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LGBTQ+ Coffee Shops & Cafés In The UK and Ireland

Updated: Jan 30

Everyone loves a night out, but sometimes it’s nice to hang out somewhere that isn't a club at 1am. Whether you’re catching up with friends over a coffee or looking for a queer-friendly space to work; here are 10 of the UK and Ireland's LGBTQ+ coffee shops and cafés you should visit if you ever get the chance:



Sugar Daddy's

Worcester, England

Sugar Daddy's is Worcester’s LGBTQ+ café. Opened in 2022 by business partners Andre and Sam, the café is a hub for Worcester's LGBTQ+ community offering events, social meets and support groups as well as delicious coffee and sweet treats.


The Cafe is wheelchair accessable.


Open: Wed-Sat 10-6, Sun 10-4


Location:

Trinity Passage,

Worcester,

WR1 2PQ



Flamingos Coffee House

Leeds, England


Situated in Central Arcade in Leeds City Centre, Flamingos is Leeds' premier queer-friendly Coffee House, providing a friendly, safe space for all, 7 days a week. They're one of the UK's only queer sober spaces and put on events throughout the week.


Open: Mon-Fri 10-5.30, Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5


Location:

10 Central Arcade

Leeds

LS1 6DX



Rainbow Tea Rooms

Chester, England

The Rainbow Tea Rooms is a café and community space that offers a safe space for everyone, regardless of gender, race and sexual orientation, focuses on the LGBTQ+ community, offering them an extra safe space to eat, drink and meet up. It was created by Chester Pride and generates income for the charity throughout the year.


Open: Mon-Fri 9:30-5, Sat 9-6, Sun 10-5


Location:

28 Bridge Street

Chester

CH1 1NQ, UK



Flirt Café

Bournemouth, England

Whether you're just popping in for a quick coffee, or you spend the day working and making the most of the WiFi, Flirt are a super friendly family-run café that host regular events throughout the week in Bournemouth.


Open: Sun-Tues 9am-6pm, Wed-Thurs 9am-10pm


Location:

21 The Triangle

Bournemouth

BH2 5RG



Kafe Kweer

Edinburgh, Scotland

Kafé Kweer is an award-winning sober queer space based in Edinburgh. They're a cafe that serves some truly excellent food and they host monthly art exhibitions sourcing work from local artists.


Open: Every Day 8:30am-5pm (7pm on Thursdays)


Location:

5 St. Peter’s Buildings

Edinburgh

EH3 9PG



Over The Rainbow Café

York, England

Formally Lunar Café, Over The Rainbow Café is located upstairs above The Portal Bookshop, with a downstairs table available for anyone who struggles with steps. The queer cafe serves hot and cold drinks, including shakes, and savoury and sweet food options - including their legendary flag cakes modelled after different LGBTQ+ flags!


Although the café is up a flight of stairs, Portal is equipped with a ramp for wheeled access and all efforts will be made to accommodate any other accessibility needs.


Open: Every Day 11am-5.30pm


Location:

5 Patrick Pool

York

YO1 8BB



Outhouse Café

Dublin, Ireland

When you purchase a drink or treat from the Outhouse Café, you are helping to provide life-saving services to the queer community in Dublin. That's why we strive to serve you the best coffee, made by the best baristas, at the best coffee shop in town. LGBTQ+ artists often exhibit their work on the walls of the Café.

Open: Mon 1pm-8.30pm, Tues-Fri 10am-8.30pm & Sat 12pm- 6pm

Location:

105 Capel Street

Rotunda

Dublin 1

D01 R290



Social Refuge

Manchester, England

Queer Lit recently moved to their new location on Great Ancoats St and have expanded their LGBTQ+ bookshop to include Social Refuge - a bar, cafe and queer co-working space. It's a truly beautiful space with some excellent coffee. You can also book the venue for private events.


Open: Mon-Wed 9am-6pm & Thurs-Sun 9am-11pm


Location:

27 Great Ancoats St

Ancoats

Manchester

M4 5AJ



The Queer Emporium

Cardiff, Wales

The Queer Emporium a queer community space, events space and shop based in Cardiff - stocking over 20 local LGBT+ businesses. They offer refreshments that are locally sourced, plant-based and made by LGBTQ+ folks.


Access to The Queer Emporium can be via our shop front entrance, which includes a step or via our side entrance, which is level with the ground. There is also a disabled toilet on site.


Open: Fri-Tues 11am-6pm & Wed-Thurs 11am-9pm


Location:

2 Royal Arcade

Cardiff

CF10 1AE



Kweek Kream

London, England

Kween Kream were recently offered a space as a museum café at the Vagina Museum (you know we had to add them to this list). They offer overtly sexual slices of sweet stuff and treats of all things fanny related - along with beautifully decorated grab and go biscuits and other edible souvenirs.


Open: Wed-Sun 10am-5.30pm


Location: The Vagina Museum

275 -276 Poyser St

London

E2 9RF



The Queery

Brighton, England

The Queery is a volunteer-run co-operative based in Brighton. The space encompasses a queer radical bookshop, a vegan pay-as-you-feel café and a sober community space for the use of the local queer community.


You can volunteer at the query


Open: Wed-Sun 12pm-6pm


Location: 46 George St

Kemptown

Brighton

BN2 1RJ



An honourable mention to some of the UK's queer coffee shops and cafés that have closed in recent years:

  • First Out Café Bar - London

  • די ראָזעווע פּאַווע - Pink Peacock - Glasgow

  • Café Bistro - Fleetwood

  • Sol Café - Birmingham

  • The Pod Café - Edinburgh

  • Lunar Café - York


Have we missed your favourite queer coffee shop off our list? Ping us a message on twitter @ProudGeekStore or email us at contact@proud-geek.co.uk and we'll add it to our blog so more people can find it ✌

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