Salsa Barcelona – Where to Shake That Booty!

Salsa Barcelona – Where to Shake That Booty!

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Do you like Salsa? Do you like Barcelona? Well boys and girls, please read on! Because this blog is going to be all about Salsa in Barcelona. What to do, how to do it, and most importantly; where to do it!

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When we’re talking about ‘shaking that booty’, we are obviously not talking about our lovely Miley Cyrus trying to twerk, because no, just no, we don’t want that. No, we’re going to shake our booties with the lovely (originally) cuban dance; Salsa! Yeah, that’s right, it’s from Cuban. So we don’t only owe the Cubans that delicious Mojito, but also this enormously sensual dance. Oh, talking about Mojito’s, check out our blog about amazing cocktails!

What to do?

Did I get you hyped yet? No? My bad, am I not enthusiastic enough? Okay, let me tell you one thing. When you want to practise Salsa in Barcelona, you get extremely flexible in the hips, and we all know what they say about people who are flexible.. That’s right, they can dance! Either with your partner or on your own, mastering the Salsa boosts your self-esteem by a huge amount. It might sound weird, but it does. Being confident about your moves makes you confident about yourselves. If you don’t believe me, try it. You will believe me. So what should you do? You should consider to follow some classes I’ll mention next!

How to do it – Schools

Well obviously I can’t make you a Salsa-expert instantly. Because this is a blog. These are just words, no classes. Lame, right? Yeah I know, so to help you become an expert, I’ll be telling you where you should go to take classes! (For some of them you might want to improve your spanish skills)

 

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The first one on our Salsa Barcelona – list is a spanish one. Just for 19 euros you can get 4 seminars, 1 hour each. You’ll have free entrance on fridays and the bar (open hours), and you can subscribe on your own or with your partner! Please have a look yourself on their website.

 

Shangó

Shangó is a small, sweet club, and gives free(!!) salsa classes on tuesdays and wednesdays at 11:30. (And an happy hour from 21:30 – 23:00, in case you are shy when it comes to dancing). It is located in the Gothic neighbourhood, carrer d’En Groch 2.

 

 

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Another school where you can go to practise the Salsa is Dance School Antilla. They have professional dance classes, and you’ll be mastering the dance in no-time! You can also get private classes, or just drop by for one week to see how it’s like. This school is really, really flexible. Try it out! They are located at Carrer d’Aragó 141, and please feel free to do some of your own research on their website!

 

Where to dance?

There are sooo many clubs where you can do the Salsa in Barcelona. I mean, you can do it anywhere, anytime, but of course we prefer do it in clubs where they have the right music, don’t we?

Well here is a list with some of the best clubs (it’s so hard to pick the best ones, but I’ll do my best, just for you)!

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If I had to pick a number one club to go for salsa dancing in Barcelona, it’d be Antilla Salsa Barcelona. (It’s also where you could get classes I mentioned earlier.) This club has a lot of performances of a lot of music bands with so many different kinds of music, with a mix of latin and fusion music. The club has a lovely atmosphere and is divided into two spaces (sala 1 y sala 2), which offer (sometimes free) dance lessons, workshops, performances and delicious Caribbean cocktails. Please do not miss out on this club. It’s really worth a visit.

 

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Mojito Club

If there’s another club worth mentioning it’d definitely be the Mojito club. It’s not a HUGE club, but the atmosphere is definitely caliente! It’s so worth it to visit this club. People line up and dance together, and every now and then the DJ comes down to teach everybody some dance moves! It’s located at C/ Rosellón, no. 217. If  you drop by, could you drop a comment below and tell me how amazing your night was?

 

 

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Another great club is La Clave. As soon as you enter this club you realize you’ve made a great decision entering the room. Because honestly, the music, the people, everything is just so nice. It gives that amazing Cuban taste while you’re going out. Yes, this is a great place to Salsa. La Clave is located at Passeig del Rengle – Torre d’Ara. Oh, and you can also take salsa classes here (Like, amazing classes). They have party nights fridays – sundays, and on the other weekdays it’s an extremely professional dancing school.

 

Habana Barcelona

The last one for our Salsa Barcelona blog would be Habana Barcelona. You can start your evening by having dinner here, and about 1-2 am they will clear the tables, and everything just turns into this one big Salsa club. This is another must-see! Grab a bite and end the evening with a lovely salsa swing. Yeah, I love it, do you? Oh, and from Thursday – Sunday they offer free classes where you can just walk in and join the fun!

