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Gay Leicester Guide 2023

Voted by Gay Times as the 4th best place for gay men and lesbians to live in Britain, Leicester has a fairly large, vibrant and diverse gay scene, some tremendous bars and its own Pride festival around the end of August / Early September. With a large student population (2 universities) and well established gay friendly bars and venues, it's certainly worth checking out.

As with many towns and cities, the number of gay venues has declined as habits change together with the growth of online dating apps apps. Most venues are now mainly gay friendly and attract a mixed vibrant crowd. The Rainbow and Dove, The Dover Castle and Helsinki in particular are still going strong and pulling in the numbers.


Leicester Pride 2023Leicester Pride 2023

Leicester Pride 2023 is Leicester's annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) festival, held at the end of August / beginning of September each year There's much more to Leicester Pride than the one day event and, the festival will span a full nine days with a series of art, culture, sport, music and film events celebrating the great diversity of the LGBT community.This years event parade and party in Abbey Park (new location) takes place on Saturday 2nd September 2023.

Leicester Gay friendly Bars and Clubs
Pub / Bar Venue: RAINBOW AND DOVE , Leicester


Summary: Stylish gay bar in centre of Leicester offering food and regular drinks promotions. Busy throughout week. Trendy young crowd. DJ, dance music/ video screens etc.

Monday evenings: Pink Pounder from 5 p.m., Tuesday evenings: Cocktail Night from 5 p.m.
Wednesday evenings: Vodka Nation, pre-club drinks from £1, Thursday evenings: Disco Inferno, class sounds
Fridays: Funky pop and chart sounds.

Opening Times: Monday - Wednesday: 12:00 - 01:00, Thursday: 12:00 - 02:00, Friday - Sunday: 12:00 - 01:00am

Address: 185 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1LA. MAP
Telephone: 0116 254 7568

Website: Click here



Summary: Apparently the UK's oldest gay pub. Dance floor and beer garden. Regular cabaret.

Opening times:
Sun 12pm - 11pm Miss ThunderPussy Bingo & Cabaret
Mon 12pm - 11pm Miss Penny`s Karaoke
Tue 12pm - 11pm Wii Night & Free Pool
Wed 12pm - 11pm Miss Penny`s Midweek Mayhem
Thu 12pm - 11pm Dover Quiz Night
Fri 12pm - 2am Drag is Back - Live Cabaret
Sat 12pm - 2am DJ Tranny Simon

Address: Dover Street, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 6PT. MAP

Telephone: 0116 255 3052

Website: Click here

Dance Bar Venue: Club Helsinki
Club Helsinki


Summary: Gay bar and night club playing dance classics and the latest tracks.

One of Leicester's most popular gay clubs, Helsinki, is celebrating it's 29th year tonight 18th February 2012

The nightclub, which has been under the ownership of James Cockerill for the previous two years and is a sister venue to Dover Castle and Rainbow & Dove, has a huge lineup of DJs and entertainment for tonight's celebrations.

Hosted by Dizzy Fierce, DJs for the night come from Helsinki favourites DJ Richard Moon, Readers' Award nominee DJ Dukes and DJ Nick B with stilt walkers, fire breathers, angle grinders and dancers providing revelers with visual entertainment all night long.

DJ Dukes commented on the celebrations: 'We've got not one but three of the customers favourite DJ's for this years party, after such an amazing 2011 we know this years party will only be bigger and better than before. Extra lighting and lasers are being brought in for the night, expect entertainment, great offers and of course great music. Im sure 2012 is going to be another big year for Helsinki, with the Midland Zone Awards just round the corner, we are all excited.'

The event kicks off at 11pm with the venue staying open until 6am. Entry is £5 on the door, but half price wristbands are available from Dover Castle and Rainbow & Dove. For more information see

Opening times:
Wed 10pm - 3am Pink Pounder!
Thu 10pm - 3am Cocktail Night
Fri 10pm - 4am Dance Pop Floor Fillers Every Friday
Sat 10pm - 4am The Big Saturday Night Out!

Address: 94 Rutland Street, Leicester, Leics, LE1 1SB Map
Telephone: 0116 254 6184

Website: Click here

Leicester Gay Saunas

Gay Sauna Venue: Amigos Leisure
Amigos Leisure Gay Sauna, Leicester

Summary: Amigos is now well into its second year and going from strength to strength! we have a google rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars, the best in Leicester, proof that the biggest is not always the best! We are told we are the cleanest and friendliest sauna around and we want to get even better!

It's great to have so many of the customers from the old Bond Street days back as regulars and to see so many new faces too! We welcome you all and thank you! Open 7 days a week, Amigos boasts all new facilities, coloured lighting in corridors, making it a safe and clean environment to come play or chill and relax.

Address: 30 Bedford Street South, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 3JR Map

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Gay Sauna Venue: Splash Leisure
Splash Leisure


Summary: Leicester Gay Sauna located in city centre, just a two minute walk from St. Margaret’s Bus Station or ten minutes walk from Leicester Train Station, Splash Leisure gives you everything you need from a Gay Sauna! We are Leicester’s only fully gay owned and gay run Sauna. Most friendly Midlands gay sauna providing a perfect environment to relax.

Our facilities include Large Steam Room and Sauna, Jacuzzi Hot Tub, range of private rooms, dark room and TV room. We offer a range of hot and cold snacks, including our freshly made toasted cheesy sandwich, free tea and coffee, and a fully licensed bar, the only licensed Gay Sauna in the Midlands. Opened 2 years ago, we are Leicester's friendliest and busiest Gay sauna.
Tucked away on New Bond Street, you enter through our discreet door up to the first floor and its all on one level. Why not chill out in our Cafe-Bar area with a beer or soft drink before the fun begins!!

Address: 61 Bedford Street South, Leicester, LE1 3JR Map
Telephone: 0116 367 3932

Website: Click here

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