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Another One Bites the Dust: Iconic Kentucky Gay Club Shuttering

Soundbar

Operating for more than 13 years, Soundbar will close its doors later this month.

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Soundbar, an iconic gay nightclub in downtown Lexington, Ky., announced it will be closing its doors to patrons this month.

"Soundbar will have [its] LAST DANCE on Saturday November 19," the club's owners recently announced on Facebook. "We had the most Amazing 13 plus years and are now ready to move on to other projects. We will still be available for PRIVATE EVENTS until we find a suitable NEW TENANT for the space."

"We thank everybody that supported us over the years, we had a great time getting to know you and dancing together. We would also like to thank the staff at Soundbar, you are a big part of Soundbar's long and successful run."

Soundbar's impending closures leaves only two exclusively LGBTQ+ establishments in Kentucky's second-largest city -- Crossings Lexington and The Bar Complex, both located downtown. Louisville, the state's most populous city, is still home to a handful of queer nightlife establishments.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, LGBTQ+ bars and nightclubs were struggling. (MORE: Over 62 Dead (or Dying) Gay Bars in the United States)

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Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.