City of Quebec

 
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Gay institution for the cruising older gentleman and his followers
One of London's oldest traditional gay pubs, attracting one of London's oldest gay clienteles. An impressively large and provincial-feeling establishment on two floors — including a basement where younger men dance to 80s chart hits — the Quebec has been referred to both affectionately and sneeringly as the 'Elephant's Graveyard'. Extensive food menu includes burgers, soups, salads, wraps, steaks, sausage and mash, fish and chips and more. Established 1946.

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    • Pewit
      Pewit 1 month ago
      Loves it

      A shadow of it’s former glory
      I met my husband at the Q (well outside it actually - he’d been stalking me) and I remember when there was a queue to get in. However, now that the area has been gentrified, the brewery wants to get rid of the gays and has appointed an aggressive lesbian manager to do exactly that. Gone are the drag queens as entertainment - all replaced by loud-mouthed female performers who should stick to the shower! So while there are a few of the older crowd and admirers there later in the evening, it ain’t what it was.

    • aerodude
      aerodude 8 months ago
      Hates it

      Get rid of this listing
      The Quebec is no longer a gay venue. Greene King brewery, its owner, has decidedly changed the Quebec into a straight venue with constant loud music upstairs, closure of the basement disco, female bartenders, elimination of drag shows, removal of rainbow stickers or any gay identifiers, etc. Despite assurances of its owners that the refurbishment would not change the future of this historic gay pub, they have done just that: Anthony Hemmerdinger, managing director of Greene King Local Pubs, said: "We are very proud of the legacy that the City of Quebec holds, as are our customers. Therefore, we wish to ensure them that the pub has a long-term future. This pub has a heritage as one of London’s oldest gay pubs and we want to create a new look space inside that is welcoming and inclusive to all." Nice try Anthony. On top of all that, the service is horrible. I urge the removal of this establishment from GayCities.

    • nakijinson
      nakijinson Over a year ago

      HORRIBLE!!!
      2/6/2015 i had a gratuity of 34.15 ripped off £ by whiskey of one cup of 3.75 £. i uderstood it to see the creditcard detail today. i who did not confirm it at the time of payment may be bad. i'm japanease. threfore is it racial discrimination?

    • 12roy30
      12roy30 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      nice pub
      been there and had a few drinks, and found the people in there very friendy, mostly middle age groups and older men but that was fine

    • LondonGuy123
      LondonGuy123 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Bar for older crowd
      The city of Québec tends to attract an older crowd. This pub style environment features a downstairs basement bar that usually has a DJ spinning where is the upstairs is more of a quiet pub atmosphere.

    • mg.adriano
      mg.adriano Over a year ago
      Loves it

      very very interesting place.
      Good place, beautiful older guys and good beer.

    • raymond.keeble
      raymond.keeble Over a year ago
      Loves it

      quebec
      aint been to queebec for ages so hopfully nothing seems to changed there

    • willwjl
      willwjl Over a year ago
      Hates it

      At 53 I was one of the few youngest there.
      My GPS didn't locate the place well. The French waiter bartender was snippy. Surprised? not at all. the other bartenders were sweet and flirty. Lots of guys lurking about, young and old in an old-style gay kind of way. Made me think of the pet shop boys song: To Speak Is a Sin. Old habits die hard, eh? But did get chatting w some friendly gents and they gave me tips on more suitable places for me to hang out in soho. Worth a look, in any case. I'd go again.

    • visitor1111
      visitor1111 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      not youth friendly
      Bar staff treats younger visitors as potential rent boys and follows them into toilets in suspicion of action there... Meanwhile similar aged older blokes relieve each other at the urinals, which is perfectly fine by the same staff.

    • BristowNorwich
      BristowNorwich Over a year ago
      Loves it

      I've enjoyed it before, and I enjoy it now
      Now that I have fully retired from active business, I've returned to Europe for something of a farewell tour. I've been in Britian very, very many times over the last 20 years, and I've never felt the slightest inhabitation in where I went, and what I did. Well, that has changed a bit. Now, that I sucessfully progressed into senior citizenhood, I've become a little more circumspect as to where I go, and what I do. For the novice, gay American, Europe, in general, and Britian, in particular, can be a tad unsettleling place. They are like us, but not really. Their perspectives, attitudes, and general outlook, is not really what many Americans are looking for. This is particularly true for older, gay Americans. Gay sex life in Europe & Britian has always had a few rougher edges than many Americans are used to. For the young people, this is hardly ever a concern, but for older people, traveling alone, it can be. But, enough perspective, I highly recommend the City of Quebec to alley any inhibititions. Firstly, you should start-out your evening in London, at the Quebec. Actually, you might never end up having a night out, for you might stay the whole evening. It's always a good thing to let the barman (bartender) know that you are an American (except, of course, if the current politics are such that you want to be a Canadian) But, be forewarned, the Brits can tell when a Canadian has a southern accent. It sounds silly, but it's true. They love us, but only on occasion. The barmen are used to dealing with international clientele, and will look out for you. But, If you are a man like me, who loves sitimulating conversation that doesn't always revolve around sex, or sexual or political positions, or such, you'll have a wonderful evening. You might even run into one of those English gentlemen, they make movies about. I've never not had a wonderful evening. I've always felt safe, and the young people are not only decorative, but, also, discreet, and entertaining. In short, I've always had a great time.

    • travallad
      travallad Over a year ago
      Loves it

      the Quebec or 'the Elephants' Graveyard'
      Love the Quebec! have been coming here for over 20 years and find it to be the friendliest bar in London;the bar staff are cute and helpful,the regulars in colorful and chatty,and the downstairs bar is like walking back to the 60's !![careful of the low ceilings,have almost concussed myself on more than one occasion!]The one drawback is the increase of largely Romanian rent boys,but they aren't persistent and are quite easy on the eye ,and the regulars seem to treat them with bemused acceptance.On the plus side,I have met lots of younger men who are genuinely attracted to older guys,and not just looking for a Sugar Daddy ! Also,this bar is largely attitude free which is more than can be said of lots of other bars in Central London,and is easy to reach[1 min Marble Arch tube].Great pub for just sitting in comfortable surroundings,with music at a comfortable level,and watching an interesting mix of people pass by !

    • berlindad
      berlindad Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Virtually unique
      Older/ younger relationships tend to be associated (at least in the popular gay mind) with the world of rent boys. The Quebec shows that this need not be so. Another reviewer puts it at about 3 per cent rent and I would agree. 30 years ago, when I was in my early 20s, I found it both friendly and fascinating (lots of ex-fighter pilots from WW2!). It still is.

    • Raybear
      Raybear Over a year ago
      Loves it

      One of my favorites
      This is one of my favorite bars in london, when come down from liverpool to see my sister

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