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Two Cities – One Pride – Europride 2018
Europride, pan-European LGBTQ event is hosted by a different city across the continent each year, with Sweden the first destination to host EuroPride in two cities. It will take place between July 27 and August 19, beginning in Stockholm and ending in Gothenburg. The theme of the event is, “Two cities, one country — for a united Europe, open to the world”.
Stockholm Pride Highlights
Stockholm Pride takes place on the final Saturday of a week long program, when Pride Parade snakes through the city for nearly three miles. Cheered on by half a million spectators, the Stockholm Pride Parade commences at Stockholm City Hall, wending its way through Pride City in Kungsholmen to Pride House in Norrmalm and on through Ostermalm where more than 45,000 participants with 200 floats march triumphantly into Pride Park, the historic sports ground that played host to the 1912 Summer Olympics.
Throughout Stockholm Pride week, rainbow flags wave proudly in front of the Royal Palace and the Royal Opera House, as well as the Royal Dramatic Theatre and Stockholm Concert Hall, home to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic.
A glamfest of the city’s most ferocious drag queens, “Wigstockholm” shows a pride with attitude. For those in pursuit of further adult adventures, there’s the Kinky Quarter of Pride Park as well as a fashion show from Chambers of Love that featured corsets, harnesses, leather accouterments, and fetish clothing—accessorized by sex toys.
Gay Bars and Restaurants not to miss in Stockholm
Most of the gay scene and nightlife is located in Södermalm and Gamla Stan (Old Town). Check out Mälarpaviljongen, a semi-floating riverside restaurant that looks like a decadent party in a verdant fairy grotto. They serve a rainbow-bottled rosé, which contributes to the pride charity with
every sale. Feeling pekish during Pride, then do brunch at Orangeriet, a cocktail bar and al fresco cafe on Norr Mälarstrand seafront, serving delicous gourmet pizza and a smorgasbord of cheeses. Finally don’t miss the At Six the signature gin-infused Tipsy Tea at Hotel SIX!
A tribute to all things Abba!
For a camper delve into a more recent history, one MUST visit ABBA: The Museum, located on the island of Djurgården. Even if you’re not a fan of the pop legends, which might be an oversight that needs addressing, it’s brilliantly curated. Truly, it’s a ridiculously interactive and winning exhibition. There’s a stage where visitors can perform alongside holograms of the band. You can create an ABBA-esque avatar of yourself. You dance with it in a booth that’s booming the band’s hits on a loop.
Gothenberg Pride Highlights
One of the most livable cities in Sweden, Gothenburg is also a proudly working class city with a large working harbor, modern architecture and thriving cultural scene. In similar cities in other parts of the world—think Liverpool or Melbourne—the LGBTQ community has often had to struggle to earn acceptance, blazing a vibrant rainbow trail along the way that has helped create an urban renaissance of sorts. So is the case with Gothenburg, or Göteborg, as the locals call it, and West Pride is the community organization that led the way.
They will be creating a Europride to rival all others. The celebratory festival will include EuroPride Park, as well as EuroPride House which will host over 400 seminars and workshops, and a record-breaking EuroPride Parade featuring international music artists.
Gay Bars and Restaurants not to miss in Gothenburg
Beebar is Gothenburg’s hetero friendly city centre LGBTQ hotspot, bar and restaurant. Wish You Were Queer – Prom Queens & Working Class Queeros United — that’s what the organisers say about this club that attracts an alternative queer crowd. Popular with locals. The club was held at canal boat Rio Rio over the summer but moves between different locations during the year.
Gretas is Gothenburg’s only permanent gay bar. During Pride this two-floor establishment is heaving. Expect pop tunes, drag acts and a mixed crowd — as well as lots of dancing until the early hours. Gothenburg’s biggest monthly gay club, Club Queer, is held every last Friday of the month.
Gay Map of Stockholm
Being gay is such a non-issue in Sweden that Stockholm doesn’t really have a “gay area” — the gay clubs are everywhere, and gay restaurants and coffee shops are dispersed throughout downtown, old town, and even the suburbs.
Located in the heart of the city in two restored 19th century buildings.
Gay Map of Gothenburg
Gothenburg has a small but lively scene located in the “Centrum” district, right in the heart of the city! Expect hotels to fill up for Europride well in advance.
Recommended Hotels in Gothenburg
We have selected some of the best rated hotels in the centre of the city so you can get to the Europride events and parade easily.
In the center of Gothenburg at Grönsakstorget, this stylish boutique hotel includes free Wi-Fi and spacious rooms with modern design. The uniquely decorated lobby features a 24-hour bar.
First Hotel G
The stylish First Hotel G is above Gothenburg Central Station, across from Nordstaden Shopping Center. It offers free Wi-Fi, sauna and gym access and an elegant champagne bar.
Located in the Centrum neighborhood in Gothenburg, 1.1 km from Ullevi Stadium, Avalon Hotel features a restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property and extras bathrobes and slippers.
Great location and well know brand, theRadisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Göteborg features free WiFi access and private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant with great food.
Video Of Gay Stockholm
An insider guide to all things gay in Stockholm!