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We’ve created this archive to remember and pay tribute to the gay bars and LGBT+ spaces that have closed. There’s no denying that the scene went through a heydey back in the 80s and 90s but as technology and other factors have slowly become essential in connecting the LGBT+ community, since the 00’s, many bars have fallen by the wayside.
At one time the LGBT bar was one of our only safe spaces. It was where many of us could feel at home, be ourselves and with people who understood our journey. They were and still continue to be a hugely important part of our community.
We’re looking for your contributions to make this an essential archive of the LGBT scene in the UK. If you have memories, photos or even stories of some of the venues listed please click on it and add your content in the comment section. We will then add these to the main article.
Although this list currently only has London gay bars closed listed at the moment, we’re keen to expand to include the rest of the UK. Please use the comment section below to draw our attention to closed bars in your area.
Got a venue or memories to add? Click here. Gay Bars Closed (124)
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Greenwich 3 Monkey: a cabaret bar in Stratford. The Angel: : rather sleazy bar within the Shipwrights Arms in Tooley Street The Anvil in Highbury and Islington. Artful Dodger: London’s longest running fetish and leather club 1985-2022. The Backstreet: a large style cafe bar in Shoreditch. The Bar: on Maiden Lane near Covent Garden. Bar Aquda: cruisy bar in Albert Embankment. 1996 – 2015 Barcode Vauxhall: a dancey bar in Soho which late 00s. Barcode: in Islington. Bar Fusion: Was on Charing Cross Road on the site of the old Ku Bar next to Manbar/CXR. Closed 2016. Bar Titania: A traditional friendly pub in Chiswick which closed in 2006. The Birdcage: legendary North London drag bar and club which closed in 2015. 1965 – 2015 The Black Cap: East end gay bar near Stepney Green. The Black Horse: an Art Deco style cocktail bar on Molton Street Blackout: a lesbian bar in Stoke Newington. 1997 – 2015. The Blush Bar: : Corner of Earls Court Rd & Brompton Rd The Boltons relaxed cafe on Seven Dials near Covent Garden. The Box: a friendly local gay bar in Stockwell Brewery Tap: Walthamstow Brewers Tap: a different themed night every night in Leytonstone The Britannia: Brief Encounters An intimate east end boozer near Limehouse The British Prince: Big and cruisy was once part of the now-defunct Earl’s Court gay scene. Is now being turned into flats. 1984 – 2008. Bromptons: Bar in Clapham Junction Buzz Bar: gay bar set on two floors, was part of the Earl’s Court gay scene. Cafe Au-Reole: : gay bar with nightly entertainment in Walthamstow. Central Station, Walthamstow London’s number one Lesbian bar – had a brief reopening, but closed again in 2014. 1996 – 2014 Candy Bar: short-lived gay bar in Wood Green, the most northern gay bar in London. Catch 22: , Charing Cross The Cellar Bar Fridays only in Gipsy Hill. Citrus Grove: long-running and unpretentious in Notting Hill. The Champion: : Disco bar in Earls Court closed in the late 90s Copacabana a traditional pub in Kennington which closed in 2005. Cock: large gay boozer in Bethnal Green Cock and Comfort: bar which tried to rebrand in 2008 becoming the Pembroke. It was London’s oldest gay bar until its closure. The Coleherne: described as a stylish east-end bar, near Stratford, now apartments The Coronet: Islington Compass: Central London, on St. Martin’s Lane. Crews: Read a story about why Crews was opened. a gay and mixed pub in Bromley North. Closed in 2006 and reopened as a non-gay bar and told customers who were looking for a gay bar to go to Stonewall bar in Lewisham – also now closed. Crown and Anchor: Davi d Warriors A Bar : for men with attitude – men only in Southwark in Stoke Newington Due South: a gay bar which was very popular with bears in Vauxhall It now operates as Eagle London, which is still a gay venue. Dukes: Lesbian bar on Rotherfield Street, just off Essex Road, Islington. The Duke of Clarence: mixed and friendly bar in Islington. The Duke of Wellington: 4 Storey gay bar perched on the edge of Soho Square. Edge, The: Embassy, The Popular dance bar with student night in Soho, closed in 2014. 1998 – 2014. Escape: Islington Fallen Angel: . Bar with rooms upstairs where support groups would meet. Has now been turned into flats. Flag, The, Finsbury Park a cruisy gay bar in Elephant and Castle. Was reported closed in August 2011. 