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Gay York: THE Gay Guide to York and Yorkshire

A friend of a friend once asked me, "This city is lovely but, if you are Lesbian or Gay and in York, what is there to do?" So I sat down to think. He was right. York is a splendid place to visit for families with children. Yet, if you are single and gay there just is not that much to do here. Thus my research began.

Gay Friendly Pubs in York

Sorry to say boys and girls there just aren't many. With a population of some 200k in the city, there is ONE main pub known as gay friendly in York. As a percentage that is ... ummm ... why do the words - "Put that in your statistical pipe and smoke it." - come to mind? This pub, The York Arms, has been taken over by new management who are not as tolerant as the last few were. It is located very close to the Minster. Yet, if there is only one, it is going to be next to impossible for them to change its reputation. If you know different then email me and tell me. If I don't know then it doesn't get published here. If it isn't up here then the thousands of gay people all over the world that come here wont know.

The gay friendly Monroes Showbar has now opened at 54 Gillygate York. I found a mobile contact number but dont want to publish that withoiut permission. This in the same location on Gillygate the Pink Pony used to be at. Lets hope it does well, Marilyn Monroe would have wanted it to wouldn't she.

A new pub has opened its doors as gay friendly and then promptly closed its doors. That being the Yorkshire Hussar on North Street. Having chatted to the Landlord Lenny Harrison it looks like he is going to try his best to keep this place lively and clean for the foreseeable future. A pleasant atmosphere, some interesting but shockingly named cocktails and some good beer was available, when they managed to change the barrel. A good night out was had here tbh. Try it you might like it.

The same man then opened up a pub called "the Pink Pony". It again promptly closed its doors. Seeing a pattern here are we?

Gay friendly guest houses in York

Picture of The Bull Lodge gay friendly guest house in York England B&B

The Bull Lodge

Address: 37 Bull Lane, Lawrence Street, York.

This establishment is run by a tolerant male couple. Rooms are available from about 35 pounds per night

A small no-smoking B&B guest house, in a quiet location close to the centre, attractions and university. On-site parking and garage for cycles/motorbikes, dogs by arrangement.

Some useful local Gay York contact numbers:

  • York Pride - 01904 620400
  • York Gay Switchboard - 01904 612828
  • York Gay Group - 01904 671945
  • York Lesbian Line - 01904 646812
  • York Mesmac - 01904 620400
  • York AIDS Action - 01904 624024

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