GLXY Travel Guide - Exploring the LGBT Scene in Tbilisi

30 Sep, 2017
In this article you can find out why and when to visit Georgia and Tbilisi, how friendly this city is for LGBT persons, where to go for gay-friendly dinner options, bars, clubs and other venues, what are the most important LGBT events of the year not to be missed; how to meet locals; and other interesting and important practical details.


About Georgia and Tbilisi


The beauty of Georgia is that wherever you are, you will see in the background the dense mountain peaks of the Caucasus. The nature of this land is very rich and varied, ranging from the Svaneti and Gudauri mountain ranges, to the Borjë / Borjumi region and to the famous Kaheti wine region, to the Black Sea belt where Batumi and Poti are the most important ports (if you are in Batumi, visit Botanical Garden).
Georgia also abounds in religious buildings. The historic Monuments of Mchete near Tbilisi, and the Bagrati Cathedral and the Ice Cream Monastery at Kutaisi are on the UNESCO World Heritage List, which is just the tip of the ice breeze. The reason for the excursion from the quaint village of Mchetto is the monastery of Dzvari, built in the 6th century, overlooking the town by a river of great spiritual significance and completing the incredible beauty of this landscape.
Tbilisi lies on the river Kuri (local, commonly the linguistic name is Mtkvari), and it is logical that the city is dominated by several very interesting bridges. Religious buildings are abundant and predated by the impressive Sami Cathedral, opened in 2004, the highest Orthodox church outside of Russia (higher than our Sacred Temple almost 20 meters). There is also an old town with its lovely alleys, but also interesting places like the puppet theater "Rezo Gabriadze" and the hidden waterfall in the district of Abanotubani. A special sketch is a series of weird buildings, some of which are famous examples of Soviet brutality in architecture, and some other legacy of the rule of President Mikhail Sakawil.
There are many churches. Their interior is the same as in the interior, while the outside looks completely different. There are also a few jermen churches in Tbilisi. The Jermenes are the oldest Christians, though they are neither Catholics nor Orthodox. They retained original Christianity
The Jermen Church is called the Jermen Apostolic Church. Armenia is the first country in the world to officially accept the Grace. Georgia is the other.
At the footsteps of all the countries that once made the Soviet Union there is a large statue of a woman-war, usually on some extravagance. He stands and keeps the city. In Kiev she is called a Born Mother, Georgia's Mother Tbilisi, and Jerry's Mother Jermaine.


LGBT situation


Georgia is one of the most homophobic countries in the EU pact, according to ILGA Europe’s last year’s research. Public life in Georgia is mostly seen in the light of patriarchal norms of heterosexuality. That brings about an atmosphere of silence and fear amongst LGBT people. There is a small number of publicly out figures, and the political elites are publicly encouraging hatred and lack of tolerance towards non-heteronormativity. It is legal to be gay in Georgia though. There is not a law that prohibits such existence, but there is not a law that would protect LGBT people against discrimination and hate crimes, from both the police and homophobic society. On International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, in May of 2012, there was an attempt of organizing a pride parade, but it was stopped by the number of homophobic and transphobic groups. The first parade was supported by a lot of non LGBT people, who organized protests against violence against LGBT people only a day after the parade was held. It is a general fact that one could not be successful in the public sphere life in Georgia, if one is publicly gay.
Even though the state of LGBT human rights in Georgia is very bad, that doesn’t make the LGBT scene, when it comes to night life, quite silent. The city is vivid with LGBT friendly places, even though publicly being affecting to your partner could, at times, be dangerous.


Practical LGBT information you can find on the links:


City page- https://www.lonelyplanet.com/georgia/tbilisi
Gay page- https://gaybatumi.wordpress.com/g-tbilisi/


Tbilisi is quite a liberal place and being gay will not present you with any problems while visiting any restaurants, but there is couple LGBT and LGBT friendly bars/restaurants/places to have fun:

Success- Addr: 3 Vashlovani St. Tbilisi (Vere) - Day and night place, go there for authentic drag eastern experience.
Cafe Gallery (Friendly)-Addr: 34 Griboedov Str. (near Rustaveli str.) - Certainly, one of the coolest places in the city. Every review available online recommends this one.
Georgian Trade Centre- Next to Central Tbilisi. Awesome place for cruising.


Saunas/Baths:


Colored Bath-Addr: 2 Abano str.- The oldest and the most popular sauna for gays in the city
Rainbow Bath-Addr: Grishashvili Str.- There are 2 sections, the cheap and the expensive. Catch the cheap one for gay fun.
Kiev Bath- Located in the Kiev street, it is also one of the oldest place in the city.
Oberliani Baths- For youngsters!