Sheffield’s Gay Quarter to open this yearPosted by: Paul Stimpson
Several venues are set to open in 2018 as the Steel City finally establishes an LGBT area
Work on Sheffield’s Gay Quarter is set to be completed in 2018, with a number of venues under construction already.
Joining the already established Dempseys Bar and Club on the Moor will be Queer Junction, slated for an April opening. Details on the bar are sparse, but it has been described by bosses as 'modern and funky'.
In the same block, a sauna and spa called The Fraternity is set to open in May of this year. The Fraternity will have sauna, steam and spa facilities, along with a bar area.
There are three more units which will open later this year which include a pub with small pool hall, retail space and a restaurant.
Matt Taylor, project manager of the Gay Quarter, said: "Sheffield (and its surrounding towns) has a huge population, and there are thousands of LGBT people. We also have two excellent universities, both of which have large LGBT groups. It is surprising that Sheffield has not had a designated area previously."
"Most cities in the UK have a thriving gay scene, such Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and London to name a few. With the introduction of the Gay Quarter, Sheffield will be able to compete against other well developed LGBT areas in country. This means not only will the local LGBT community have somewhere to call their own, but Sheffield as a city becomes more appealing to LGBT visitors and also attracts LGBT talent to come live in our city. This can only be good for our city."
"The Gay Quarter plan has been worked on in the background for almost two years. Queer Junction will open first, a new bar which will have a very modern but funky feel to it. Fraternity, a gay spa and sauna will follow shortly after plus another three units. We believe there is something here for everyone!"