Out Traveler Awards: Time to Vote
By OUTTraveler Editors
Incomparable Gay Neighborhood
What gayborhood has you coming back for more?
Chicago's friendly gayborhood doesn't feel as sceney as other cities. There are plenty of restaurants and bars to keep one busy, while the heart of the city is just to the north (and available via the El). The area's gay cred will definitely be bolstered by a planned LGBT hotel.
Boystown (West Hollywood/Los Angeles)
The sun doesn't orbit around Santa Monica and Robertson boulevards, but for some gays it does. High-caliber restaurants, some owned by reality stars, and a bevy of restaurants and nightclubs, notably The Abbey, ensure the Strip is hopping every night of the week.
The center of gay Madrid bustles with cosmopolitan cafes, bars, and tapas restaurants. A central subway station provides accessibility and Madrid's general inclusivity make it feel less ghettoized as other LGBT neighborhoods. Chueca is getting ready for its time to shine, as Madrid prepares to host 2017 World Pride.
Sometimes referred to as "Gayxample," this beautiful Barcelona neighborhood teems with life, just as you'd expect in such a warm and friendly city. Like Madrid, the action starts late--with dinner at 9 or 10, and dancing until dawn. Eixample is what disco naps were made for!
The Mission (San Francisco)
The area between Dolores and Valencia streets is turning the gay focus from the Castro, which sometimes seems stuck in the days of Harvey Milk. Diverse and unpretentious bars popular the neighborhood, which also has some seriously delicious food. Mission Dolores Park is the place to see and be seen.