LGBTQ+ Bristol

Bristol boasts vibrant LGBTQIA+ nightlife and festivals, two award-winning gay villages, and more.

The city celebrates its diverse LGBTQIA+ community and unique fusion of cultures with a stellar range of events including the annual Bristol Pride festival, regular club nights, arts festivals, and intimate parties hosting international performers from across the world.

Regular Events

Don’t Tell Your Mother (DYTM)

Monthly indie-pop LGBTQ+ friends night. Hang out at the popular bar, dance your socks off, or relax out on the terrace. DYTM comes into its own in the summer months, when the bustling friendly vibe extends into the yard.  

When: Currently first Saturday of the month at The Phoenix Pub.

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ESDR (Eat Sleep Drag Repeat)

Catch the best of the drag scene with this RuPaul-inspired night at Queenshilling. All welcome.

When: Various – see their website or Instagram page for details.

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LGBTQ+ Clubs and Bars


Bristol’s oldest & friendliest LGBTQ+ club and bar. Mixed, friendly atmosphere & home to popular club nights, including Just Jed’s Karaoke. Drop by for pre drinks, or party the night away in safe, fun and friendly surrounds.

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Bristol’s largest LGBTQ+ club. Popular with the younger and student crowds. Expect dance, house & chart tunes. Busy at weekends.

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The Phoenix 

Relaxed LGBT+ and queer-friendly pub situated at the entrance to Old Market, just a stone's throw from Cabot Circus. The Phoenix stocks a great range of drinks and is a great place to kick back for an evening with friends. In summer, the large terrace comes alive.


Bristol Bear Bar 

Compact & friendly bar on Old Market, popular with gay men. Well worth a visit for its unique atmosphere and special club nights including Euphoria and weekly drag cabarets.


Old Castle Green

A fun and welcoming pub on Old Market which hosts regular community events including quizzes, cabaret and themed nights.


The Old Market Assembly

This bar and its in-house performance venue The Wardrobe Theatre host regular queer and LGBTQ+ events, from storytelling and cabaret to club nights.


Unmissable events and nightlife

You're never short of options when it comes to going out in Bristol, whether you're looking for a specific LGBT+ club night, Pride events or community activities.

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