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The Maze at the Forest Tavern on Mansfield Road has for a long time been the venue for the occasional women’s night called “Hidden Talents”.
In the late 1990s The Lord Roberts was a gay-friendly theatre bar, helped in this respect by its proximity to Broadway Cinema. The downstairs Green Room was often opened for free use (if you bought enough drinks) by various groups - including Switchboard, Breakout, Pride and East Mercia MSC. In the 2000s it became a genuine gay bar, but in 2015 its new owners were very public about not being thought of as gay any more. More recently it has returned as a gay pub.
Not of course a pub or bar, Nottingham Women’s Centre acted as host for several lesbian groups and organisations at this time: Lesbian Line, Women are Gorgeous and the Black Lesbian group to name three.
The Women's Centre library still contains many magazines, books etc with a lesbian theme. For a catalogue, click HERE
For many years the Rotunda on Standard Hill, was the home of the monthly lesbian disco Infinity ... which then became Eternity (or perhaps it was the other way round?). Despite the name, neither lasted forever.
The Lost Weekend (Huntingdon Street)
In 2005, Peter Martine's Revolution night moved here after a short spell at Faces nightclub. Revolution also changed its name to Club Delicious ... then changed its name back to Revolution and moved off - see below.
The Foresters Inn (Huntingdon Street)
Not exactly a gay bar, but for a long time lesbian and gay friendly - though not at the moment, we hear.
At the end of the 1990s, the Palais (Lower Parliament St) became the home of Peter Martine's 1st Monday of the month Revolution night - which moved from its previous home at Ocean. The Palais was refurbished in 2004 and renamed Oceana.
Revolution temporarily moved to a home (Faces) in the Lace Market and then skipped over to The Lost Weekend - see above - and then decided to return to Faces. How do we keep up?
The Mill (Cranbrook Street)
Even in the early 1980s the Mill had a vague reputation of being gay-friendly. It was never an out-and-out gay bar, but towards the end of the 1990s it was popular with a mixed gay/studentish crowd. It was swept away in the new millennium by the speculative tide of "innercity living" when it was bought for conversion into trendy apartments.
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