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About us

Established in 1994, and moved to its current location in 2006, The Flying Handbag is Blackpool’s only purpose built, and premier, LGBTQ+ venue. It has recently undergone a half a million pound transformation, seeing the venue completely overhauled with chic new decor and state of the art sound a lighting.

Just a stones throw away from Blackpool North Train Station, and opposite the brand new Talbot Gateway development, it is close to both internal and external transport links as well as quality hotels and guest houses, others bars and restaurants and of course Blackpool’s world famous attractions.


Pub reviews



Tracey Keighley

6 months ago

Stumbled across this bar after being dropped in Blackpool on a mystery tour, Was mid afternoon when we entered the bar, From the moment we walked in, my friend & I were treated like long lost friends, everyone was super friendly, the service was impeccable, the atmosphere was amazing, so amazing we went away for a quick change of clothes & returned within a couple of hours, we ended up staying till the wee small hours of the morning, it was so much fun! Massive shout out to HOWARD the bar tender & Dawn, the head of security, outstanding service from them both! Would recommend a visit 100%

Neil Briggs-Evison

7 months ago

When you enter any Gay friendly pub like the Flying Handbag, you can expect total acceptance whoever you are. It's an 18 only establishment purely because of the very occasional language used. What you shouldn't do is enter with any preconceived ideas of your own personal prejudices, because they do not belong here. There's nothing scary, nor revulsive, nor disgusting. Just people enjoying themselves. If you can't stomach that then GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. PLEASE. Early evening, today, one person stepped over the mark. Big time. That person was gently removed, however, had the support for the remover of every single member of staff and customer. Just remember,.nobody is alone here. You have the maximum love and acceptance to enjoy yourself as whatever the person you wish to be. As long as you accept everyone else as that. Otherwise we will unite.

Ricardo Pereira

9 months ago

I have never been in a place like this before, horrible service, dirty toilet, overpriced, drinks with poor quality, rude staff and disgusting management.There is a girl who works as a bartender that if she was my employee she would be fired in the same time. Her behaviour was unsetable, you could see on her face that she didn't want to work there, she was very rude , she took the orders wrong and when we talked to her,she lied in our face. I am from Los Angeles Ca, I have been working with Raul Paul drag races for years and I have came in this place only for seeing the he drags Show,( disappointed because No show on Saturday night) the only thing that I saw was disrespectful with the costumers. First and last time.

K. Peake

10 months ago

This bar provided proper entertainment for drinking, having karaoke on live with a lyrics screen! The bar is stylishly presented, staff were helpful and pool was a blast. I had a pint of Madri, finding the leather seating to be comfortable!


2 years ago

First time we visited. The hospitality starts by the front door, not by the counter! It was perfect and welcoming.. First smile and joke arrived by the security. When we entered in the building it was a wow! Huge floor, modern superb interior design, the bar is in the middle. Barmen are all over. Very friendly and helpful all of them. The drug queen was funny, and welcomed every single person who arrived with some funny joke. We are not from Blackpool but definitely will visit this place in the future again! Thanks for the staff for the great time and experience! X

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