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SF Queer Bar Virgil's is Permanently Closing

SF Queer Bar Virgil's is Permanently Closing

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Feb 26, 2021

Virgil's Sea Room, a queer bar that opened in 2013 in the Mission District of San Francisco, is permanently closing.

Trixie Mattel Comes to the Rescue of Milwaukee Gay Bar

Trixie Mattel Comes to the Rescue of Milwaukee Gay Bar

By Kilian Melloy | Feb 4, 2021

When This Is It!, the Milwaukee gay bar Trixie Mattel headed to as soon as she turned 21, faced COVID-related financial difficulties until the "Drag Race" star stepped in: She's now a co-owner.

In a Baghdad Bar, A Syrian Serves Cocktails to Fix War Woes

In a Baghdad Bar, A Syrian Serves Cocktails to Fix War Woes

By Samya Kullab | Feb 3, 2021

Opening a bar is a dangerous trade in Iraq, where alcohol shops are frequently targeted by disapproving militias.

In LA, Gay Bars, Restaurants Look to Crowdfunding to Survive

In LA, Gay Bars, Restaurants Look to Crowdfunding to Survive

By Kilian Melloy | Jan 26, 2021

LGBTQ bars and restaurants in greater Los Angeles are struggling to survive the second, and latest, COVID lockdown. Crowdfunding has proven to be a lifeline for many.

Confirmed: WeHo Gay Bar Faultline has Shuttered Longtime Location

Confirmed: WeHo Gay Bar Faultline has Shuttered Longtime Location

By Kilian Melloy | Jan 23, 2021

The owner of West Hollywood gay bar Faultline has confirmed an earlier report that the establishment has closed down its longtime location. The bar will hopefully reopen elsewhere in the future.

In Protest, Oldest Amsterdam Gay Bar Adopts New Name - Ikea

In Protest, Oldest Amsterdam Gay Bar Adopts New Name - Ikea

By Kilian Melloy | Jan 21, 2021

The new owners of Amsterdam's oldest gay bar have made a surprising change: The sign that used to read "Spijkerbar" now sports the name and logo of the furniture store Ikea.

Queer Bars' Extraordinary Fund List

Queer Bars' Extraordinary Fund List

By Jim Provenzano | Jan 10, 2021

Despite our astoundingly difficult times, fans and patrons of LGBTQ Bay Area bars and nightclubs were extraordinarily generous to multiple fundraising efforts in 2020, donating nearly $400,000. You can still donate to help your favorite venues survive.

Iconic LA Gay Bar Oil Can Harry's Shutters After Half a Century

Iconic LA Gay Bar Oil Can Harry's Shutters After Half a Century

By Kilian Melloy | Jan 6, 2021

Iconic gay bar Oil Can Harry's, located in the Los Angeles neighborhood Studio City, has shuttered after more than half a century in business.

Oklahoma City Gay Club Vandalized With Soup, Blueberries

Oklahoma City Gay Club Vandalized With Soup, Blueberries

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Jan 4, 2021

Partners, a gay club in Oklahoma City, was vandalized with soup and blueberries last week.

Twin Peaks Tavern Reaches 60% of $100K Fundraiser Goal

Twin Peaks Tavern Reaches 60% of $100K Fundraiser Goal

By Jim Provenzano | Dec 30, 2020

The historic Twin Peaks Tavern, a landmark gay bar on Castro and Market streets, has collected almost $64,000 in its campaign to raise $100,000 to keep the struggling bar open and pay its staff. But more funds are needed in these difficult financial times

Atlanta Naming Atlanta Eagle Gay Bar as Historic Landmark

Atlanta Naming Atlanta Eagle Gay Bar as Historic Landmark

Dec 21, 2020

Atlanta has begun the process of designating a gay bar as a historic landmark, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says.

LGBTQ Bars and Restaurants Get Creative to Survive

LGBTQ Bars and Restaurants Get Creative to Survive

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Dec 19, 2020

In the current COVID-19 conditions, LGBTQ bars have been forced to find creative ways of staying in business.

Iconic LA Gay Bar Turns to GoFundMe to Stave Off Closure

Iconic LA Gay Bar Turns to GoFundMe to Stave Off Closure

By Kilian Melloy | Dec 15, 2020

Iconic LGBTQ tavern Akbar, opened in 1996, is in danger of going under, another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic. The owners have turned to GoFundMe to stop that from happening.

How Tokyo's LGBTQ District is Fighting for Survival Amid COVID-19

How Tokyo's LGBTQ District is Fighting for Survival Amid COVID-19

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Dec 12, 2020

Tokyo's Shinjuku Ni-chome gay district has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic but has been fighting to stay afloat, especially as COVID-19 cases hit a new high of 2,812 on Wednesday.

Last Call for COVID: To Avoid Bar Shutdowns, States Serve Up Curfews

Last Call for COVID: To Avoid Bar Shutdowns, States Serve Up Curfews

By Jordan Rau | Dec 7, 2020

As states and cities around the country enact curfews on bars and restaurants to limit the spread of COVID-19, many different calls are being made on "last call."

COVID Rules Dish Up McDonald's at London Gay Club, Patrons Mock Online

COVID Rules Dish Up McDonald's at London Gay Club, Patrons Mock Online

By Kilian Melloy | Nov 29, 2020

Saturdays at London's Heaven Nightclub are getting a little happier - at least, the meals are. New COVID rules say bars must serve "substantial meals" with drinks, and McDonald's is partnering with the club.

Jäegermeister Fundraiser to Help Save Remaining US Lesbian Bars

Jäegermeister Fundraiser to Help Save Remaining US Lesbian Bars

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Nov 13, 2020

As part of its #savethenight initiative, Jäegermeister has joined forces with the Lesbian Bar Project for a fundraising effort to save lesbian bars in the US.

Orlando's Parliament House Building to be Demolished

Orlando's Parliament House Building to be Demolished

By Kilian Melloy | Nov 6, 2020

The building that housed popular Orlando gay resort and nightclub the Parliament House, which recently shuttered after 45 years, is scheduled for demolition.

Orlando's Parliament House to Close, Reopen in New Location

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Oct 30, 2020

Parliament House, a popular gay nightclub and resort in Orlando, announced it is closing its current location next month and will reopen in a new location soon.

Winter Is Coming for Bars. Here's How to Save Them. And Us.

By Elisabeth Rosenthal | Oct 24, 2020

Should the government pay bars, many restaurants and event venues to close for the winter? Some experts say yes.

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