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The top gay scenes in UK

By TheStudentGuide
The top gay scenes in UK

Gay Bars and Clubs

Moving to a new city is pretty overwhelming, especially when you don’t know which bars and clubs are worth visiting. This can be even trickier if you’re wanting to explore the city’s gay scene.

The Student Guide has compiled together a mini-directory of the best gay scenes in the UK.


Located in central London, Soho is the home of the majority of London’s gay bars and pubs. To get there, jump on the tube and head for Leicester Square, walk up Charring Cross Road and before you know it, you’ll be in the heart of Soho!

A friendly, attitude free gay bar that is good for students as it is relatively cheap. It has a reputation for providing friendly service and value for money.
79 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0NE. Tel: 0207 734 0769

Candy Bar
London’s biggest lesbian bar with various DJ’s playing regular sets.
4 Carlisle Street, Soho, W1D 3BJ. Tel: 0757 5217105

Comptons of Soho
Situated in the heart of Soho's 'Gay village', it has been an important part of London's gay scene for 20 years and has become something of an institute.
53 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 6HN. Tel: 0207 479 7961

Playing funky house, Escape is a late-night bar that will keep you dancing all night long.
10a Brewer Street, Soho, W1F 0SU. Tel: 0207 734 2626

If trendy is your middle name, then this gay bar is right up your street, a very stylish and chic bar.
60 Wardour Street, London, W1F 0TA. Tel: 0207 734 0071

Half way to Heaven
The gay bar that covers all bases. Good music, good prices, and friendly staff.
7 Duncannon Street, Charing Cross, WC2N 4JF. Tel: 0207 321 2791

Ku Bar
KU Bar is open every day providing London's gay community with a selection of beers, wines and cocktails.
30 Lisle Street, Leicester Square, WC2H 7BA

This gay bar boasts four floors, each one with a different atmosphere to drink in or go clubbing.
11 Soho Square, London,W1D 3QE. Tel: 0207 439 1313


Birmingham has a thriving gay scene full of fantastic bars and clubs. Birmingham’s gay scene is often referred to as ‘Hurst Street’ as this is the street where the majority of the bars and clubs can be found.

Angels Cafe is a popular lounge bar with a funky and chilled atmosphere. It’s an equally great destination for a relaxed afternoon drink as it is for a fun night dancing with friends.
121 - 131 Hurst Street, Birmingham. Tel: 0121 622 4880

Club Dv8 is the ultimate venue for gay people that plays a variety of music from disco and dance to jazz and house. Selected drink offers and a spacious dance floor make this an ideal choice for a fun night out.
27 - 35 Hurst Street, Birmingham. Tel: 0121 622 4710

Missing Bar
Missing is a lively, entertaining bar that caters for all. From games to cabaret nights you will never get bored here.
48 Bromsgrove Street, Birmingham. Tel: 0121 622 3951

The Eden Bar
Eden is one of the most popular and well established bars on the Birmingham gay scene.
116 Sherlock Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6NB Tel: 0121622195

Jester Bar
Birmingham's oldest gay pub, expect cabaret and a traditional vibe.
Horsefair, Holloway Circus, Birmingham. Tel: 0121 643 0155

The Loft Lounge
Award-winning dining experience along with gorgeous cocktails served at the bar, this is a stylish night out for a special occasion.
143 Bromsgrove Street, Birmingham, B5 6RG

The Nightingale
The multi-award winning gay venue has been at the forefront of the clubbing and entertainment industry for 40 years.
Essex House, Kent Street, Birmingham. Tel: 0121 622 1718

The Village Inn
The Village Inn transforms itself into the leading live cabaret entertainment venues each night in the Gay Village - presenting live shows every Friday and Sunday.
152 Hurst Street, Birmingham. Tel: 0121 622 4742


Brighton has now long been known as Britain's number one gay resort. Lesbians and gay men from all over the world attracted to its bohemian atmosphere, open minded attitudes and raffish air.

Fast becoming a very popular pre club bar attracting all ages, with regular promotions and happy hour.
31 St James Street, Brighton. Tel: +44 (0)1273 696996

Spacious bar with leather sofas and subtle lighting. A good place to go for a pre-dinner cocktail!
29-31 New Steine, Brighton. Tel: +44 (0)1273 682461

Legends Dance Venue
All new subterranean dance venue below Legends Bar with great DJ's playing decent music.
Basement 31-32 Marine Parade, Brighton. Tel: 01273 624462

The club is on two floors with a bar and dance floor on each. Revenge is the place to go at the weekend but is busy seven nights a week.
32-34 Old Steine, Brighton. Tel: 01273 606064

R Bar & Lizard Lounge
Smart gay bar on the sea front on two levels, with excellent food and cocktails in modern surroundings.
7 Marine Parade, Brighton. Tel: 01273 608133

Pub with two bars with one being a lounge type bar. There are also plays, comedy nights and other events in a small theatre upstairs.
4 Princes Street, Brighton. Tel: 01273 570028

The Entertainer
A popular pub that has regular cabaret and karaoke.
5, Montpelier Road, Brighton. Tel: 01273 728808

This highly respected smaller and intimate club has a very friendly crowd, regular events and cabaret.
25 Steine Street, Brighton. Tel: 01273 609672


Canal Street is the name most widely associated with Manchester's gay scene. Lined with gay bars, clubs, cafe's and shops, it's packed at night time with gays, lesbians, transexuals and transvetites who have flocked to the area from all over the world.

Baa Bar
Resident DJ’s know how to keep everyone happy - spinning a heady mix of pop and disco classics.
27 Sackville Street, Manchester. Tel: 0161 832 4446

One of the newest bars on Canal Street, it is the place to be seen.
10 Canal Street, Manchester.

Cruz 101
Huge and popular club with five bars and two floors with different music. This is the place to go to when you’re on a big night out with your mates.
101 Princess Street, Manchester. Tel: 0161 950 0101

Imagine four distinct areas, three levels and a different atmosphere in every room. This is what the club has to offer.
4-6 Whitworth Street, Manchester. Tel: 0161 236 5400

Oldest gay club in Europe, now open for nearly 25 years. Three floors of fun, traditionally styled.
Sackville Street/Bloom Street, Manchester. Tel: 0161 236 8800

New Union
Large bar with three bars, dance floor and stage for drag and revue shows. Karaoke on Thursdays!
111 Princess Street, Manchester. Tel: 0161 228 1492

Taurus is a nice restaurant and gay bar with continuous high standards in food and drinking.
1 Canal Street, Manchester. Tel: 0161 236 4593

A gorgeous lounge bar with plenty going every night of the week.
50 Sackville Street, Manchester. Tel: 0161 236 8300

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