Collingwood’s Glasshouse Hotel is set to relaunch as a lesbian bar, according to its new owners.

Libby — who has just taken over with partner Rachel — told Southern Star the bar would return to its roots as a full-time women’s venue.

“It will be known as a women’s bar, because that’s what we want to bring back to the community,” Libby said.

“There’s a lot of themed nights around now… but I think for an actual pub, where gay families can come and eat, I think that’s what’s missing.”

Libby said she and Rachel, who’ve been together two years, felt a special connection with the place which led to their decision to run the bar.

“Rachel and I always wanted to buy a bar, so we thought this would be a good idea,” she said.

“I’ve been coming here for years, probably the last 10 or 12 years, so I’ve got a vested interest in the place. It’s been part of my life for a very long time.”

With Libby’s 15 years experience in hospitality and Rachel’s business background, the pair plan to put their own stamp on the Glasshouse, starting with the introduction of pub meals in December.

Libby also scotched rumours the venue might suddenly become staunchly women-only, saying the approach is to create a gay space where everyone, including men, gay and straight, are welcome.

“We don’t want to exclude anyone,” she said.

“We just want to make sure there’s a place open for the girls to come, whether we have entertainment booked in, there’s a bar where you can come for a drink, have something to eat and hang out with your friends.”

Libby said so far community feedback has been positive and the pair are already working on improvements.

“We’re concentrating on things that are needed, like air conditioning and more toilets… they’re our top priorities.”
The Glasshouse will extend its opening hours from 11am–1am during the week and all day on Saturday and Sunday.

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