What’s hot this week in gay London, you ask? Well, below we list the best gay club events and hottest gay bars to visit this coming week, in London!
Friday 17th November: BRÜT
Most of you know the drill with Brüt by now, we go on about it every week. But perhaps you’ve only just arrived in London, and are picking up QX for the first time. If so, here’s a bit of advice – don’t go to Fulham! It’s crap. Brüt is a big, hairy and, shall we say, homoerotic club in South London (not Fulham, Vauxhall) for burly men and their admirers. You have to be in it to win it in this city, and if that means snogging a man who looks like Jason Momoa while hardcore house plays in the background, then so be it.
Friday 17th November: Space Walk
Our new favourite word is “fab”. We’ve been banned from saying “witchy” and “naff”, so fab is the new word. The “mot-du-jour”, if you will. Well, this celestial, galactic extravaganza at Dalston Superstore looks absolutely FAB. It’s being put on by all sorts of creative creatures of the night, and promises to be a floaty, dreamlike soundscape of kaploding stars and undulating galaxies. And yes, “kaploding” IS a word, actually. There’ll be space jams from Tomboy, Nic Fisher, P Zazz and more!
Friday 17th November: Tracy Barlow Cleans Up Her Act
We love Tracy Barlow! We met her in a smoking area recently and she was dressed as Freddie Kreuger. It wasn’t even Halloween! Actually, that’s a lie, it WAS Halloween. The story would have been so much better if it wasn’t. Oh well! Tracy’s one of London’s most promising up-and-coming drag/cabaret stars. She’s totally mad and weird, which we absolutely love! She’s got a new show at The RVT this Friday, called Tracy Barlow Cleans Up Her Act! With songs, activities and loads of other stuff!
Saturday 18th November: ATHENA
We love Athena! It’s a monthly party at Eagle London that’s always full of eighties fabulousness, and hot boys. A winning combo! Think Madonna’s lace gloves, think Joan Collins spitting the words “HATEFUL BITCH!” think fab naff drinks with umbrellas in, think thrumming synth, and you’ll have a BIT of an idea of what Athena is like. DJs Paul Joseph and Gareth Hackney will be bringing you the very best in camp 80s pop!
Saturday 18th November: Whitney Wonderland
YES it’s here! The Whitney Houston tribute night you’ve all been waiting for! And where else would it be, but The Glory! They’re exactly the right setting for Whitney’s glam, madcap vibes. Describing Whitney Houston as “madcap” really is the understatement of the century, but you know what we mean. There’ll be lip-syncing, singing, and performance from some of the best performers on the scene right now, including TAYCE, Margot Marshall and Freida Slaves!
Saturday 18th November: Pink Lemonade
Pink Lemonade is fast becoming one of our fave parties! Their artwork is cute, their crowd is even cuter, and they always have amazing guest DJs – a couple of months back, it was Ana Matronic and this month it’s MNEK, who we love! He’s such a babe. The DJ booth will also playing host to ANOTHER of our faves, Raven Mandella! She’s absolutely wild and she calls her boobs “big ole’ bastards” and it always makes us laugh.
Saturday 18th November: XXL Bear
BRRR it’s getting cold now innit! Perfect weather for warming your cockles in a big bears cavern. Otherwise known as NATIONALLY RENOWNED nightclub, XXL! Yes, NATIONALLY! People in Brighton and Manchester have heard of it! And maybe even Birmingham! This week, they’re enlisting the help of glam DJ to the stars, Fat Tony. He knows Kate Moss, dontchano. But yes, XXL is the place to be for euphoric dancing, hot hairy men and glowsticks hedonism. Woop woop!
Saturday 18th November: Fringe! present Paris Is Voguing
If you haven’t seen Paris Is Burning yet, educate yourself! It’s a bastion of queer culture, more specifically queer black culture. You’ve probably appropriated a bunch of stuff from it without even realizing. As part of Fringe! Film Festival, there’s a special screening at Hackney Showroom, not of Paris Is Burning (it’s on Netflix, never fear!) but of its unofficial follow-up, Paris Is Voguing! Released in 2016, it follows the ballroom culture of Paris, France, through the eyes of House Mothers Stephane Mizrahi and Lasseindra Ninja, plus a whole cast of fab, fierce and ferociously beautiful nightlife connoisseurs. Get down there and get your life!
Hackney Showroom, 13 – 15 Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT. 5:30pm – 7pm. Tickets available at hackneyshowroom.com
The Ku Group rule the roost in Soho with a multitude of bars spread throughout the area, but Ku Bar in Chinatown is where you need to be and more importantly, where to be SEEN. It’s a hotspot of cold drinks, bar staff in the buff, and Little Mix videos popping off on the big screens. Plus, they’ve always got plenty going on downstairs in the Klub. Thirstay is their Thursday night SIZZLER, with Sexshooters, Dom Top, Aamkyo, and Elle playing the fiercest pop, house, and RnB to kick your weekend off a day early.
Cybil’s House: The Hair Ball at White Swan
Big Cyb’s back at the White Swan again this Saturday with another one of her madly inventive dragstravaganzas! She’s going to be shaving off her magnificent moustache up on stage in aid of The Albert Kennedy Trust. She even promises to make extra donations for anyone who joins her in ridding themselves of facial hair! As well as that, you’ll get performances from the likes of Rify Royalty, Bourgeoisie, and Trannysaurus Rex, plus a faggy disco until 4am!
Flamingo Cocktail Bar
No-one likes overpaying for drinks. They say the price, you do a little wince, you reluctantly hand over your card, and then you sit looking at your gin and tonic thinking of all the equivalent things you could have bought for the same price, like a steak or a month’s rent if you’re out in West London for whatever reason. WELL, sling your sorry bones down to Flamingo where Monday to Wednesday, you can get drinks for just £2.50 and enjoy them in the sunny, beachside vibes of our new favourite bar!
The Power of Three at Two Brewers
Clapham Gays™ get a bit of a bad rap, but, you know what, they literally don’t care. They’re down the Two Brewers snogging a bus driver to the sounds of a Steps remix! It’s always a glitter-splattered SCREAM down there, none more so than on a Sunday evening. The hangover fug from the evening before has faded into the ether and you get to the enjoy the triple threat of Miss Jason, Mary Mac, and Sandra! It’s enough to make you want to move to Balham. Almost.
Final Heat of Battle of the Bars at Halfway 2 Heaven
Just a 20 second mince from the gammy-footed pigeons and levitating yodas of Trafalgar Square lies a camp old cabaret joint called Halfway 2 Heaven! Pop by any night and you’ll find it overflowing with drag queens and merriment. This coming Monday, they’re hosting their final heat of the Battle of the Bars karaoke competition, which has a whopping £2000 prize available for the eventual winner. Pick a tune and sing your heart out! Not literally.
7 Duncannon Street, WC2N 4JF