I’m an American’t who is coming over to Glasgow for my study abroad in the fall, and help! I’m not even a good queer here! I am open to all advice, ideas, suggestions and offers to buy me beers. Help Help!
Don’t panic! Glasgow’s awesome and I’m sure you’ll have a great time There are quite a few Glasgow-based straddlers too and there have been a number AutoScots meet-ups in Glasgow and Edinburgh- I don’t know if any more are planned for the near future but you can always keep an eye out for them.
As far as suggestions go, Mono and the 13th Note (where a couple of past meet-ups have been held), are pretty lovely relaxed little cafe/bar situations and while they aren’t explicitly queer they draw in a fair LGBTQ crowd most days and (in my experience) are totally welcoming spaces. They are located in Glasgow’s Merchant City area which is where the most gay per square mile is located. In terms of gay bars/clubs there are a couple of big names: Delmonica’s, Polo, and the Speakeasy, being among them. Polo’s the one people talk about most (including straight people- the number of times I’ve been asked ”What’s Polo like?!” by a straight person is ridiculous and kind of adorable). A lot of people love to hate Polo but the few times I’ve actually been I’ve been so drunk that my judgement on its quality is compromised The Flying Duck is a pretty cool place and it has fairly regular queer nights (I think they’re still regular- it’s been a while) that you could look into. Oh! Also the Glasgay! festival runs every year- this year it’s from Oct. 15th to Nov. 3rd, so you can check that out.
As far as non-queer things go: the Kelvingrove Art Gallery is lovely, it seems like a really obvious suggestion since it’s pretty touristy but I went there all a time growing up and it has a special place in my heart. Glasgow has quite a lot of art galleries and museums (the Gallery of Modern Art is right in the centre of town and it’s pretty compact and has a cute shop, if you’re into that sort of thing). The Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) have regular classic queer movie screenings, apparently that’s stopping pretty soon but the GFT is still a nice place to be if you like European cinema and they help out quite a bit at Glasgay. If you like tea Tchai Ovna in the West End might be good for you- they have a huuuge selection of teas from all over the world- it’s very ”shabby-chic” but that’s part of its charm.
Oh god, this is getting so so long- I’m going to stop now Feel free to message me if you have any questions