Glasgow’s LGBT scene: The city is one of the most gay-friendly places in Europe


Glasgow is one of the most gay-friendly places in Europe, and you can tell by the number of trendy places the city has to offer.

From iconic, cheesy Polo Lounge to trendy Katy’s Bar, there’s a variety of clubs for members of the LGBT community to choose from when partying in Glasgow.


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Delmonica’s (Photo: Delmonica’s/Facebook)

With karaoke, quizzes and DJ parties, Delmonicas is at the heart of the local gay community. The vibrant venue is the perfect place to start your night before heading off to a club. Enjoy drink promos and keep an eye open for promoters handing out free passes to other local hotspots.

68 Virginia St, G1 1TX

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Polo Lounge

Polo Lounge
Polo Lounge (Photo: Polo Lounge/Facebook)

Arguably one of Glasgow’s most iconic nightclubs. The Merchant City venue, caters to every type of clubber. The stunning decor upstairs provides the perfect setting to chat with friends. However, if you venture downstairs, prepare to dance the night away to all the classic and latest tunes.

84 Wilson St, G1 1UZ

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Katie’s Bar

Katie’s Bar (Photo: Katie’s Bar/Facebook)

This trendy basement bar is fast-becoming a Glasgow favourite. The infamous Nancy Clench is strutting her stuff in the club most nights, while the gastro-pub also serves delicious Scottish cuisine during the week.

17 John Street, G1 1HP

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Riding Room

Riding Room (Photo:

If you’re looking for somewhere which is open a bit later, but not in the mood for clubbing, this is the ideal spot. A busy hotspot, which has everything on offer. Whether it’s cocktails or cabaret you’re after, there’s something for everyone.

58 Virginia Street, G1 1TX

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AXM (Photo: AXM/Facebook)

With a party atmosphere and top guest performers, this venue in Merchant Square has established itself as one of the top LBGT nightclubs in the city. Open late five nights a week, the club prides itself on its lively but friendly crowd.

80 Glassford Street, G1 1UR

Club X

Club X (Photo: Club X/Facebook)

Do you feel like unleashing your wild side? Well look no further than this feisty Merchant City spot. Club X has firmly established itself as being a bit different than other venues on the LBGT scene, especially with its raunchy S&M theme.

68 Virginia Street, G1 1TX

The Flying Duck

The Flying Duck (Photo: The Flying Duck/Facebook)

On the first Friday every month, make sure you look out your dancing shoes. This is one for the indie kids who will enjoy the tunes as much as the cheap drink promos.

142 Renfield Street, G2 3AU

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The Tunnel

The Tunnel (Photo: Jamie McFadyen)

Another venue which isn’t exclusively a gay bar, but nonetheless, the Tunnel is the place to be on a Wednesday night. Allure is the perfect midweek night out and will definitely get you through the week.

7 Renfield St, G2 5EZ

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The Underground

The Underground (Photo: The Underground/Facebook)

This friendly basement bar offers a chilled spot for an older crowd to hangout. As well as being home Glasgow’s monthly Bear Night, the Underground offers live music, karaoke and bingo on a regular basis.

6a John Street, G1 1JQ

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FHQ (Photo: FHQ/Facebook)

Scotland’s first and only female gay bar is a stylish hotspot, which plays the biggest tunes and offers a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. There is a range of exciting club nights on offer, meaning there will most likely be something for you to enjoy.

10 John Street, G1 1JQ

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