Zoo Mens Bar Maspalomas, a different way to be a gay dress code cruising club
Updated: Nov 17
Zoo Mens Bar opened its doors for the first time in 2015 and quickly became one of the best-visited and rated gay cruising clubs in Gran Canaria. Here is the story of a very different place, with its own philosophy and a very particular conception of what is "cruising" for gay men.
Zoo Mens Bar celebrates eight years in 2023, and this gay club has become one of the leading cruising and dress code bars on the island. But nothing happened by chance, and the success of Zoo Mens Bar is the result of a long journey and the desire to create a unique and very different concept from what was usually done in Gran Canaria or Maspalomas. The club has some rules of conduct different from any other.
It all started in 2008 with an original idea by Marco, the owner. While working at the only dress code and nude bar at the time—The Cellar, now closed and gone—it occurred to him that a club of this type does not always have to have a reputation for being dirty, unkempt, or visited by people with an extreme fetish profile.
A few years later, the Reds opened its doors with Marco as one of the owners. After 5 years of working with great success and accumulating experiences, he conceives his own project, which took its final shape in 2015 with the opening of the Zoo Mens Bar. A different bar, probably unique.
The name "Zoo" is a hint that people think these kinds of clubs are meant to "bring out your animal side" and have a crazy night out. There were other names in question such as "The Farm", "The Stable", etc., always giving the name a little humor...
What about the people we can meet in Zoo Mens Bar ? The crowd is a mix of all ages and nationalities. On weekends, many residents and Canarians prefer the place, knowing the quality of service they will find. The location also has a lot to do with it; it is a discreet place that allows the visit of many local people who do not like to frequent the environment, although we are 2 minutes from the Yumbo Center. It's a place where everybody can have fun.
« The most important thing is the security that we try to offer to all visitors, the extraordinary cleanliness, the quality of drinks, and customer service. A large percentage of our clients have been with us for years, enjoying this friendly atmosphere that is difficult to find in other places of this type; they know us and even call us by our names. The idea is to treat everyone as a friend, and we have found that if you do this, you will receive the same treatment from customers. »
At Zoo Mens Bar, the use and possession of drugs are strictly prohibited. You can read everywhere on the website and at the entrance door that "no drugs are allowed and violation will result in immediate removal from the establishment and reporting to the authorities." This is a drastic security measure that may scare some people; what is it about exactly ? Don't get us wrong, the use of Poppers is ok, but if you prefer something of the very modern and dangerous substances that ultimately reign in all cruising nightclubs, this is not the place for you.
« We have taken a big risk by adopting this controversial measure, thinking that we may even lose many customers, but it has been the opposite. We gained an audience of extraordinary quality, and a special atmosphere was created that does not exist in any other club of this type. So in a matter of a year, we have become the most visited and best-valued cruising place on the island. »
Some additional data good to know about Zoo Mens Bar : About 300 m², two floors, a darkroom, 5 private cabins + 5 open cabins, 2 orgies rooms, a labyrinth, slings, glory holes, a smoking terrace, ventilation system, and 4 air conditioning...
Dress code is Underwear, Fetish or Naked with a different theme every night and 3 special parties a week (check the website for details). Take advantage of the new Day Pass at 10 € that allows you to go out and re-enter as often as you want in the same night and of the Loyalty Card (4 tickets purchased and the 5th is free). Out of respect for your privacy, please note that the use of mobile phones and any type of video recording device or camera in the premises is not allowed. Go try it and enjoy your night at the Zoo Bar !
Zoo Mens Bar Open every night from 22h to 4h.
Admission : 10 € (2 drinks included / Day Pass). Men over 18 years old. Loyalty Cards : 4 tickets purchased and the 5th is free.
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