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Munich and the South

Munich has the third-biggest gay scene after Berlin and Cologne, so it may be no surprise that its famous Oktoberfest beer festival has three tents ( Bräurosl, Fischer Vroni and Schottenhamel) that host a gay and lesbian day with plenty of German boys and girls in traditional dress swilling tankards of brew.

Gay and lesbian life centres around a well organised number of venues in the historic city centre. The main gay area is in the Glockenbach Quarter (Glockenbachviertel) around Gärtnerplatz Square and Hans-Sachs-Straße. Here there is a selection of cafes, bars and restaurants, such as Cafe Nil, Camp and Alexander’s, to mention just a few, that cater for varied tastes, at most times of the day and night. The Glockenbach Quarter is also home to a number of street festivals (Straßenfeste) throughout the year on both Gärtnerplatz and Hans-Sachs-Straße, plus the “Pink Christmas Market” that starts near the end of November and runs through Christmas.

Deutsche Eiche (German Oak) is an entire complex and a great place to spend all day and night if you like. Breakfast is served from 7am, lunch from 11.30am, and dinner is available even after midnight in typical Bavarian or international style. The restaurant has played host to regulars such as world-famous filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder and the lead singer of "Queen" Freddie Mercury. The building also houses a design hotel and Munich’s most popular gay sauna, open 24h on weekends, and from 12am to 7am during the week.

Night Owls head to the NY.Club to dance away the second half of the night, Bau is a place where fetish and foam parties are not uncommon.

The Ochsengarten has been a local institution for over 50 years and belongs to the leather and Levi-leather fraternity. Other popular men's bars include Edelheiss and Teddy Bar. The Kraftakt is a crowded internet-café and restaurant. Another restaurant and bar is the Moro with an eclectic menu ranging from local favorites such as Schweinebraten (roast pork), to pasta and other international fare.

The Prosecco, a cozy neighborhood bar, is home to local drag divas and lots of Schlager music (German pop oldies) and is always jam packed on weekends.

At the Oberangertheater, you can visit the best drag shows in Munich, or join special parties for lesbians and young gays.

For detailed information, addresses, websites and more click here: Hotspots in Munich.