Plaza Santa Cecilia, Tijuana: This pedestrianized street just over the border is packed full of tourists but is also the center of the gay community with a number of gay bars and discos located here

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Plaza Santa Cecilia, Tijuana: This pedestrianized street just over the border is packed full of tourists but is also the center of the gay community with a number of gay bars and discos located here. Photo by Radio Arco Iris TJ

Cross border clubs and a big party scene

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Tijuana has a vibrant gay scene right in the heart of the city, just a short walk from the border. The pedestrianized Plaza Santa Cecilia has several gay bars and many more are just a short walk away.

Most places have a mix of tourists and locals. Big thumping dance clubs, small bars and everything inbetween are available including several bathhouses.

Hustlers are fairly commmon in a number of places so make sure you know what you're getting into. Pickpockets can also be a problem in backrooms or in lap dancing places so keep your wallet and phone safe.

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Upcoming events in Tijuana, Baja California

June 29, 2024: Baja State LGBTTTIQ+ Pride March Tijuana

The 29th Baja State LGBTTTIQ+ Pride March in Tijuana will be on Saturday June 29. Starting at 5 pm from Calle 1ra & Mutualismo.

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Hotels, B&Bs

Hotels in Tijuana can vary greatly from flophouses to luxury. Some of the more central places can also be noisy from nearby clubs and restaurants. Many hotels will not allow visitors to your room so keep that in mind. There are no exclusively gay hotels in town but listed below are gay friendly hotels which are well located and for which we've heard good things.

B my Hotel

B my Hotel

Central modern hotel with nice design, close by the gay bars and border.
 +52 664 638 4151
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 Average room rate: $55 USD
 Average rating: 82 Very Good
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Hotel Caesars

Hotel Caesars

Classic hotel built in the 30s and where the original caesar salad was created. Classically decorated rooms with wifi, private bath. Gay friendly.
 +52 664 688 0449
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 Average room rate: $90 USD
 Average rating: 86 Very Good
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Red Boutique

Red Boutique

Men only hotel, bathhouse and sex club. Jacuzzi, steam room, massage service, bar, video room, pleasure room, gogos. Bathhouse open noon to midnight daily with entrance fee 150 pesos including locker, towel, sandals. Hotel 24 hours.
 +52 1 663 127 2333
 Average room rate: $1050 MXN
 Average rating: 88 Excellent
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Bars, Discos

Barok

Barok

Trendy cocktail bar with a mix of English and Latino pop music. All welcome but primarily gay crowd.
 Average rating: 86 Very Good
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Bigou Bar Club

Bigou Bar Club

Gay Club. DJs, drag and stripper shows.
 +52 664 793 7716
 Average rating: 90 Excellent
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El Coyote Club

El Coyote Club

Bar with drag, comedy and stripper shows. Smaller place good to meet friends before the dance clubs.
 Average rating: 84 Very Good
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El Ranchero

El Ranchero

Popular cruise bar. It has a ground floor and upper level. The upper level gets the busiest and has a great balcony for watching the action on the plaza. Clientele consists of men of all ages and all economic backgrounds from both sides of the border. Some hustlers work it as well.
 Average rating: 84 Very Good
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Hawaii Bar and Grill

Hawaii Bar and Grill

Show bar with drag and stripper shows.
 Average rating: 84 Very Good
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Latinos Bar

Latinos Bar

Bar with nightly drag shows.
 +52 664 479 5848
 Average rating: 64
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Our Secret Bar

Our Secret Bar

Gay bar with drag and stripper shows.
 +52 664 302 2768
 Average rating: 82 Very Good
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Premier Mens Club

Premier Mens Club

Strippers, table dances. Drag shows. DJ. Not large, but large enough to pack in a crowd. Cover charge. Men only on Fridays.
 +52 664 688 0821
 Average rating: 78 Good
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Sodoma Nightclub

Sodoma Nightclub

Gay nightclub with drag shows, gogo boys, dance floor, circuit and top 40 music.
 +52 664 419 7622
 Average rating: 92 Excellent
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The Secrets Ladies Bar

The Secrets Ladies Bar

Lesbian bar for women. DJ, strippers, shows.
 Average rating: 82 Very Good
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Villa Garcia

Villa Garcia

Just to the right of Hawaii and under the same ownership as El Ranchero. Often has drag shows on a small stage.
 Average rating: 92 Excellent
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Yadira's Bar

Yadira's Bar

One of the few places primarily for lesbians in Tijuana. Also attracts some straight clientele and gay men. Karaoke, pool tables, drag king shows.
 +52 664 685 6854
 Average rating: 86 Very Good
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Yei Yei Dance Club

