early years before the citys tourism boom hit full swing the club attracted a typically eccentric Berlin crowd: diehard techno fans, leather fetishists, bearded young professionals on drugs. The three enormous, stern, black-clad German men were turning away about as many people as they were letting in, with little discernible pattern to their decision-making. As Karsten puts it, When youre in the building on a Sunday afternoon, theres this feeling that this is exactly right, that the club Berghain and the building Berghain are part of the intensification of this minimal music, and you cant imagine anything different. Paris's original gay scene, there was no one gay location throughout the 1800s, but gays would hang out in the gardens (and still do by the Carrousel du Louvre along the Champs Elysées, by the Bourse, and elsewhere. Its a cross between. The all-male Snax parties still take place twice a year, once on Easter weekend and once in November. Today, the Marais in the third arrondissement is the centre of gay life in Paris, but it only became so fairly recently. Kitsch drag in Montmartre, drag shows may not be huge in Pariss gay bars, but head to the nearly 60-year-old Cabaret Michou in Montmartre for some true kitsch. Book ibis Paris Gare de Lyon Ledru Rollin 12ème. ..