10 Top LGBTQ Bars in Morocco

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Sarah Williams

Although homosexuality is illegal in Morocco—as is the case in many Islamic countries—it is generally a popular destination for members of the LGBTQ community. While Tangier was previously the main hub for LGBTQ travelers to the nation, some of the bars listed here can be found in places like Marrakech that have begun to grow in popularity.

1. Café Grand Atlas

Cafe, Bar, Moroccan

Don’t be fooled by the name; Café Grand Atlas is more of a bar than a café. An intimate and relaxed venue, the roof terrace is especially popular. It’s a good place to enjoy a Moroccan meal with a cold beer in a laid-back atmosphere.

2. Comptoir Darna

Bar, Restaurant, Cocktails

Interior of Comptoir De Darna
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Comptoir Darna is a sophisticated restaurant and bar with a cozy and romantic vibe. It is popular with couples of all sexual orientations. Welcoming towards everyone, the ambient mood, the dancing, and the dark yet stylish interiors will help patrons have a great night when visiting Morocco’s Red City of Marrakesh.

3. Tanger Inn

Bar, Nightclub, Moroccan

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A long-standing name in the local-bar scene, the Tanger Inn has attracted free-thinkers and liberal souls for many years. Popular with locals and tourists alike, the bar was previously a favourite haunt of literary figures like Tennessee Williams, Jack Kerouac, Federico García Lorca, and Williams Burroughs. Although Tangier doesn’t have the same openness as it did in times gone by, this is a good choice for LGBTQ travellers who are visiting the northern coastal city. It is within Hotel El Muniria.

4. Restaurant d'Orient et d'Ailleurs

Restaurant, Moroccan

Although largely a place for dining, guests can still enjoy a relaxed drink in a friendly atmosphere at Restaurant d’Orient et d’Ailleurs in the coastal city of Essaouira. Discreet and romantic, the charming venue is one of the city’s coziest places for a relaxing evening with a loved one.

5. Ryad Mogador Al Madina

Bar, Hotel Restaurant, Moroccan

Ryad Mogador Al Madina is a large hotel in Agadir. The hotel bar is open to both residents and non-guests, and it is popular with LGBTQ travellers. A good selection of modern tunes plays until the early hours. It is situated close to the beach for those who fancy a late-night romantic stroll.

6. Café Ramses

Restaurant, Moroccan

Moroccan mint tea
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Located in the bustling heart of Morocco’s largest city, Café Ramses doesn’t serve alcohol, but it is open until late in the evening and offers a relaxing, gay-friendly spot. The café serves food as well as hot and cold soft drinks. Fairly small, the café has an intimate atmosphere. The terrace is a pleasant place to sit and watch the world go by over a glass of refreshing-mint tea.

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