Scotland's a fun place all year round, where you can spend an afternoon wandering around a city, visiting galleries, and an evening at a lively bar, soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying a drink and a delicious meal.

There are some great LGBT events happening throughout the year, while a number of bars, restaurants and clubs offer themed nights, parties, exhibitions and much, much more.

Events

In February, Scotland celebrates LGBT History Month with an excellent selection of programmes and activities right across the country, so you can enjoy everything from film screenings and debates to parties and ceilidhs.

Edinburgh's gay pride festivities, Pride Scotia, take place every June. The colourful parade sees people of all ages and walks of life march through the city, finishing with a festival which includes a BBQ, health and community fair, live music and entertainment.

Scotland's capital city offers a year-round calendar of activities and events which peaks in summer with the fantastic festivals. They always include a wide variety of shows with an LGBT theme, from theatre and comedy to club nights and exhibitions.

Glasgow's Pride celebrations are famed for their fun, friendly atmosphere and their great programme of events including parties, club nights and art exhibitions.

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.

Find out more on the LGBT scene and events in Scotland.

Edinburgh

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Edinburgh is home to a vibrant gay community with lots of events and nights out.

Restaurants, bars and clubs

LGBT visitors will enjoy a warm welcome at bars and restaurants across the city, and there's also a small but friendly gay scene home to a number of great cafés, bars and restaurants.

  • CC Blooms on Greenside Place - for more than 20 years, this bar has offered a range of dishes in its elegant upstairs diner, while in the evening it becomes a vibrant cocktail bar with a buzzing downstairs dance floor with free entry.
  • Just along the road, The Street is a classy gay-friendly bar offering a wide selection of cocktails and a tasty menu of burgers, wraps and nachos. Themed nights and pub quizzes take place during the week.
  • Café Nom de Plume on Broughton Street is famed for its cosy atmosphere, welcoming staff and hearty home-style cooking.
  • The Regent on Montrose Terrace claims to be 'the best real ale gay bar in Edinburgh', serving up a great range of beers and ales.
  • Pop into the loud and ever-busy Café Habana on Greenside Place for good value drinks accompanied by pop tunes.
  • Just down the road, Planet Bar on Baxter's Place offers comfy seats and a pool table plus quizzes and karaoke on certain nights.
  • Various other bars around Edinburgh also throw occasional LGBT nights and events. Woodland Creatures on Leith Walk holds LGBT social evenings, while Henry's Cellar Bar, the Mash House and the Annexe all host pop-up club nights.

Find more stylish bars and restaurants around the capital in our guide to food and drink in Edinburgh.

Glasgow

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

Attractions

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 and 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 is stylish yet casual, offering 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. 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. 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 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.

Aberdeen

Established in 1996, Cheerz has been at the heart of Aberdeen's small but welcoming gay scene for the best part of two decades. Pop in to enjoy the weekly pub quiz on Wednesdays or karaoke on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays, plus pop and dance music and good-value drinks throughout the rest of the week.

Dundee

Winner of Scotland's Best Independent Bar 2014, Klozet is Dundee's largest gay bar and is ideal for anyone looking to have a great time in a fun, casual atmosphere. The bar boasts a classy, understated decor and a great selection of drinks, with karaoke, live music and special events taking place throughout the week.

Open Wednesday to Sunday, Before Out is a relaxed gay bar offering great drinks promos, free pool and karaoke on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Pop in before 11pm for a stamp to get free entry to Out, a fun and relaxed nightclub just around the corner on Seagate. 

Stirling

A second branch of the Glasgow bar of the same name, Katie's Bar & Bistro is a gay-friendly bar and restaurant in the town centre. Tuck into tasty pub food or get ready for a night out with drinks and cocktails, all at low prices and in a vibrant atmosphere.