Patroc Cologne Gay Guide 2019

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Accommodation Tips

Hostel Die Wohngemeinschaft
Hostel. 25–130 €
Stylish hostel, only 500 metres to the gay bars and cafes around Rudolfplatz.
Individually decorated single rooms, double rooms, triple rooms and dormitory rooms. Large popular cafe-bar on the ground floor.
@ Richard-Wagner-Straße 39
Cologne 50674
U: Rudolfplatz, Moltkestraße
Hotel Motel One Köln-Neumarkt
Hotel. 100-115 €
Design hotel chain for budget travellers. Modern, clean and good value for money.
Conveniently located in the city center, right between the two gay areas Rudolfplatz and Old Town. Many sights, museums, galleries, shops and most of the gay bars are within walking distance.

A similar hotel close to the clubs and parties at Hohenzollernring is the hotel Motel One Köln-Mediapark
@ Cäcilienstraße 32
Cologne 50667
U: Neumarkt
Hotel Lyskirchen
Hotel. ****, from 80 €
Located at the Old Town of Cologne, just a few minutes from the gay bars around Heumarkt. With sauna and swimming pool.
@ Filzengraben 26-32
Cologne 50676
U: Heumarkt

Cafes

Café era
Monday-Thursday 10:00 – 01:00; Friday, Saturday 10:00 – 02:00; Sunday 10:00 – 24:00
Gay cafe in modern design, with popular street terrace.
@ Friesenwall 26 / Kettengasse
Cologne 50672
U: Rudolfplatz

Café RICO
Daily 09:00 – 20:00; Friday, Saturday till 21:00
Popular with the shoppers from the fashion & design shopping streets around.
Gay-friendly.
@ Mittelstraße 31-33
Cologne 50672
U: Rudolfplatz

Zimt & Sünde
Monday-Saturday 11:00 – 19:00; Sunday 12:00 – 18:00
Small gay-friendly café, specialized in homemade cinnamon rolls.
@ Hohe Pforte 29
Cologne 50676
U: Heumarkt, Poststraße, Neumarkt

Bars & Pubs

Hennes' Terrasse
Daily ~12:00 – 24:00 (approx. April-October + New Year's Eve + Carnival)
Summer terrace and lounge in the gay epicenter of Cologne, opposite the ExCorner bar.
@ Mauritiuswall/Schaafenstraße
Cologne 50676
U: Rudolfplatz

Amadeus
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 18:00 – 24:00; Friday, Saturday 18:00 – 03:00; Sunday 14:00 – 21:00; in summer in good weather from 14:00/15:00
Cafe-bar in the Old Town of Cologne, next to the tower of Klein St. Martin.
@ Pipinstraße/Vor St. Martin 8-10
Cologne 50667
U: Heumarkt

Barcelon
Tuesday-Thursday 17:00 – 24:00; Friday 17:00 – 02:00; Saturday 16:00 – 03:00; Sunday 14:00 – 24:00
Friendly gay bar in the Old Town, with a touch of Mediterranean ambience.
@ Pipinstraße 3
Cologne 50667
U: Heumarkt

Baustelle 4U
Daily 14:00 – 01:00+; Friday, Saturday till 03:00+
Popular gay bar in the Old Town of Cologne.
@ Pipinstraße 5 / Vor St. Martin 12
Cologne 50667
U: Heumarkt

Casino-Eck
Monday-Thursday 16:00 – 01:00; Friday, Saturday 16:00 – 03:00; Sunday 16:00 – 24:00
Traditional German pub. Mixed clientele.
@ Kasinostraße 1a / Stephanstraße
Cologne 50676
U: Heumarkt

ExCorner
Daily 19:00 – 04:00/06:00
Very popular gay bar, since more than 25 years.
Mixed ages.
@ Schaafenstraße 57-59
Cologne 50676
U: Rudolfplatz

Exile
Daily 20:00 – 05:00; Friday, Saturday till 06:00
Modern fancy bar. Drinks, music videos and neon lights.
Mainly young and middle-aged clientele.
@ Schaafenstraße 61 A
Cologne 50676
U: Rudolfplatz

Gentle-Bears
Tuesday, Wednesday 18:00 – 24:00; Thursday 18:00 – 01:00; Friday, Saturday 18:00 – 04:00; Sunday 17:00 – 24:00
Bears-friendly bar in the Old Town of Cologne.
Little and big bears in all sizes.
@ Mühlenbach 53
Cologne 50676
U: Heumarkt

Iron
Tuesday 19:00 – 02:00; Wednesday, Thursday 19:00 – 03:00; Friday, Saturday 20:00 – 05:00
Mixed gay-straight-lesbian cocktail lounge bar.
Stylish and with high-quality cocktails and drinks.
@ Schaafenstraße 45
Cologne 50676
U: Rudolfplatz

Kattwinkel
Monday-Thursday 17:00 – 02:00; Friday, Saturday 17:00 – 03:00; Sunday 15:00 – 02:00
Since many years the gay bar in the Eigelstein quarter.
@ Greesbergstraße 2/Eigelstein
Cologne 50668
U: Ebertplatz

Macky's Asia Lounge
Daily 22:00 – 04:00; Friday, Saturday till 06:00
Small basement lounge bar with karaoke.
Mixed clientele.
@ Richard-Wagner-Straße 25
Cologne 50674
U: Rudolfplatz

Mariechen
Thursday 20:00 – 24:00; Friday, Saturday 20:00 – 03:00
Mixed young clientele.
@ Am Rinkenpfuhl 51
Cologne 50676
U: Rudolfplatz, Neumarkt

