Rainbow St, Amman

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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Adam Groffman

Adam is a gay travel blogger and writes the popular blog, Travels of Adam, in addition to being the editor and publisher of My Gay Travel Guide. He likes beaches, sleeping in unmade beds, reading newspapers and city trips. His work has been published in Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, the DETAILS network and numerous travel websites. Follow him on Google+ and Pinterest for more travel inspiration.

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