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So this is it for today guys. Hope you found our blog useful for your Barcelona Salsa desires!

So put on those boots, grab your partner, and let’s salsa to it!

Untill next time,

~Tjeerd

Gay Barcelona – STDs on your Weenie!

Gay Barcelona – An STD on your Weenie!

 

 

What’s up boys and.. Boys? (I do sincerely hope there are some girls around here, because well, this is a very, very serious topic.). This time in my “Gay Barcelona - ..” – blog series, in light of my glory-ous blog about gay-cruising, I want to write about the risk that cruising brings along with it, and most importantly, where to get tested and treated for STD’s in Barcelona. And not just with cruising my sweet little ponies, but with all forms of sex. Sex is fun. Sex is great. But sex is risky. Hey, it’s a risk we all are willing to take when we’re drunk. Well buckle up (or rubber up in this case) for the ride! Because this is going to be an informative one.

How do we get STD‘s? How do we prevent getting them? And maybe even more important; how do we get rid of them.

What is an STD?

Condoms, STD Barcelona, STD, ETS, ETS Barcelona, SexWell, STD stands for Sexual Transmitted Diseases, but STI (Sexual Transmitted Infection) might be little bit more up-to-date. As the name states, you can get an STD by having sex. Any form of sex. Oral(!!! Think of Chlamydia, Herpes, even HIV.), anal, and so on. How do we prevent that from happening? Condoms. Condoms all the way. Of course there are more ways to prevent STD‘s from entering your body, but the good thing about condoms is; you can always have them with you and buy them everywhere, and in some clubs they even come free of charge! So you don’t have an excuse not to be safe, right?

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Well, we all party from time to time, drugs and booze can limit our rational thinking, and well, when we are about to have sex, we don’t want to break the hot tension of both parties, do we? It sounds so innocent, I mean what can happen if it’s just one time without, right? Well guess what, my beautiful unicorns, A LOT CAN HAPPEN! Thank God most STD‘s can be cured with just some random injections or pills (of course not random, but who cares what’s in the needle, just fix my last week’s mistakes, am I right?). However, some of them are really hard to get rid of, and I’m going to talk about the most dangerous one, of which you can’t get rid of (at least not yet); HIV.

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HIV

How does one get HIV? It’s simple, you can either be born with it (if your parents have HIV), you can get it by sharing needles with random people who are infected with HIV, or you can get it by having sex. Unprotected sex. Sex where body fluids are being shared. Whenever two bodies get in touch with each other’s body fluids, you have a chance of getting HIV, but of course, the other person needs to have HIV. And I know it’s really easy to just ask the person before you have sex; ‘Hey, do you have HIV? No? OH LET’S GO!’ But no, that’s not gonna give you the gaurantee that it is going to be safe. The person doesn’t even have to know that he has HIV, or he can be lying to you. The incubation period (The time it takes to actually show symptons) of HIV is rather long, it can take up to a few months, years even, depending on the person.  And if you end up getting HIV, you’ll be living a life with pills, and not the party pills you might be thinking of. So please be safe and use a condom anytime you have sex. Be safe. Please.

Clinics

So what do we do when we do get an STD? We go to health clinics, and I’ll give you the two (in my opinion) best ones.

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The first one is Open House (located Carrer Sicília 253, nearest Metro Sagrada Familia), a private clinic, and I do prefer this one over the other, especially for foreigners who don’t speak spanish, or people who are just visiting the city. It’s an english-speaking clinic, and you can have your results within 20 minutes and you get the cure right after in case you have an STD, so there’s no need to go to the pharmacy! However, it does come with a price, as you have to pay right away, and isn’t that cheap. But if that speed isn’t high-quality service, I don’t know what is. Check out their website and get ready for your check-up!

The second one is Clínica Ginecológica Sants (located Roger 23 Street, nearest Metro Badal), a spanish clinic, of course this clinic is just as good as the previous one, except this one has a longer waiting time. For making an appointment and for getting back the results. It isn’t as expensive as Open House, but it isn’t as fast either. Check out their website to make an appointment!

Now don’t let this blog discourage you from having sex, because that’s not the idea. I just want to make sure that you know there are risks that come with having sex. So please, have fun out there! Get your game on! Bring out the condoms!

Be safe my princesses, because  you guys have to live on to read my next few blogs!

Have a fabulous gayday!

So long, gay boys!

