If you lift up Glasgow’s queer kilt, you’ll find all sorts of hidden treasures in this Scottish city!
Scots are known to party and you don’t have to wait until the weekend to have a wild night out. Glasgow has a great blend of mainstream gay club culture and more unique experiences you can’t find anywhere else.
is Glasgow’s oldest gay bar and most likely the oldest gay bar in Scotland. From the outside (and the in) the Waterloo looks like just a regular ol’ bar, but it’s a friendly place where pub regulars mingle with out-of-town folks. Like most “classic” gay bars, the Waterloo’s patrons are antiques and the younger queers of Glasgow call it Jurassic Park. The Underground
is right in the heart of Glasgow’s Pink Triangle and it’s one of the friendliest gay bars in the city (Glasgow is a pretty welcoming place anyway). As the name suggests, the club is in a basement, but it doesn’t have that creepy basement feel to it. Come for the cheap drinks, stay for the drag queens doing karaoke.
The premier gay club in Glasgow goes to the Polo Lounge
. It’s located in a huge venue and features a crowd that is a mixture of gay boys, bi-curious students, butches and everyone in between. The club is busy every night of the week until 3 am. It’s totally camp, but it’s a must for any queer visiting Glasgow for the first time. There’s also Delmonicas
, another Pink Triangle staple that is known for karaoke and gay trivia nights with a youthful crowd.
brags that it’s “your guilty little secret” and that is basically the club in a nutshell. It’s a little rough around the edges, but it’s where the biggest names in drag come to perform in Manchester.
If you’re tired of the pub and club scene, The Virginia Gallery
is an adults-only LGBT art gallery that offers sexy exhibitions and classes. If you prefer your queer art on screen, Glitch
is an indie film festival that focuses on queer cinema. Pride Glasgow
happens on the third week in August and it’s the biggest LGBT event of the year for the city. Glasgow’s LGBT scene is friendly and warm on a regular day, but during Pride, you won’t have a problem finding a lad or a lass to party Scotland style with you.
Glasgow might not be the first (or third) city that comes to mind when you think of queer culture in the UK, but it has a small town feel without the snobs and divas that are found in larger cities.