LGBTQ+ Guide to Warsaw
Clubs & Bars
Club Galeria is a gay karaoke bar with two dance floors. The club is open for all genders, and hosts regular drag shows, concerts and dance parties. The bar is located underground a market, and therefore a bit hard to find, but definitively worth the search! You have to buzz the door to get in.
Lodi Dodi is a small and cozy gay club located in the city center of Warsaw. The staff is very friendly and the crowd consists of a nice mix of locals and foreigners. You can make friends, try some Polish beers, and listen to local music from the 60s, 70s and 80s. There are three levels in the club: the oval bar on the ground floor, a snug area on the mezzanine, and another bar in the basement, where you can also find a labyrinth and some cabins. The bar is especially busy during the men-only parties in the weekend.
Bunker is a gay cruising club visited by a mixed crowd of younger men. The club is only open on Saturday night, and you can enjoy free drinks (including alcoholics) after you pay for the entrance fee of 12 euros. Then you can either relax at the bar or move downstairs where you will find a playroom/maze. The club is a bit hard to find – try to look for a small sign with the B and ring the bell. Lockers are available should you wish to securely save your clothes
Medium sized club with a side room and busy play area where you can find some action. There is a cloakroom you can use, and an entree fee during the weekend. The music being played is a mix between Polish dance music and international queer pop hits. Dragqueens sometimes perform here as well. The club is especially busy during the men-only dance party ‘Revolution’ which is held once a month.
Sauna Galla is a small gay sauna that has facilities on two different levels. There is a steam sauna, dry sauna, two TV rooms, a relaxation room and a smoking room. Nudity is allowed, but most gay men in Poland wear a towel. During the week this sauna is visited by men, but women are welcome to join the party on Sundays.
Entrance: €6/€2.50 Concessions
Heaven is a small but very safe, clean and cozy sauna that is run by a friendly staff. There is a dry sauna, steam bath, bar, chill-out area, private cabins, TV room and playroom. The sauna provides free internet and professional massages for an additional cost. The sauna is only open for men, but all genders are welcome on Tuesday. The sauna is especially popular on Saturday night when the sauna is open all night long.
Trans men: Welcome 🙂
Entrance: €6/€5 Concessions
Vistula River Beach
Vistula beach is a popular wild beach located at Vistula River between the Polish Olympic Center and Grota-Roweckiego bridge. Action happens close by the bridge, where there is a large meadow with high grass. You can sunbath on the meadow, or explore the bushes for some action. Most action happens close to the bridge. The place is most busy during daytime, especially on warm and sunny days.
Location: 52.285483, 20.992596
The cruisiest spot in Ksiazeca park is around the Elizeum behind the national museum. A mixture of all guys go here, and the place it is mostly visited during the warm summer months, from 11 pm till 3 am. There is a little cross over the bridge at the end of the park. If you go over the bridge, there are some footpaths leading off to the right and left sides. Guys also cruise there or go there to be alone with someone they have met in the park.
Location: 52.22986, 21.02749
Equality pride is an annual event in Warsaw, which is dedicated to the promotion of acceptance and diversity in regards to gender and sexuality. The Equality Parade does not solely focus on LGBTQ+ issues but advocates equal rights for all groups suffering from discrimination, such as people with disabilities, ethnic and religious minorities, as well as animals. The pride is surrounded by an equality week – an annual week of pro-equality events gathered near the date of the Parade
LGBT Film Festival
LGBT Film Festival is one of the most important events for queer people in Poland. It takes place every year and has become the biggest celebration of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) cinema in the country. It brings the country closer to the world LGBTQ+ people long for. The world of freedom and equality, respect for rights and identities, and opportunities that often remain only in our dreams.
Lambda Warsawa is an organisation that helps people who find themselves in a difficult life situation due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Their mission is to create a space for the LGBTQ community and to provide independent, professional and expert help in difficult and crisis situations. They do this by providing legal assistance, psychological support, a telephone helpline, and educational activities.
Hotline: 22 628 52 22
Feminoteka works against gender discrimination in social, public and cultural areas. The organisation organizes trainings, workshops, meetings, book promotions and discussions which focus on gender issues. Their priority is to work against violence against women, and they do this by implementing projects on preventing violence both in the city and in the countryside, at school and at work. The organisation builds on a long tradition of Polish feminists and cherishes their memory.
Hotline: 731 731 551
Love Does Not Exclude Association
A nationwide non-governmental organisation which aims to introduce marriage equality in Poland. The goal of this organisation is to ensure the right to marry for all, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. Love Does Not Exclude was founded by a team of activists, volunteers and allies committed to securing the full equality of LGBT+ persons, especially in terms of their right to marry. Based in Warsaw, the organization works on a national level and cooperates with several LGBT+ organizations as well as other groups, institutions and individuals who share ideals of equality.