The Queen’s Shilling
9 Frogmore Street, BS1. 1992 – present.
Formerly a dingy ‘old men’s pub’ in a 1930s brick building on the corner of Frogmore Street and Culver Street. When it opened in the Summer of 1992 it had a small dance floor up some steps at the back of the pub, attracting a new crowd of gay teens and 20s (the Griffin and the Elephant were then the sum of Bristol’s gay pubs). The Queen Shilling, quickly nicknamed the QS, was well sited between the Griffin and the Oasis, then the main gay club, making it the obvious place to start the evening.
It went through several makeovers, the best remembered being a glossy metal-and-mirrors look c. 1998. It was later rebranded as the Queenshilling. It always played to a young crowd.