by someone telling us that there is now a gay bar in Leon. This is also one of the charms of this country. The bars that do exist are a great time!
Bar Tabu – Located just a couple of blocks from the Crown Plaza Hotel in the heart of Managua, Bar Tabu is the main gay bar here in the Managua. It has a mixed-age gay clientele and caters to both gay men and women (probably 80/20 respectively). The bar fills up a bit late, about 11-11:30 PM, but is open most of the night. It is a small to medium-sized bar with dancefloor and two bars inside. The music is a mix of latin pop, latin salsa, merenque and the occasional Madonna or Cher song. They also have a karaoke bar upstairs that is full earlier in the evening. More women go to the bar upstairs. The staff are really nice and welcoming to foreigners. There is an entrance fee of between U$3 and $5. Drinks cost around U$2-3. If traveling there at night, take a taxi or go in private car just for safety reasons. Walking is not recommended in the capitol at night. Around the bars, they have security to protect clients. There is an element of straight men outside the bar that will proposition you for sex for money. We wouldn’t recommend that you take advantage of this for security reasons. As always, remember that you are in a large city and just be careful and prudent and you shouldn’t have any problems. Their website is no longer functioning so we removed our link but the bar is still alive and well! The address is: De Crown Plaza Hotel, 2 c al sur, cerca Intur, 1/2 c norte, contiguo a Nica Bus. We dont have a telephone number for Tabu. The bar is open Wed-Sun.
Bar Q – Closed!
Lollipop- This bar is the newest bar, opened in July 2010 and is located very close to the gay bar Tabu. We visited the bar a few days ago and it was packed around midnight. The bar is very nice inside with mainly techno-style music and a younger crowd (18-26). The downside is it costs about U$5 to get in and it is very hard to get a drink (the bar is packed). The neighborhood is not safe and you also have to wait in line to get in. It is only a few blocks from Tabu but take a taxi. The neighborhood gets seedier as you get closer to Lolipop. If you can deal with these negatives, cool place! The address is: Del Hotel Crown Plaza, 2c Sur, 2c Oeste 1/2c Norte and telephone is (505) 2254-5468.
Leon Gay Bars
Leon- We recently received an email from someone telling us that there is a gay bar called Go-Bar. It has a neon rainbow sign in front and is a short walk from Chameleon. This is all the info that we have at this time so please let us know if you find out more!
There are gay friendly bars in Granada but no true gay bars. Here is an updated list:
Imagine - Gay friendly and located from the cathedral, 1 block north and one block to the east on Libertad Street.
Mi Tierra – Located on Calle Real Xalteva, this bar is not a gay disco but caters to a mixed crowd and might be the closest thing to a gay bar in Granada.
La Pantera – Located at the Malecon Lake Granada, this disco is not gay, but host gay events and has a lot of gay visitors.
Bar Cesar – This disco is located 3 blocks from La Pantera and is not a gay bar, but hosts some gay events.
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