PHOTOS: During the past two decades, thousands of dancers, go-go boys, and effervescent shirtless men have passed through the doors of Splash. After 22 years of providing Manhattan with plenty of fun nights, some of which resulted in happy endings, we salute you.
In an interview yesterday, the bar’s owner Brian Landeche told Queerty “it was my hope Splash would be a nice, clean and safe place where you could go every day of the week to strike up a conversation with another gay guy and have a drink or a dance and fall in love. I think we provided that. I feel very privileged to have actually given the gay community something it embraced.”
We’ve had many late night adventures at 50 West 17th Street over the years and will be sad to see Splash close its doors August 10. The go-go boys and shirtless men will, of course, be fine. There are many other stages, cubes and parties throughout the city, but New York will definitely feel the loss of this iconic Chelsea bar.