There's no place like Garlands!

people dancing in Garlands nightclub

Courtesy of Garlands

21 Jul 2016 - 6 Jun 2017
Free exhibition, no booking required

One of Liverpool's most popular venues

Garlands, Liverpool’s first after-hours gay club, opened in 1993 on Eberle Street in the city centre. It quickly established itself as one of Liverpool’s most popular and well-known gay venues, becoming a second home to its many regulars.

On 16 July 2002 the club was the victim of an arson attack and temporarily moved to Dale Street. When the club reopened it began to attract a more mixed crowd – clubbers range from drag queens to writers, footballers to students - people of all sexualities partying together.

Garlands has also established club nights in Ibiza and ‘Fairies Across the Mersey’ club nights on board Mersey Ferries. Still going strong today, the club is the longest established Saturday resident dance night in the country.

This former display featured items from the Museum of Liverpool's collections. Find out more about them in our LGBT online collections, as part of the Pride and Prejudice research project.

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