Mumu
Daily 19:00 – 02:00/06:00
Very young clientele.
@ Schaafenstraße 51
Cologne 50676
U: Rudolfplatz

My Lord
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 17:00 – 24:00; Friday-Sunday 17:00 – 02:00+
Bar for gay seniors and their admirers.
@ Mühlenbach 57
Cologne 50676
U: Heumarkt

Ruhrpott
Tuesday-Friday 18:00 – 01:00; Saturday 19:00 – 04:00; Sunday 19:00 – 01:00
Gay cocktail lounge bar in Cologne's gay Bermuda Triangle. Modern and cosy.
@ Balduinstraße 20/Schaafenstraße
Cologne 50676
U: Rudolfplatz

Schampanja
Daily 20:00 – 02:00/03:00
Small alternative gay bar in the so-called Bermuda Triangle of Cologne.
Clientele mainly in their 30s and 40s.
@ Mauritiuswall 43
Cologne 50676
U: Rudolfplatz

Zum Pitter
In summer with terrace at Alter Markt (Old Market) which is a popular area for tourists, so the clientele outside is usually very mixed.
@ Alter Markt 58-60
Cologne 50667
U: Rathaus, Dom/Hbf, Heumarkt

Zur Kaiserin
Tuesday-Thursday 18:00 – 01:00; Friday, Saturday 18:00 – 02:00; Sunday 16:00 – 23:00
New small bar in the Old Town, next to the gay bars Barcelon and Baustelle 4U.
@ Pipinstraße 5 / Vor Sankt Martin 12
Cologne 50667
U: Heumarkt

Clubs & Parties

See also our overview of upcoming Irregular Parties and Events in Cologne.

Cruising & Fetish

Deck 5
Daily from 20:00
Small gay bar with backroom. Mainly thirty- and forty-something clientele.
@ Mathiasstraße 5
Cologne 50676
U: Heumarkt

Pullermanns
Monday 18:00 – 03:00; Tuesday-Thursday 21:00 – 03:00; Friday, Saturday 21:00 – 05:00; Sunday 14:00 – 20:00 and 21:00 – 03:00
Longest running fetish and cruising bar in Cologne, formerly Hands and Boners. Clientele mainly 35+.
@ Mathiasstraße 22
Cologne 50676
U: Heumarkt

Station 2B
Monday-Thursday 19:00 – 23:00/24:00; Friday, Saturday 22:00 – 04:00; Sunday 15:00 – 21:00
Bar and dancefloor on the ground floor, play area with cabins in the basement. (Big labyrinth – bring some breadcrumbs to find your way out!-)
@ Pipinstraße 2
Cologne 50667
U: Heumarkt

Saunas

Badehaus Babylon Cologne
Monday-Thursday 10:00 – 06:00; Friday 10:00 – Monday 06:00 nonstop
One of the most beautiful gay saunas in Europe, famous for its pool in the inner courtyard in Mediterranean style.
Admission: 19.50 € (14.50 € up to 25 years)
@ Friesenstraße 23-25
Cologne 50670
U: Friesenplatz

Phoenix Sauna
Monday-Thursday 12:00 – 06:00; Friday 12:00 – Monday 06:00 nonstop
Big gay sauna near Rudolfplatz.
Popular with younger guys.
Admission: 10-20 €
@ Richard-Wagner-Straße 12
Cologne 50672
U: Rudolfplatz

Sauna Vulcanus
Daily 11:00 – 20:30/22:00; Saturday till 07:00
Oldest gay sauna in Cologne. Clientele mainly mature men and their admirers.
Admission: 16 €
@ Marienplatz 3-5
Cologne 50676
U: Heumarkt

Shops

Best Of
Monday-Wednesday 12:00 – 19:00; Thursday, Friday 12:00 – 20:00; Saturday 12:00 – 19:00
Leather, rubber, underwear, toys and accessories for men and women.
@ Schaafenstraße 12
Cologne 50676
U: Rudolfplatz

Brunos
Monday-Saturday 10:00 – 20:00
Fashion, underwear, sportswear, gay books and magazines, toys etc.
@ Kettengasse 20
Cologne 50672
U: Rudolfplatz

Dome
Monday, Wednesday-Friday 13:00 – 19:00; Saturday 12:00 – 18:00
Fetish shop for men and women: leather, rubber, sportswear, masks, toys.
@ Händelstraße 27
Cologne 50674
U: Rudolfplatz

MGW
Monday-Saturday 12:00 – 20:00
Toys, accessories and fetish gear.
@ Händelstraße 53
Cologne 50674
U: Rudolfplatz

 Gay-Sex-Messe
Monday-Saturday 10:00 – 01:00; Sunday 12:00 – 01:00
Gay sex shop.
@ Mathiasstraße 13
Cologne 50676
U: Heumarkt

Services

anyway
Publicly funded youth centre specifically designed for gays, lesbians and their friends between 14 and 25.
@ Kamekestraße 14
Cologne 50672
U: Friesenplatz

Checkpoint @ Aidshilfe Köln e.V.
(Usually) Monday-Thursday 18:30 – 21:30
Health counselling and rapid tests.
@ Beethovenstraße 1
Cologne 50674
U: Zülpicher Platz, Rudolfplatz

Rainbow Refugees Cologne – Support Group
Open action group supporting LGBTIQ refugees in and around Cologne.
@ Cologne