Why Are We Losing Our Lesbian Bars?

Author: , November 27th, 2017

Lesbian Bars - The L Word

At a recent newly-launched lesbian party in Brooklyn, women scattered themselves haphazardly throughout the backyard of a gay bar filled mostly with men. Wearing dark jeans and denim jackets, they stood in small groups, intermittently scanning the room while talking amongst themselves. Inside the bar, the dance floor was empty.

“This is why lesbian bars all close, because everyone is U-hauling!” Valentina Osorio, a queer-identifying woman who lives in Brooklyn exclaimed, alluding to a verb that refers to how quickly lesbian and bisexual women move towards commitment and, often times, the suburbs. “When you’re coupled up you don’t leave the house.”

Osorio wasn’t imagining things: Women don’t want to spend money at lesbian bars anymore. Although the number of people who identify as LGBTQ is on the rise, the number of spaces dedicated to their communities has fallen. Statistics are few, but an analysis of gay travel guides showed the number of LGBTQ bars in the U.S. decreased by 12.5 percent between 2005 and 2011.

By Kari Paul – Full Story at the New York Post

10 Great Remaining Lesbian Bars Where We All Need to Hang Out

Author: , September 5th, 2015

Cubbyhole

Lesbian bars were once ubiquitous in the United States, with each major city playing host to several. Their numbers have been dwindling, however, partly because the lesbian community has spread out, and partly because it’s hard to target a business at less than 5% of the population. The ones that remain have to be more inviting of straight and male patrons in order to stay afloat, but at their hearts they are still a stronghold for the queer girl community.

Here is a tribute to the top ten lesbian bar holdouts in the US. May they stay open for years to come.

1. Cubbyhole – New York, NY

When you think of the New York lesbian scene, you think of Cubbyhole. This quirky bar in the West Village has been around for over 20 years. You could get lost staring at the hundreds of decorations on the ceiling, but why do that when there are so many cute girls around? Specials: 1/2 off all well drinks, wine, and all beer until 7pm Monday-Friday

2. Wildrose – Seattle, WA

One of the longest running lesbian bars in the country, Wildrose has been a staple of the Seattle lesbian community for over three decades. The bar has a slightly dive-y feel to it, but they have delicious tacos and karaoke night. Don’t miss their pride events in June. Specials: $3.50 for microbrews on Monday; $1 tacos on Taco Tuesday; $3 well drinks on Thirsty Thursday

By Ellen Wall – Full Story at SheWired