The gay club Eldorado in the Motzstraße was internationally known for its transvestite shows.There was also a relatively high number of places for lesbians.Petersburg, offering drag shows and Russian music, with some bars also offering discreet gay-only taxi services.Under the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco from 1939–1975, homosexuality was illegal.
Since the late 1950s the main Amsterdam gay street was Kerkstraat, which was succeeded by Reguliersdwarsstraat in the early 1980s, when the first openly gay places opened here, like the famous cafe April in 1981, followed by dancing Havana in 1989.
Within a few weeks after the Nazis took over government in 1933, fourteen of the best known gay establishments were closed.
After homosexuality was decriminalized in 1969, many gay bars opened in West Berlin, resulting in a lively gay scene.
In the United Kingdom and the Netherlands gay bars were established throughout the first quarter of the 20th century.
The very first gay bar in Europe and probably in the world was the Zanzibar in Cannes on the French Riviera.