The best bar in Amman

I just returned from a trip to Amman, Jordan. I’ve flown through the Queen Alia Airport a few times but this was the first trip in Jordan that I’d actually have some time to explore the country. Considering that Amman is the country’s biggest city, I made it my mission to find what (if any) gay nightlife that I could. And as luck would have it, I learned the city has at least one bar, which some have called a gay bar in Amman. Not too shabby!

On my second night in town, I made my way down to Rainbow Street (appropriately named, no?) to Books@Cafe. The bar wasn’t actually so gay on the outside, in fact you just enter through a bookstore (with lots of books & magazines in English). Upstairs, there’s a restaurant/balcony with a lot of shisha in the front, and a trendy bar in the back. On the day I visited, there were quite a few cute guys hanging out around the bar. It’s not technically a gay bar in Amman, but is largely considered a place where everyone can feel safe and comfortable.

Rainbow St, Amman

Books@Cafe isn’t just for gay locals and the gay expats in Amman, either. It’s just a great bar and restaurant with a friendly atmosphere. It’s not something you might expect to find in a Middle Eastern country, but if Amman is just one thing, it’s a surprising city.

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I’m the newest guest blogger on Gay Travel

Hipsters travel better.

I’m the newest guest blogger for! You can check out my bi-weekly column on their blog. Check out my introduction and my first post (HIPSTERS TRAVEL BETTER) on their site. Hopefully this is the start of more online (and eventually offline) endeavors…. I have so many ideas and plans for the future, but it’s always so hard to get the ball rolling. Maybe with a bit more exposure, something will finally come through. Here’s to the future!

How to not find gay bars while traveling

FourSquare has been a lifesaver before to find cool, local places to visit. But not for finding gay bars in small German towns 🙁

I was just traveling around Germany for a bit, and seeing as how Berlin has such a big gay scene (ie, Berghain), I guess I thought the other cities I’d be visiting would have some serious gay nightlife as well. Turns out, that wasn’t so much the case.

Admittedly, I was in some pretty small German towns and missed out on most major German cities. And in actuality, Germany’s most notorious scene for gay life is in Cologne which wasn’t on my itinerary for this trip. But maybe because I’d just been in Dallas, Texas (where there is actually some gay nightlife), I thought I surely must be able to find it in Germany easy enough.

Problem is: I didn’t do any research beforehand. So that meant I was totally reliant upon asking other people or what I could scrounge up on my iPhone. And in a truly hipster style, I did a terrible job! The only app I had that may have been helpful was FourSquare, and searching for “gay bars” within a 10km radius of my current location continually brought up nothing. Nada!

Looking back, it would’ve actually made more sense to just Google “gay bars in Lübeck” (for example). I was a little too reliant on modern technology (and my limited iPhone apps). And if I had just googled for what I was looking for, I would’ve found it. Life lesson learned.

Taylor Swift video hints at bullying

I’m hardly a country music fan and not much of a pop fan, either, but I recently saw a 60 minutes interview about Taylor Swift. Apparently all it takes for me to check out a musician is a 60 minutes interview.

Anyways, I saw this video from Taylor Swift for her song “Mean” and my interest peaked. It was nice to see a hint that it’s okay to be gay as a teenager. In the video, there’s a boy reading a fashion magazine in a lockeroom, obviously being “bullied” by some other dudes. It’s a pretty stereotypical, overt hint: well-dressed boy in a purple sweater reading a fashion magazine? – but the sentiment is nice.

Taylor Swift - "mean"

Travel Bloggers Give Back: LGBT nonprofits #TBGB

Since it’s December, most people have charity on their minds. Below are some LGBT nonprofits or organizations that I think are providing a valuable and worthy service. If I can be so bold as to make one suggestion for your holiday charity, please do not donate to the Salvation Army. Read why you shouldn’t donate to the Salvation Army Bell Ringers here. Go ahead and click that link—it’s something not enough people are aware of.

Instead, consider one of these LGBT organizations: Continue reading Travel Bloggers Give Back: LGBT nonprofits #TBGB