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Mambembe is a bohemian venue located in Praia de Iracema serving food, music and art. It’s popular with Fortaleza’s gay community. Local writers and arts congregate here – you’ll see a lot of cutting-edge theater performances and drag shows.
Mambembe attracts a diverse though mostly young crowd. It’s a good place to dance, have a burger and mingle.
Laid back gay bar in Fortaleza with a mixed crowd, food a pool table and affordable drinks. There are often live musicians and as this is Brazil the crowd will sing along and dance.
It can be quite loud – in a good way. Again, this is Brazil and people here like to party.
Cantinho Acadêmico Bar is a place of youthful bohemia. Very spit and sawdust – no frills but lots of fun.
04 Rua Instituto do Ceará - Benfica Fortaleza, Fortaleza | map
weekday: Monday, Wednesday And Thursday: 21:00 - 02:00
weekend: Friday: 21:00 - 02:00
Located in the Benfica neighbourhood, close to the Faculty of Economics of the UFC, The Lights is a gay bar in Fortaleza.
You’ll often find karaoke parties here, live DJs and themed events.
It can get very busy at Fridays with people spilling out onto the streets.
25 A, Av. Beira Mar, 3101 - Meireles, Fortaleza | map
weekday: 09:00 - 03:00
weekend: 09:00 - 03:00
Barraca do Joca – Joca for short – is a gay bar on — beach in Fortaleza. It’s open seven days a week. You’ll find it in front of Hotel Beira Mar – keep an eye out for the seahorse statue. There’s a gay pride flag at the entrance.
It’s not fancy but it is fun – they also serve quite good seafood.
Most of the tables are on the sand. It’s very much a beach bar.
Barraca do Joca is often busiest during the daytime.
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