G-A-Y Late

G-A-Y Late

The UK's Largest Gay and Lesbian Party

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The late night gay sister to G-A-Y Bar on Old Compton Street that starts to see the action just before midnight - and expect long lines outside if you're any later. It's members and those with wristbands on Saturday nights so make sure you're signed up or grab a friend who is. Inside it's pop and dance tunes with videos on the screens surrounding a decent sized dance floor.

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G-A-Y Late
3.1
Based on 581 reviews
Maria Moscato
00:12 27 Aug 22
You literally can’t come inside. You need to be a regular to get in. To be a regular you need to be a member. To be a member you need to get in first.Good luck 😅
COMPLICATED TORREN
01:22 17 Aug 22
Fatim was very respectful and spoke to us in a very friendly way given the circumstance. Regardless of what we thought of management who was the issue, fatim was very respectful on the door and the club was nice as a whole. Will be back if given the chance! 🙏
gem stokes
01:11 04 Aug 22
absolutely terrible place. we’d spent the night at SHE - London’s best (only?) lesbian bar, which shuts at 1am. We made our way to G-A-Y. At first we were told we were “too drunk” to enter and to go and get food. We had literally *just* eaten. I asked jokingly if it was because we didn’t look “gay” enough (a common criticism of G-A-Y/ heaven/associated). The Irish man wearing converse who was apparently the club owner completely kicked off. He wasIncredibly rude to me/the other two people I was with. I’ve been to G-A-Y late maybe 5 times and this has never been a problem before. It was only that tonight I was dressed more feminine than I usually do. We were not allowed entry to the club, despite being sober, shouted at, forcefully removed and humiliated.‘I’ve heard terrible stories about gay clubs in soho but have never witnessed it first-hand. I will never be returning and urge others not to either.
David Vidal
19:22 01 Aug 22
GOOD pop, dance and hits. Cheap drinks and cool queer people. Love it for a decade already!
Adam Canning
01:00 31 Jul 22
Use to be great fun! But nowadays security fail to tell you that you need a ‘membership’ to get in, which I don’t think is entirely true, as I have an inkling my group was too straight passing to enter, which is ironic as 3/4 of my group were queer. And I waited in line for an hour so why didn’t security go down the line and tell people you needed membership! I understand if it’s busy, but I can’t help but feel the pick and choose who to let in through the door based on looks.
Gillian Levine
23:29 10 Jul 22
This place is awful. Waited in the queue for 30min for the bouncer to reject us since someone in our group was drinking a white claw that we had purchased at the other g-a-y bar in soho. Absurd. This bouncer associated the entire group with one person for sipping a white claw without any even warning us that that wasn’t okay? Even though that was perfectly okay according to local police and the other g-a-y bar
Stuart H.
19:08 22 May 22
We have been here many times prior to the pandemic. ON may 22, Unfortunately my husband was diagnosed with Huntingtons disease 3 years ago, a hereditary...
Colin O’Modhrain
11:06 24 Apr 22
Dropped the best log of my life in the jacks, slipped right out after the poppers. Highly recommend the baked potato with beans on toast 👌
David sims-hayward
09:14 17 Apr 22
Really disappointed with this Venue. We travelled all the way from Cardiff to enjoy Londons Gay scene, spent ten Minutes waiting patiently in a que to get in only to be told that our party of 11 people was to large to enter. I dread to think how they handle Pride weekend. Wouldn't recommend this venue as a welcoming gay night out.
Dominique Juliet
01:06 17 Apr 22
Would give zero stars if possible. G-A-Y discriminates purely based on appearance of not being “queer enough” (my friend directly heard a bouncer say this) despite the fact that there is no one way of looking queer. When questioned on their reason for not letting people in, they make up excuses.A supposedly queer space that doesn’t let in queer people? Excellent.
Stefano Sturba
07:24 13 Apr 22
Disgusting security. Was there with friend and one guy stole our drink. Tried to explain to security but did not care. They should be taking matters much more seriously. Awful bar service drinks are ridiculous and employees need training on health and safety. They think they are above you but in reality they just useless. Doubt they will be hired in any other place. They have no idea about hospitality and related sectors.
Eric Smakov
00:08 07 Apr 22
Don’t know where to begin…the place smells like vomit, which is tolerable because of the price of the drinks, however…God forbid someone spills a drink on you or is aggressive to you in any way(that knows the staff or security) coz they will take their side no matter what. They will pretend like they are doing something about it but they won’t. So unless you are friends with the staff you’ll be treated like second hand trash…but hey…drinks are cheap!