Yei Yei Dance Club

Dance club with pop music, drag shows, gogo boys.
 Average rating: 96 Exceptional
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Coffee Shops

D'Luna Cafe

D'Luna Cafe

Gay owned coffee shop which is popular with a LGBT crowd. Espresso drinks, crepes, frappes.
 664 6854720
 Average rating: 94 Excellent
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Trama Cafe

Trama Cafe

Coffee shop with a diverse clientele which supports the LGBT+ community. Espresso drinks and snacks. Movies, culture and art events.
 +52 664 900 6567
 Average rating: 94 Excellent
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Bathhouses, Saunas, Massage, Cruising Clubs, Cruising Areas

Below are the exclusively gay bathhouses like international visitors might expect. But there are also half a dozen more bathhouses in Tijuana of the classic Mexican sort with a mixed crowd which may be there for the steam etc but there also is discreet cruising and sex at all of them.

Baños La Toalla Tijuana

Baños La Toalla Tijuana

Lockers, towels, changing room, 2 steam rooms, relaxation room, jacuzzi, snack bar, garden and terrace area with sunbeds, smoking area. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
 +52 664 683 6505
 Average rating: 94 Excellent
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Baños Vica

Baños Vica

Steam rooms, cruising, bar with snacks, beers and sodas, dark room, showers, massages. Open daily. Located on Blvd. Diaz Ordáz a half block east (on the right) from the entrance of Mercado de Todos in La Mesa.
 +52 664 622 0386
 Average rating: 80 Very Good
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Bendito Bar Para Hombres

Bendito Bar Para Hombres

Bar and sex/cruising club for 18+ men. DJ, Live sex shows. You can have sex anywhere in the bar, not just in a dark room. The offer varies, sometimes there is a cover which includes a drink and sometimes there is a minimum consumption required of 200-300 pesos.
 +52 664 789 6400
 Average rating: 40
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Gran Cine Latino

Gran Cine Latino

Adult cinema with cruising and discreet play in the seats and in the toilet area. Mixed gay, straight and heteroflexible crowd. Note there are two cinemas with separate entrances. The "family" theater and the adult theater. Look for the small door going to 2nd floor theater, see the photo, which is easy to miss. The adult cinema is open from 12:40 pm to 10:00pm and the cost of entry is 40 pesos.
 Average rating: 74 Good
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Community Centres and Organizations

Casa Arcoiris Albergue LGBTI

Casa Arcoiris Albergue LGBTI
 casaarcoiris.org

Grassroots organization that supports LGBTI+ migrants in search of asylum in the United States, or for refuge in Mexico. They operate a shelter and provide humanitarian services, access to legal services, healthcare, and counselling in collaboration with local and international organizations.
 +52 664 906 4181

COCUT LGBTI

COCUT LGBTI

Comunidad Cultural de Tijuana LGBTI is a non-profit civil association that promotes respect for the LGBTTTIQ+ community. They create and develop spaces for socio-cultural participation of the LGBTTTIQ+ community, with topics related to human rights, health, education, art and culture. They offer psychological counseling services, support groups, film club and political advocacy at their offices.
  +52 664 290 9007
 Average rating: 92 Excellent
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Gyms, Yoga, Spas, Wellness etc

La Cabina Gay Spa

La Cabina Gay Spa

Spa for men offering massage, facials, hair removal and other services.
 +52 664 809 4192
 Average rating: 78 Good
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Sex Shops

Sexy Rosa Boutique y Bar

Sexy Rosa Boutique y Bar

This large sex shop and cabinas store has now added a bar too so you can have a beer with your cruising. The sex shop offers a complete line of products for adults. There is a XXX film video booth arcade with 30 cabins each offering up to 20 films to choose from. There are also lockers to protect your valuables.
 664-685-5335
 Average rating: 84 Very Good
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Permanently closed places

The following venues have been reported as permanently closed but we have listed them here as other less current websites may still be listing them as open. If there is a place in this list that has reopened or one above that has closed, please advise us at info@gaymexicomap.com

Bars, Discos: Bar DF
Bars, Discos: Camaleón Bar
Bars, Discos: Club Fusión Mx
Bars, Discos: Colibri Lounge
Bars, Discos: Lolly Pop Club Tijuana
Bars, Discos: Mike's Disco
Bars, Discos: Perversa Bar
Bars, Discos: Sacrilegio Night Club
Bars, Discos: Zky Blue
Coffee Shops: Emilio's Cafe
Community Centres and Organizations: Centro Comunitario GLBTI

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Can you dress as cross dresser and walk around in TJ doing bar hopping?. How do they treat trans , cd etc as you walk from bar to bar. Are there any swinger clubs where cd or ts can go out on weekends private parties.

August 04, 2019

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