A Glasgay! Commission and World Première by Wendy Miller & Rachel Amey in 2010
citizenM Hotel, 60 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3BW Tel: 0203 519 1111 Website
Sponsoring Glasgay! for the first time this year, citizenM is a hotel driven by one desire: to create affordable luxury for the people. By “the people,” they mean a smart new breed of international traveler, the type who crosses continents the way others cross streets. This includes the weekenders, the suits, fashion baggers and affair havers. The explorers, adventurers and dreamers. Those who travel the world with big hearts and wide eyes. Those who are independent, yet united by a love of the five continents. Those in search of business, shopping or art. In short, everyone who is a mobile citizen of the world. Most likely, that also means you.
The festival recommends only a few select partner hotels each year.
FRASER SUITES | 1-19 Albion Street, Glasgow G1 1LH | Tel 0141 553 4288 | glasgow.frasershospitality.com
Fraser Suites are one of the regular long-standing sponsors of Glasgay!. They can offer discount to visitors to the festival. Stay in the newly refurbished Fraser Suites Glasgow, and stay in style. Located in the heart of the vibrant Merchant City, Fraser Suites Glasgow offers 98 luxury and modern apartments with everything you need for one night or longer. Expect more from your accommodation and enjoy in room features such as iPod docks, free WiFi, fully equipped kitchenettes and space! Lots of space! Experience Gold Standard service and facilities including 24 hour reception, in-house fitness suite, breakfast suite serving Continental breakfast daily, complimentary mid week city centre shuttle bus and daily maid service. Guests also benefit from up to 20% off at local partner restaurants. Everything you need to enjoy the freedom of your own city centre apartment with the comfort of hotel services. Book at glasgow.frasershospitality.com using the promo code GLASGAY13 and receive 10% off their Best Available Rate and free breakfast too! Terms and conditions apply – subject to availability.
The Style Mile refers to the square mile in the very centre of Glasgow which houses the most extraordinary concentration of shops – from unique designer stores to flagship stores for British and international retailers. Download theGlasgow:Scotland with Style app for information on shopping in Glasgow.
Seconds from the bustle of Glasgow’s busy shopping precincts, Buchanan Street and Argyle Street, lies the Merchant City; an oasis of stately architecture, laid back shopping, dining and cultural pursuits. To visit their websiteclick here.
GLASGOW SCIENCE CENTRE
Glasgow Science Centre is one of Scotland’s must-see visitor attractions and there are loads of things to see and do!
The Centre is home to hundreds of interactive exhibits in the Science Mall, a Planetarium, Scotland’s biggest-screen IMAX cinema, a Science Show Theatre, a great cafe and an intriguing shop. To visit their website click here.
Visitors can climb aboard some of the exhibits to get a real feel for vintage public transport by accessing four locomotive footplates, three trams, two subway cars, one train carriage and a bus. To visit their website click here.
KELVINGROVE ART GALLERY & MUSEUM
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of Scotland’s most popular free attractions. It has 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an astonishing 8000 objects. The collections are extensive, wide-ranging and internationally-significant. To visit their website click here.
THE WEST END
The bohemian West End of the city is a haven for those looking for quaint cafés, tea rooms, trendy bars, boutiques, upmarket hotels, clubs and restaurants. Set in the backdrop of the magnificent Kelvingrove Park, the West End is home to Glasgow University, fine Victorian architecture as well as bars, restaurants and antique shops. Click here for more information.
Glasgow’s commercial gay scene is compact and mainly in the city centre/merchant city quarter. Here are some, but not all of our recommendations. You’ll find more here
AXM CLUB | 80 Glassford Street, G1 | Tel 0141 552 5761
AXM’s reputation and very happy customer base is something that they are extremely proud of. Their philosophy is simple… a good quality, friendly and fabulous night out, in a top notch, clean venue with the best sounds and visuals available! More importantly, a safe night out. So, if you’re after a fun, friendly, fantastic, value for money night out with no dramas or hassles then AXM is definately your place to be! To visit their website click here.
