Lads Locker Room - Bristol -
9 reviews

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2.5/5

the facilities & services

Free Wi-Fi, chill area, cruising area, relaxation facilities, smoking area, fully-stocked bar, adult shop

Keywords:

lounge
hot tub
sauna
steam room
showers
changing room
cafe
massage
video rooms
internet access
play rooms
glory hole
bar area
sling room

the opening times

Mon-Tue: 1pm - 12am.
Wed: 1pm - 6am.
Thu-Fri: 1pm - 12am.
Sat-Sun: 12am - 12am.

the prices

Various - Check FB for details. OMG Rewards cards accepted here.

the description

We like to think of ourselves as a venue that caters for men who wish to have the freedom to relax. Escape the outside world and the daily stresses of life, unwind and be free.

For all Gay, Bi-sexual and Bi-curious guys to meet up in a place specifically with you in mind.

Come and experience what we have to offer. Meet other like-minded people and explore the relaxed environment and facilities.

the contact info

19-21 West Street

Old Market

Bristol

BS2 0DF

http://www.ladslockerroom.com/

manager@ladslockerroom.com

from the sauna

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timsmart posted a comment.

With the excellent Newport Sauna still probably closed for another week, I thought I would try the nearby, but god awful Lads Locker Room in the hope that during its 16 months or so of closure, the owner might have put the tiniest bit of effort into fixing the steam room and the jacuzzi water jet switch, and maybe tidied the place up a bit.

I got there at 2 hours after it opened. Plenty of time to set up, I thought - heat up the jacuzzi and the steam room. However, from previous experience I arrived with my expectations in my boots.

Surprise! The showers were an icy dribble because the jacuzzi was being filled; the cover was still on. I interrupted the manager in mid gossip with his mate to ask when it might be full. The next time I saw it, the cover was off, the water was cold, and the jet switch was broken. The switch did precisely nothing.

So I tried the steam room. It wasn’t on. Previous managers have told me this is an economy measure, and it will only work when the wall switch is operated. I operated it. 30 minutes later there was not a trace of steam.

I have been to many many gay saunas, but never a single other one where the facilities were not on all the time, because the management realise that this is precisely what their fucking customers are paying for.

This is the worst sauna I have ever ever visited.

This level of negligence may be acceptable to the late night pissed up crowd of 18 year old drinkers who must be the only sauce of profit here. Maybe not.

Don’t go there! It’s vile. As far as I am aware, it is still owned by the same arrogant monster and run by an ever changing stream of ambitious yet ultimately disillusioned or otherwise replaceable youngsters, or on this occasion by a lazy incompetent fukwit.

How come bristol doesn’t have at least one decent Sauna? It’s a big city! Perlease!

best thing: its in bristol
worst thing: the facilities dont work
reviewed on Aug 01, 2021
Bumfun85 posted a comment.

The worst sauna I have ever been to - - unfortunately the only option we have here in Bristol without leaving the city. I go about twice a year, normally on a Saturday night as it’s the busiest time and I’m generally intoxicated - which dulls the impact of how skanky this place is. I’m not some queen who loves to leave a bitchy review because nobody went near my battered old hole last time I was there, it’s basically like if you were to order a sauna experience from Brainfarts’R’Us.com - - this is wheat you would get, on entry you are “welcomed” by generally an apparently lobotomised extra from the Walking Dead. Then you walk through into the changing rooms which are cold, slippery and unpleasant to get changed in. The jacuzzi around the corner is generally fine and the smoking area also is perfectly adequate. If however you want to take a shower then you can detowel in direct view of the zombietwink staff and push a button which prompts a trickle of tepid water to trickle down onto you, but you have to press the button again every 3 seconds as this is perfect if you are trying to create your own version of Chinese Water Torture. Then up the stairs which are a hazard. They also creak loudly, and are poorly lit. Once upstairs the is a pathetic attempt at a maze gloryhole room with a few bits of cardboard erected which no one ever uses and some bits of the cardboard have holes drilled in but again imagine whoever designed this room let off a massive brain fart as the did it. Then there’s some more gloryholes where the idea is to have one side on a raised platform but about as much thought went into these as the maze room. Next you have 4 separate rooms, one used to have a sling in it but for some reason it is no longer there. It’s as though the thought process was let’s take out the sling, guys are liking using it too much. We already have one in the group room upstairs anyway so no one will notice. Anyway, more stairs but these ones have carpet so a slight improvement all they need to think about now is a light or 2 so people can see them. Group room up top with sling and benches to fuck, as long as you’re not put off by the chorus of snoring from the couple of old farts that tend to have passed out. Anyway that’s about it, there USA steam room/sauna but I don’t think either have ever worked.if GordonRamsey ever decides to branch out and do gay saunas this is where he’d start. Also I heard a rumour there’s a lesbian night once a month now? Anyway the smell of stale minge last time was not pleasant

