Patroc Bologna Gay Guide 2022

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Accommodation Tips

Aemilia Hotel
Hotel. ****, from 70 €
Modern hotel with spacious, air-conditioned rooms. Roof terrace and some of the rooms with view over Bologna. 10-15 minutes to walk from the historic center.
@ Via Giovanna Zaccherini Alvisi 16
Bologna 40138
Bus: Zanolini
Hotel Metropolitan
Hotel. ****, from 110 €
Stylish hotel in contemporary design with air-conditioned rooms, modern facilities and a gardened roof terrace. Very well located in the city center between the railway central station and the historic heart of Bologna.
@ Via dell'Orso 6
Bologna 40121

Bars & Pubs

Il Barattolo
Monday-Thursday 17:00 – 01:00; Friday, Saturday 18:00 – 02:00
Queer cafe-bar in the center of Bologna. With aperitivo, foosball table, art exhibtions, performances and other small cultural events.
Mixed clientele.
@ Via del Borgo di San Pietro 26/a
Bologna 40126

Clubs & Parties

The LGBT center Cassero hosts various parties on some Saturdays and occasionally on other days (see the calendar at the Cassero website).

Worth a visit if only for the beautiful space in the large basement vault.

Usually not busy before 01:00, but then often with a long queue to get in.

The Cassero requires the Arcigay membership card which can be acquired at the entrance.
@ Via Don Giovanni Minzoni 18
Bologna 40121

Red Club
Saturday 22:30 – 05:00
Gay dance club with bars, outdoor area, smoking room and (from approx. 02:00) cruising labyrinth.

Located in the Roveri industrial area, approx. 5 km outside of Bologna (at night you can get there only by car).

The music and shows vary from week to week depending on the specific party – current program on the Red Club website.
Mixed ages.

Admission: 12-15 € (+ ARCO/ENTES membership card)
@ Via del Tipografo 2
Bologna 40138

Cruising & Fetish

Monday 21:30 – 03:00; Thursday 21:30 – 02:30; Friday, Saturday 22:30 – 04:30; Sunday 21:30 – 02:30
Men-only gay bar with a relaxed, social and no-attitude atmosphere.
In the basement with cruising labyrinth.
Best on Friday night.
Admission: 10-15 €, incl. first drink
@ Via Polese 47/A
Bologna 40121


Steam Sauna
Daily 14:00 – 24:00; Friday, Saturday till 01:00
Clean and pleasant gay sauna in Bologna.
Mixed ages.
Very popular on Sunday afternoon/evening.
@ Via Ferrarese 22/i
Bologna 40128

Sauna Cosmos Club
Daily 11:30 – 20:30/21:30
Old gay sauna, reported to be not very clean.
Rather mature clientele.
The ARCO and Arcigay cards are not accepted here. ID required and some knowledge of Italian.
Admission: approx. 19 € + ~5 € membership card
@ Via Cesare Boldrini 16 (in the courtyard on the left)
Bologna 40121


IGOR Libreria
Monday-Saturday 10:00 – 13:00 and 16:00 – 19:30
International LGBT+ bookshop.
@ Via Santa Croce 10
Bologna 40122


Cassero LGBTI Center
Bologna's LGBT centre and also headquarter of the Italian organization Arcigay. Best source to get information and flyers for current and upcoming gay and cultural events in Bologna.
The center is built into one of the medieval gates of Bologna – thus, both the inside and open-air spaces of the center have a very special atmosphere and are worth a visit.
@ Via Don Giovanni Minzoni 18
Bologna 40121

BLQ Checkpoint
HIV and Hepatitis rapid tests and other sexual health services, run by the local NGO Plus onlus since 2015.
Free of charge. Appointment by phone recommended.
@ Via San Carlo 42/C
Bologna 40122