Oxford Street venue Gay Bar closes
New kid on the block, Gay Bar, has announced on its Facebook page that the venue has closed its doors.
The venue had remained suspiciously quiet since Mardi Gras celebrations last weekend but now operators Stephen Craddock and Nelson De Sousa have confirmed the venue, which opened less than a year ago, has closed its doors.
Here’s the post:
“A year ago Gay Bar threw open its doors wider than Madonna does for a 20 year old Brazilian. We were the new kid on the block that had not seen a new LGBTQI bar open in 10 years. From that first night we were meet with queues of people that wanted to see the little bar we had christened Gay Bar. A year later and we witnessed people still coming back and new people still wanting to have a laugh, drink and a dance at Gay Bar.
So it is with great sadness that we announce that Gay Bar, as we have come to know it, will be shutting it's doors. We'd love to say we're going on holiday, but In the Dark Presents will be keeping us busy.
To all the Gay Bar staff and performers and DJs we would like to say a heartfelt thank you for all your hard work which helped make the memories and good times.
However, we want to be clear that this is not good-bye, we may take a leaf out of the Steps and Spice Girls book and come back when you least expect it.
Lots of love
Stephen and Nelson
Stephen Craddock has said the move allows he and De Sousa to "selfishly focus on In the Dark" and their plans "to be the next big touring company for artists like Beyonce".