GayCities and Queerty beloved, while we have plenty cause for celebration as we sashay into 2014, we ask you to take a moment to reflect on the gay bars we lost this year.
These are the places you embarrassed yourself when you fought with your boyfriend, the places you lost your fourth consecutive iPhone, where you inexplicably racked your tab to $200, and where you slipped into a K hole dancing to Call Me Maybe.
Or better yet, they’ll stay blacked out where they belong. Regardless, here’s a look back as we jump forward.
1. Splash, New York City
Ah, Splash. You were always there to jack up your cover charge to ogle at college twinks. You will forever be in our hearts. And headaches.
2. Buffalo, Las Vegas
With the loss of Buffalo comes the loss of sliding up to the bar and dropping all your spare change into video poker. Good thing you’re in Vegas and you can do this literally anywhere.
3. Amsterdam, Phoenix
While you may be sad to see Amsterdam go the way of the wooly mammoth, we’re more concerned with the fate of the pink mammoth on the wall. Let us know when the eBay auction starts.
4. Novak’s, St. Louis
The lesbians of St. Louis were dealt a blow when Novak’s shut down.
5. Sisters, Philadelphia
Philly ladies didn’t fare any better when Sisters shuttered its doors.
6. The Urge, NYC
NYC’s gays clearly didn’t feel the urge to keep showing up to this village cruise bar.
7. The Web, NYC
New York also lost its Asian drag bar, The Web. We’re as confused as she is how it all went so wrong.
7. Buck’s Saloon, Chicago
2013 was clearly not the year for gay bars with taxidermy, real or otherwise. Still, you’ve gotta give Buck’s credit for going out with some class.
8. KOK Bar, San Francisco
San Francisco’s SoMa district loses a bit of its charm as leather bar Kok makes way for yet another straight hipster bar.
9. OutaBounds Sports Bar, Kansas City
It’s three strikes and you’re out at this (former) gay sports bar. Sorry, sports metaphors aren’t really our thing.
10. Backdoor Lounge, Las Vegas
When a fire burned down the Backdoor Lounge, not only did Vegas lose a gay bar, but an architectural masterpiece was also sacrificed. Good thing Circus Circus is still standing.