Gay and lesbian Melbourne • The best gay clubs, pubs and bars

Time Out's Australian editors share their insiders’ tips on the best gay and lesbian clubs, bars and nightlife in Melbourne – where to go to meet and make merry

Gay and lesbian Melbourne • The best gay clubs, pubs and bars The Bottom End, Little Collins St, hosts "Pood Doof" clubnight
By Jenny Valentish

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Melbourne's queer scene is a lively and diverse beast, and unlike Sydney, where everything centres around Oxford Street and Mardi Gras, you'll find pockets of queerness all over the inner city.

To the north of the CBD in Collingwood, Abbotsford and Fitzroy, there's the Peel – great for a trashy disco night out; the Laird if you like leather and bears; and Sircuit is good for more dancing, drag and pool. Baxter's Lot in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, is a queer-friendly bar that does a mean cocktail. There's DT's Hotel in nearby Richmond for a more relaxed corner queer pub. South of the Yarra, Prahran features DnM Bar in Commercial Road for drag and dancing, and Love Machine on a Sunday night. In nearby St Kilda, the GH Hotel is the place to go for more drag, more dancing and their sexy Boylesque show. The Prince of Wales hosts Queer House for boys and girls on Friday nights. In the CBD itself, look out for Mixed on Friday nights and Poof Doof on Saturday nights.


Midsumma Festival

There are also a number of semi-regular parties; Pinkalicious for the girls, Trough X, John and Thick 'n' Juicy for the boys. And of course, there's the Midsumma Festival in late January every year, which kicks off with Carnival, ends with Pride March, and packs three weeks of queer events, exhibitions, theatre and parties in between. The Melbourne Queer Film Festival, the largest and oldest gay and lesbian film festival in the Southern hemisphere, runs for 10 days every March.

And if you need to get your end in, there's Wet on Wellington sauna and Club 80 cruise club in Collingwood, Ten Plus cruise club and Porter Street sauna in Prahran, and Subway sauna in the city.
  
  

Bar and club details

The Peel 113 Wellington St, Collingwood 3066.
+613 9419 4762. www.thepeel.com.au

The Laird Hotel 149 Gipps St, Abbotsford 3067
+613 9417 2832. www.lairdhotel.com

Sircuit 103-105 Smith St, Fitzroy 3065.
+613 9416 3960.
www.sircuit.com.au

Baxter's Lot
302 Brunswick St, Fitzroy 3065.
+613 9416 5302.
www.baxterslot.com.au

DT's Hotel
164 Church St, Richmond 3121.
+613 9428 5724. www.dtshotel.com.au
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DnM Bar
119 Commercial Rd, Prahran 3181.
+613 9804 5771. www.dnmbar.com.au


Love Machine
228A Malvern Rd, South Yarra 3141.
+613 9533 8837. www.lovemachine.net.au


GH Hotel
1 Brighton Rd, St Kilda 3182.
+613 9534 4189. www.ghhotel.com.au


Prince of Wales
29 Fitzroy St, St Kilda 3182.
+613 9536 1168. www.princebandroom.com.au


"Mixed" at Word
14 Goldie Place, Melbourne 3000.
+613 9916 9029. www.pinkalicious.com.au/event/mixed


"Poof Doof" at The Bottom End
579 Little Collins St, Melbourne 3000.
+613 9629 3001.
www.facebook.com/PoofDoof

Wet on Wellington
162 Wellington St, Collingwood 3066.
+613 9419 2210. www.wetonwellington.com.au


Club80
8-10 Peel St, Collingwood 3066.
+613 9417 2182. www.club80.net

10 Plus Cruise Club 59 Porter St, Prahran 3181.
+613 9525 0469. www.10plus.com.au


55 Porter St
55 Porter St, Prahran 3181.
+613 9529 5166. www.55porterst.com


Subway Sauna
13 Banana Aly, Melbourne 3000.
+613 9620 7766. www.subwaysauna.com.au

  
  

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