Ciaran White
22:03 14 Mar 22
It was an absolutely amazing night. I was a bit sceptical at first because of my experience at heaven the night before, however G-A-Y late completely made up for that. The atmosphere was great and the security / bar staff were all so nice. The music was cheesy (but in a good way) and the drinks were cheap. I would highly recommend it for anyone wanting a decent night out! I’ll definitely be going there again!!!The only downside for me would be that on a few nights, the security will only let you in if you are a member or a regular. But how are you supposed to become a member if they don’t let you in? This isn’t as much of a problem at G-A-Y late however it does still happen.In conclusion, I had a great night and would highly recommend this club for anyone wanting a very good and fun night out!!
Georgie E.
15:26 11 Mar 22
Apparently being a group of 6 isn't acceptable. No words.
Bailey Irving
22:56 22 Feb 22
This is a great club, the drinks are cheap compared to most London clubs (£6 doubles). There’s £2 coat check and a good dj despite the odd Ed sheeran song. It’s a little bit small but still good. DONT try to get in with big groups or they’ll turn you away, go in with 2-3 and then meet inside.
Francisco Diaz
16:46 08 Dec 21
Well well well... I used to come here quite often and as I was visiting the city I thought it would be fun to to go there on a Tuesday night. We had no problem getting in but as soon as we came in the stench was awful. Someone had puked and the smell was horrible. It lasted ages. We could not leave our clothes in the cloak room as it was full, but the venue wasn't that packed. The staff at the cloakroom were rude. We let some people get their clothes so we could use their hangers but no, they told us we had to wait because they had to 'create' new tickets. The worst thing was some drunk guys trying to steal our coats, saying they were theirs, being aggressive to us.
Jason
22:09 27 Nov 21
Lined up for about an hour and was asked how many people were in the group. Me and my 3 friends met 3 other people in the queue so I replied 7 and the female security asked if we had a membership which I replied “no” so she told us we couldn’t come in even though I’ve been in there many times before without a membership? She let 2 of the guys we met and when I said we counted them as our group she said no entry. Security are unnecessarily rude and should tell people they need a membership when lining up not once they get to the front. Definitely will not be returning and definitely do not recommend.
Victor Pedrosa
12:52 27 Nov 21
Used to go there all the time before the pandemic. I tried to go again with friends to celebrate our friend's birthday and they told us we needed to be members. The waited until we were at the door to say that and when we showed surprise, they said this has been their policy for months. We know for a fact that is not true because the same group of friends was there 3 weeks before that date and they were allowed in. We also noticed that they were not asking everyone to show proof of membership and they were not informing anyone at the queue about that. We could not find one single place stating that we needed to be members to enter, not on their website, social media, signs on the door, nowhere. We got there at 11 pm, which is quite early for the place and it was clearly not that busy. We had wristbands that we got from G-A-Y and no one told us that it was a member's-only night. They didn't tell us because the actually did not know. After all that, it was clear that they didn't let us in just because they didn't want to. After years going there, it is really disappointing to see this happening.
Billy W.
15:13 22 Nov 21
Sorry haters but GAY Late remains my fave Sunday night jam. Everyone's dancing, people strike up random conversations, and fun is had by nearly all. Are...
Maddy Dixon
03:28 18 Nov 21
Had the most amazing night. Was served everytime by Patrick who was professional and so lovely. A lovely experience
Adam Canning
01:19 17 Nov 21
Use to be great fun! But nowadays security fail to tell you that you need a ‘membership’ to get in, which I don’t think is entirely true, as I have an inkling my group was too straight passing to enter, which is ironic as 3/4 of my group were queer. And I waited in line for an hour so why didn’t security go down the line and tell people you needed membership! I understand if it’s busy, but I can’t help but feel the pick and choose who to let in through the door based on looks.
D.D Heart
17:00 15 Nov 21
Pretty much the same as the rest below. If I could give it zero stars I would have.No problem getting in and not really much of a problem getting served however they refused cash ( which I’m pretty sure is illegal ) and then asked me to tap my card six times because there was an issue with their machine. When I asked for reassurance that payment hadn’t been taken 6 times and refused to tap for a seventh time the manager radio’s for security and has us removed. No explanation, no reassurance, no skills in managing a venue. SCAMMING CARD PAYMENTS TOTALLY AVOID!
