Bournemouth's long-standing clubbing institution, The Triangle,
still manages to pull in the pink punters, though Fridays are more for the older
be-leathered crowd and Saturdays don't get busy until after midnight. But it's all
good fun on the pure pop basement dance floor.
Two clubbers out on the Bournemouth scene.
Out on a limb, just five minutes walk north west of the Triangle area is Saunabar
attracting a mainly young steaming post-party herd on a Sunday afternoon, all huddled together
within whatever the weather outside. Their spa facilities include Sauna and Steam rooms, Jacuzzi, Private chill-out rooms,
Professional Massage, Showers, Changing area and Licensed Bar with comfortable seating, pool table, movies, music and free WiFi. Alternatively, The Spa is
further out if you fancy a change of sauna scene.
Cruising means The Gardens, the upper tract of park strip that cuts a swathe right
through Bournemouth town centre, notably the stretch just north of the A35 Wessex
Way flyover, easy accessible by horned-up post-club fellas who failed to pull or
prefer their boys all bushy - busy Fridays and Saturdays and notorious on Sundays
You can also try your outdoor luck along The Chines, a series of sea cliff valleys
along West Cliff, mainly used by randy motorists who pull-in-to-pull at the sea-view
lay-bys. And naturally, for many, Bournemouth in summer means Studland Nudist Beach,
at least the male-frequented parts of it, accessible via the Sandbanks Ferry.
The scene also boasts its obligatory sex shop Cerebus
for all your porn needs and an array of sundry sexual accoutrements.
The queer quarter is also awash with good eateries. Rubyz
is gay-run and fun, and camp but not cheap. If you want to spare your pennies but
still have great food and ambience in the thick of the gay action you could try the
gay-friendly Italian Pinocchio's or the Portuguese
Funchal By Night.
Otherwise, if you fancy a lighter snack or refreshments at any hour of day, Legends
is the place, just across The Gardens.
We can heartily recommend the perfectly positioned Creffield Hotel
for nourishing sucker and overnight comfort, run by Roger but really overseen by his
Arthur - a one-dog personality cult, rightly billed as "the pride of Bournemouth".
THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK
Bakers Arms (77 Commercial Road; T: 01202 555 506)
Cerebus (25 The Triangle; T: 01202 290 529)
Creffield Hotel (7 Cambridge Road; T: 01202 317 900)
Dorothy's Internet Café Bar (111 Commercial Road; T: 01202 315 615)
Exchange (4 The Triangle; T: 01202 294 321)
Funchal By Night (158 Commercial Road; T: 01202 318 900)
Legends (53 Bourne Avenue; T: 01202 310 100)
Over the Rainbow (Pars House, 2 Poole Hill; T: 01202 257 478)
Pinocchio's (18 Poole Hill; T: 01202 291 081)
Rubyz (Commercial Road; T: 01202 780 225)
Saunabar (140 Commericial Road; T: 01202 552 654)
The Spa (121 Poole Road; T: 01202 757 591)
The Triangle (30 The Triangle; T: 01202 297 607)
Revised April 2015.