June is Pride Month, making it the perfect time to highlight some fantastic LGBTQ+ friendly businesses in Bristol. When exploring a new city, it’s easy to stick to familiar chain establishments. While there’s nothing wrong with that, consider this your sign to support local, independent, LGBTQ+ friendly businesses this month.

Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered.

LGBTQ+ Friendly Independent Businesses in Bristol:

The Watershed

Canons Road, BS1

Located on the harbourside, The Watershed hosts some of the most sociable LGBTQ+ meets. Their monthly ‘Queer Reads’ event is perfect for book lovers to discuss texts by LGBTQ+ authors. Look out for ‘Queer Dinners’, an immersive dining experience with delicious food and live performances, curated by Jasmine Creusson.

Old Market Tavern

Old Market Street, BS2

This LGBTQ+ friendly pub in the heart of Old Market offers a cozy and welcoming environment for all. Enjoy pub lunch classics and local ales on tap. Their beer garden is a sunny oasis, perfect for a hot summer day.

The Station

Silver Street, BS1

Home to Creative Youth Network, The Station is a hub for creative activities. Events celebrate LGBTQ+ voices and foster community change, featuring drag nights, disco events, and various workshops. If you’re creatively inclined, check out their “Let’s Make Queer Comics!” event. The Station offers a comprehensive array of events.

Venues Hosting LGBTQ+ Events in Bristol:

Old Market Assembly

West Street, BS2

Old Market is the heart of Bristol’s LGBTQ+ scene, brimming with pubs and venues. At The Old Market Assembly, you’ll receive a warm welcome. For those nostalgic for rock music, Punka offers a night celebrating LGBTQ+ indie and alternative tunes. In the back of Old Market Assembly, you’ll find The Wardrobe Theatre, featuring cabaret and drag stand-up performances, especially during June.

Strange Brew

Fairfax Street, BS1

For a memorable evening, visit Strange Brew, home to the alternative drag collective Slaughterhaus. Expect glamorous and twisted performances from some of Bristol’s most eclectic drag queens. Their monthly thematic events are a must-see. Additionally, Health & Beauty offers a 100% organic LGBTQ+ club night with top local DJs, guaranteeing a night of dancing and fun.

Lost Horizon

Elton Street, BS2

One of Bristol’s newest arts hubs, Lost Horizon hosts a wide array of events. Crotch is one of their most popular club nights, with DJs spinning house, garage, pop, and more until the early hours. Lost Horizon also hosts MISSCOTEQUE, a night of disco and old-school house music, reimagining 80s lesbian discos.

Support these local businesses and enjoy Bristol’s vibrant LGBTQ+ scene this Pride Month!

Happy Pride!

Published: 10.06.24 by Phoebe Clutton