~Tjeerd

Gay Barcelona – Parties Without Panties!

Gay Barcelona – Parties without panties!

Gay Barcelona Cruising Nightlife

Where to cruise in Gay Barcelona?

In our Blog Series “Gay Barcelona – … ” we’ll be talking about several gay topics, and this one is all about cruising with your fellow gay men, in men-only clubs! Oh! By the way, check out this awesome blog about Gaixample!

I bet you’ve experienced it, you see that beautifully well-built guy, dancing around that pole, and you are craving for his attention.. Well bad luck for you sir, because there they are, the well-known ‘fag-hags’ of the other gay men, drooling all around him screaming for a glimpse of his eyes (or you know, some other things). Well, we’ve come up with a solution just for you, so you won’t have to slap those girls faces: A list of a few Men-Only clubs! But yeah, you might’ve guessed it, Men-Only clubs can be rather.. Cruisy. Before you decide to go to these clubs, please consider reading the safe-sex guide!

Berlin Dark

Gay Barcelona Cruising Berlin Dark Nightlife CruisingBerlin Dark – The first one on our “Gay Barcelona – Party without Panties” – list would be Berlin Dark and the club is located at Passatge de Prunera, No. 18. The nearest Metro would be Poble Sec. If you exit the Metro it is about a 10 minute walk. Berlin Dark is not your average clubbing place. This club revolves around cruising. This gay club is home to gay men who are into fetishes, S&M, Naturism, Leather, and so on. There are plenty of events in this club which have certain dress codes, well, you could’ve guessed it, won’t be Catholic. The opening hours of this club, however, aren’t like most either, being closed on mondays, open from 22:30 – 2:30 tuesday to thursday, and 22:30 – 3:30 on fridays and saturdays, but oh well, we all know that cruising doesn’t take that much time, right? But, if you’re up to finding someone to spend and stay the night with, this might not be the place you’re looking for.

Club Trash

Gay Barcelona Cruising Trash ClubbingClub Trash is located at C/ Mare de Deu del Remei, No. 11. The nearest Metro would be Poble Sec as well, and is just a 5-10 minute walk away from the Metro station. If you think Berlin Dark is too much, then you’re in for a big one. Club Trash, with 500m2, is probably the biggest cruising club of Barcelona. This club is sex. Sex, sex and sex. Have I told you it’s also about sex? Yeah, I guess you get it. This club has strict dressing codes, and all are sex-based. If it’s either leather, S&M, sports or just being naked, everything is being judged at the entrance, just to check if you are worthy enough to get inside. Yeah, I’d say it’s pretty intense, but if you’re up for some hardcore cruising, please, be my guest and get in there, discover the grounds, and tell me after if there is anything I missed out on.

 

Metro Club
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And then we’ve got Metro. Metro is located at Sepúlveda, No. 185. The nearest Metro would be Universitat. And then it’ll be just a 5 minute walk. Compared to the other ones in this list, this is probably the most ‘innocent’ club. If you are looking for 25yo+ men, this is probably the place to be. Metro has quite some sexual tension around the club, but it’s not as much as the others. Metro has great music, techno, dance, anything really that can keep you going all night. For those who like to watch, there sure is something that would please the eye; GoGo-dancers! These gorgeously built men will show you their dance moves.. And if you’re lucky, they might even drop that towel just in front of you..

 

 

 

 

Nightberry

Gay Barcelona Cruising Nightlife Gay Bar NightBerryThe last one (for now!) on our ‘Gay Barcelona – Parties without Panties’ – list, is Nightberry and this rather small bar is located at C/ Diputació, No. 161. Like I mentioned, this isn’t a club, it’s a bar. And just like all the other Men-Only clubs / bars, this is yet another bar that is probably just for cruising. Unlike the clubs, this bar has a more relaxing atmosphere and therefore it might be easier to start your cruising adventures here. But don’t be fooled by the relaxing atmosphere, because this bar can get just as hardcore as you want it to be..

 

 

Concrusion

If I would have to make a ranking list from hardcore cruising to somewhat ‘decent’ cruising (of course, cruising isn’t always.. You know, decent.) out of these four clubs, I’d say that Club Trash would be the rather intense one, followed by Berlin Dark. And Metro and Nightberry would follow respectively. But wherever you want to start your cruising adventures, I am 100% sure you’ll find it in any of these four bars!

