Tag Archives: nightlife

CALIFORNIA: Governor Gets Bill Allowing Some Cities To Decide If Bars Can Stay Open Until 4AM [VIDEO]

The San Francisco Chronicle reports: Gov. Jerry Brown will decide whether San Francisco, Oakland and five other California cities should be allowed to keep their bars open until 4 a.m. Under a bill the state Legislature approved Thursday, the cities could participate in a five-year pilot program that extends the time alcohol can be served at bars, nightclubs and restaurants …

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Pioneering Gay Rights Activist Dick Leitsch Dies At 83

The Washington Post reports: Dick Leitsch, who became a leading gay rights activist in 1960s New York, where he helped end police entrapment of gays and organized the first major act of civil disobedience by a gay rights group — a boozy sit-in known as the Sip-In — died June 22 at a hospice center in Manhattan. He was 83. …

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COURT: It’s Legal For Bars To Eject Trump Supporters

The New York Post reports: Cheers, Trump haters. A Manhattan judge ruled Wednesday that there’s nothing “outrageous” about throwing the president’s supporters out of bars — because the law doesn’t protect against political discrimination. Philadelphia accountant Greg Piatek, 31, was bounced from a West Village watering hole in January 2017, just after Trump took the oath of office, for wearing …

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MINNEAPOLIS: Philadelphia Fans Mistakenly Flock To Eagle Bar To Watch Super Bowl, Have Fun Anyway

Cyd Zeigler reports at Outsports: In cities around the world, bars bearing the name “Eagle” are gay — and usually gay leather — bars. New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Dallas, and many other cities have local dives bearing the name “Eagle.” One city that doesn’t have one? Philadelphia. There, The Bike Stop has been the big gay leather bar …

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SAN FRANCISCO: City’s Oldest Gay Bar Closes After 58 Years, Will Become Kung Fu-Themed Laundromat

The San Francisco Chronicle reports: The sun has quietly set on the Gangway, San Francisco’s oldest continuously operating gay bar. Bookending an ownership saga that started two years ago, the transfer of the bar’s liquor license became final on Friday, according to the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. On Sunday, the historic establishment hosted its final night of revelry. …

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ORLANDO: Wife Of Pulse Shooter Loses Battle To Move Trial, Claimed No Local Jurors Could Be Impartial

USA Today reports: The widow of Pulse nightclub gunman Omar Mateen will stand trial in Orlando, home to the nation’s second deadliest mass shooting in modern history, after a federal judge ruled staying in the city wouldn’t prevent a fair trial. Lawyers for Noor Salman had fought to move the case outside the city, arguing intense media coverage of the …

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NYC Council Repeals Nightclub Dancing Ban

The New York Daily News reports: You can dance if you want to. A law that has banned dancing at the vast majority of the city’s bars and nightspots for nearly a century was struck down Tuesday by a City Council vote. The Council voted to repeal the cabaret law, which prohibits dancing without a cabaret license — which fewer …

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British Poll: 37 Is Too Old To Go Clubbing

According to a survey conducted by a British electronics retailer, 37 is the average age at which respondents felt people are too old to go clubbing. The Independent reports: Once you hit 37, you’re seen as too old for a night on the town, with a brutal 37 per cent of respondents saying that there’s nothing more “tragic” than seeing …

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STUDY: London Has Lost Half Of Its LGBT Venues

NBC News reports: More than half of London’s LGBTQ pubs, clubs and music venues have closed in the last decade, new research commissioned by the city’s mayor shows. The number of venues for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer Londoners has fallen to 53 from 125, a loss of nearly 60 percent since 2006, according to an audit by the …

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DC’s Largest Gay Club Will Close To Become Apartments

The Washington Blade reports: Town Danceboutique announced that it will close for good on July 1, 2018. In a statement released by the venue owners, they announced, “After more than ten years in operation at 2009 8th street NW, in the center of the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC, Town Danceboutique, the city’s largest and most well known LGBTQ night …

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FBI Arrests Wife Of Pulse Nightclub Shooter

USA Today reports: The wife of Omar Mateen, the man who killed 49 people in a shooting rampage at an Orlando nightclub last June, was arrested Monday on a charge of obstructing justice, a federal law enforcement official told USA TODAY. Noor Salman was taken into custody by the FBI at her Northern California home. The law enforcement official, who …

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Baltimore Eagle Eyes New Year’s Eve Opening

Bucking the nationwide trend of gay bars closing. The Washington Blade reports: The Baltimore Eagle, the city’s iconic leather bar, may have its long-awaited opening on New Year’s Eve. “We’re doing two inspections this week,” Charles King, general manager of the Baltimore Eagle, told the Blade. “We’re still hopeful of opening even partially by New Year’s Eve. Keeping our fingers …

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Yet Another Story About The End Of Gay Bars

From the Indianapolis Star: Gay bars are going out of business fast. Since 2015 at least five have closed their doors in Indianapolis, about half the city’s total. Among the casualties: the venerable Varsity, the city’s oldest gay bar, dating back to the 1940s. In the past six months Talbott Street, long-known for its drag shows, closed, as did the …

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Dance Music Pioneer David Mancuso Dies At Age 72

The Guardian reports: David Mancuso, DJ and pioneer of New York dance culture, has died aged 72. Kid Recordings owner Craig Shifty announced the death on Facebook on Monday, writing: “He will be greatly missed, but, thankfully, he left the world a lasting vibrant legacy that continues to inspire and influence countless generations of music lovers and clubbers.” Cause of …

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MAINE: Portland’s Only Gay Bar To Close [VIDEO]

Portland’s NBC affiliate reports: The only gay nightclub in Portland is closing. The owner calls it a bittersweet sign of the times. “We don’t have the crowd we used to,” said Joshua Moody, who has owned Styxx for 12 years. It’s in line with a nationwide trend: as more members of the gay community branch out and feel welcomed and …

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Houston’s Oldest Gay Bar Closes After 36 Years

Houston resident and JMG reader Dwayne points us to this Facebook post: Effective immediately, Montrose Mining Company, located at 805 Pacific Street, is closed. We sincerely appreciate Houston’s support of The Montrose Mining Company for the past 36 years. The Montrose Mining Company was the first Houston Levi/Leather gay (GLBTQ) cruise bar on Pacific Street with an amazing sound system, …

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Viceland Posts Full Gaycation Episode On Pulse [VIDEO]

The Daily Beast recaps: Ellen Page and Ian Daniel are at the home of an Orlando man named Eddie. It’s been five days since his friends Juan Guerrero and Christopher Andrew Leinonen were killed during a friend’s 21st birthday party at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, two of the 49 people killed during the worst incident of violence against LGBT people …

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