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.
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