SYDNEY’S Gay Bar has become the latest LGBTI-friendly bar or club to have closed down and cease trading.

Bar owners Stephen Craddock and Nelson de Sousa made a joint announcement on Gay Bar’s Facebook page today:

“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 “

While the last line of the announcement indicates they will “come back”. the closure of Gay Bar comes on the back of the closure of other Sydney LGBTI-friendly night spots Nevermind and Taxi Club in recent years.

The Star Observer has contacted Craddock and De Sousa for further explanation as to why their bar had to be closed down.

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