best thing: Jaccuzi although last time it did smell of gash.
worst thing: Overall sense of filth
reviewed on Sep 07, 2019
timbo posted a comment.

After a long absence, I paid a visit to Lad's Locker Room in Bristol on Tuesday October 23 2017, the first naked day after what they had proudly claimed on their Facebook page was going to be a "partial refurbishment". They added "WE WILL BE MAKING FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS” i.e. by November 3.

A refurbishment was certainly overdue.

What had they done, I wondered, as I walked in?  

Had they cleaned the place up, I wondered? 
Had they tidied away the floor mops and the hose used to top up the jacuzzi?
Had they fixed the showers to bare even the slightest resemblance the attractive blue tiled ones displayed on their website?
Had they cleaned the jacuzzi?
Had they fixed the steam room to produce sufficient steam to keep it steamy?

No.  None of these things.

When I got there I found that the three showers were still drab and dirty, and one of them was still hanging off the wall, rusting as it had done for over a year. There was still very little hot water, and then only after a lot of fiddling with the geriatric controls, and a long cold wait. 

If they had tried to clean the jacuzzi, they had failed. It stank. The switch on the wall that operates the air pump was broken and had to be fiddled with to make it work.

The steam room was stone cold. Even after the helpful door man “rebooted” it when I complained, the steam was sporadic and inadequate and required the switch on the wall to be pressed endlessly.  I have been to over 40 Gay saunas around the world, and this one continues to have the worst steam room I have ever been in.

So what had the owner done while the place was closed for four days?

He had knocked a hole through a wall to provide access from the reception area to the lounge area.

Brilliant!

Why did he bother, I wondered? There was already a perfectly good doorway between the two, about two steps along the same wall.

What a waste of time and money.

The potential clientele in Bristol must exceed that in Swindon and Newport, because its population is three times as big as either of them, and yet the clientele is a fraction of that in that in those towns.

Let’s, for a moment, compare Lads Locker Room to Touch in Swindon. Touch is clean, stylishly decorated, and well maintained, because the enthusiastic young guys who own it know that repeat custom comes from looking after your customers, making them feel that they are valued, and treating them with respect by providing good reliable facilities. They have invested their time and money in it. As a result, customers willingly go back again and again. That is why it is generally busy with guys of all ages, and always so on a naked Tuesday. This is why it it profitable.

Consider the Greenhouse in Newport, another clean, tidy, well run, well maintained gay sauna within reach of Bristol. Always packed on a naked Wednesday and plenty busy at other times.

The owner of Lad's Locker Room is called Mathew. Mathew spreads himself around as a director of 14 companies at the last count. I’m not sure if he is competent to direct any of them. As far as Lad's Locker Room is concerned, he has demonstrated since he bought the place about three years ago, that he is not.


When I arrived on Tuesday October 23 2017 after the partial refurbishment, there were two customers. Two. Why so few? Because since Mathew bought it, this place has never ever failed to disappoint. 

I withheld this review for several weeks to give Mathew a chance to finish his refurbishment or at least announce his plans to do so. He has not, so I can only assume Lad's Locker Room remains awful and that Mathew has no intention of improving it.

