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Glasgow Gay Bars

Glasgow is the biggest city in Scotland, known for its cool and modern atmosphere where everyone is welcome. In fact, it was voted the “friendliest city in the world”! Scotland as a whole is recognised worldwide for its inclusive nature and progressive LGBTQ legislation, and that openness is particularly apparent in Glasgow. Its vibrant LGBTQ scene includes Scotland's oldest gay bar and its biggest LGBTQ festival in the form of Glasgow Pride. Universities in the city help draw in a diverse and varied crowd, making Glasgow a modern yet still grounded city.


AXM Glasgow

Young Crowd, Dancing, Drag

This popular gay nightclub has a vibrant party atmosphere complete with eclectic live music and themed nights throughout the year. Plenty of drag events are hosted here with popular and well-loved acts. Cheap door prices and a crowd of ever friendly Glaswegians promise a good time in one of the top nightclubs in the city.

Club X

Older Crowd, Fetish, Dancing, Cruising

This club describes itself as a dirty little secret. Hidden in the basement of the Polo Lounge, Club X has a serious S&M theme and plenty of secluded spaces to explore it. Meet with strangers in the dark spaces and showers of the club where anything and everything goes. There are events throughout the week themed around R&B, Hip-Hop, and cheap drinks, but that might not be all that's on your mind here...


Cocktails, Dancing, Drag

Delmonicas first opened its doors way back in 1991. Since then it's became a firm favourite in the Glasgow LGBT+ scene with entertainment every night of the week including drag nights, games, quizzes, DJs, and karaoke. There are drinks promotions every day and service with a smile. Its neon pink interior is loud and proud, so while you're topped up with cheap but premium drinks, you're sure to have an extravagant night out.

Katie's Bar

Lesbian, Cocktails, Sports, Drag

Since this basement bar opened in the heart of Merchant City in 2013, it's been a hit with the local gay community. Well priced food and cocktails draw people here, and they stay for the great entertainment. Katie's Bar hosts events every week, including quizzes, karaoke, drag shows, live DJs, and live sport screenings so there's always a party for anyone's taste. Dance tunes, good drinks, and a cool atmosphere promise a great night out.

Merchant Pride

Dancing, Drag

This is the place to go if you just want a simple pint surrounded by friendly gay people. It's a traditional pub with a bar-like atmosphere thanks to it's host of live entertainment including karaoke, cabaret, and house DJs, making it great for a casual group night out. Merchant Pride is a place for locals and any tourists wanting to get a taste of Glasgow's homely community.

Polo Lounge

Cocktails, Dancing

Polo lounge is Scotland's biggest and most fabulous gay venue. It's always ready to party with as much pop, sleaze, cheese and disco as you can handle. It has four bars open till 3am nightly with cheap drinks and friendly staff. This club is a safe space for everyone so you can feel comfortable partying here, which is lucky since there's a party or themed event hosted here multiple nights a week.

Riding Room

Cocktails, Dancing, Drag

The Riding Room, also known as "the joint on the corner", is Glasgow's home of exotic drinks and even more exotic dancing. First class cabaret, live music, magic, and comedy create a really lively atmosphere where you can share cocktails and hang out in all the dark corner of the bar. Great performances keep the Riding Room on the map all year round.


Cocktails, Sports

Speakeasy is a place where anything goes and everyone is welcome. They're the perfect drinking den with a great drinks selection, private booths to book, live entertainment and even the odd spot of sport. Here you can expect good food and a modern twist on classic cocktails. It's also the home of the legendary Trophy Room, bringing you unapologetic pop, eighties bangers, sleazy disco and high power ballads.

The Flying Duck

Gay Friendly, Drag

This bar and diner isn't exclusively a gay venue, but it does hold Glasgow's first indie gay night every month. Its alternative music set brings a chance of pace from some of the other gay clubs, and with its vegan diner menu and dog friendly policy, absolutely everyone is welcome. The Flying Duck is open till late with live music and entertainment. For an intimate and alternative experience with great food and prices, this is the place to go.

The Gallery Bar

Cocktails, Outdoor Seating

The Gallery is a new LGBTQ bar in the heart of Merchant City. It's proud to accept everyone and offer great drinks for all tastes, from cocktails to draught beers and coffee. The bar is well stocked and carries a great atmosphere that allows you to chill and enjoy your night. The large outdoor seating area is great for groups, and live music is the perfect soundtrack you what could be your new favourite bar.

The Waterloo

Older Crowd, Pub Vibes

Scotland's oldest gay bar is still going strong 50 years after opening. It history and no-frills approach to gay nightlight draws in crowds of locals for cheap drinks and a good time. It's won multiple awards for its quality entertainment and overall good venue, and it continues to impress its regulars and tourists. This is a place to have a laugh and feel safe with great people.


Bear, Older Crowd, Cosy

Underground has Dive Bar vibes, and offers a more relaxed approach to the gay scene. It's popular with locals and tourists, attracting bears and older men. People of all ages are welcome to come in for a chat and a pint in a venue where everyone looks out for each other. In the heart of Glasgow's Gay Triangle, this is a bar where you can find cheap drinks and good company in a laid back yet colourful pub atmosphere.

Recommended gay friendly hotels in Glasgow

As an LGBTQ+ traveller, it's important to stay somewhere welcoming, with great value and maybe near to gay venues. This is why in Glasgow we particularly recommend Native Glasgow, which is a modern boutique aparthotel set in an historic building. Treat yourself to a luxury hotel or stay budget and spend what you save on partying! Check out GayMapper recommendations for gay friendly hotel deals in Glasgow. Please support GayMapper by checking out our hotel deals as this helps us to keep the site updated with all this useful information!

Tours & Experiences in Glasgow

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