Khalid's Gay Guide to Amman, Jordan
By OUTTraveler Contributer
Originally published on Gay.com/travel
Profession: Design student/model/writer
Relationship status: Single
Where is the best public place for a gay person to make out in Amman?
That is a funny and so hard to answer kind of a Q! in Jordan it's very hard to make out, though it's easy to show DPF, like hand holding, touching? but making out, mmm, not sure though, if you have a car maybe though hehe. I once made out with this guy that I dated few years ago under this bridge, he was like "I need to experience something with you, let's make out here" and I was like mmm ok! It was exciting!
What is the best date you ever had in Amman? Why?
I never had that experience of the 'perfect date' yet, but I might've if I gathered all the ones I went through. I remember this guy that I went out with like a year ago, we went for this veggie sank, we walked to the ice cream shop then we sat on a side walk in a calm street under the street light. I knew the kinds of questions to ask, which led him to tear a little? a hug was made to be and holding his hand was just intense. It was a nice memory at a nice time?
What are some of the things you love most about your city/town?
Amman is an on growing city that is developing into the open mind culture, you see straight people partying and socializing with the gay people, and the metro-sexual scene is starting to show. Amman is starting to appeal to the new cool. Events are just every where; you just have to look for them. I like that's open minded, welcoming and friendly when it wants to be. When you put an effort into an outfit or so, people realize it and they tell you so, even on the streets? in their own way! Other things that I admire in Jordan is the rise of the educational percentage, awareness toward many issues like pollution, health, child abuse, women's rights, and HIV?
What are some great restaurants for a night out with gay friends there?
For sure Books@Cafe', it's a restaurant, bar, caf?' and lounge at the same time, it's spacey, buzzed up at times and it's a famous local gay hang out, I'm friends with the owner, he's super friendly, he'd mostly stop to say hi and welcome new faces. You'll just love him. It's perfect for gay night outs with the friends.
What are some great restaurants for a romantic gay date? What about these restaurants appeals to you?
My favorite would be 'Fame', it's a restaurant between the 5th circle and 6th circle, I just love the quiet, jazzy atmosphere it generates the person. The service is just perfect and the music is just soothing. I always make sure to sit under this wall painting that have the world's most famous legends of all times, which is a perfect thing to bring up during the date, trying to guess all the faces, off course I know them all by now.
Is there a particular best place to "people watch" that most people not familiar with your town would find helpful?
I like the exclusive pub '101' in Jabal Amman; it's very under ground, literally, cozy and oldies kind of a feel. They have a pool table, a nice bar, and this album collection hanging on the wall that I like to go through every time. You'd go with your best pals, chat over fries and diet coke, you could dance a little as well? you're just at your cool room.
What are your favorite gay bars and/or dance clubs? What do you like about them?
The only gay club we used had was RGB, and it closed earlier this year, after that, I didn't attend any other; I do the party scene whenever I travel though. But here in Amman, I like Cube, they have this 80s disco night every Wednesday night that I'm a fan of.
What is the gay community like in your city? Do you consider yourself to be part of any particular "scene"?
I can't describe myself to be under any scene, that's not for me to do! However we do have the gay scene in Amman, which is mostly like all the other gay community around the world; gossip-ish, friendly, bitchy, updated, lovely? I like chilling, I like quiet, I'm known with my friends that I like to spend quality time in all the unusual places, night outs, movies, shopping?
Do gay men and lesbians hang out in the same places in your town, or is that just a ridiculous notion?
You could say both, lesbians hang out mostly in all the usual gay places, an the rest is unknown, there could be spots for them to hang out, but not any that I know of. So yea, both mostly. However the lesbian scene is rising and starting to be noticeable.
Does your town have a LGBT pride celebration? Do you usually attend?
The only gay celebration in Jordan is probably Halloween, where gays are themselves in the act? we don't have any official gay ones.