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Talk:Belfast/Gay and lesbian Belfast From Wikitravel < Talk:Belfast Jump to: navigation, search [edit] Gay and Lesbian Belfast

Ten years ago, there was little or no gay scene to speak of in Belfast, which was then quite a narrow minded and edgy city worn out by years of conflict. Since then something of a cultural renaissance has taken place and as if to break out of the gloom and depression of its violent past the city has become positively camp and colourful with an "anything goes" attitude in the air. Consequently Belfast is by far the most gay friendly city in Ireland, surprisingly even more so than its larger neighbour Dublin, and sports a much bigger and varied gay scene than the latter. The annual Pride Festival takes place every year usually the last week of July and culminates in a colourful parade and outdoor concert which is warmly received by the majority of the city's residents. While you probably won't see any gay men holding hands in the street,gays and lesbians can be spotted everywhere you go and homophobic attacks verbal or physical are fairly rare. [1]

Gay Venues[edit]

Kremlin Belfast's best gay owned dance club for men and women. Voted best Gay Venue in Ireland on numerous occasions. The Kremlin is located at Donegall Street. Tel: (028)90319061. To visit their very slow website: www.kremlin-belfast.com

Union Street Bar Belfast's trendy award winning gay bar. Union Street, has a excellent late club night on Saturday - Event Horizon. Check it out today. Web Link: [1]

Dubarrys Belfast's newest gay bar. Set over three floors, Dubarrys offers a great alternative to the banging house tunes and teenybopping antics of some other gay establishments.Frequented mainly by older gay men. A welcome addition to Belfast's booming gay scene. Gresham St T: 9032 3590 W: [2]

Forbidden Fruit is the only place to be on a Monday nite. Taking place at the Rain Nightclub in Tomb Street, it's the best gay venue on a Monday nite, followed by Bang which is almost as good, taking place in the Shoe Factory beside the Union Street Bar.

The Nest Gay owned pub that attracts an older mixed crowd. The bar is located at Skipper Street. Serves food. Used to be called 'The Custom House'. Tel: (028)90245558.

MYNT (formerly The Parliament, Belfast's first gay bar) Belfast's best gay dance club and bar for men and women. MYNT is located in Dunbar Street, Cathedral Quarter. Food is served at lunchtime all week. t: 028 90 234520. Web Link: [3]

Mono is Belfast's latest city centre bar has rebranded Monday nights and brought in respected Irish DJ Micky Modelle - who recently went UK Top Ten with club hit Dancing in the Dark. His 'funky ass shakin' music' will get the gay crowd & chums grooving into early Tuesday... and a Happy Hour will run from 10pm to midnight. Admission free before 10pm, £3 after. Club closes at 03:00. [4]

Kitty Killers A place for women to come, relax and have a boogie in any of our three nights of every month in both Belfast and Derry. Men are welcome as guests. Always check the website for updates on acts etc. 1st FRIDAY of month - BELFAST - The venue changes check the website- Alternative, pop, chart and dance - 9.30pm, £5. 3rd FRIDAY of month

Sirens @Ten Square A friendly and welcoming women-only crowd gets together on an ad hoc basis at the super-chic Ten Square Hotel. Email Sirens (sirensbelfast@yahoo.co.uk) or contact the hotel for nights and times (T: 9024 1001) . The perfect laid-back intro to the local lesbian scene. Open third Friday in every month. 21:30-01:00.

Queens Bar Gay friendly city centre pub located at Queens Arcade. Tel: (028)90321347.

The John Hewitt Gay friendly Cathedral Quarter pub located at Donegall Street Tel: (028) 90233768. [5]

The Apartment Gay friendly bar located at Donegall Sq West. Tel: (028) 90509777. [6]

The Spaniard Lesbian friendly Cathedral Quarter bar and "Tapas Bar" at Skipper Street. The "Belfast/Basque" style bar is worth a visit for its tapas and cocktails. Great fun.

Also try Muriels and the Roost two lovely gay friendly bars just off the top of High St in Church Lane, very popular with lesbians.

If you're gay and looking for fun in Belfast you'll not leave disappointed that's for sure.

Saunas[edit]

For the more adventurous gay visitor you can always try out the gay saunas.

The Garage 2-6 Union Street (near the Kremlin). [7]

OUTSIDE Belfast's newest gay men's health suite for gay, Bi-sexual and Bi-curious men. [8]

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