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London: Lesbian hangout Candy Bar to close

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  1. What a shame! In the late nineties the Candy Bar was awesome. It was the place to be. I spent many a happy night there. I returned recently with my wife as we hadn’t been for about 10 years. We were charged a fiver each just to get in. Then charged £1 a coat and we were only allowed a bag on the ground floor or upstairs. We had to pay another £1 to leave a bag in the upstairs cloakroom. Presumably because it’s okay to bomb the bar area or the chill out area but not the dance area? It just makes for a feeling of being had. It’s not the Candy Bar’s fault, it’s greedy landlords that ruin it for everybody; shops, bars, clubs & pubs. It’s a shame for London’s lesbian crowd though. RIP Candy Bar and thanks for the memories.

  2. Colin (London) 22 Oct 2013, 8:53am

    This is really sad.

    There are so few places for girls to go. I took my young gay niece to Candy Bar around Pride time this year. It was her first experience of a girl bar. Her eyes where everywhere. I bought her a drink and waited. Then I bent down beside her not looking at her and said..do you see your type. Red face and “Yip” We giggled. Then I said do you see anyone you like…Red face and “Yip” We giggled again.

    Sad to hear. The girls where fantastic so please gay community we need more girl places.

  3. I don’t understand the financial logic. Why not close down in expensive Soho and start up another two or three slightly further out? Everyone knows London has crippling rents – not a reason to close down something so positive and needed – Candy Bar is a brand not a place….?

  4. Colin (London) 22 Oct 2013, 7:23pm

    You know we need gay landlords to contribute to one area and gift when they die properties with controlled rents so that gay businesses can have some certainty of long term businesses.

    Landlords are wrecking this country.. We can be different. Can we have tax exemption status if we do this????

    Think about it.

  5. Candy has now closed and reopened as Vanity! It’s no longer solely lesbian but will still have nights dedicated for a run by girls, this is still the place for a lesbian / female. Friendly environment and no silly bag/coat fees. The new owners also have the Nellie dean next door

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