The gay nightlife scene in Florence is gradually growing, but for lesbians it's still fairly limited. The best place for a predisco drink in the company of a young and friendly gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans crowd is YAG Bar, Via de' Macci 8r (tel. 055-246-9022; www.yagbar.com). It's open nightly from 9pm all year.
One of Florence's dark rooms is the Crisco Club, Via Sant'Egidio 43r, east of the Duomo (tel. 055-248-0580; www.criscoclub.it), for men only. Its 18th-century building contains a bar and a dance floor open Tuesday through Saturday from 9pm to 3am (until 5am weekends). Check the website for one-off events and performances.
The city's major gay dance floor is Tabasco, Piazza Santa Cecilia 3r (tel. 055-213-000; www.tabascogay.it). Italy's first gay disco attracts crowds of men (mostly in their 20s and 30s) from all over the country. The music is generally techno, disco, and retro rock, but entertainment offerings also include cabaret, art shows, and the occasional transvestite comedy. In summer, foreigners arrive in droves.
The owners of the Tabasco Bar also run Bar 85 at Via Guelfa 85r (tel. 055-264-5461; www.tabascogay.it/bar85), which every night lives by their motto "Free your fantasies." Directly next door is Florence Baths, Via Guelfa 93r (tel. 055-216050), which has saunas for men only. It's open daily from 2pm to 2am.
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