1997 – 2011. The Fort: legendary gay venue lasted 25 years before closing in 2011. 1986 – 2011. First Out Cafe Bar: Cosy bar in Isleworth. The George Music Bar: a gay-friendly mixed pub in Croydon Goose and Carrot: gay bar in Borough which had regular themed nights. Gladstone Arms: Gay bar featured in Gloucester, The: Beautiful Thing Swanky, an upmarket bar on Upper Street, Islington. 2007 – 2012. The Green: Upper market wine bar on the edge of Soho. Closed in 2015. The Green Carnation: Traditional and mixed in Harlesden. The Green Man: in Shoreditch was George And Dragon: forced to close after a dramatic price hike in its lease. Kings Cross Golden Lion, described as east London’s friendly gay bar in Bethnal Green. The Halfway House: The bar upstairs, Harpoon Louie’s (later Harpo’s and later still Banana Max), was until the late 1980s among the most popular gay bars in London. It is now a Wagamama restaurant. Above the Copa in Earls Court Road, it was the largest gay bar in London, on 3 levels with an extensive garden. Opened in 1983 and closed in 1997 (thanks to John for the info) Harpoon Louis: cruise and sex venue for guys in Vauxhall. Closed in January 2017 after 21 years in business The Hoist: cruise bar at London Bridge. The Horns: Jacomos Long established LGBT space which closed in January 2015 1997 – 2015 The Joiner’s Arms: Jonathan’s The Jubilee Tavern Was a pub formerly known as Stonewalls, it closed in 2012. The 1960s – 2012 Two8Six: Announced it would close at the end of 2016. Was one of two gay bars in Clapham, the other being The Two Brewers. Kazbar: had a gay night on Sundays. Kensington Roof Gardens: in Islington closed in 2011. 1966 – 2011 King Edward IV: Kudos : The pub opened in 1998 and closed in 2005 on two floors, a traditional gay pub for the “Chelsea crowd” The pub which was on the corner of Ossington St has since been demolished. (Thanks to John for the info) Leinster, The , On Charing Cross Road, near the Palace Theatre. Was a Sunday night evening event. Limelight traditional gay pub closed in 2014. 1993 – 2014 The Little Apple: a gay bar started by the dating site, Gaydar, closed in 2013. Lo-Profile: Old Street, North London London Apprentice: a basement bar in West Hampstead. Lower Ground: iconic lesbian night which closed and then reopens and then closed again. Lounge: gay run pub near Old Street. Macbeth, The: famed Drag venue which closed in 2014. 1966 – 2014 Madame Jo Jos: the bar that went on to replace CRX79 on Tottenham Court Road. Manbar: Islington. The Market Tavern: a friendly and brash central London pub, famous for its larger than life drag queens, karaoke and friendly staff. One of the oldest LGBT pubs in the UK. Molly Moggs: Molly Moggs has now reopened. Update 2019 It is now closed and reopened as another bar, which isn’t LGBT. a Friendly pub in Deptford. The Navy Arms: traditional pub in Horatio Street. 2007 – 2015. Nelson’s Head: a lesbian bar in Manor House. 1994 – 2013 The Oak: East-end gay pub near Old Street. (UPDATE) It’s now under new management and isn’t “gay” anymore, but gay-friendly – and has drag acts. Old Ship: Described as a large boys’ space, with themes every night. The Orange: next to Buzz Bar, also closed in Clapham Junction. The Outback Bar: A favourite Hammersmith hangout. Penny Farthing: Piano Bar A sleazy barroom cruisy bar in Kings Cross Play Pit: a cafe and bar opened by dating gurus Gaydar, closed in 2013 along with the sale of their radio station Gaydar Radio. 2007 – 2013. Profile: gay owned, gay-friendly pub in Streatham. Prohibition Cafe Bar: Friendly gay bar in Woolwich. Princess Of Wales: closed in the early 2000s and turned into flats. It was a smart, upmarket pub. Queens Arms: a homely pub in Hounslow Central. Queens Arms: Chelsea gay/straight pub that was unable to Queens Head: negotiate a new lease due to increased costs in 2016. Islington with legendary party nights. Ram, The: Two bars in one, in Acton. Rocket: a bar situated in Rennell Street, later called Bar Phoenix which was eventually demolished. Roebuck: Greenwich Rose and Crown: in Vauxhall. Red Stiletto: The a friendly mixed pub in Crouch End. Racecourse: traditional gay bar in Stoke Newington. Route 73: a lesbian bar which closed in the mid-2000s. Rush Bar: St Martins Lane, WC1 (yes it is still there, but now straight). Salisbury: This was pub frequented by actors and gay men in the 1950/60s becoming completely gay in the 1970s. It ceased trading as a gay pub in 1985 with the opening of a new gay bar across the road (Brief Encounter). It was featured in the film “Victim” with leading gay actor Dirk Bogarde. The film made in 1961 told the story of the culture of blackmail in the gay community. The film set in motion the legalisation of homosexuality in 1967. (thanks to John for the info) , in Islington The Salmon : A members dance club/bar that allowed guest listing announced it was to shut in September 2016. Shadow Lounge a Traditional gay pub in Oval. Skinners Arms: Soho’s Strippers a lesbian bar in Kennington. Southopia: , a gay bar on Shoreditch Highstreet The Spiral Staircase a stylish cafe bar in Brixton. SW9: The Stag a traditional pub in Bromley. 