Another gay bar on Commercial Rd has shut its doors, leaving just two gay venues on the famous strip.

The Star Observer understands Priscilla’s @ 153 bar has officially closed.

The closure was announced on the venue’s Facebook page and there has been no word on its future yet.

Last year, the Xchange closed but then re-opened as DnM Nightclub.

The Market also closed but has yet to open.

The two gay bars left on the renowned strip are Heaven’s Door and DnM.

Heaven’s Door owner Brian Frewin told the Star Observer it was sad to see the demise of another gay bar.

“It will be missed on Commercial Rd even though they were a competitor,” he said.

“Hopefully somebody will pick it up and get it back to where it was.”

Frewin said Heaven’s Door and DnM were “doing OK”.

“It’s not all doom and gloom and there’s so many gay and lesbian people living on this side of town… I think there’s just enough to keep it going,” he said.

He said ‘gay nights’ at mainstream bars and clubs were putting pressure on traditional gay venues.

“That does make it hard when we don’t get the support and they expect us to still be there,” he said.

“Priscilla’s is a good example of this. If you don’t support us, then we can’t afford to stay in business.”

The Star Observer
contacted Priscilla’s management but they did not respond in time for publication.

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