I recently travelled to Gothenburg in Sweden and had a very gay time, in every sense of the word. Here are some of the must go places.
I arrive in Gothenburg for West Pride (you can read more about that here) and vibe I get from the lesbian and bi scene is instantly chilled and inclusive. “Queer” is the word on everyone’s lips as people discuss left wing politics and feminism. The girls drink pints and take snus, a type of tobacco that you pop under your lip, and they’re keen to chat to visitors; people are really good at English here. All in all, it’s brilliant.
Beebar is Gothenburg’s hetero friendly city centre LGBTQ hotspot, bar and restaurant. When I visit Eurovision hits are streaming out of the speakers and at the neighbouring table a group of queer women make me feel very welcome. One of them is even breastfeeding a very cute baby. (Yes mama!) The atmosphere is relaxed but upbeat and it feels like a great place to start the evening.
The jazz house is everything but your ordinary club. Hosted in an apartment block it’s as if someone has turned a huge flat into an underground club and filled it with lesbians. When I visit there is stand up comedy, two bars and a dance floor with DJs playing female artists only — not to mention a never ending stream of women. Jazzhuset runs a few different nights but the bar lady tells me most of them are alternative, queer and very inclusive and there are plenty of feminist nights on so do check out their calendar.
Wish You Were Queer
Prom Queens & Working Class Queeros United — that’s what the organisers say about this club that attracts an alternative queer crowd. In fact, it is so popular with the locals that I didn’t make it into the club during Pride; the queue was too long! The club was held at canal boat Rio Rio over the summer but moves between different locations during the year so keep an eye on their Facebook page.
Gretas is Gothenburg’s only permanent gay bar and when I visit this two-floor establishment is heaving. Expect pop tunes, drag acts and a mixed crowd — as well as lots of dancing until the early hours.
Gothenburg’s biggest monthly gay club, Club Queer, is held every last Friday of the month at Park Lane at the heart of the city. It was closed over the summer, which is when I visited, but the Internet tells me great things about this mixed night which celebrates 15 years of fabulousness this year.
Safety Dance is a monthly night to look out for — especially if you like 80s music and performance. An indie electro pop duo is performing on the night that I visit and the vibe is very inclusive.
Andra Långgatan is a street near tram connection point Järntorget in Gothenburg. Although I never got chance to visit several people told me this is an area full of queer bars and cafés. Tredje Långgatan, which runs parallel, serves up hipster vibes, chilled after work drinks and delicious pizza.
The morning after the night before you’re going to want some lesbian breakfast. Thankfully, the ladies at Lesbisk Makt (an organisation named Lesbian Power, no less) will sort you out. See their website to find out when the next lesbian (and bi and queer and trans inclusive) breakfast meet up is held near you — and do sign up before going, they do sell out!
More on Gothenburg at www.gothenburg.com