This year, the city of Malmö wants to do more than any other host city to accomodate the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community with events planned throughout the two weeks the Eurovision Song Contest is in town. The city has a number of permanent gay venues, many of which will host special events during the two weeks. There are also gay-friendy cafés and bars dotted all over the city providing a plethora of choice for visiting fans, press and delegations.
Below are some suggestions for things to do that we have compiled in cooperation with Malmö Tourism. Come and take a look!
Arguably one of Malmö's premier gay clubs, Wonk will be moving into a larger venue at Amiralen in Folkets Park for the contest, where for five nights between the 11th and 18th of May, Eurovision themed parties will be held. Each night will feature a different act, with last year's winner Loreen, Charlotte Perrelli, Alcazar and Martin Rolinski all confirmed. You can visit www.tickster.se to book tickets for these events and www.wonk.se for more inforamtion about the club.
Describing itself as "one of the best drag shows in Sweden", Cabaret Moulin takens place about once a month at the Tango Palace in Malmö. On the 17th of May they will host a special event with a distinct Eurovision Song Contest theme. What this will entail is yet to be seen but it promises to be a night full of hilarity, frivolity and entertainment. Visit www.cabaretmoulin.se for more information!
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If all the partying gets too much for you, we can recommend Chez Madame, a gay-friendly eco-café located just around the corner from Folkets Park on Falsterbogatan in the centre of Malmö. Here you will be served with lovingly prepared organic produce with a special focus on vegetarian and vegan cuisine. Visit www.chezmadame.se for more information!
Moccasin Mat & Vin
A gay-friendly restaurant and bar near the charming Davidshallstorg. With its combination of plain food and luxurious cocktails, Moccasin is a versatile venue for all tastes. Moreover its menu is updated daily via its Facebook page, which we recommend you check out!
Bee Kök & Bar
Opening on the 25th of April, Bee Kök & Bar will be Malmö's newest gay venue, and just in time for when the Eurovision Song Contest arrives in town! Located on Södra Förstadsgatan, Bee has its origins in Gothenburg, with this new branch opening in Malmö. Describing itself as a "straight-friendly" gay restaurant the food is great and the atmosphere unique. A nice outside seating area will allow you to dine alfresco whilst soaking up that early summer sun. Visit www.beebar.se for more information.
Not to forget...
Euroclub and Euro Fan Café
Euroclub is the official party venue of the Eurovision Song Contest, where fans and accreditated press and delegations can relax and party after long day of rehearsals at the arena. In addition it is used by delegations to host national parties and many of this year's artists will perform there during the two weeks. This year Euroclub is conveniently located at the Slagthuset right next to Malmö Central station, just a short train journey from the Malmö Arena at Hyllie.
The Euro Fan Café is a venue where fans congregate during the competition to relax and discuss all things Eurovision. This year it will be located at Folkets Park in the spectacular Moriska Paviljongen, close to some of the venues mentioned above.
If you have any suggestions for places to eat and party in Malmö, do not hesitate to write them in the comments box below!
The 2013 Eurovision Song Contest will be held on the 14th, 16th and 18th of May at the Malmö Arena.