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  • People relaxing on a sunny day in Glasgow's Botanic Gardens
    Botanic Gardens, Glasgow
  • Buchanan Street, a busy shopping area in Glasgow's city centre
    Buchanan Street, Glasgow
  • The exterior of Delmonica's, a gay bar in Glasgow
    Delmonica's
  • Crowds in George Square enjoy live performances as part of the Glasgow's Pride celebrations - image courtesy of Pride Glasgow
    Pride Glasgow
  • The exterior of Underground, a gay bar in Glasgow
    Underground

Fun, friendly and with a buzzing atmosphere, Glasgow is famed for its unrivalled shopping, its vibrant nightlife, and the warm welcome that it extends to all of its visitors.

Culture & festivals

Glasgow is home to a wealth of wonderful galleries and museums, and its calendar is packed full of shows, festivals and other exciting events.

Pride Glasgow
Glasgow’s Pride celebrations usually take place in July and are famed for their fun, friendly atmosphere and their great programme of events, including parties, club nights, art exhibitions and more. Check out the official website or head to our LGBT Events section for more info.

Glasgay!, Glasgow
Scotland’s annual celebration of LGBT culture, Glasgay! was first held in 1993 and has become the UK's largest LGBT multi-arts festival, boasting a month-long programme of excellent drama, dance, film, visual arts, parties and much more. Check out the official website to download the programme for this year's festival, running from 20 October to 15 November 2014, or read our blog for more details.

Glasgow Women’s Library
Glasgow Women’s Library is one of a kind in Scotland, with a remarkable range of materials and publications relating to women’s lives, histories and achievements. The fascinating collections include the Women's Suffrage Collection, containing artefacts such as card games, jewellery, postcards and clocks; a Lesbian Archive featuring journals, personal papers, pulp fiction and other materials; and the National Museum of Roller Derby dedicated to the ever-growing sport pioneered by women.

Food, bars & clubs

Glasgow’s lively gay scene is made up of a host of stylish bars and clubs mostly located around the Merchant City area, though LGBT visitors will enjoy a warm welcome across the city.

Affectionately known as Del’s, Delmonica's on Virginia Street has been at the centre of the gay scene since 1991. Stylish yet casual, it offers Fairtrade coffee during the day and great drink promotions at night, with pub quizzes, karaoke nights and free pool.

Katie’s Bar on John Street boasts a huge, open-plan space with comfy seats, pool tables and a stylish brick décor. The vibe is great, the food is good value and drinks are amongst the cheapest in town. Events include karaoke nights and performances from both local and international names.

Just along the road is Speakeasy, a relaxed bar serving sandwiches and pub classics from 5 -9pm followed by drinks into the wee hours. FHQ, a mostly female bar (though male friends are also welcome), is located upstairs and offers a great range of well-priced cocktails.

Underground, also on John Street, is perfect for a coffee during the day or for pre-drinks before a night out. It hosts a range of special events, such as Eurovision parties or bingo on Sunday afternoons.

The Gallery is one of Glasgow’s newer gay bars but has already built up a firm fan base. Located on Brunswick Street, it’s friendly and relaxed with well-priced drinks, great music, TVs showing live sports and entertainment at the weekends.

The Waterloo on Argyle Street is Glasgow’s longest-established gay bar and one of the oldest in Scotland, having been around for over 30 years. Popular and down to earth, it attracts a mixed but mostly older crowd of loyal regulars.

The Polo Lounge on Wilson Street is one of Scotland's biggest and most popular LGBT clubs. Its three floors draw in a diverse crowd, offering well-priced drinks and different themes and styles of music throughout the week.

Sister branch of the famous Manchester locale, AXM on nearby Glassford Street opens from Wednesday to Sunday with themed club nights on their two floors. The club itself is spacious and stylish and regularly offers live entertainment from international drag queens and pop acts.

Find more about food and drink in Glasgow and discover more great bars and restaurants around the city.

Upcoming events

  • Hot Mess
    8 Nov, 13 Dec, The Poetry Club (£6)
    Described as an 'irregular party for irregular folks', this gay clubnight offers a mix of disco, hi-NRG, acid house, Italo and electro from DJ Simonotron.
  • Birdcage
    24 October, 11pm - 3am, Broadcast (Free)
    DJs MILKY and Caity Cooper offer an eclectic blend of house, electro, disco and visual art at this alternative LGBT night.
  • There Were Two Brothers
    30 - 31 October, Scottish Youth Theatre (£8/£10)
    A mixture of monologues, lectures and storytelling performance about two brothers growing up gay in Dundee.
  • Yes!
    1 Nov, 5 Dec, The Flying Duck (£5/3, free before midnight)
    A laidback gay night with an emphasis on indie and guitar bands, from David Bowie and the Smiths to Grimes and Django Django.

Find more LGBT events in Scotland plus more great things to see in do in Glasgow & The Clyde Valley.

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