As colourful, varied and open as the LGBT scene, so too does the trendy city of Glasgow. The rainbow-coloured flag as the symbol of the LGBT community is almost omnipresent here, decorating shop windows, cafés and many of the Glaswegians themselves. The annual Glasgow Pride is particularly colourful: young and old gather at Scotland’s largest LGBT parade and immerse the entire city in a colourful and joyful celebration of openness. With over 8,000 participants*, Glasgow Pride 2018 celebrated its previous record – the next parade will take place in June 2019.
But Glasgow is not only so popular with the LGBT scene in summer. Even in the grey months, the city offers a broad and colourful programme for every taste. From 5 to 9 December 2018, for example, the “Scottish Queer International Film Festival” will take place for the fourth time. And the “Burlesque international Festival” is also an annual festival that enjoys great popularity and next time from 4 to 10 November 2019 will bring together artists and acrobats from all over the world. A burlesque show takes place almost daily in Glasgow. The Riding Room is one of the most popular locations and is located in the middle of Merchant City – the district of the city that is full of gay clubs and bars. Only a few steps away from the Riding Room is the Delmonicas, affectionately called “Dels”. Since 1991, it has been one of the most popular gay spots thanks to its colourful programme with drag queen shows, queer quiz evenings and lots of music to celebrate. Those who don’t want the DJ to set the pace can also do their best in separate karaoke booths. Further hip locations are the Underground Bar, the AXM, the Polo Lounge or the trendy Katie’s Bar – all also at home in Merchant City.
In addition to the lively nightlife, the city also has a lot to offer during the day: Whether events in the ultra-modern SSE Hydro Arena, cultural institutions such as the Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery and the Lighthouse or the numerous buildings by architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Music, art and culture play a very special role in Glasgow. But shopping and food are not neglected in the trendy city either. For many years now, Glasgow has presented itself as the island’s true shopping paradise. On the so-called “Style Mile”, shopaholics will find all the well-known brand manufacturers and hip designers. But there are also special features such as the “Category is Books” bookshop, which specialises in queer and LGBT literature. And if you want to go shopping in the evening in a traditional Scottish skirt, you should go shopping at MacGregor & MacDuff in Bath Street. Unusual vintage pieces or other curiosities can best be found at Glorious in Glasgow’s West End.
Even when it comes to food, the city is as good as its bigger sisters London and Edinburgh. “Dine your way around the world” is the secret motto of the city. The number of first-class restaurants, cafés and streetfood stalls is impressive. In addition to delicacies from all over the world, traditional dishes such as haggis with neeps and tatties, for example in the Café Gandolfi or in the Guy’s restaurant, which are interpreted in a modern way, are of course also a treat.
After a full day’s programme and a long party night, a restful night’s sleep must of course also be ensured. Whether romantic in one of the Victorian villas, for example in the Hotel Indigo or modern in the Radisson Blue: there is something for every taste. Recommended and examined hotels are to be found under www.peoplemakeglasgow.com
Information about the LGBT scene in Glasgow can be found on https://peoplemakeglasgow.com/whats-on/lgbt or https://www.visitbritain.com/us/en/campaigns/lgbt-guide-glasgow.
Easyjet flies five times per week non-stop from Berlin to Glasgow. Eurowings offers several direct flights per week from Düsseldorf to the Scottish metropolis. Lufthansa serves to Glasgow directly from Munich. The best fares from Hamburg and Frankfurt are offered by KLM and British Airways with a short stopover in Amsterdam or London, respectiely.
More information about Glasgow can be found at www.peoplemakeglasgow.com