Mark Kelly
04:31 07 Nov 21
Heidi On the doors is a legend made my experience so much better by her professional manner and attentiveness thank you 🙏
V Laan
14:22 02 Nov 21
If I could give it zero stars I would prefer that, the security only let's people in who they like, and if they don't like you because (you are a person of color like my friend) then they say to you it's for members only.. DON'T go to this horrible place ughhh
Daisy Moloney
08:16 01 Nov 21
The bouncer on the door (not sure her name) incredibly bloody rude. Spoke to us like a bully. She didn’t even let us say anything before saying ‘no entry’ we had wristbands and proper costumes and we came in groups of four. Actually shocking how disrespectful she was and when I tried to ask politely about membership she kissed her teeth and looked me up and down. She then snapped at me I need to apply. I tried to ask how to apply and she told me really aggressively ‘YOUVE GOT TO APPLT WHEN THERE IS AVAILABILITY MOVE’ when we weren’t in the way. My friend waited a few minutes and went up to ask more information and she threatened our friend. Specifically she said ‘I will push you if I have to’ when my friend was being polite nice and not in the way. Completely unacceptable behaviour and she should be sacked. G-A-Y I have loved coming here for years but now I’m not retrieving until you sack that woman. Absolutely disgraceful.
Kian Pace
16:45 03 Oct 21
Safe place to have fun, great and fast staff behind bar. Shame about the long waits to enter but overall a fun end of the night! 🎉
Amy __
23:26 10 Sep 21
Absolutely atrocious service. Queued for a small amount of time and then ID checked, asks how many of us there were (two females) and then denied entry, being told tonight is a members and regulars night (no evidence of this on social media/website). We were dressed up and obviously looked straight passing, but this is totally unacceptable. Not to mention it was only 11:30pm. Won’t ever go back, waste of time.
Giorgio Nicosia
17:20 22 Aug 21
One of the best periods of my life, staff can be impolite but only if you are impolite first…. I’ve read many complaints but if you are nice and well mannered you’ll have a wonderful time… amazing venues, great music and CHEAP!!!
Charlie Evans
08:08 21 Aug 21
fine place but always demand membership card, don't let you in and then give you no help when you try to find out how to get a membership card :/
Renato dos santos
18:55 15 Aug 21
The security service is horrible, I tried to go there with my friends and family but the lady at the door said in a very rude way we need a membership card to get in because we were 7 people.She didn’t have any respect to explainI definitely don’t recommend this placeAnd suggest the owner gives training to the people who work there.
Ashleigh Whittaker
18:18 03 Aug 21
We waited in the queue for G A Y for half an hour but then capacity was full which is understandable. We were told to go to G A Y Late as we could get in there when it opens. We then waited another half in the queue to get to the bouncer and be told that because we weren’t ‘members’ we couldn’t get in, even though they let the people behind us in when they weren’t members. I finally then managed to speak to someone higher up and get in. It was obviously because we were a straight looking group which was untrue but we had two women in their 50s with us. When standing at the bar talking to my friends a bartender mentioned they ‘weed’ out the straight people. Sorry for being feminine. Once inside it was great, drinks were pricy but it’s London so it’s expected!
Lamp DM
07:19 26 Jul 21
Great music, great drinks, not expensive for London tbh! Great staff, Luke is an absolute babe!
Nick Lennon
11:22 21 Jul 21
Our even started in soho bar hopping, and we eventually ended up in G-A-Y bathe and had a few drinks, quick an friendly service by our very efficient sever Luke K, we were ready to head home after a few drinks but Luke convinced us to go to G-A-Y late as he would be there later too,And it’s the best decision we made all night, we made sure we went to his end of the bar as the service we received was quick!The boys and I absolutely love him for the suggestion of going to G-A-Y late. Best night
J N
02:41 11 Jul 21
Door staff/etc were absolutely atrocious. Stating a member of our party was "drunk" when they evidently were not... when in fact it was purely a case of cloaking other discriminatory practices (oh, the irony?!l) ) I would simply say, you are better off venturing elsewhere. Especially if you are are a POC.
