The Laird, Melbourne
The Laird, Melbourne, is one of Australia’s longest running gay-owned and operated venues. Since its humble beginnings in 1980, The Laird is now well recognised throughout the gay community, both local and international and remains a staple of the local scene.
In 1998 The Laird was granted ‘Male-only’ status by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) in deference to their history and service to the gay community. While they still maintain this status, a few times a year they open the doors to the community for events such as Vic Leather Open Day (May), Men on Men Open Day (June) and Northside Bizarre (October).
They cater to a wide range of men, and it’s a great place to meet up with locals and visitors from around the world. Open 7 nights a week, the venue boasts three bars and a massive beer garden downstairs, with unique accommodation upstairs.