DELMONICAS | 68 Virginia Street, G1 | Tel 0141 552 4803
Delmonicas has been at the heart of the gay community in Glasgow since 1991. Lovingly and more commonly known as Dels’, it provides fantastic entertainment 7 days a week. Delmonicas has established itself as the market leader for all round fun and a firm favourite place to be in Gay Glasgow. With its weekend DJ’s and Darrens ‘Big Money Quiz Show’ and infamous karaoke, Delmonicas continues to go from strength to strength. To visit their website click here.
KATIE’S BAR, 17 JOHN STREET, G1 | Tel -tba
A new venue in the heart of Merchant City opening this summer in a refurbished John Street basement bar, Katie’s Bar promises a mix of authentic simple Scottish food, great prices, awesome live entertainment and friendly service. Something new for Glasgow’s gay scene.
POLO LOUNGE | 84 Wilson Street, G1 | Tel 0845 659 5905
Polo Lounge is Glasgow’s (and some say Europe’s) best gay and lesbian party. Located in the Merchant City, Polo has an enviable reputation of offering outstanding entertainment. Polo really does offer attitude free clubbing and a camp and cruisy environment. After years of success, Polo Lounge is established as the leading Glasgow club for camp pop fun. To visit their website click here
SPEAKEASY | 10 John Street, G1 1JQ | Tel 0845 166 6036
With a unique approach to classic cocktails, a vast selection of bourbon, private booths to book, some pretty tasty food and a robust soundtrack to enjoy it all to, Speakeasy provides the perfect drinking den seven nights a week. Come Saturday night, Speakeasy is the proud home of The Trophy Room – Glasgow’s legendary camp pop club night playing a glorious mix of tunes from the 70’s to the 90’s. To visit their website click here.
THE RIDING ROOM | 58 Virginia Street, G1 | Tel 0845 659 5904
Riding Room, or the joint on the corner as it’s often referred to, is a tip of the hat to old fashioned socialising mixed with riotous entertainment of all shapes and sizes. Join them for delightful little sharing cocktails in just about any vessel they can put their hand to, dark little corners where you lose track of time, and the best singing, dancing and laugh out loud comedy for miles around. To visit their website click here.
UNDERGROUND | 6a John Street, G1 | Tel 0141 553 2456
Formerly known as Revolver its a small friendly basement bar with a mixed age crowd. Friendly staff, pool table and plasma screens. Good for intimate meets and chats. Gets crowded at weekends. Visit their website click here.
THE VIRGINIA GALLERY & LUKE & JACK LTD | Tel 0141 552 5699
Luke and Jack Ltd are here to promote Love, Life, Romance and Celebration. The Bespoke boutique offers you everything you need to prepare the body for seduction: from massage oils, lubricants & scents to tempt and mesmerise; to toys and tools to express your talents. The Virginia Gallery space can be found in the basement is completely unique being Scotland’s only gallery which specialises in celebrating erotic art and hosts regular exhibitions. Visit their website click here
Glasgow is a compact and walkable city. Built on a grid system, it is easy to navigate on foot or by public transport.
Scotland’s only Subway system’s circular route is a fast and efficient way to travel around particularly in the city centre, west end and south side areas. For a subway map click here
To download iShoogle the official Subway app, click here
Glasgow Central Station links Glasgow by rail to the South. Glasgow Queen Street Station operates routes mainly to Edinburgh, the North of the city and Northern Scotland. To book tickets or to see timetables, visit Scotrail.
First Bus Glasgow is the largest bus operating company in Scotland, with over 1000 buses in operation.
Glasgow’s taxi drivers are known to be some of the friendliest in the world!
Glasgow Taxis operate 5-seater “black cabs” in and around the city. If their yellow light is on they can be flagged down on the street, or alternatively call +44 (0) 141 429 70 70 to book.
City Sightseeing Bus
Hop on / hop off bus tours operate year round and are a great way to get around – buses depart from George Square throughout the day. For more information click here.