2006 – 2014. Star And Garter: a lesbian bar in Stoke Newington Stokey Stop: West Central a White Horse: mixed pub on the Westferry DLR. Plumstead Woolwich Infant: On Essex Road in Islington. Y Bar: manly bar on Tottenham Court Road. 1994 -2015 79CXR:
Got a venue to add? Click here. Gay Clubs Closed (43) : In Leicester Sq. Adams Club Dance club in Albert Embankment 2006 – 2014 Area: Weekly lounge-style event near Tottenham Court Road. Atelier at The End: on Charing Cross Road in the 70s Bangs Nightclub a Sunday night club night for gay men, near Mile End. : Benjy’s 2000 A Bromley by Bow dress code, cruisy club night. The Block: A bar in Earl’s Court, which never sold alcohol. Catacombs: Read a story from the Catacombs. every Friday night at the Chocolate Bar. Coco Latte: a popular gay indie night every other Saturday in Islington. Club V: at the Dome, a bi-monthly Bhangra bash in N19. Club Kali: A Stepney night for “TVs/ TSs” every Sunday near Aldgate East Club Tranvesties: : Neal St, closed in 1970 Chaguaramas Club late-night club from 10.30 in Vauxhall. Closed in 2007. It now operates as Union, which is still a gay event. Crash: off Kings Road in Chelsea in the 70s Dorian Club DTPM (Yours or Mine) Kensington High Street El Sombrero: Sunday afternoon clubbing from 1 PM till 9 PM. : Extreme was at Turnmills FF described as a “sleaze pit” with a strictly enforced dress code. Fist: 1993 – 2008 Moved to Heaven. : G-A-Y: at the Astoria at the Limelight on Shaftesbury Ave. Gay Tea Dance: Ghetto: Cult Soho dance club with a mixed clientele of club freaks, artists and international A-listers. Legendary nights included NagNagNag, Misshapes and The Cock (thanks to LWellsted). 2001 – 2008 A club in Soho in 70s Le Foyer: a gay night for Southeast Asians. Long Yang Club: On Earl’s Court Road The Masquerade club: A club on Bond street Napoleon: at Velvet – mixed Monday night club. Off The Hook: clubbing on Saturdays near Oxford Circus. The Phoenix: mixed club night which used to be held in Kings Cross Popstarz: closed in November 2014. an intimate gay night in Stratford. Reflections: attitude-free clubbing in Kingston Upon Thames. Reflex: at the now-defunct London Lesbian and Gay Centre in Cow Cross Street, Farringdon. (Thanks to John) Sadie Masie: : A members club in the heart of Soho famous for its light-up dance floor and VIP sections. Closed 2016. Shadow Lounge A club in Shepherd’s Bush shopping centre Silks Club: in Oxford St. Spats club gay-friendly club near Old Street. The Spiral: late night club, with different themes each night of the week in Brixton. Substation South: on Hungerford Lane – cruisy late night club/bar – Thursday nights were called Twisted and Fridays were called SPUNK. Substation Sound-Shaft: Leicester Square Subway: described as a “gentleman’s” club with bar and restaurant. The Lounge: , In Earl’s Court The Masquerade Club Techno club night at Turnmills. 4 AM till 1 PM in Farringdon. Last night was held in October 2015. Trade: In Soho, set over three floors down the road from Ku Bar. Trash Palace: Late night club and cruise bar on Saturdays was called Wigout. The Tube: : Clerkenwell Turnmills Was beneath the Roebuck in Lewisham. Voltz:
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: A cinema where gay men went, but didn’t spend much time watching films. Biograph Read a story about a young man’s first sexual encounter at Biograph.
Got a venue to add? Click here. Gay Saunas Closed
– Sauna based in New Cross Closed 2014 Steamworks 309
It was London’s largest sauna but was demolished in 2016 to make way for a new development. Chariots Shoreditch –
Was a sauna that was closed without warning in 2016. Chariots Streatham –
– Was closed in 2017 to make way for a new development in the area. Chariots Waterloo
– A sauna right in the middle of the shopping centre Holland Park Sauna
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