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10 Top LGBTQ Bars in Morocco

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Updated: 9 July 2017
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.
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Pacha Marrakech

A lively bar and nightclub located in Gueliz, Pacha Marrakech proclaims itself to be “the best club in Morocco” and is part of the well-known international club chain. Open each night of the week, it draws the largest crowds on the weekend. While not a gay bar, it has a friendly and relaxed vibe that makes all party-lovers feel right at home on the dance floor. The DJ plays a mixture of dance and pop tunes to keep the crowds pleased.

Pacha Marrakech, Avenue Mohammed VI, Marrakech Morocco, +212 524 38 84 00

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VIP Club Marrakech

Also located in Gueliz, VIP Club exudes glamour and glitz. Strobe lights flicker through the club and revelers gyrate to the beats. A gay-friendly club, people can enjoy techno in one area or a lively Moroccan cabaret show in another.

VIP Club, Avenue Mohamed 5, Gueliz, Marrakech, Morocco, +212 661-152026

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Café Grand Atlas

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.

Café Grand Atlas, 39 Rue Mohammed el Beqal, Marrakech, Morocco, +212 524-448888

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Comptoir Darna

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.

Comptoir Darna, Avenue Echouhada,، Marrakesh, Morocco, +212 5244-37702

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Tanger Inn

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.

Tanger Inn, Rue Magellan, Tanger, Morocco, +212 5399-35337

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Restaurant d’Orient et d’Ailleurs

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.

Restaurant d’Orient et d’Ailleurs, Rue Touahen, Essaouira, Morocco, +212 615-287146

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Flamingo Oriental Night Club

A vibrant beach club in the popular seaside resort of Agadir, Flamingo Oriental Night Club is especially busy at weekends. Playing a blend of music that mainly features all the latest hits, the club attracts a balance of locals and tourists. It’s a top place in Agadir for LGBTQ visitors to feel at ease and mingle.

Flamingo Oriental Night Club, Rue du Oued Souss, Agadir, Morocco, +212 5288-44343

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Ryad Mogador Al Madina

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.

Ryad Mogador Al Madina, Secteur Balnaire d’Agadir، Boulevard du 20 Aout, Agadir, Morocco, +212 530-530530

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Plastik Club

Previously known as Candy Bar, Plastik Club can be found close to the Corniche in Casablanca. A lively-evening venue with a relaxed and an almost anything-goes vibe, it’s not unusual to see people dressed up in wild outfits dancing to the tunes on the strobe-lit dance floor. Open each night, the DJ plays all the favourite hits. There’s sometimes live entertainment. The carnival-like feeling appeals to many partiers.

Plastik Club, Hotel Riad Salam, 55, Boulevard de la Corniche Ain Diab, Casablanca, Morocco

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Café Ramses

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.

Café Ramses, Place des Nations Unies., Rue 10, Casablanca, Morocco, +212 5224-74318

Note: any public displays of affection are taboo in Morocco; all guests, regardless of sexuality should avoid smooching and other affectionate acts in public. Do also be aware that the law is a little more lax and society is a bit more tolerant of foreigners than locals when it comes to sexual preferences. While gay and lesbian couples should have few problems if discreet, it’s difficult for singles to meet people for fun. While there are no openly-gay venues, some establishments—like the ones listed above—are more liberal and tolerant than others.