Quite apart from the many restaurants, clubs, bars and discos which cater for a vibrant gay and lesbian crowd, and, of course, Sitges, forty minutes south by train and mainland Spain's biggest gay resort (see "Out of the City"), several groups organize regular events and meetings, and are keen to welcome visitors.
There's a lesbian and gay city telephone hotline on 900 601 601 (6-10pm only) run by the Ajuntament . Cómplices, c/Cervantes 2, and Antinous, c/Josep Anselm Clavé 6, are gay bookshops with useful contacts and information. For a map of gay Barcelona, detailing bars, clubs, hotels and restaurants, contact either SexTienda, c/Raurich 11 (Mon-Sat 10am-9pm), or Zeus, c/Riera Alta 11 (Mon-Sat 10am-9pm; tel 934 429 795). Look out also for a free magazine called Nois which carries an up-to-date list of the scene. Most of the city's lesbian groups meet at Ca la Dona (see "Women's Barcelona"): these include the Grup de Lesbianes Feministes de Barcelona, which meets on Thursday at 8pm, and L'Eix Violeta, a young lesbian group. Other contacts include Casal Lambda, c/Ample 5 (tel 934 127 272; Mon-Thurs 5-9pm, Fri 5-11pm, Sat & Sun noon-9pm), a gay and lesbian group with a wide range of social, cultural and educational events; the Front d'Alliberament Gai (FAG) de Catalunya, c/Verdi 88 (tel 932 172 669), an association for gay men, with a library, meetings and video shows, and a gay youth group at the same address; and the Col·lectiu Gai de Barcelona, c/Paloma 12 (tel 933 181 665), a gay men's organization with groups for younger and older men, and a magazine, Infogai . The city's annual lesbian and gay pride march is on the nearest Saturday to June 28, starting in the evening at Plaça Universitat. Finally, the expression for the scene in Spanish is el ambiente which simply means "the atmosphere" while another useful expression is the question entiende? literally meaning "does he/she understand?", but effectively meaning "is he/she gay?".