Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pinellas County welcomes new gay bar with open arms

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 4:17 PM


When gay bar Christopher Street shut its doors for good last June, it left a major void in mid-Pinellas County’s gay nightlife.

Now a new gay bar is ready to take its place and fill that niche. Quench Lounge, 13284 66th St. N., will open its doors Thursday, Jan. 31 in the same plaza that Christopher Street once called home. The grand opening party will run from 6 to 8 p.m. that night, and the bar will be open for regular business until 2 a.m.

“We really needed a bar [here.] There are so many [LGBT] people in that area,” said Steven Rodriguez, co-owner of Quench. “And there’s nothing there to meet their needs. Until now.”

No one will be turned away from the trendy, yet low-key, service-oriented bar, Rodriguez said, “whether you’re gay, lesbian, transgender or straight.” He added, “We’re welcoming to everyone.”

Weekly special events include Musical Mondays, featuring music from the ’70s and ’80s; Two-stepping Tuesdays complete with line dancing; male dancers on Friday and Saturday nights; pool tournaments on Sundays; and a monthly drag queen gospel brunch with food provided by the Village Inn.

Happy hour drink specials will be available seven days a week, even on weekends, Rodriguez said. “After all, those are the days everybody is off.”

And the bar will be available for charity events for local organizations, Rodriguez said. “We plan to give back to the community as much as we can.”

For more information about Quench, visit them on Facebook.

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