18/05/13: Homosexual London went into Eurovision meltdown as the 58th finals of the world’s wackiest continental campfest took flamboyant flight in Malmö last Saturday.
Seizing the opportunity to sample the national drink of every single European kingdom, republic, federation, duchy, principality and city-state in the space of one night, the QX Bar News clan marked the occasion with a Eurovision pub crawl taking in some of Soho’s finest watering holes.
Starting our soirée at The Edge, we arrived just in time to see France’s entry – a Gallic Courtney Love lookalike with lungs to match that had us knocking back Beaujolais in appreciation – broadcast live on the high-tech screens in the bustling downstairs bar.
In no time at all, however, it was time to move on as G-A-Y supremo, Jeremy Joseph, presided over flag-waving hysteria at G-A-Y Bar. QX wrestled a Union Jack from the security team whilst a youthful throng settled in for the long haul across two happening floors, with the thrills set to continue for a Eurovision special featuring Euro-poppers, Alcazar at G-A-Y’s flagship Heaven party.
A mere cheesy cha-cha away and it was standing room only at Comptons as the manly clientele showed they’re as fanatical for a Eurovision nail-biter as any teeny-boppin’ twink.
Meanwhile, Lisle Street’s Ku Bar packed in a near-capacity crowd, with fraulein Lady Lloyd getting into the continental spirit as the downstairs Ku Klub hosted a sit-down affair on a massive screen. Disappointingly, neither the UK’s Bonnie Tyler, nor our personal fave, Romania, scored well, but we did get to spend an action-packed evening at four of the capital’s – make that Europe’s – most impressive gay bars!
Words by Chris John
Photos by DosFotos