Mathew, I understand that you are targeting the drunken late night weekend crowd. Perhaps that is why you don't care that Lad's Locker Room looks like a pig sty. Perhaps late on Friday and Saturday is when you make your profit. You cannot possibly do so at any other time.  I have been there at all sorts of times, and the place has never been busy.

Mathew, why don't you do yourself a favour, by thinking about your customers? It is directly in your financial interests to provide a clean, well decorated, fully functional gay sauna. So far you have failed miserably, and it is only because there is now zero competition in Bristol that Lad's Locker Room is still drizzling along at all. 


What a waste of a facility!

Mathew, where is your pride? Where is your business acumen?

I CHALLENGE YOU to respond.

best thing: it sclose to where I live
worst thing: very badly maintained
reviewed on Nov 15, 2017
cyberfox24 posted a comment.

I've been coming hear for years when it was called the Cottage Health Spa (I think thats what it was called) to be honest when it was owned by the previous owner (Shaun) he extended it and put lots of other facilities such as the hot tub, cinema room steam room and tv room etc and extended the dark room into the other part of the loft - he spent a lot of money on it. However, when he sold it it has got dirty the steam room as not worked for I would say about year maybe longer they seem to keep the mop bucket in there now, the hot tub does not get cleaned out as often as it should - the water tends to be rather murky, I don't feel comfortable to go in there - on the plus side the the upstairs is better although they have changed the cinema room and it is harder to get comfortable now - the dark room is ok for what it is the everything else is fine to be honest - they really need to spend some money on improvements I would like to see it be the best in Bristol they have the space there they just need to utilise it and get the facilities back up to scratch!

best thing: Sauna, and the dark room the the hot tub if it were cleaned out more often!
worst thing: Steam room not working
reviewed on May 14, 2017
17Belfast posted a comment.

I used to go to this place years ago when it was The Cottage, then The Village. Let's face it, it was never the best sauna in the world. Now it is competing for the title of the worst in the world.
I was there early Saturday evening. There were maybe 6 other people in the place and I can see why it was not busier. The steam room was not working, the Jacuzzi was only half full of water. The floors in the shower area and the sauna itself were filthy to the point that I really was not happy to walk on them.
The cinema room was showing a bad copy of some 1970s porn, clearly a copy of a copy of a copy of a VHS film.
What have they done to the lounge area? For some reason they have taken away the sofas and put in high stools so there is nowhere to chill out in the time that you don't want to cruise the upstairs area.
It is probably three years since I have been to this place. It will be at least as long before I go back.

best thing: Location
worst thing: So dirty
reviewed on Mar 05, 2017
Frenchcake posted a comment.

What a trap!
No renovation at all. Old and dirty. A shame. It looks Bristol does not have the sauna it deserves :(

reviewed on Sep 19, 2015
misterg posted a comment.

The Lads locker room is the old cottage sauna under new management and what a change it has been the place is friendly and has been cleaned from top to bottom. There has been a repositioning of some of the facilities and it feels fresh and inviting. As word gets around I am sure this will be a very busy sauna.

reviewed on Jul 22, 2015
bigboy77 posted a comment.

Having visited the Lad's Locker room for the first time since it's major refurbishment, I was pleasantly surprised! Very well decorated, with friendly staff. Price for entry isn't too bad either. Would highly recommend the weekend pass but only if you plan on using it for the whole weekend.

reviewed on Jun 12, 2015
Yammie2015 posted a comment.

I went to the Lads Locker Room last Saturday night, and I wasn't disappointed :) I was a bit apprehensive at first going to a new sauna, but was made to feel so welcomed as soon as I walked through the door. I was also glad to see a bar full of beers, as a couple down the hatchet before going to the facilities usually helps. The facilities we're fantastic and so clean, plenty of the free essential extras (condoms/lube) were placed around everywhere. The locker run was quirky from the grass floor, the Jacuzzi was hot and clean, and the bonus for me was the smoking area, a great addition to a fantastic sauna. There was a great mix of guys, so plenty to choose from. I give it 10 stars and will be going back regularly.

reviewed on Jun 12, 2015