Well, I’ve tried my best to give you some of the best cruising places in Barcelona, but of course, it’s not just these four, there are just so many clubs, bars, where you can cruise. Therefore I would love it so much if you would share me your amazing cruising adventures (no need for the explicit details though, we need to keep something for the imagination) in the comment box down below so I can find more cruisy clubs to write about, just for you!

Well this is it for now, so what are you waiting for? Put on your cruising boots, thong and hat, and get your cruise on!

Have a fabulous gayday!

So long, gay boys!

~Tjeerd

Top 5 Movie-Themed Spots in Barcelona

BARCELONA’S BEST MOVIE-INSPIRED BARS

 

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Do you often go to cinema and love talking about movies ? Do you always keep up-to-date with upcoming movies or movie news ? So if you are a film buff or you just want to be in a cool themed bar/coffee shop, here are the 5 movie-themed places in Barcelona to get you in the mood of a film night.

1. Polaroid – 80′s Retro Bar

The first place in our favorite movie-themed spots in Barcelona is Polaroid Bar. Although I was born during the 90s, the movies of the 80s like The Karate Kid or Terminator were parts of my childhood. Therefore, when I discovered the hidden bar named “Polaroid”, I was impressed and felt like traveling back in time. Being hidden in a small alley of Barri Gòtic, with its 80’ies themed décor, the bar is full of retro things such as Polaroid photos, old films playing on the screen, cassettes and so on. The dimly lit walls covered with vinyl, VHS tapes, cameras along with film posters of famous movies from E.T to Dirty Dancing bring it the funky, relaxing and friendly atmosphere. The bar also features a good choice of music from classic rock bands such as Nirvana, Guns and Roses or Pearl Jam. It is very interesting while reading the menus as you can recognize very familiar 80s characters such as Mr Miyagi or Sarah Connor (of Terminator). The price for beer or cocktails is reasonable. You can order a bucket of five beers with free popcorn for 10 EUR or a fruity mojito for 6 EUR.

Address: Carrer dels Còdols, 29

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2. Dry Martini – James Bond bar

Dry Martini is definitely the type of bar that you often see in movies: classical, elegant and sleek bars. When you are entering the bar, you will feel like you’re on the set of a James Bond movie. It has an English vibe with large armchairs, benches, dim lighting, plush fabrics and dark wood. Being internationally recognised as one of the best 50 bars in the world in 2014, Dry Martini is founded by the cocktail master Mr Javier de las Muelas who is giving a lot of cocktail lectures. It serves excellent cocktails and food with very professional and friendly staff being all dressed in white suits. It is also enchanting to watch the bartenders preparing the drinks with enthusiasm. Dry Martini is most suitable for formal meetings, first dates or a proposal. You can also check out our blog Top 25 places to take a first date

Address: Carrer Aribau 162 – 166

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3. Bharma – Lost bar

Located in Sant Marti, Bharma is a themed bar inspired by the popular TV series: Lost. From the decor to the names of sandwiches & tapas, the owner has paid the closest attentios to details in order to recreate the Lost atmosphere. Special features of the bar are: oceanic flight 815 stuck in the wall, the hatch door, Sawyer’s letter, and even the “Bharma Initiative”beer with the Dharma logo. During the show’s peak, Mr Jorge Garcia, a member of the cast, has also visited the bar during his stay in Barcelona. Since its opening in 2008, Bharma acts as a regular refuge for not only Lost fans but also for fans of other legendary TV shows such as Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Doctor Who, The Walking Dead. The biggest pro of Bharma is that it usually organizes special meeting nights to celebrate movie events or special episodes. For example, it has broadcasted on big screens the Academy Awards, the epic finale of Breaking Bad or the season 3 premiere of Game of Thrones. About 2 weeks ago, to celebrate the 48th anniversary of the legendary Star Trek, the bar had many activities such as  showing famous episodes, discussions, contests, and workshops. So, if you are a fan of US-UK TV series, you will definitely love this cozy bar where you can make many new friends sharing the same interests.

Address: Carrer de Pere IV, 93

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4. El Laurel – Best empanadas in town

El Laurel is a good choice to stop by before going to a cinema. It is considered as a hidden treasure for locals.  El Laurel is an Argentina cinema bar located in Sant Antoni and just opposite the Cines Renoir being one of a few cinemas having movies in the original language. Because the cinema and the bar work together, they offer amazing deals of a meal + cinema ticket. For example, for 15 EUR “Cena de Cine” deal on week days, you will have 1 movie entrance ticket, 3 empanadas, a nice salad of arrugula and parmesan and a medium-sized drink. Most customers come to El Laurel for empanadas which are incredibly delicious and there are many options for both veggies and meaties. It is a busy spot so I suggest you to come early.

