In a surprise move the gay Chelsea mainstay is slated to close after New Years.
G Lounge announced on their Facebook page today that the popular bar is permanently closing.
Im sad to say after 20 years g lounge is closing its door permanently. We want to thank everyone for their patronage and express our gratitude and recognition of our team over the years. Come join the staff on our final weeks we love you and see you soon.
The bar opened back in 1997 when Chelsea was a lot more gay and a lot less expensive than the gentrified neighborhood is today. The go-to bar for the after-work Chelsea crowd was a departure from the other dark and divey gay bars of that time. With it’s wide windows facing 19th street, G Lounge had nothing to hide.
The bar’s closing falls in line with a trend of gay establishments closing up shop along the gay strip of 8th Avenue.