The slow, steady dismantling of Chelsea as a Manhattan gayborhood continues.
After twenty years in business, “G Lounge” will be shutting down operations on New Years Eve.
The roomy lounge opened its doors in 1996, and helped usher in a micro-trend called “lounge chic,” which… we were never quite sure what that was supposed to be. Basically, it boiled down to drinking frozen Cosmos and wearing tight-fitting shiny shirts. Something like that.
At the time, it was a big deal for G to feature large open windows that allowed passerby to ogle the customers playing bingo inside. Prior to that, gay establishments were uniformly dark, windowless, and inconspicuous.
G Lounge follows a small militia of other Chelsea gay bars and clubs that have come and gone over the years, including Splash, Champs, Rome, King, The Break, XL, XES, The Roxy, View Bar, and Rawhide.
Related: There Goes the Gayborhood…
A note on their Facebook page reads:
I’m sad to say after 20 years G Lounge is closing its doors 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.”
Since hearing the news, fans have been saying goodbye on G’s Facebook page.
“This is the most depressing news of my day,” one regular writes.
“Wow,” writes another. “I’m mad can’t see the strippers no more it’s probably because of the high ass taxes.”
“Chelsea is officially dead,” decrees a third. “So sad. So many memories. This is something…”