Address: Carrer de Floridablanca, 140

Best empanada in Barcelona

5. Pudding – Alice In The Wonderland

Last but not least, we want to introduce Pudding – the lovely coffee shop inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Pudding is opened by a French woman who has definitely brought the unique and quirky decor for the place. The massive mushrooms, bookshelves, a roof of red and white stripes, the interesting lights, the painted doors and jazz soundtracks all together will surprise you. The place attracts many young travelers, group of friends and families. If you have kids, be sure to bring them with you because they will love Pudding so much.  The concept of Pudding is: Eat+Play+Think.  The owner wants to create a fun atmosphere for kids expressing new ideas through different activities. This is the perfect place for a delicious brunch and fresh home made cakes. The fantastic cakes are served with generous portions. I recommend the carrot cakes and the quiche here. The friendly atmosphere, the beautiful decoration, the good food quality and price will let you want to come back here soon.

Address: Carrer de Pau Claris 90

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If you know any interesting themed bars in Barcelona then we love to hear about them, leave us comments below.

In the mean time, check out our The most unique bars in Barcelona and our e-book Top 10 Cocktail Bars in Barcelona

~Trang

The Full Moon Festival in Barcelona

Full Moon Festival (Fiesta de la Luna Llena) in Barcelona – a venue of music, dance and fire

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The Full Moon Festival in Barcelona or Fiesta de la Luna Llena – do these two entertainment concepts ring any bells? If the answer is NO, please continue reading this blog article. If the answer is YES, well a little bit of extra info never hurt anyone, right?

OK, so this article will answer the 5 W’s and the H – WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY, WHO and HOW that every tourist coming to Barcelona should consider when deciding whether they should go to the Full Moon Festival or not. From our experience, it’s definitely a MUST-GO!

 

WHAT is the Full Moon Festival?                                  

The Full Moon Festival is a group of parties basically celebrating the occurring of a full moon. Since the beginning of mankind, humans have been fascinated about viewing the full moon as an extremely occult phenomenon, which is why they have been assigning different powers or supernatural characteristics to it. For example, the early Babylonians thought the full moon made women more fertile, whereas the Amerindians used to give their children names containing the word ‘moon’ because they thought the Moon Goddess would protect the little humans from danger. Nowadays, the Full Moon celebration is a little less religious (we would argue pretty much profane), people gathering on the beach just to enjoy the moment by drinking, dancing and having fun.

 

WHEN does the Full Moon Party happen in Barcelona?

The Full Moon festival takes place during a 14-month period, starting in July (current year) and ending in October next year, with events happening once every month – as the Full Moon appears. The next event will be held on 8th October 2014 at 11 PM in the evening, so if you will be in Barcelona at that date, make sure you don’t miss this opportunity!

 

WHERE can you find the Full Moon Party in Barcelona?

The answer for this question is the Mar Bella beach (Playa de la Mar Bella), one of the most famous beaches in Barcelona.

 

WHY should you go to the the Full Moon Party in Barcelona?

Because FUN, that’s why!!! You will be witnessing a spectacular show done by acrobats juggling with fire, acro-yoga and so on. In the background, you will be hearing rhythmic beats of drums, accompanied by other instruments such as trumpets or the traditional Spanish castanets. Because the music is so good, you will see people dancing  and feeling the good vibe of the whole atmosphere, so don’t be shy and join them! They will be glad to have a new member in the dance crew!

WHO goes to the Full Moon Party in Barcelona?

In short, all the people with latin ‘caliente’ blood, eager to experience an adventurous and energetic night under the moonlight, as well as tourists with a different concept of entertainment than the cliche-ed night out in a crowded club . If you are one of them, don’t miss out this event, as it represents the pure essence of open-air fun!

 

HOW can you get to the event?

There are several ways to get to the Mar Bella Beach. The best one is to use the metro (closest stop would be Llacuna on the yellow L4), combined with a little bit of walking (15 mins). Another way is to take the bus N8 which will leave you 10 minutes away from the beach.

 

Finally, if you want some more info about the Full Moon Festival in Barcelona (as if what we have provided so far is not enough), you can always click here.

 

 

 

 

 

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