Holland Thomas
20:30 25 Jun 21
I went with a mix of straight and gay friends, we were pretty sober. The bouncers were rude and looking for any possible reason to not let us in. Service was extremy slow and it took 45 minutes and asking multiple times to get served. The staff that did serve us was extremely rude and trying to rush our order despite it not being busy. We felt like we were not welcome at all. We came here once pre covid in 2020 and the experience was equally as bad. The place is dirty. The floors are sticky and the toilets are horrible (even for club toilets)
Sophie M
10:06 06 Jun 21
Lucky to even get one star instead of none. Whenever I go to this place with my partner it's always someones drunk or not today. What a pathetic place,poor customer service,long queues for no reasons, racial discrimination the list goes on.
Jim Hearson
09:28 06 Jun 21
Avoid during social distancing restrictions.There last night and it took about half an hour for someone to take our order, over an hour for the first drinks to arrive and close to two hours for a drink ordered at the same time to be brought over.It would have been longer had we not prompted the staff, who seemed thoroughly disorganised. Even worse, they lied to our faces when saying the drinks were on their way when we could see our server making someone else's - and then ask us later what we had ordered.Could there have been more staff on? Absolutely - so we gave them as much sympathy as possible, but the ones who were there were really below par. We saw four or five tables arrive after us and leave before us without getting served - a poor experience for them and no income for the bar when they're trying to catch up with earnings after a year of disruption.
Martin Handscomb
00:41 28 May 21
Absolutely terrible service. This place would easily make more money if the staff were more focused on serving people. We waited 1/2 an hour to even get acknowledged. Then still had to wait to be served.After that it took about 20 minutes for our drinks to even arrive.Surely they'd be better off getting an app to order like other bars in the area. Then we could order when we want, not when they can be bothered to get around to it.Lastly, they seem to promote being Covid safe. However, whilst sat in a booth with my friend. We were approached numerous times by guys just wondering around on the pull. Surely the staff should act more vigilant for this. We shouldn't have to do their jobs ourselves and ask people to leave us alone.Won’t be rushing back there anytime soon, until service and safety are better.
Hannah belfon
02:34 19 May 21
It was my first ever night out at a nightclub as I suffer from extreme anxiety but had my girlfriend and best friend with me.Security were overly aggressive and just plain rude we waited over 30 minutes for service (drinks) even after "apparently" security made them aware we were waiting, I tried to talk to a bartender but got told to go back to my seat or I'll be kicked out, all in all it was absolute joke, I wouldn't recommend anyone to go there 🥺It made what was meant to be a memorable night absolutely appalling
Barry Rathbone
16:56 13 Mar 21
Been going for more years than I'd like to admit, hope it opens again soon. Great atmosphere, awesome acts, Jeremy you're a leg end
Emma Stratton
16:39 25 Oct 20
Jack was the best bartender ever! I had the best night thank you so much! Will definitely be returning.
robyn felicity
12:29 25 Sep 20
a group of friends and i went here on a Tuesday night and all of us had a bad experience.1 of my friends in the group is black and when she was asked to present ID by the bouncer she did , and he didn’t let her in. Shortly after a white girl was let in without having to show ID.4 of us in the group are black and were all quickly turned away and were told we had to be “G-A-Y members” to get let in because that’s their new policy. We left but my other two friends who are white tried to get let in after we left and quickly did but were told to stand to the side for nearly an hour.For a place that claims to be all inclusive and accepting , it is far from that. If you don’t fit their aesthetic you won’t get let in basically.
Wanda Phelps
19:46 23 Aug 20
It took me 36 years to come out. It took another 3 years to work up the courage to put myself out there in the dating scene. Where better to take that first step than the famous G-A-Y? I decided to do it on my birthday. Some friends travelled into London, we got dressed up, went for a nice dinner, headed to G-A-Y.... and got turned away. They claimed to be closing, but then let in the line of people behind us. I have waited 39 years to live freely and that moment should have been a celebration, but instead it felt like I was being shoved back into the closet. It was heartbreaking.
Moriaki S.
17:45 08 Oct 18
Just be careful with your belongings especially when you go to WC. A lady working in WC is rude. She assumes everyone is drunk and treats you horribly even...
Sami L.
11:15 13 Dec 15
FOUL. Foul attitude from clock room staff. I was worried my phone had been stolen so asked cloak room staff to check in my coat and was told that it was...
Cassandra G.
10:46 06 Feb 14
Obviously the perfect place to pop to after an evening of drinks at Bar, there are always people dancing. It's fun, the bar staff are lovely, and has been...

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