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LGBTQ+ guide to Glasgow

LGBTQ+ guide to Glasgow

Scotland is known for being a welcoming and inclusive place, and Glasgow is no different. Here is our LGBTQ+ guide including the top places to visit, eat, drink and stay.

Things to do

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Merchant City

The Merchant City is known as Glasgow’s LGBTQ+ district and is where you’ll find the majority of LGBTQ+ bars and clubs. It’s also one of the city’s most stylish areas, with lots of cafes, shops and arty spaces. Not to mention the historic beauty of the buildings! Check out our Merchant City guide to find out more.

The Burrell Collection

The Burrell Collection can be found within Pollok Country Park on the southside of Glasgow. Inside, you can explore over 9,000 objects, from medieval treasures to some of the finest tapestries in the world. Throughout May and June 2023, the Burrell Collection are holding free LGBTQ+ tours to uncover some of the hidden histories of the museum’s collection. Head to to find out more about these fascinating tours.

Category Is Books

Category Is Books is an independent, LGBTQ+ bookshop in Glasgow. The store is a treasure trove full of new and second hand queer books, magazines, graphic novels, comics, zines and badges – the perfect place to spend an afternoon shopping. Check out Category Is Book on Instagram for the latest updates.

Glasgow Women’s Library

The Glasgow Women’s Library celebrates the lives, histories, and achievements of women. It’s free to visit all year round and is one of Glasgow’s hidden gems. They also hold over 200 events per year, check out what’s on at

Britannia Panopticon

Another of Glasgow’s hidden gems is the Britannia Panopticon. Not only is it the oldest surviving music hall in the world, but it’s also where Stan Laurel made his debut. They host a variety of events, including cabaret and drag shows. Head to to find out more.

LGBT Health and Wellbeing events

LGBT Health and Wellbeing host a number of social events throughout Scotland for the LGBTQ+ community. From weekly ukulele-playing groups to language cafes, visit to check out what’s on.

Glasgow Zine Library

Glasgow's Zine Library on the southside has a growing collection of over 1,000 zines. They also hold many inclusive events and host their annual Glasgow Zine Fest. Visit to find out more.

Places to eat and drink

Transylvania Shop and Cafe

A quirky Romanian supermarket, deli and coffee shop, Transylvania Shop and Cafe can be found near Queen’s Park on the southside of Glasgow. The owners love to decorate the front of the store each season and celebrate Pride each year. Follow Transylvania Shop on Instagram to find out more.


Married couple Graham and Graham run Fulton’s, which is a breakfast, brunch and lunch cafe on Glasgow's southside. They serve up all the classics, from comforting steak pie and lasagne to homemade strawberry tarts with coffee. Check out Fulton’s on Instagram.

Rose and Grants

Rose and Grants is a friendly cafe in the Merchant City. Whilst they cater to all diets, they are particularly well-known for making vegan versions of 2 Scottish delicacies – macaroni pies and square sausage rolls. Check out Rose and Grants on Instagram.


Serving up authentic Neapolitan pizza, Paesano is most definitely a crowd pleaser. And better still, there is one in the city centre and in the west end. Visit to check out the menu.

Cafe Gandolfi

Also in the Merchant City is Cafe Gandolfi. Somewhat of an institution, they serve quality Scottish dishes in beautiful surrounds. Check out some of the dishes available on Cafe Gandolfi’s Instagram.

Ushi’s Coffee Corner

Ushi’s Coffee Corner in the city centre is queer vegan diner and venue. They host a variety of events and have some great weekly food offers. Follow Ushi’s Coffee Corner on Instagram for the latest updates.


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Glasgow is well-known for its nightlife, and that’s no different when it comes to LGBTQ+ venues. From clubbing at the Polo Lounge and AXM to drinks at Katie’s Bar and the Riding Rooms, read all about it in our clubs and late night bars guide to Glasgow.

Where to stay

Revolver Hotel

Found above the Polo Lounge, Revolver Hotel is an LGBTQ+ friendly hotel in the Merchant City. Recently opened in 2022, this boutique hotel is complete with a gym, hot tub and rooftop terrace. Visit to book.

The Brunswick Hotel

The Brunswick is a modern hotel, also in the Merchant City. At ground level you’ll find The Amsterdam, which is a vibrant cafe bar serving loaded fries, burgers and an extensive drinks menu. Book at for the best rates.


Located a short walk from the city’s LGBTQ+ district is CitizenM Glasgow. Every room has an extra-large king size bed, mood lighting and a power shower. Sounds like the perfect place for some well-earned rest. Book direct at to save on your stay.


Referring to itself as a ‘sleep boutique’, 15Glasgow is a 5-star bed and breakfast which is handily located between the city centre and west end. It was named a ‘gay friendly hotel’ by Vacationer Magazine in 2022. Find out more at

What's on

Glasgow Frontrunners

Scotland’s largest LGBTQIA+ sports club, Glasgow Frontrunners are a community road running group who meet up several times per week. Suitable for all abilities, every run is lead by a qualified coach. Find out more at

Mardi Gla (15 July 2023)

After putting on the biggest pride march in Scottish history in 2022, Mardi Gla returns this July. Follow the procession through the city to Glasgow Green. This year's theme celebrates women of the LGBTQ+ community and movement. Find out more at

Article last updated: May 2023

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