Buenos Aires became the first city to Latin America to legalize civil unions, a progressive move that eventually led to civil marriages in all of Argentina in 2010. The city has deservedly gained a reputation as one of the most gay-friendly, enticing travelers from around the world with ravishing visions of tango flair and European ambiance.
The city is divided into 48 barrios, several of which have become their own mini-gayborhoods. Barrio Norte, Palermo Viejo and San Telmo have a particularly strong gathering of gays. Each has their own character, with gay-friendly restaurants and bars opening up onto the sidewalk. Grab a bite of Argentine BBQ at casual Parilla Miranda, or go creative at Milion, a restaurant/bar/art space in a repurposed mansion! After dinner, wander the hipster mecca of Plaza Serrano and then duck into the loungey Mundo Bizarro for a cocktail. Glam, Amerika and the Big One – housed in a grand old theater – are the big guns when it comes to clubs.
Word to the wise: Don’t be fooled by straight men dressed well in tight clothes – this combination of style and machismo is the Argentine way and doesn’t necessarily indicate someone on the team!