Step down into earthy stalwart Masquerade Bar just around the block on Cumberland
Street to set your pulse apace. Routinely packed with gay youth whirling themselves
around the floor, surrendering to the dragged-up hosts who keep the party pumping,
coaxing sweet karaoke from the most blushing babe.
A short walk back past Stanley Street up a back passage, The Curzon is probably the most
male-dominated gay venue in town, a right gentleman’s club complete with porno screens
and a large bar open throughout the day at ground level. It’s recently had a refit to
keep up with the pack, and is even looking quite trendy, rammed to the rafters at weekends.
Visit G-Bar just up over Dale Street for the posing style set and pouting student crowd,
open from 10pm and partying right through ‘til breakfast at weekends - with a busy
dancy mass upstairs and a trancy door-fee’d basement beneath.
The biggest club in town and just across from G-Bar, Garlands has had a rough old life.
Burnt down in summer 2002; temporarily rehoused at the nearby historic and glamorous
State venue where many feel it turned straight; and then rising from the very ashes
of its old home last November (2003) with the same basic retro design as the old venue
albeit with more toilets! Officially gay-straight mixed, it’s newly launched a Friday
retro night and top DJs ensure it still attracts its usual Saturday hoards for hard
dance, funky house, disco and trash. But is it quite so gay as of yore? Or do gays now
how far more venues to choose from than even eighteen months ago?
Not quite lost your horn? You could do worse than take a taxi ride to the Dolphin
Sauna, a hotbed of steam and passion secreted above a parade of unsuspecting shops,
attracting all ages; or, much nearer, stroll down the narrow lane behind the bars on
Stanley Street; or, in summer, try the infamous Otterspool Car Parks, notably the
bushes behind the large parking bays just south of the docks.
But if it’s your mind you need stimulate, News From Nowhere is a vast and rambling
gay-run bookshop: an oasis of gay books, mags and vids, side by side with everything
from Outer Mongolian poetry to militant Marxist rantings - plenty to idle away a
Liverpool still sadly suffers from a dearth of gay accommodation, although - near the
spectacular modern RC Cathedral, fifteen minutes walk to the scene - The Feathers Hotel
markets itself as gay-friendly and you can check out details of the rooms and book this hotel and others
online at special rates through our hotel partners