Thanks to its university college, Gothenburg is a very young and vibrant city and the majority of its bars and nightclubs are accordingly aimed at those who like their parties wild and loud. Cocktail bars are fairly uncommon, then, with scene-savvy locals instead gravitating towards the scuzzy beer dens of Andra Långgatan – the hipsterific epicentre of the artsy Linné district, which is also home to numerous dubious-looking takeouts and sex shops. For an interesting pub crawl, try Cafe Publik, (Andra Långgatan 20, +46 3114 6520) The Rover (Andra Långgatan 12, +46 3177 50490) and bar-slash-record-shop Cafe Santo Dominigo (Andra Långgatan 4, +46 3118 8483) for great bar snacks, a huge beer selection and raucous live music sets, respectively.
Elsewhere, legendary Gothenburg gig venue Pustervik (Järntorgsgatan 12, +46 3136 83277) may have lost a touch of its grubby charm since its recent renovation, but upcoming visits from acts like Howler, Shearwater and Of Monsters and Men should soon have it back to its lightly soiled best. DJs orchestrate the young crowds on weeknights, playing everything from classic indie and punk to hip-hop, soul and psychedelia.
It’s surprising to note how much Gay Gothenburg (or GAY GOETHENBURG to the locals) has with the city of London in England. (Some even call it Little London…. no really!) Sweden’s most western city is home to buzzing cafes , world-renowned restaurants and open green spaces, but – unlike England’s jolly old capital – it’s also got a vintage rollercoaster for you thrill seekers and some of the finest seafood on Earth.
Still, at least the first half of the nickname is accurate – while Gothenburg is Sweden’s 2nd biggest city in terms of population, this former ship-building town is still only home to just 550,000 people, with the tightly clustered cobbled streets and squares of the city centre most efficiently – and enjoyably – traversed on foot.
Despite its diminutive size, Gothenburg boasts an enviable portfolio of urban distractions, with all the bars, bistros and boutiques you’d expect of the world’s more populous cities. Best of all, though, is the fact that – like the city itself – a great deal of Gothenburg’s coolest hangouts have managed to remain under the radar. You know that brilliantly quirky secret café/furniture shop/takeaway stand you stumbled across in London/New York/Paris? Imagine a city stuffed with all of these and more, take away the vibe-squashing hordes of tourists and have-a-go hipsters and you’re some way to understanding the appeal of what could well be Europe’s most overlooked city break destination.
Gothenburg is the first city in Sweden to have a LGBTQ-council and West Pride is approaching its 11th year. The city is very happy to welcome you to an open and tolerant place with focus on everyone’s equal rights. Same-sex relationships are widely accepted in Sweden. Gothenburg is progressive in LGBTQ-rights and it’s illegal according to Swedish law to discriminate against anyone because of sexual orientation or gender identity. In the run-up to the annual West Pride festival rainbow flags fly from flagpoles all around Gothenburg. They colour the city with pride during the festival! It’s manifested thanks to our unique flag period in June. Around 1,000 rainbow flags are hoisted around central Gothenburg, says Emma Percival at West Pride. Gothenburg City hoist rainbow flags on their official flagpoles at for example the square Gustaf Adolfs torg and many other companies and organisations join the tribute.
GAY BAR’S IN GOTHENBURG
Haket pub serves a large variety of beers and has an outdoor seating area with afternoon sun. Everyone is welcome and the pub attracts a mixed crowd. Synth Haket is a Thursday classic and other nights of the week sees quiz and karaoke. Check their calendar on the website for details and dates. Beer tastings are also held here.
Haket Address : Första Långgatan 32, GOETHENBURG
Phone: +46 (0)31 145888
GAY CLUB’S IN GOTHENBURG
Gretas club is the oldest gay club in Town, here you can eat a cheap meal or relax at the bar & make new friends. The Matahari club at Gretas has all kinds of parties and drag shows. The club is also straight friendly, so feel free to visit with allies who want to come party.
Gretas Address: Drottninggatan 35, GOETHENBURG
Stop: Kungsportsplatsen, Brunnsparke
Gay Hotels, B&B & Accomodation in GOTHENBURG
Address: Göta Älvsgatan 13, GOETHENBURG
At Home is a gay bed & breakfast located between the sea and Gothenburg’s city centre. Single or double rooms are available.
Start your day with a big breakfast on the large and sunny balcony in summer, or by the fireplace in winter. The bathroom is shared, as well as the showers and sauna.
The tram ride to the city takes around 20 minutes. The nearby area has a restaurant, cafe, supermarket, pharmacy and the beach within a few minutes’ walk or tram ride. The B&B is also close to the southern part of the Gothenburg archipelago.
The month of June is West Pride in Gothenburg, where the streets fill with culture and a sparkling rainbow parade. Be sure to visit the West Pride Ung-tent. You definitely shouldn’t miss the opening on June 8 in Regnbågsparken/Bältespännarparken, or the rainbow pride parade on Sunday, June 12, starting from 14.00 at Götaplatsen. See you at Gothenburg Pride!
Gothenburg’s own West Pride festival has been around since 2007. It was initiated by the Gothenburg City Theatre, the culture centre Blå Stället, Stora Teatern, the Röhsska Museum, and the Museum of World Culture and went by the name HBT-GBG. The festival takes place every year in June, often with more than several hundreds of items on the programme, the highlight being the Rainbow parade. The parade has grown larger by the year with thousands signing up beforehand. Another 12,000 or so spectators take part in the celebration along the main boulevard Avenyn to celebrate love, human rights, sex and equality.
West Pride makes Gothenburg an even more open and inclusive city. The festival highlights LGBTQ-persons lives through a norm critical approach to arts and culture.
The festival programme is hosted by museums, theatres and night clubs.
The full programme of pride events is available at westpride.se
What other Gay Bars, Clubs, Saunas, Restaurants are there in Gothenburg/GOETHENBURG? The answer is coming soon.